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Create a De-stressing Zone in Your Home

JennaSmithIt’s been a long day. You pull into your garage tired, frazzled and really needing to unwind. But, instead of a peaceful oasis, you walk through the door into yet another stressful environment. Maybe it’s the waiting stack of bills, the bright lights that give you a headache, or overwhelming clutter. Whatever it is for you, home is anything but relaxing after a long day.

If this describes your home, it can be almost impossible to unwind from the stress of the day. Stress—caused by things like a difficult job, challenging relationships, or financial problems—can cause many health problems including high blood pressure, back pain and headaches. And, of course, stress zaps the joy right out of your life by making you moody, unhappy, tired and without energy. That’s no way to live!

Stop the cycle of stress in your life by creating a de-stressing zone in your home where you can relax and rejuvenate. Don’t take on your whole house in the first 30 days—that might just stress you out even more! Instead, focus on one or two key areas like your bedroom, den, or breakfast nook and make some simple, affordable changes that will have a big impact on your quality of life.

Get rid of the clutter—the visual stimulation of stacks of “stuff” everywhere is anything but relaxing. It can make you feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Clutter also complicates your life by making cleaning more of a chore and making it hard to find things like your car keys, the remote, or that book you want to read. Simplify your stuff and de-clutter!

Hide technology—today few people leave work at the office. In order to really relax at home you need to create a technology-free zone—a throwback to simpler times where you can enjoy a good book or cup of tea without obsessively checking your email. Restrict your work phone and laptop to a specific spot and turn them off for at least an hour every evening. Install a hidden TV that you can operate with a lift mechanism and hide other technology in cabinets when they aren’t being used.

Create comfort—stiff formal dining sets and old armchairs have one thing in common—they aren’t comfortable! Identify the areas in your house where you want to unwind and relax and choose comfortable furniture—a great, cozy chair with a warm blanket to curl up with a book, or a charming bistro set by the window to enjoy your morning coffee or dinner.

Soothe yourself—the body and mind are naturally soothed by certain colors and sounds. Use these elements in your home to help you unconsciously unwind. Choose neutral paint colors rather than bright stimulating ones. You can also buy small, very affordable water features that add a gentle bubbling sound, which is naturally relaxing. Fresh flowers and natural lighting can make your space feel energized and happy. Use candles to fill your space with warm vanilla scents.

Decorate for you—decorate with things you really love. Hang a favorite piece of artwork in your entryway. Create a photo wall as a focal point with your favorite pictures of people, places and pets you love. If you don’t like your cousin Mildred, by all means don’t hang a picture of her to bring you down every day!

Our mind and body are constantly stimulated by what we see, hear, feel and smell. These elements in our home have a huge impact on our mood, stress level and even health. By making a calming de-stressing zone in your home you can begin to live a less stressful, more enjoyable life.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on April 30th, 2013 in Health, House and Home | 0 comments

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