There’s no need for yet another news report talking about how stressful modern life is. It is rapidly becoming a major health epidemic to remind individuals that stress is an issue faced by pretty much everyone. Though some everyday stressors are understandable, chronic stress is becoming a dangerous health issue. Being able to relax isn’t just about peace of mind, it’s about our health, too!
Read on for 10 great activities that can help relieve stress and help you enjoy a much more relaxing stress-free home life.
Don’t Skip the Workout
Exercise is such an easy thing to put off. Is there any other activity you can think of that helps out so much? Yet, most people dread exercising despite knowing just how important it really is. Exercise is a cornerstone of any health plan that goes with relaxing at home.
Working out itself is not only cathartic. Studies show that individuals who put in that 20 or 30 minutes of cardio daily are less stressed, more patient, and more relaxed the rest of the time while at home.1
Make it a habit of doing this immediately upon getting home, and you’ll find yourself looking forward to a little sweat and endorphin rush before you veg out for the rest of the night.
Take a Short Walk
If you walk at a brisk enough pace, this can even qualify as exercise. If speedwalking through the neighborhood isn’t your idea of a good time or you prefer your exercise to be at a higher intensity, just enjoy 15 to 30 minutes of walking. Focus on being in the moment and looking at what’s around you, whether it’s nature or a neighborhood. Don’t think about work, problems at home, or anything else that’s feeding into your anxiety.
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Walking for even a short amount of time has been shown in studies to help reduce stress, maintain healthy blood pressure, and provide a range of other positive benefits. In fact, the as little as 15 minutes of walking can provide many of the same health benefits as a 45-minute jog.
Chocolate and Tea
There are many good foods out there, but when you’re specifically looking for a little treat at home, it’s hard to beat a few small bars of dark chocolate and a cup of green tea.2
While people who are sensitive to caffeine will want to be careful with this combination, it may nevertheless prove beneficial for a lot of people. The combination of positive chemicals from chocolate and tea help make people feel relaxed, lower cortisol levels in the body, and the comfort food factor makes this a combination low on calories but high on positive returns.
Mindful meditation is a great way to focus on breathing, stability, and health. Also, you don’t have to meditate for hours. Even ten minutes of meditation can cause significant physiological differences.
Aromatherapy is a major part of a good anti-stress activity at home. One of the best parts about aromatherapy is that you can combine it with other activities. If you don’t have a lot of time, family time might mean gathering around the TV for sports or a show, so why not have an essential oil diffuser that helps you calm down at the same time?
Essential oils have been shown to promote sleep and relaxation, as well as provide a range of other positive health benefits. If you want an easier option than a room diffuser, try using a blend of relaxing essential oils in a personal diffuser like Zen or Sleepy MONQ.
What causes anxiety in so many people? Being distracted or not being able to stay in the moment because of distracting thoughts. For people who love the idea of meditation, but don’t have the developed patience to jump right into it, a puzzle is a great way to relax while continuing to keep your mind focused on a task.
Look for one of those old-fashioned 500, 1,000, or even 2,000 piece-puzzles of beautiful landscapes. The effort of turning over pieces, matching colors, and finding edges not only forces you to problem-solve at the moment and forget about your anxiety but also improves focus.
As strange as it might sound, there’s some pretty solid science behind this relatively new trend of coloring books for adults. Some studies have shown sharper mental facilities, lower cortisol levels, and an increase in happiness and general satisfaction from adult coloring books.5
Get into Reading
Reading is a fantastic habit for a wide variety of reasons. Your mind stays sharper, you become smarter, and fiction often brings great interest and joy, while good non-fiction can cause you to think for hours or learn new skills. Reading takes you out of the stressful world you’re wrestling with into a variety of different places as your mind fully engages with the story.
Even if meditation proves to be a challenge, there’s no reason not to take a few minutes while at home for some deep breathing exercises.
Sometimes, the hardest part of a day is not being able to let it all out. Though you can’t control everything, a private journal at home where you can write out your frustrations can be a great way to deal with those stressors.
If you take advantage of these ten practices, you’ll be on your way to a more relaxing life. Let good habits, good practices, and your favorite essential oils guide you to that relaxing hub you want your home to be.
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