3 Ways to Reduce Stress at Home
Ideally, home should be a place that you can retreat to, to calm down, enjoy family time and relax after a busy day at work. However, levels of stress at home are on the rise, and much of this stress is caused by basic things that can push you over the edge. Too much clutter, losing keys; a fault with your oven on the morning of a big dinner party; or your car not working when you need to take your 9 year old to a championship hockey match!
Whatever the situation, here are three healthy habits to help you keep in control and reduce stress at home.
1. Keep everyday things together and in the same place
Keep things that you may need to put your hands on quickly, in the same place. That may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how much time and personal energy is wasted searching for keys, glasses and shoes. Given how time poor we are, save yourself the stress by finding a regular home for these things and get into the habit of always putting them back there.
2. Do a pre-mortem to avoid stress when things go wrong
Carry out what Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin calls a ‘pre-mortem’, a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations. When you’re under stress, your brain releases cortisol which flows through your body, causing the flight, fight or freeze reaction. In this condition, all non-essential bodily functions shut down which means that your brain gets cloudy and it is hard to think clearly and logically. So plan out what to do in these crisis situations. In the corporate world, we call this a 'crisis management strategy’, which kicks in if the emergency situation happens. The classic example is the fire drill. Everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire. In your personal life, a fire drill could be anything from your car breaking down; to being shut out, to being diagnosed with an illness. Getting into the habit of thinking through the worst-case scenarios so you have a plan of action if the worst happens.
3. Avoid paying too much attention to the news
If you fill your mind with negative news, it figures that this isn’t going to lift your spirits. I’m not suggesting you stick your head in the sand, however the reported news generally focuses on the negative things that have happened as bad news sells.
However, getting into the habit of balancing out listening to daily news with a daily dose of inspirational learning will help inspire you and lift your mood, so that you can better enjoy your home-life and family.
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