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Tips for Creating a Stress-Free Home in the New Year

Your home should be your oasis. It should be the place you go at the end of a long, stressful day to unwind and relax. But are you finding comfort and serenity in your home? When you walk through the door does a sense of calm envelope you? If it doesn't, it should.



Stresses around the home can be acute or chronic. What starts as a minor issue can build into something more over time. These stresses, chronic in nature, are more pernicious than we may think. Things you can see at a glance can be fixed in moments, but things that aren't so obvious can gnaw away at you.

It's not a secret that finding time just to relax is important. Having a space where you can relax and finding the right way to relax are just as vital.

Is Your Home Conducive To Letting Go?
We all need to let go once in awhile. By that I don't mean we need to binge, drop all inhibitions and go wild. I mean we need to stop for a period of time, not think about what we have to do next, and just "be". During that time you can think about positive things or not think at all.

To do that, it's important to have clean space in a home. Furniture should be spaced apart proportionately so that the area is not crammed. Clutter should be kept to a minimal. Cramped space in the home leads to cramped space in the mind.



Does Your Furniture Allow You To Relax?
One of life's simplest pleasures is sitting down and either reading, letting time pass, or engaging in meditation. It allows us to clear our minds and have a little serenity for a while. This is hard to achieve if you aren't comfortable where you're sitting.

A massage chair may seem like an extravagance, but we often don't realize that we are carrying physical tension as well as mental tension. Physical stress can quickly take a mental hold, so an appropriate chair is something you might like to try as well as meditation.

Have You Got Your Light Balance Right?
External stimuli, such as harsh lighting, can also be stressful. The invention of the electric light was a marvel and has made life easier in so many ways. So much so that we have only ever really thought of it as positive. But too much artificial light can overload us, stress us out, and cause our eyes to work harder than they need to.

No need to sit around in complete darkness. But dimmable lights, lights with soft bulbs and low wattages can allow you to unwind. Because we have become so used to having lights around us, we often don't realize the impact they have until they're turned off. Most devices now also have apps or pre-installed blue light blockers. These shut out the most harmful kinds of light.

Making your home a stress-free zone may not be possible all the time. We live there and so do our families. So there is always going to be the potential for tension. But finding ways to drive out excess stress is still a worthwhile goal to work towards in 2017.

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