After a stressful day at work (or whatever it is you do with your time), the last thing you want is to come home and be faced with more stress. Unfortunately, this is the case for many of us. Our homes are supposed to be a safe haven of peace and calm, but we are often faced with stressors that can sabotage our downtime.
In this article, we will look at some of the common home stressors many of us face on a daily basis. If any apply to you, we have some tips to help you eliminate them.
Stressor #1: A cold house
Especially during the winter time, our homes are going to be colder than ever. Sure, we could turn on the heating, but there may still be issues that go beyond turning up the thermostat. With nasty draughts coming in through cracks in our doors and windows, and heat escaping through the roof, it can be a hard time to stay warm. Despite our efforts to relax, we are going to feel stressed because of that nasty chill we feel in the air. It’s time to put on another sweater!
Tip: The first thing to do is block out any draughts that are coming in. This can be done fairly cheaply, as your local hardware store should sell self-adhesive rubber seals which can be placed around doors and windows. If your house is still cold, you should move furniture around to maximize the heat coming from your radiators and close any doors or vents where heat may be escaping. You might also consider a few home renovations to insulate your home further, such as underfloor heating or a loft insulation. We also recommend you read our winter guide, as this will get your home in order for this most chilly of seasons.
Stressor #2: A drab interior
When was the last time you decorated or bought anything new for your home’s interior? If it was some time ago, your home’s decor may no longer hold any appeal to you. When once you were excited to come home to the fabulous home designs you had created, you may now be bored of your surroundings. This will cut into your relaxation time, as you will spend more time getting stressed about the way your house looks, instead of chilling out in a home with more visual and comforting appeal.
Tip: Your home isn’t going to redecorate itself, so if your home interior irritates you, then it is time do something about it. Money may be an issue, of course, but you can still decorate your home fairly cheaply. Rather than buying new furniture, for example, you might want to refurbish or repurpose your current pieces to transform the way they look. You might also focus on one room at a time, so rather than giving your whole house a facelift (and blowing your budget), consider which rooms need the most work and start to plan accordingly. Thinking of your bathroom, you might want to change the color scheme and add one of these classic Clawfoot Tubs to create a relaxing bathroom retreat, or you might want to start with your living room, perhaps with our rustic decor ideas to create a brand new aesthetic. The time you spend will be more than worth it when you can finally enjoy your home’s interior again.
Stressor #3: An untidy home
Unless you hire a cleaner or dream up a housework fairy, you are going to have to face this problem head-on. Household chores can be a pain, we know, especially when you have children and pets who make the job even harder, but you will need to roll your sleeves up and crack on with the jobs at hand.
Tip: To make your life easier, there are a few things you can do to alleviate your housework burden. The first is to enlist other members of your household into helping you, be that your partner or your children (should they be old enough). Create a family cleaning rota, and give everybody a job to do, perhaps turning it into a game to make the experience more enjoyable. You also need to get on top of the clutter, whether you throw unwanted items away or through purchasing more storage space to accommodate your stuff. We have further tips here, so follow the link for some additional decluttering advice. Finally, create good habits. Clean up as you go, so rather than letting your kitchen sink mount up with dishes, wash your cups and plates after you have used them. Before you go to bed at night, give your house a quick tidy, so you don’t experience stress when you are faced with a mess in the morning. And ensure the rest of your family adheres to the same good habits, as this will make everybody’s lives much easier.
Stressor #4: The thought of work
The last thing you want to think about when you get home is work, but if you regularly bring your work home with you, or if you are based in a home office during the day, then thoughts of your job may impinge on your relaxation time. You might also have job worries that play on your mind, so while you may not physically bring work home with you, these worries may still circulate around your thoughts when you are trying to relax and put your feet up.
Tip: Should you work in a home office, shut the door at the end of the day and leave everything behind. It will still be there in the morning, so don’t be tempted to spend an extra or two working. If you often bring work home with you, ask yourself why. While you may have deadlines to meet and things to do, surely your work is better left on your desk in your office (or wherever you are based), so you can switch off when you are at home. Up your productivity levels at work so you don’t have to work overtime. And if you have worries about your job, then you need to deal with them swiftly. Talking to your boss may help, but find ways to share your burden with anybody so they don’t affect you at home.
We realize none of these things are easy, but for each of these issues, one of the best things to do at home is distracting yourself. Remove any physical reminder of work and do something else with your time. Watch tv, play with your kids, take part in a hobby… anything but allow the thought of work into your home. You will never relax fully if you don’t, and your stress levels won’t go down.
For these (and any other home stressor), share your thoughts with us, and if you have any tips of your own, be sure to let us know. Take care, and thanks for reading!