It’s very difficult to relax while you’re living in and around clutter. Clutter is defined as a confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble, that are unfinished and take up space within your life. It is impossible to relax while your unfinished tasks stare you in the face.
Every time you see the mess or your attention is brought to it that old feeling of being overwhelmed creeps in, there is just one more thing to do. So, de-clutter your home and your working space, which not only will look great, but will also give you that inner peace you might be lacking.
A few ideas to get you started!
1. Start with your bathroom, you know there are things in your medicine cabinet with expired dates that just have not found the way to the garbage.
2. Linen Closet, semi worn-out towels, curtains you will not use. I mean do you really need 100 towels when you only use 30 of them.
3. Don’t be scared but check under your bed just be warned to have a broom handy to swipe anything that moves.
Find and Create a Relaxing Atmosphere
This will be a natural step after you de-clutter, but create a space within your home that promotes relaxation. This should be a place that can be your retreat, not to add to your to do list but painting a room in a cool shades are believed to be the most relaxing colors. This place should be where you can sit back and relax with a good book, a cup of tea, a facial mask or whatever hits the spot for you.
Create an urban oasis with fresh-cut flowers with the mellow sight and sounds of a tabletop water fountain is a great aid to help create an atmosphere and ambiance that promotes rest and relaxation. For others it’s classical music that makes them feel calm and relaxed. Either way, create a space within your house where you can feel absolutely relaxed. Use it every day for as long as you wish.
Eat Healthy an oldie but a goody
Yet many still seem to fight against it or find it hard to budget for it. Healthy eating is a lifestyle and it must become a lifelong pattern. Your body will respond to what you put into it, you know, garbage in, garbage out! But eating healthy doesn’t mean eating cardboard, there’s plenty of healthy yet yummy food choices out there.
When you’re on a tight budget you can save money and still have quality. This is where the internet is very useful with the many, many helpful websites.
Here are some highlights to help you plan!
1. Limit your intake of junk food and alcohol
2. Drink lots of water
3. Limit salty and sugary foods
4. Avoid eating foods that are high in saturated fats
5. Make “Variety” the watchword of your eating
Exercise, why you should find time to go to the gym!
Regular movement (or exercise) is equally important. A contradiction in terms, but exercise brings vitality and energy and actually reduces stress while combating many potential health hazards including depression. Find a personal trainer, go to the gym or just make some time in the morning to do some warm ups don’t fret it doesn’t have to be a perfect routine, just move. Exercise helps you revitalize your mind and body, plain and simple, it feels good. It’s important to find the right exercise plan that will fit you and your lifestyle.
Of course I have to add a caveat, your posture. You can exercise until your blue in the face but if you habitually have poor posture, you will be plagued with muscular imbalances (aches and pains). Need additional motivation to exercise, do it for your posture! Exercise helps strengthen your muscles to help you improve your posture.
Self Help Tip: The Ideal sitting posture (in the center) puts far less strain on the neck, shoulders and back. The “forced” and “slouched” postures require more muscular effort than poised sitting.
Invest in staying healthy!
Regularly scheduled self-care plays a huge part in how healthy you will be and goes along with all the other resolution. It goes hand in hand, one does better with the other, I am talking about Therapeutic Massage. An increasing number of research studies show massage reduces your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes your muscles, improves their range of motion, and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment).
Although therapeutic massage does not increase your muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity if you’re sick or have an injury. Budgeting time and money for bodywork is a true investment in your health!
Sleep, are you deprived of it?
It’s imperative to let your body receive the physical rest it needs. Many people get so busy that sleep seems to get in the way of all the things that need to be done. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Chronic Sleep Insufficiency” is recognized as a public health problem. Another recent study by the U.S. Army concluded sleep deprivation reduces emotional intelligence, yikes! Make sleep a priority!
Schedule it into your day timer if you need to. Nothing refreshes and revitalize the body, like a good night’s sleep. Your muscles also need it! Physical performance suffers, did you know your muscles grow while your eating and sleeping not when you are pumping iron. Your Hormone levels can be compromised.
So how much should you get? It’s an individual thing, you’ve heard it a thousand times but the general guideline is 8 hours of good uninterrupted sleep every single night. In the morning you should feel 100% rested and energized.
Lastly, take control over your life, live and enjoy a healthy balance in the New Year!
Do you have some resolutions that has worked to make your stress melt away? Please share with us!
References: CDC, U.S. Army, Fitness programs for life