We are all spending a lot more time at home and it can be HARD. It’s crazy to think that we are almost hitting the one-year mark of quarantine.
I have felt so many different emotions over the past year… stress, anxious, grateful, stir-crazy, reflective, overwhelmed…
As humans, we are social creatures, and we crave stimulation. Not being able to access both of those things in the way that we are used to can act as a serious stressor.
And being in the same environment every day can add to that.
But we also have some control over our environment! And we can use that control to create a relaxing environment at home and reduce some of that stress.
Declutter and clean your living space.
Studies conducted at Princeton University and UCLA revealed that physical clutter and disorganized physical spaces create confusion in our brains – increasing stress and decreasing our ability to focus.
Move around your house throughout the day. Spend time in different rooms.
Just as clutter can affect our moods, so can stagnant surroundings. Spending all day in one room can increase depression and feelings of isolation. Do different tasks in different rooms. Eat your meals at the table. Get up and move around at least once every hour.
Going outside is an easy way to boost your mental health. Whether it’s a walk around the block or sitting in your yard or front porch. Time outside will also break up the monotony of being at home all day. Schedule outdoor breaks to get that fresh air and vitamin D!
Light an essential oil candle.
Aromatherapy can lower the release of our body’s stress hormone, cortisol. Taking pleasure in a scent that you enjoy can also increase your level of contentment. Lavender, chamomile, bergamot, eucalyptus, jasmine, and citrus scents are a few of my favorites. I love that by simply lighting a candle you can create a peaceful vibe to any room.
Tell me, how have you stayed sane this past year?
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