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Your Environment Can Affect Your Stress Levels.

October 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Health, News, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( When we think of ways to decrease stress levels we look to diet and exercise. However, there are cases whereby diet changes are made, and sustained, and one is exercising regularly but stress still feels high. It’s very important that working out and eating right will have a positive effect on your blood pressure. Ironically, we can see improvement in blood pressure while still having high stress levels. Stress is a daily occurrence that we all encounter, yet there are ways to manage stress levels. One’s environment plays a very important part in managing stress. It is important to have a place of tranquility and peace. For many that place is one’s home, or room in your home. It is important to create the space that will allow you to decompress after dealing with the outside world.

Mediation in a space with calming waters, tranquil music, life through plants, and aromatherapy are just a few of the things one can place strategically thought out the house, or in a tranquility room. When taking time to decompress from the stress of the day it is also important to “unplug”. If possible, this is the time, and space, whereby you wouldn’t accept phone calls, or interact with social media.

Basically, it’s a no phone zone. It is also a space with no TV, or the news is not on. There is so much going on in the world, and it is a source of constant stress and worry. Our nation is very fearful right now, and with just cause. Having a space whereby you can get away from the stress of such things even if it’s for a small time will help your stress levels.

It is understandable that many people live a fast pace life, and more so by necessity. However, what you come home to can make it impossible to destress. Organizing your home for your own efficiency, and cleaning the clutter that may have grown in the wake of you being busy would help lower stress levels. Something as simple as washing the bed sheets so that you can get into a fresh bed to rest can have a significant effect on your stress level in a positive way. Never underestimate the power of clean, and organization. Granted one should organize to best suit them, but having a place for everything helps your home have a serene feel to it in addition to your tranquility space.

Lastly, when there is a spouse, and kids involved stress levels can be elevated trying to help everyone in the family get what they need. However, there must be a balance. You must have time to yourself to be at one with self, balance your energy, and center your being. This is important is you want to decrease the stress in your life. If you find that your muscles are constantly tense even after stretching, and knots tend to surface in say your shoulders and back regularly…it’s time to deal with your stress levels. Diet and exercise are a large portion, but enabling your environment for wellness may assist with decreasing stress.

Staff Writer; Christian Starr

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One Response to “Your Environment Can Affect Your Stress Levels.”
  1. Adelle says:

    Love this article! I cannot agree more that your environment plays a key role in your mental and physical health. As a Professional Organizer I come across many people who feel depressed and defeated when they enter their homes. I like to emphasize to my clients that your home should be your haven, a refuge where you recharge and “unplug” (as you said) from the outside world.

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