Planning a stress-free life
Juggling the demands of work, family and your own needs can be a constant struggle. That’s why reducing stress each day is a must.
Your world is changing faster than ever. Technology, fast communications and worsening traffic jams can make you feel busy and disconnected from the natural world. One simple solution is to anticipate change, which makes it easier to deal with, but the most important part of your stress free living is to escape your situation once in a while.
Dealing with stress
When your body is run down, you’re less able to deal with stress, so a healthy lifestyle and diet is very important. Healthy living will also help you to avoid becoming ill – another great stress factor – and a balanced diet that doesn’t include too much caffeine will help you to equalise your energy levels to get you through the day.
One of the greatest causes of everyday stress is trying to balance work and family life, and you will need good time management skills to maximise your free time.
- Maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet
- Cut down on caffeine and sugar levels
- Get at least seven hours sleep
- Do some stretches or gentle exercise
- Make a list of your priorities for the day
- Always keep things in perspective
- Avoid unnecessary stressful situations
- Learn to say ‘no’ and be assertive about your needs
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you think you need it
- Regularly, do the 10 minute stress relief plan
Reducing Stress at Home
It can be stressful when your home life is badly organised and too hectic, but it’s easy to make your home a relaxing place to be.
- Peace and quiet
Some people need their home to be a quiet haven; others love the buzz of children and company. Unwanted noise can be stressful if it intrudes on private space. Pleasantly but firmly ask your neighbours or housemates to keep the noise down.
- Time for yourself
It can also be stressful when you don’t have enough privacy at home. Establish a part of the house that is yours. Decorate it yourself and ask others not to go there without your permission.
- Keep it clean
A dirty, neglected or chaotic home is distressing and irritating. Create a cleaning roster or hire a cleaner. When you move house reduce stress by getting some professional removalists to help. If you are renovating, move out until it is done, or get it done as fast as possible, the longer your home is in chaos, the more you are likely to suffer.
- Cut down on toxins
Some of the chemical products you keep and use around the house and garden are poisonous, increase stress and cause illnesses e.g. cleaners, polishes, paints, solvents, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. Replace them with natural products that are kinder to you and the environment.
Home Stress Busters
- Open the windows
- Ban smoking in the house
- Don’t overheat your house
- Make sure your home is well lit. take advantage of natural light from windows and skylights
- Buy an indoor pot plant for each of your rooms
- Light candles that are shades of your favourite colour
- Play soothing and melodic music
- Burn incense or essential oils in an oil burner
- Use an air ioniser or humidifier
- Keep your home clean, tidy and toxin-free