With endless jobs to do, DIY to finish, meals to cook and people to look after, home isn’t always the restful place it is meant to be.
We have put together some easy to follow tips on how to chill out when you are at home, so you feel ready for all the world throws at you when you walk out of the front door the next day.
Clear the clutter
Clutter can increase stress and anxiety levels because it’s a constant reminder that you have something that needs to be done. Endless piles of papers and mess can also trigger allergies if it is left long enough to gather dust, making clearing the clutter away even more important. Go through your home room by room and make three piles – one for keeping, another for donating or giving away, and a final one for throwing out, and we think if you do this, your life will instantly feel lighter.
Address your to do list
Just like the clutter, outstanding things on your to do list like making that dentist appointment, mending the door or cleaning up the garden, can all add to your stress and prevent you from chilling out at home. Make a list of all the things you need to get done, add deadlines and then make a start. Sometimes, just having a plan can help reduce stress and once you start ticking items off your list, you will feel a sense of achievement and calm.
Take some exercise
One of the easiest ways to reduce stress at home is to do some exercise. Just half an hour of walking, swimming, yoga or cycling can help release those feel-good endorphins which can help calm you down and relieve stress, as well as promoting sleep. Even if you’ve got a busy diary, try to fit in some exercise by climbing the stairs rather than taking the lift, doing some housework, or using a standing desk rather than sitting down all day long.
Create a space for you
You might not realise it, but having a space in your home that is ‘your place’ can really help you kick back and chill out. Be it a sunny nook in your kitchen, an arm-chair in the living room, or a tucked away corner beneath the stairs, find a space that is just for you and go there to chill out and be quiet with your thoughts and a cup of mint tea.
Meditation can really help you to relax and slow down. The easiest way to start doing this is to sit up straight, close your eyes, and slowly inhale through your nose, count to five and exhale through your mouth. Focus on the here and now for at leave five minutes a day, and let this kind of deep breathing help lower your stress levels and give you perspective once again.
Get your sleep
Most of us need around seven to nine hours of sleep a night and one of the best ways to do this is to have an evening routine. Putting away screens, having a warm bath, using an essential oil diffuser and reading a book are all good ways to relax and get your body ready for sleep. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even at the weekend, and this will help your body to adjust to a consistent sleep schedule.