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Five Ways to Add Zen in Your Home This Spring

Everyone has some sort of stress in his or her life whether it is work stress, worrying about finances, having a serious medical condition, and/or raising children and constantly worrying about them. Excessive stress or not relieving your stress can have many detrimental effects on the body and cause high blood pressure, depression, weight gain, and more. Fortunately, you can begin to reduce your stress by doing some simple things to create a relaxing atmosphere such as adding an aromatherapy diffuser to your home.

De-Clutter Your House

Although you may not consciously focus on it, a cluttered house can feel claustrophobic and induce stress. An easy way to reduce your stress is to tackle the piles of clutter and recycle, give away, or throw out the things that you no longer need or want. Then reorganize the rest of your belongings so that everything has a place, preferably out of sight.

Use Softer Lighting

Although you may need harsher light to read by, when you are not reading at night, use softer lighting to create a more relaxing atmosphere. During the day, open the blinds or drapes and let in natural light, which is healthier for you even when you’re inside the house or office. Then, change harsh fluorescent lights for softer lighting or install dimmer switches to lower the lights at night when you don’t need to see as well.

Introduce Relaxing Scents

Aromatherapy can help create a more relaxing atmosphere because breathing in certain scents helps people reduce stress, anxiety, anger, and other negative emotions. Purchase an aromatherapy diffuser that uses essential oils to help you relax. Some of the best oils for creating a calmer, more relaxing environment include:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Rose
  • Geranium
  • Cinnamon
  • Ylang Ylang

Create a Healthier Space

By introducing a nebulizing diffuser, not only will it help make you feel more relaxed as it releases scents from essential oils into the air but it can help make your home healthier. The diffuser can reduce dust, which traps and retains other allergens such as mold, dander, and pollen inside your house. The diffuser also prevents some illnesses because many oils contain antimicrobials that can kill pathogens that cause illnesses.

Make Bedroom Sacred

Getting seven to eight hours of sleep every night also helps to reduce stress, bolster the immune system, and allow the body to heal itself. Remove all electronics from the bedroom to reduce stress by quieting the mind and removing artificial lights and the temptation to work. The only activities that should take place in the bedroom are sleep and intimacy with your partner. Consider adding a nebulizing diffuser to help reduce allergens and add humidity into the air to make breathing easier, especially during the winter when the air is dryer.

By doing these five simple and inexpensive suggestions, your home can be a calmer and more relaxed place to be. Also, take some time to yourself every evening to mediate, have a hot bath, or just sit and breathe deeply before going to bed to help your mind and body relax.

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