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Put an End to Stress and Relax at Home

Author: Caroline Begin

stressStress always seems to find its way into our busy lives.  Fortunately, there are many ways to relax at home and most of them are free.  Do you have a few minutes to spare while the kids are asleep and the laundry is going through its spin cycle?  Here are ten tips to help you reduce your stress levels. To learn more about these relaxation techniques and many more, visit

1. Wake up and smell the rosesÖ or jasmine, lavender, neroli or ylang ylang.  Aromatherapy is a great way to relax at home.  Simply use a few drops into a diffuser and let the fragrance uplift your mood and reduce your level of stress. 

2. Take the time to breathe deeply.  We often forget about our breathing and it becomes shallow.  Focusing on your breathing is a great way to relax, particularly just before a stressful presentation or right in the middle of an argument with someone.


3. Improve your ďchiĒ or energy flow in your home.  Feng Shui is an ancient method of rearranging your environment to improve your health, wealth and overall life.  A new color on your walls or a large plant properly located could make a significant difference on your stress levels.

4. Find the time to read a few pages every day.  You donít have to read an entire book in one sitting.  If you commute to work by train or bus, take a book with you.  Instead of watching the late night news and getting bombarded with negative and stressful images, pick up a book and your quality of sleep will improve.

5. Try to adhere to a regular sleep schedule.  Your circadian rhythm becomes unbalanced when you travel through time zones or wake up at a different time.  If you are lucky enough to have a regular daytime schedule, try to wake up at the same time on weekends.  It will make your Monday mornings a lot easier and give you a few more hours to get things done over the weekend.

6. Improve your anti-oxidant intake with tea.  Whether you like black, oolong, green, white or herbal tea, you will benefit from drinking it regularly.  Try a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed if youíre having trouble sleeping.

7. Take up yoga.  You donít need to start with complicated poses.  Yoga is a great way to improve your flexibility and tone your muscles.  The sun salutation is a wonderful series of exercises that can be done in the morning.

8. Create a private sanctuary that you can use as a home spa.  It doesnít need to be fancy.  Simply clean your bathroom, add a few scented candles, play some music in the background and enjoy an aromatherapy bath or an herbal wrap. 

9. Be a kid again.  If you work on a computer all day, take a few minutes to improve your dexterity skills and hand/eye coordination by playing a few easy games. 

10. Enjoy comfort food.  There is a reason why comfort food makes you feel good.  The memories that are often attached to a particular type of pie, lasagna or ice cream are comforting.  While these foods arenít particularly healthy, itís good to indulge occasionally.

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Caroline Begin is the writer and webmaster for She is a professional freelance writer, webmaster and translator who creates original web content in English and French. To contact her, visit

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