Check List: Top 12 Ways to Reduce Stress While Still at Home
Whether you work from home, are recovering from an illness or surgery, or any other reason, if you are stuck at home you may find yourself feeling stressed and depressed.
If you’re struggling with these feelings, you’ll be pleased to discover that there are many things you can do to help reduce your stress, uplift your mood, and increase your productivity on important tasks. Believe me... at my age I know and understand and FEEL for you!
Please use this free checklist whenever you feel like stressful feelings are getting the best of you. Just run down this list and try the activities one by one until you’re feeling better.
Try these techniques to reduce stress while stuck at home:
❏ GET SOME EXERCISE
Those who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins, enhances your sleep quality, and can help increase your confidence. Perhaps today is a good day to take a walk :)
❏ LIGHT A SCENTED CANDLE
Certain scents can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Sandalwood, ylang ylang, and geranium have all been shown to offer these benefits. Myself, I LOVE Lavender, it's good for 'everything'. Orange is a nice smell too.
❏ CUT YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE:
Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. It can also cause anxiety in high doses. If you experience symptoms such as jitteriness or anxiety, consider cutting back on your intake. Drink more water, :) Stay well hydrated.
❏ CHEW SOME GUM
When you chew gum, you will experience greater blood flow to your brain. Doing this can cause brain waves to occur that are similar to those experienced by relaxed people.
❏ SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Your family and friends can offer you support in times of need, so it’s important that you keep them close to you. Research has found that spending time with friends can help release oxytocin, which helps to relieve stress. Call them on the phone or video-chat regularly. I love Facetime with my grand-children.
❏ LAUGH & Sing
Spending some time out of your day to laugh can go a long way to relieving stress. It helps to relieve tension by relaxing your muscles and can also strengthen your immune system and uplift your mood. After all, Laughter is the BEST Medicine! Find a good comedy to watch on TV (Carol Burnett fan?). A lot of funny animal videos on YouTube.
Turn up the music with... "I Feel Good" by George Brown. And hey, love dancing to the BeeGees!
❏ LEARN WHEN YOU SHOULD SAY NO
Often you will find yourself stressed because you’ve taken on too many responsibilities. Sometimes it’s better to be more selective about what you agree to do. You need to take care of yourself. It's hard to say 'no' sometimes, but stick up for yourself.
❏ AVOID PROCRASTINATION
If you put off doing important tasks, you could find yourself getting stressed and having to scramble to complete those tasks before the deadline. Instead of trying to multitask, make a list of your tasks and do them in order of importance. You’ll reduce stress and enjoy greater productivity. I still love To Do Lists and feel an accomplishment when I can cross them out.
❏ PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
Whether you take a yoga class or try some self-meditation, if you practice mindfulness and focus on the present rather than the past or future, you’ll see a reduction in anxiety. Check out my free videos in my website.
❏ LISTEN TO RELAXING MUSIC
Certain types of music can lower your blood pressure and heart rate and may help to reduce stress hormones too. Slow-paced instrumental music works well, but classical, Celtic, Native American, and Indian music can also be soothing.
❏ PRACTICE DEEP BREATHING
The aim of deep breathing is to slow your breathing and make it deeper. This process will bring more oxygen to your body’s cells, relax your muscles, slow your heart rate, and leave you feeling more peaceful and relaxed.
❏ SPEND TIME WITH YOUR PET
When you interact with a pet, your body releases oxytocin, a chemical that uplifts your mood. Plus, having a pet will give you a purpose, help to keep you active, and provide you with companionship - which all can reduce stress.
While stress can easily occur at home, there are plenty of methods you can use to address it. Make a habit of practicing these strategies whenever you feel stressed, and soon you’ll find that you can subdue it just as easily as it arises
Other ideas can include: Journaling, scrap booking, write letters (yes, the old fashion way), poetry, and reading a good uplifting book, even a nice bubble bath, nature....
What can you come up with?
Blessing to you and yours ~