Reducing Anxiety At Home

October 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm

anxiety.jpgYour home should be a sanctuary where you can relax and wind down at the end of the day. Stress and anxiety, however, can disrupt your enjoyment at home if you do not know how to manage them properly. For a start, you can take this anxiety self test to determine how stressed you are and what the main factors causing this anxiety are. Factors that cause anxiety at home should be pinpointed, and once you know the cause, you can figure out a way to effectively control these causes so your goal of a serene and worry-free home can be realized.

 

Here are a few tips that can help minimize your anxiety while in the privacy of your home:

 

  • Secure your property. Nothing causes anxiety or worry more than being uncertain about the security of your dwelling. To ease your mind, explore appropriate safety and security systems that can protect you and your family at home. These may include electronic home alarms, security systems and access controls, surveillance equipment, etc. Simple issues such as malfunctioning garage door or broken windows or locks should be dealt with right away for your peace of mind. You can use a garage door repairs guide  if you feel you are skilled enough to do the repairs on your own.
  • Prepare for emergencies. If you know you are ready for untoward eventualities, you will be more at ease and prepared. Basic emergencies to prepare for include fire, inclement weather, or other acts of nature such as earthquakes. Have a regular inspection of your fire exits, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or sprinklers. Train all family members on who to call, where to go, and what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Learn to relax. Anxiety is often triggered by a mind that is overworked, fatigued, and needs a time out. When you are at home, set aside a time where you can just let your mind and body relax. Various relaxation techniques you may want to look into include breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or body massage. During your relaxation time, keep potential distractions such as mobile phones and other gadgets away, and make sure you are in a quiet area.
  • Eat right, drink right. When your body is getting the right nourishment, you wiill also be more capable of handling anxiety and stress triggers. Eat meals that are well-balanced and provide your body with the proper nutrients you need for your lifestyle. Avoid too much caffeine as this could lead to more anxiety for some people and can lead to caffeine dependence as fully discussed here. Keep your body working properly through proper hydration, or at least 7-8 glasses of water daily.
  • Get some exercise. Exercise triggers the release of hormones in your body that are relaxing and put you in a better mood. This can help ease anxiety while also keeping your body strong and healthy. Exercise at home can be as simple as using the treadmill or stationary bike, or you can invest in other home gym equipment if you have the extra room for it.
  • Read, listen to music, get creative. When you are allowing your creative imagination to appreciate good books, music, or art, you are also helping to manage anxiety and focusing your mind on something else other than what triggers the stress or anxiety. Build a library of books, e-books, or audiobooks that are positive, inspirational, and enriching. Listen to music that is soothing and relaxing when you need to calm down. If you know how to play a musical instrument, play that instrument or invite friends over to jam with you.