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Six tips to disconnect and de-stress at home

This past year hasn't been an easy one. We've had to adapt to a new, somewhat complex and uncertain way of life. That's why learning to disconnect and de-stress at home has become an important part of our day-to-day lives. Mental health is also important!

Believe us when we tell you that there's always time to stop and breathe, even on the most overwhelming of days. We're here to show you how you can disconnect from work, whether you're in an office or teleworking. It's vital for your well-being, for your emotional stability and for both your happiness and that of your loved ones. So don't miss these six tips to disconnect and de-stress at home.

1. Create a relaxation space at home

Our home is our refuge at the end of a day's work — whether that's shutting down our computer after teleworking or walking through the door after a long day. That's why it's so important that it be chaos-free and that you have a space to relax.

And if you don't have that space at home just yet, you can create it! For example, you can do so by placing two armchairs face to face, like in this example. That way, you can share more moments with your family or as a couple, with a calm chat and some nibbles. Or you can rest while you quietly browse a magazine or read a book.

Did you know that having a specific place dedicated solely to relaxing helps us to do so almost automatically when we are in it? Our brain will understand that we're calm and safe there, and that it's a time and place to disconnect.

A tip to disconnect and de-stress at home: take off your shoes and wear slippers and comfy clothes, switch off your phone and find an activity that will relax you. Even if it's only 30 minutes, take a daily break to do something you like in that little corner and fully disconnect.

2. Learn to breathe: it influences our well-being

Breathing has an enormous impact on our feelings, our emotions, and our way of dealing with things. That's why it's so important that when you feel overwhelmed or stressed, you stop for five minutes to calm down and bring everything back in line.

When you notice that feeling of restlessness at home, look for a quiet place, like a little nook where you can be alone and won't be disturbed. Breathe deeply, inhaling and exhaling calmly, and think positively. The perfect thing to pair with this peaceful moment is a hot cup of herbal tea or a glass of milk (avoid coffee). There's almost nothing so important that it can't wait for you to take this time for yourself.

With some blankets and pillows, even an interior window sill can become a desirable place to disconnect and de-stress at home.

3. Take time for yourself

One of the main things to bear in mind in order to relax and disconnect at home is to enjoy some time for yourself: peaceful leisure time to disconnect and do things that make you happy...

What exactly do we mean?

  • Reading a book or magazine
  • Exercising at home
  • Stretching to relax your back
  • Watching a film or documentary
  • Listening to a podcast
  • Phoning a friend you haven't spoken to in a while
  • Coming up with some fun weekend plans

Having some daily leisure time after work is critical to being happy, so don't give it a second thought! Disconnect and leave stress behind by taking time to do things that make you happy.

4. Choose the right music to relax 

Do you know how everyday stress affects your body? Muscular overload, cramps, excess cortisol that can lead to blood pressure spikes… That's why we keep recommending that you think about yourself, your health and to disconnect and de-stress in the place that's most important to you — your home.

Music is one of the methods we like most. Lie down on the sofa, in an armchair or any quiet place. Pick up some headphones that help block out noise and choose a relaxing playlist.  Did you know that listening to music that makes us feel calm and happy helps to reduce cortisone (a hormone associated with anxiety) and the mind releases built-up tension?

Even if it's only for 10 minutes, close your eyes, turn up the volume and fight stress and nervousness at home.

If there's anything that's fundamental to relaxing and disconnecting at home, it's having a proper rest. So don't miss this video with tips for getting a good night's sleep: 

    5. Take a relaxing shower or bath

     

    Hot water is great for relaxing at home. The best thing you can do is have a shower, as you'll save quite a bit more water compared to a bath. That said, there's nothing wrong with occasionally treating yourself with a nice hot bubble bath filled with relaxing scents. 

    Do you know all the benefits a hot shower or bath can provide?

    • It helps to reduce feelings of anxiety 
    • It loosens the muscles, leaving them more relaxed
    • It relieves day-to-day stress
    • Hot water helps to eliminate toxins and improve blood circulation
    • It eases body pain, in addition to reducing inflammation

    And after you dry off with a soft, warm towel, you'll feel like new!

    6. Laughter helps us to de-stress

     

    Finally, something as simple as laughter is essential when it comes to de-stressing and relaxing. When we laugh, we release endorphins and dopamine, while reducing cortisol (the hormone associated with anxiety and stress). That's why we recommend you do everything you can to have a laugh at home. 

    Put on a series that you know makes you smile, watch some stand-up comedy, share funny anecdotes with your partner or friends... 

    The power to create a happier you is in your hands!

    Are you willing to put all this into practice to relax and de-stress at home? If you'd like more wellness-related ideas, don't miss these articles.

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