According to statistics, 73% of Americans experience mental health issues caused by stress. It drove people to overthink, be anxious, and feel troubled so much that businesses aiming to alleviate stress sprung like mushrooms. Services like massage, hotel accommodation, or even a quick getaway tour are advertised as stress relievers.
But what happens when you don’t feel like going out? What if you only have your living space as your venue to manage your unsettled feelings? Can you still relieve stress at home?
Shake off the negative vibes. Read on as we share 6 activities you can do at home that will help you de-stress like a pro!
Bring Out the Artist in You
Studies show that repetitive hand motions when crafting help our minds calm down. Therefore, start creating and awaken the dormant artist in you!
Try doing something with your hands. Don’t be afraid to get messy and creative. Relieve your stress at home by doing your hobbies again. Find something that will make your hands and mind busy.
Some of the activities you can try are knitting, candle-making, painting, or crafting jewelry. Who knows what talent lies within you, right? Many talented artists managed to create timeless masterpieces out of their emotions. Translate your pent-up energy into something beautiful. Treat your art as your outlet.
Declutter Your Stuff
Have you ever heard of the adage, “cleanliness is next to godliness”? It stays true in stress management.
The more chaotic and cluttered your space is, the more stressed you will be. Look back on the time when you felt so frustrated for losing your socks in the pile of laundry; or that other time when you almost ran late to work because you can’t find your car keys. A disorganized home is bound to lead you into frustrations. Avoid heightened stress levels by keeping your home neat and organized. Declutter your stuff to keep your mood relaxed at all times!
Watch What You Eat
The food you eat affects your mental health more than you think. An insufficient nutritious and balanced diet might weaken your decision-making skills and slow down your reactionary abilities.
While salty food like chips affects your concentration, food like candies and soda triggers your energy levels to spike at an abnormally high rate only to plummet again later on. These foods will cause you more stress in the long run so make sure to consume them in moderation.
Munch on different power foods instead! Add green leafy vegetables, lean meat, and healthy fats like avocado and olive oil to your grocery list. These brain foods will help you function better and relieve stress at home one meal at a time!
Be Still and Meditate
One of the best activities you can do to relax is to meditate. Because sometimes, all we need is a little quiet.
Find a spot at home where you can tune out the world for a while. We suggest lighting scented candles to complete the atmosphere. Go for lemon or citrusy scents since they are good at boosting concentration.
Focus on your breathing and release all muscle tension in every exhale. Meditation helps you be in the present, urging you to forget about the things you have no control over at the moment—the past and the future.
It also proves to be an excellent way to reduce heart problems. A healthy body leads to a stress-free mind!
Lose Yourself in a Book
When was the last time you read for pleasure?
Every day, we are greeted by lots of reading tasks; the news, street signs, pantry labels, and so on. Out of all the reading you do in a day, did you ever try to pick up a book you really like and read for yourself?
Reading, even for as short as 6 minutes, can already bring your mind to relax. It even works faster and better in alleviating your stress than listening to music and drinking tea. This is because books have magic. When reading, you are transported to a world that doesn’t have any of the problems you encounter in life. You get to witness a world that is free from your fears and sorrows. You get to live a different life in stories.
That is what makes reading the best way to relieve stress at home. All you need to do is find a comfortable corner, snuggle yourself with a blanket, then curl up with a book. By then, you are gifted with a sweet escape through the stories you read.
Break a Sweat
Physical activity like exercise and yoga pumps up the body and releases endorphins—the happy hormones. Regular exercise is also good for your overall health. It improves your resistance against heart diseases and lowers risks of anxiety and depression.
Yoga, on the other hand, may not be as energetic as your typical exercise routine but it’s a culmination of mental and physical training. It is meditation combined with slow, calculated movements, relaxation, and controlled breathing.
In the end, whether you choose a more energetic routine or a more relaxed one like yoga, these two activities help you loosen up. You won’t even need to have any equipment when you do yoga. With just a few poses, you’re already set!
Just don’t forget to consult your doctor before following any routine or poses online. Some sensitive poses can be harmful to people who have certain body complications.
Jam-packed calendar? Overlapping tasks and deadlines? Thinking about (again!) what to make for dinner? Stress is like an unwelcomed visitor who just keeps on knocking at your door at every opportunity. It’s just everywhere!
Don’t worry! Gone are the days when you have to go out and search for a place to release your heavy baggage. Your home can be a safe place, too. Managing your stress at home is also possible with a few creative activities like on this list.
The next time you feel like gloomy weather coming from inside you, try these tips. Try to breathe and release those happy hormones!