We all deal with stress in our lives. Stress can come from work, from relationships, from health issues or from a combination of the three. Regardless of what happens throughout your day, it is always nice to return to a relaxed home.
How can you lessen your stress at home? Take note of these tips from Go Red.
Leave outside stress outside your home
When you come home from a stressful day at work or elsewhere, try and leave that stress outside your home. While it can feel good to discuss some external conflicts with your partner, try focusing on the positives in your day. Allow your home to serve as a sort of sanctuary from outside problems. That way, you spend more time discussing positive things with your loved ones, and have more energy to tackle any issues on the home front.
Take time to yourself to relax
Relaxation takes time to learn; it isn’t as easy as plopping yourself in front of a movie and zoning out. Take time to decompress when you get home from work, before your partner gets home from work or before your kids get home from school. Giving yourself time to unwind allows you to relax before you launch into other activities or obligations. You can practice deep breathing as a way to calm down. Start by sitting in a comfortable position and closing your eyes. Inhale deeply and slowly and exhale deeply and slowly. Do this for 10 minutes before going onto your next task. During this time, you can also consider the positive experiences you had that day.
Focus on one thing at a time
To-do lists don’t end when we leave work. For many of us, our schedules are often hectic at home, too, with chores and errands. Instead of cramming multiple tasks into a short time frame, approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer. When you are done with that task, pat yourself on the back, take a break and then move on to the next thing.
Practice positive self-talk
We can be our own worst enemies at times, especially when it comes to dealing with stress. Try practicing positive self-talk as a way to deal with stress at home.
Instead of saying, “I can’t do this,” try telling yourself, “I’ll do the best I can.” Or practice phrases such as “I’m human and we all make mistakes,” “Someday I will laugh about this” and “I won’t let this problem get me down.” The more positive you are, the better you can feel about any situation.