5 Ways to Reduce Stress at Home
Bring more peace and order into your
The benefits of a stress-free home are abundant—you’re happier, more organized, more productive, and you
save money. However, striving for perfection and achieving that
“stress-free” zone can occasionally backfire, leading to more negative consequences than positive benefits.
Surrendering to chaos isn’t the answer, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, either. Here are five simple and
unexpected ways to bring more peace into your living space.
|As with most things in life, we have to learn how to create more peace in our lives
less stress, which is best to start at home where we can exercise more control than
1. Give Yourself the Gift of Sleep
Adults should aim to get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night, yet, at least a third of adults aren’t
hitting the mark. A good night’s sleep is truly one of the
best ways to reduce stress. Turn off electronics an hour or two before bed, hang some blackout curtains in your
bedroom, and try using meditation and guided visualizations as you wind down at the end of the day. Make sleep a
priority and you will most assuredly institute more calm in your life and your home.
2. Get Your Home Finances in Order
There’s something powerful in organization, especially when it comes to money. Budgeting and taking ownership of
your finances has been shown to significantly reduces stress. Not only will you have more time for your family and self-care,
but you’ll also be able to reduce negative thoughts about paying off hefty bills or large amounts of debt. Here
are some ways you can save money and get your finances in order:
• Budget for monthly expenses and determine how much you spend each month. Once
you know where your money goes, you’ll get a better idea of areas where you can save.
• Cut down on your water use (and water bill each month) by taking shorter showers and
installing low-flow shower heads.
• Consolidate separate product insurance plans into one warranty. Not only will this save you money, but having a protection plan will cover all
major systems and appliances that don’t come with insurance.
• Cancel any subscriptions you don’t use often—this includes streaming services,
newspaper subscriptions, etc.
3. Consider Adopting a Pet
Having a pet can lower blood pressure, improve heart health, improve your mood, help with
social support, and prevent feelings of loneliness. If adopting a dog or cat isn’t an option, consider investing
in a small, in-home aquarium—there’s something so soothing about watching fish seamlessly glide through the
4. Bring Nature Indoors
Another way to reduce stress at home is to buy budget-friendly houseplants. Plants are unlikely superheroes in the home. They act as natural
humidifiers, improve air quality, and boost cognitive functions. Some of the best plants to consider include
aloe vera, spider plants, and English ivy.
5. Drink Some Orange Juice
Vitamin C is a stress buster and has been shown to reduce secretion of
cortisol in the body. By drinking a glass or two of orange juice daily,
you’re helping your heart and skin and reducing inflammation. Further, the actual act of sipping a beverage is a
mindful exercise, reminding your body to slow down and relax.
It seems obvious, but reducing stress in your home shouldn’t be a stressful exercise. By incorporating some of
these solutions into your home, the benefits will quickly become evident. You’ll have created peace of mind,
improved the air quality in your home, and lowered your blood pressure. And who knows? Perhaps these simple steps
will encourage you and your family to employ even more ways to reduce stress under your roof.