With the pressures, conflicts and stresses affecting most people today many people overlook the one place and sometimes the only place they can go for tranquility, your home.
Think about it, your home is the only place where you have complete control of the environment, atmosphere and elements.
With so many distractions going on in our lives, we often neglect the simple but powerful steps we all can take to make our home a more peaceful, comfortable and tranquil place.
Even if you've taken the time to make your home a tranquil place in the past , it's surprising how little stresses as I like to call them can sneak in.
Soon you can find yourself getting used to the little stresses without noticing them if you're not careful.
Like clutter, noise and disorganized mess.
Because of the high rate of stress related diseases affecting more African Americans it's vital that we find and use the many ways to reduce stress in our lives as much as possible.
According a University study, twice as many African Americans die from hypertension than whites.
The University sponsored study also revealed compared to Whites, hypertension develops earlier in life and is much higher in African Americans.
Many factors contribute to this wide gap including, diet, discrimination, economic and legal injustice and access to affordable health care to name a few.
But there's another area discovered to contribute to the growing hypertension problems of African Americans.
That area? The home.
Because most of us spend so much time in our home, it's vital that we take steps to make our home as stress free as possible.
Because this is the one area we have complete control over, it's important that we use that power as a source of stress relief.
Here's 5 tips to make your home more stress free.
Organization Relieves Frustration.
This is not only a cute rhyme but it's a fact.
A major source of frustration, and stress is not being able to find something when you need it.
A cluttered, messy and disorganized environment is a major source of stress that you can quickly control with a little organization.
Let the Sun Shine In.
Study after study continues to confirm, people are happiest when we have natural light.
Natural sunlight releases chemicals in the body that attracts a feeling of emotional well being.
So make sure you open up curtains during the day when you're home and let the natural light in.
Too Much Information.
We live in an unprecedented time, the information age when we can know what's happening around the globe with the flip of a switch.
We can get news and information 24/7 ...
The only drawback? Information overload.
Make it a point to take a break from the news at least one day a week.
It may be hard if you're not used to it but it will do wonders for helping you control stress at home.
For example, turn the news off and go for a walk, play catch with your dog, play tag with your children or a board game you could even, ...
gulp, sit and talk with your children.
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Relaxing Words.
Our grandmothers had the right idea.
Now science has finally caught up.
Psychology has discovered pictures to be great stress reducers.
Make sure you're taking advantage of this.
Have relaxing pictures of natural scenery, inspirational people you admire, as well as family can help to relax you emotionally.
Practice Preventative Maintenance.
When it comes to owning a home, it's much cheaper to prevent a problem than to fix or replace it after it's broken.
Another major source of stress for most homeowners? Unexpected breakdowns and repairs.
Can I get an Amen.
These ideas may seem simple at first glance, but it would surprise you how many people overlook them, maybe even you.
Besides, time continues to prove it's the simple ideas that work the best.
After all it's the complicated, confusing and difficult to understand ideas that causes stress in our homes and in our lives.
S) rules, especially when it comes to managing stress.
Now you know.