Do you find yourself thinking that it’s all a little too much? You’re not alone. In fact, it’s just you and the lion’s share of the world’s population in the same boat. The global pandemic, months of living under lockdown, a persisting climate of uncertainty, anger and confusion and political unrest all over the world… it’s enough to try even the strongest resolve! Many of us feel as though we’re living in a heightened state of anxiety, seeing threat around every corner and uncertainty at the breaking of each new day. We’re all angry, scared, sad, confused, uncertain and exhausted. As such, we may struggle to concentrate at work, feel distracted in our free time and find that our relationships with our loved ones may deteriorate.
The good news, however, is that whatever your circumstances, there are ways in which you can turn down the noise, and reduce the stress and anxiety in your life. And it starts at home…
Clear away clutter and embrace minimalism
Your home is supposed to be the one place in the world where you can be completely relaxed. Yet, for many of us, the home actually exacerbates stress levels rather than easing them. When we allow our homes to become filled with clutter, it can be visually distracting and prevent us from being able to feel at peace in our free time. It can also make us feel more stressed and elevate our anxiety levels. The trouble is that as we accumulate more and more possessions, it becomes easier and easier for them to stop being value to you and start becoming clutter. It’s time to embrace minimalism in your lifestyle!
Clearing away clutter and letting your living space breathe can make your home a more peaceful and restful place, and embracing minimalism will inevitably reduce your money worries, too. If you don’t have the storage capacity in your home, and don’t want to throw anything away, you may want to consider storing your items in a storage unit. It’s affordable, convenient and allows you to rotate your belongings and furniture.
Limit your screen time
Your smartphone connects you to everything that’s going on all over the world. And this can be both a blessing and a curse. As important as it is to educate yourself, the constant stream of data can become overwhelming, especially when you also consider how hateful people can be on social media when the news and their opinions are at odds. Furthermore, the blue light emitted by phones and tablets can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
As such, it’s a good idea to limit your screen time, especially on social media.
There are so many ways in which plants can help you to lead a happier and more peaceful life. CBD, for instance, has been proven to ease anxiety and depression, while a diet that’s rich in fresh veggies, fruits, grains and pulses can actually improve our brain chemistry, helping us feel happier as we get healthier.
And finally, don’t forget the calming effects of letting houseplants into your home. Their presence can help you feel relaxed, centered and in touch with the natural world.