Today everyone’s motive is to earn more to lead a luxurious lifestyle. In the race of benefiting through monetary pleasure, people carry home their daily stress. Stress not only hampers an individual's life but also alters the home space they live. The following are the five effective ways to manage stress at home that help lead a stress-free life.
1. Kick stress at the door
There are chances of letting out stress, unintentionally, on your family after a stressful day at work. A straight face at work is always good, but on entering your home, let your family have a happy smiling look on you.
One could walk home after a deep breath or even listen to calm music for effective stress relief. It helps get a person in a better mood before they meet their family.
2. Divide and share tasks
None of us enjoy doing the entire household chores, but there are things which need to be done without questioning. Dividing tasks like cleaning the home, washing the dog, and grocery shopping can prevent future conflict.
If everyone in a family pitches in, no one person is burdened. These tasks help the children to learn how to manage and complete work with efficiency. In the process, they will learn skills that benefit to live on their own. Division of tasks helps lead a stress-free life at home.
3. Dine together
Dinner hour is one of the most critical times in a family’s life. On days where an individual is not occupied with office work or routine tasks, a plan with family or family dinner can reduce stress.
It gives a sense of belonging to the family. According to one study, children who eat with their families at least three times a week are 24% more likely to eat healthy food, and 12% are less likely to weight gain.
Another study found that adults, who sit down for a family meal at night, reported that their work was more satisfying and healthier. It suggests that dinner itself is one of the best coping strategies for stress.
Dinner is a time for communication and relationship building with the family. It allows one to find out about things that might be causing stress at home.
4. Indulge in family activities
One need not plan elaborate trips to theme parks or grand weekend outings. Keeping a weekend, or one night a week aside to spend with family keeps communication channels open and allows for bonding as a family.
Fun games, frequent walks and helping with art project are some of the activities that are not complicated or even costly, but help in dealing with stress. It simultaneously contributes to stress management at home.
5. Ambience at home
Textile researchers have found that holding certain types of cloth can evoke powerful emotions. A good quality leather or corduroy slipcover for the couch can help coping with stress.
Integrate natural elements such as stone, wood, and plants and also, an individual’s physical surroundings can contribute to creating a sense of calm.
It is recommended that walls be painted in cool and calming colors such as light greens and soft blues. Another suggestion is to integrate soothing lighting by using lamps with dimmer switches.
Being together as a family offers many opportunities on how to deal with stress at home that naturally arises in family life. Spending time together, sharing chores, keeping communication channels open, all help in better stress management at home.
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