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Everybody has stress in their lives to some degree it isn’t easy to relax at home. The sad truth is that it can be detrimental to some people more than others. According to a 2018 study from the Mental Health Foundation, a shocking 74% of respondents reported feeling overwhelming stress.
People can experience stress for various reasons. For example, work pressures can cause some people to constantly worry about their work or meet tough deadlines. Plus, stress can even come from home, particularly if you have a family in tow and worrying about things like Christmas and presents for stockings.
You’re likely here today reading this article because you perhaps feel you have a particularly stressful life and you want to learn how to relax. Or, at least, you want to know the most effective ways of relaxing and keeping your stress levels to a minimum.
With the above in mind, here are some tips and techniques for you to consider and try out at home or when you’ve got some alone time:
Dedicate Some Alone Time for Yourself
Arguably the first and most important tip to follow is dedicating some alone time for yourself when you’re at home. If you live alone, you probably don’t need to think much about achieving that goal unless you have a very active social calendar.
However, if you’ve got a family in tow, you’ll need to think of the best times when you’ll have the house to yourself each day. For instance, the middle of the day might be ideal if your children are at school and your partner is at work.
Try to Get Good, Restful Sleep Each Night
The second tip you should follow is to get good, restful sleep every evening when you go to bed. You might think that’s easier said than done, but there are ways of achieving that goal – even if you’ve got young children in tow at your home.
There are some apps that can help you sleep better. But, technology aside, it makes sense to go to bed as early as possible. If you have a habit of staying up until the wee hours because you’re on social media or watching TV, you need to break that habit.
In fact, you should steer clear of screens at least one hour before you go to sleep. That’s because the blue light emitted by electronic screens can delay melatonin production in the body. Melatonin is a hormone that kick-starts the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
When you have a good, restful sleep each night, you’ll feel more mentally prepared and alert when you wake up, and you’ll also feel more capable of dealing with stressful situations in your day. Plus, you’ll find it easier to relax at home.
Include Hydrotherapy in Your Relaxation Routine
There is plenty of online research to show that hydrotherapy offers plenty of benefits to people looking for practical ways to de-stress.
Hydrotherapy is the process of immersing yourself in water. It’s a therapeutic treatment that typically gets used by athletes and others recovering from sports injuries. However, it’s also a proven and effective way to help you relax and de-stress.
The way that you can involve hydrotherapy in your life is up to you. For instance, your hydrotherapy could simply include having a warm bath each evening and relaxing in your bathtub.
Hydrotherapy at home can work best for some people when they use hot tubs as they offer more space than bathtubs. Plus, the massaging effects of hot tubs can enhance blood circulation in the body and even help with stress-induced headaches and migraines.
Practice Mindful Meditation
If you’ve never practised mindful meditation before or know someone that does, it can seem like an alien concept to you. The truth is, meditation helps you focus on what’s happening at that point in time rather than past events or things that might happen in the future.
How is that helpful if you’re trying to find ways of relaxing at home, you might be asking yourself? Meditation teaches you to listen to what your body is telling you, plus making a mental note of the smells and sounds around you at that time.
When you focus on the present with meditation, you take your mind off stressful aspects of your life and concentrate solely on the quiet and peaceful environment around you during your meditation session.
Take a look at this YouTube video to help you get started with mindful meditation.
There are many ways to relax and de-stress when you’re at home. Starting with the above tips and techniques will have a massive positive impact on your stress levels and mental health in general.
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