5 Steps to a Stress-Free Home for Stress Awareness Month

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April is officially Stress Awareness Month, and if you are like most people, you will have felt stress in some aspect of your personal or work life. According to recent research, by the American Psychological Association, over 83 percent of American workers are stressed and people between the ages of 18 to 33 years old have the highest average level of stress.

Not only is it not fun to be stressed out, it can significantly impact your health and relationships. Take this month as a chance to move towards a stress-free life. Our homes are where we come back to from a long day of work, and should be a place where you feel comfortable to relax and restore yourself.

Here are five steps to make your home a comfortable and stress-free environment.

1. Designate One Area to be Stress-Free

Boho relaxation corner

Let one place in your home be your “happy zone”. If you cannot designate a room, just start out with one little corner. Perhaps this is a place with some of your favorite photos or memories, or simply a time for you to relax and read a book for a few minutes. You probably already know what makes you happy, so try to get to this point every day.

2. Make Your Rooms Clutter-Free

clutter free room

Getting rid of unnecessary things in your home will open and brighten up your room. Take this time to do a nice spring cleaning of things you can get rid of. Having your rooms neat and precise will brighten up your mood. On the same side, reserve a spot in your home that can be messy. This is where you should put things you may not have dealt with yet like to-do lists and bills so that they are separated from the rest of your home.

3. Bring Some Plants and Flowers in Your Room

Blossom Vase

It is no secret that having fresh flowers or plants to look at in a room can help lighten up your mood. Studies have even shown that greenery can help ease stress in hospital patients and office workers.

4. Focus on Bright Colors

colorful living room

 Try incorporating some bright accent colors into your room. Even if these are just little additions of bright yellow or orange, having these colors around you can help. Studies in color therapy also show that blues are an excellent choice in color to produce a relaxing feel.

5. Use a Timer for Tasks

Areaware Alarm Dock for iPhone

Set an alarm or have a clock close by to help keep you on track for tasks that may stress you out otherwise. Sometimes, doing tedious chores can become a huge stress in the home. Knowing there is an end can help keep you on track and in a lighter mood.

3 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Your Home

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Even though every day should be a day to celebrate living on this Earth, April 22nd is officially recognized as “Earth Day” in the United States. As April is also springtime, it is an excellent time to refresh your home and celebrate nature and this earth we are a part of.

Below are just some ideas for you get started:

Recycle and Reuse

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Hopefully you already have a recycling trash system in your home, but if not, it is never too late to start.

There are also many other ways you can recycle and reuse including:
-Donating old electronics, furniture, or clothes to your local secondhand shop.
-Holding a yard sale to get rid of items from your spring cleaning.
-Think twice before purchasing new compulsory items. Not only will you be able to save some extra money, you will also not be contributing to extra waste.

Plant Trees and Flowers

Blomus GREENS Planter

Earth Day is famous for people around the nation planting trees to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and clean pollution.

If you do not have room for trees, try adding some extra plants and flowers in your home or garden. If you need to move your plants for extra sunlight, you can consider getting a mobile planter.

Try taking this time to learn about plants and flowers that are native to your area to further your education about the environment. You may even find that you have a green thumb, and can plant some local vegetables and fruits to use in the kitchen.

Conserve Water and Energy

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

It is always important to be thinking about how you can conserve water and energy in your daily habits. If you are not consciously doing so, let this Earth Day be a chance for you to make some changes around your home. Of course, not all of us can install solar panels or make huge changes to our homes.

However, some little things that may go a far way include:
-Taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth, and watching how much water use when you wash the dishes.
-Using MyEnergy.com to track your home energy to make appropriate changes.
-Find a company on www.carwash.org that uses WaterSavers for your next car wash.
-Using a watering can to water your lawn can help save water.

It really is up to each one of us to make a conscious choice to help make a better change on this Earth.

 

 

Incorporate the March Flower Daffodil Colors in your Life

Daffodils

As March has just began, we look towards the cheerful yellow daffodils to signal that spring is arriving. Daffodils are March’s official birth flower because they are one of the first flowers to bloom in the springtime. They have become the unofficial symbol of rebirth to show that winter is nearing its end.

The most common color for daffodils is, of course, yellow. However, daffodil flowers also can come with accents of white, orange, and pink. These are all colors that go well with the yellow base.

Yellow is a vibrant and cheerful color that is perfect to add to your life to your wardrobe, home, and office. Here are some ways to brighten up your mood with the daffodil colors.

Indoors

Yellow Living Room

The first thing you will want to do is to open up the windows and allow the sunshine into your home. Natural light will brighten up your rooms, and the fresh air will make you feel alive. Buy a bouquet of daffodils and place it in A Peaceful Bomb Vase. This vase also makes a statement about peace, which goes hand in hand with the life that daffodils bring. This is the perfect centerpiece for your dining room or living room table.

A Peaceful Bomb Vase
Yellow is an incredibly vibrant color, so you want to make sure you are not overdoing it. Having strong accents such as a painting or light fixture can be an excellent way to subtly bring in yellow. Yellow goes very well with light grays, light browns and white, and a pale yellow works nicely with other pastel colors. Of course, if you are daring, you can always go all in and paint your walls and furniture yellow. This automatically brightens up the whole room and can make it feel larger than it is.  

Outdoors

blomus cube stainless steel planter

Place daffodil plants next to your doormat as a welcoming gesture to your guests and neighbors. You can put the flowers in this nice Greens Cube. The Greens Cube is designed to go both indoors or outdoors, so after March you can exchange them for other flowers or plants. Another great asset of the Greens Cube is it has an overflow tray to catch excess water, so you never have to worry about making a mess.

Verdo Stainless Steel Watering Can

Spring is the perfect time to spice up your garden. Whether you decide to grow your daffodils or other greenery, a garden growing with new life is the perfect way to experience spring. Consider this VERDO Watering Can as both a decoration to symbolize regrowth and for practical use to water your flower and plants.

Do you like springtime daffodils? Are you planning to incorporate them into your home this March?

How To Use The March Birthstone Color Aquamarine In Your Home

Aquamarine is the birthstone color for March and has a vibrant, rich color that matches the springtime feel. It is the perfect color to accent your home in as you get ready for the flowers to blossom. Aquamarine is also great because the color can range from light to dark and you can mix and match.

Here a few ways you can bring the March birthstone color into your home.

Living Room     

Living Room

Aquamarine brightens up your living room and makes it an excellent place to entertain guests and family. An easy way to add this month’s birthstone color to your home is through changing the pillow coverings or adding a rug and curtains.

Aurora Borealis Sand Picture Movie Small

You can also focus on wall and table decorations such as picture frames, or this Aurora Borealis themed Sand Picture Movie. It is not only relaxing but will help your home feel sophisticated.

Kitchen

Spring Color Kitchen

Brighten up your kitchen with shades of blue as well. Aquamarine was chosen for the birthstone color of March because it invoked positive feelings. Your kitchen is a space where you want to feel happy and connected in, and aquamarine is the perfect color to help. You can choose to paint your walls or furniture aquamarine for a larger DIY project. Smaller changes you can make include buying blue kitchen appliances and kitchenware. Aquamarine is a color you can have in your kitchen all year round and will not grow old after spring is over. Even in the winter, it will be a cheery reminder of the season that is yet to come.

JoeMo XL Travel Mug

This JOEmoXL is an aquamarine coffee mug that you can leave in your kitchen or bring along with you to work. The 16 ounce coffee thermos has an insulated tumbler and is considered one of the best travel mugs in Europe based on a top consumer magazine. With the JOEmoXL, you can share your love for the March birthstone color with your coworkers.

Bedroom and Bathroom


Spring Blue Bedroom

An aquamarine themed bedroom or bathroom is popular to have as it can invoke seaside memories and dreams. The color is relaxing and peaceful and is an excellent choice for bedtime and bathroom decor. The brightness of the color also makes for a good mood at all times. If you are hesitant about adding aquamarine to your bedroom, you can start with smaller appliances such as this Emu LED desk lamp or some teal candles to bring in a fresh scent as well.

Emu Light Desk Lamp