Tips for De-Stressing at Home
Feeling cooped up? Take a look at these tips to learn how to mellow out at home.
It’s normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed from time to time. In fact, healthy amounts of stress can act as a burst of energy, motivating us to meet daily challenges and pursue long-term goals.
But, it takes work to keep those stress levels in check – which means making self-care a priority. Luckly, you can do this easily without expensive treatments or fancy routines. Follow these tips for de-stressing at home, so you can reclaim your health and maintain a positive mindset. .
Meditation is a powerful tool that can help reframe your perspective and address negative thought patterns. This popular technique involves training your mind to reach a steady level of awareness.
Some may have the impression that meditation means ‘turning off’ your mind or avoiding certain emotions. But rather, meditation teaches how to observeour thoughts without judgment. Regular practice can not only reduce stress but also help with depression, anxiety and even sleep.
Deep breathing is a key pillar of meditative practice. The additional boost in oxygen can slow down your nervous system, and normalize the ‘fight or flight’ response triggered by acute stress.
Simple meditation involves just a few easy steps:
Sit or lie comfortably with your eyes closed
Focus your attention on the breath; notice how your body moves with each inhale and exhale
If your mind wanders, return your focus back to the breath
Relieve stress by meditating for a few minutes each day, then gradually try for longer periods in the weeks ahead.
Take frequent stretch breaks
Whether you’re working from home or chasing after the kids, periodic stretching can help relieve tension. Not only does it improve flexibility, but this light exercise also offers some mental benefits. Stretching allows for increased blood flow throughout the body, leaving you feeling invigorated at the end of your break. A brief stretching session can also give you a much-needed mental break. Try stretching at least twice a day for 10 minutes to regroup from stressful situations.
Take an epsom salt bath
A relaxing bath is an excellent way to wind down after a busy day, and a soak in the tub can be even more relaxing with epsom salts. Epsom salts are a naturally occurring mineral compound full of magnesium and sulfate. It is most beneficial when you allow your body to soak in warm water sprinkled with epsom salts, so they can be absorbed into the skin. This all-natural remedy can help relieve stress by:
Relaxing the muscles
Eliminating harmful toxins in the body
Improving nighttime sleep
Epsom salts are inexpensive and can be easily purchased at your drugstore or online. For extra relaxation, give yourself a facial by mixing a half-teaspoon of epsom salt with your favourite cleaning cream, and gently massage it into the skin.
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Create a space you enjoy
Turning your home into a place that makes you feel secure and comfortable can put you in a better headspace, and can reduce how much you feel your everyday stressors. If you want to experience positive energy, you don’t need to spend money on a home reno to create the right atmosphere. Sometimes, just clearing out the clutter or re-arranging your furniture is enough to rejuvenate any space.
Take time for yourself
De-stressing can be as simple as taking some time for yourself. If you want alone time to get on the treadmill, watch Netflix or just eat some snacks in peace, don’t be afraid to ask for a hand to make these moments happen. Get your in-laws to watch the kids or ask your partner if they wouldn’t mind taking the dog out. Carve out some time to do whatever makes you happy, no matter how simple those pleasures may be.
Know when to seek help
It may be difficult to tell if you’re experiencing normal stress levels or something that requires professional guidance. Some signs of deeper stress may include:
An inability to concentrate
Unexplained body aches, including migraines
Trouble falling asleep or staying awake
Changes in appetite
Increased anger or frustration towards loved ones
Canada’s mental health community is filled with valuable resources, including crisis hotlines and free counselling services. Here are some resources that you – or someone you know – can benefit from:
Crisis Services Canada
1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
Kids Help Phone
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line
Canada Drug Rehab Addiction Services Directory
National Eating Disorder Information Centre
Wellness Together Canada is another excellent resource filled with tools and professional contacts to get you back on track. Although designed to help Canadians deal with the emotional strains felt by COVID-19, this website has info that’s helpful in any situation. Use the self-assessment tool to gauge your mental well-being, and connect with others through online community forums.
Simply talking to someone else about stress can help tremendously. Whether you end up seeking guidance from professionals or loved ones, recognizing the need for help is the first step to a healthier you.