Ten Things You Can Do in Your Home to Reduce Stress

Stress is not healthy so anything we can do to reduce it should be a priority. Here are ten things you can do in your home to reduce stress.

There is one obvious change you can make in your home to reduce stress. Reduce clutter and organize. This is by far what causes me the most stress and I am currently very focused on this. But what else can we do to reduce stress in our homes? Here are ten things you can do for little or no expense at all.

The beach house in Ventura where we celebrated the new year.

Ten Ways to Reduce Stress

The large picture window at our beach house with an amazing view of the ocean.

If you are looking for ways to reduce your stress, the first place you should look at is your home.

Reducing stress in your own home is paramount for maintaining overall well-being and fostering a sense of tranquility in your daily life.

Fortunately, it’s not that hard to do.

#1 Reduce Clutter

My new craft room on the third floor with vaulted ceilings, a Dreambox craft storing cabinet, a work table, and more.

One effective approach is to create a calming environment by decluttering and organizing your space, ensuring it feels welcoming and peaceful.

Organization can reduce stress because it creates a sense of order and control in our environment. When things are neat, tidy, and easy to find, it can alleviate feelings of being overwhelmed or chaotic.

I had so much stress with everything on our third floor that I ended up redoing the entire floor. So I started with this amazing  Dreambox to organize my craft supplies and didn’t stop.

I love this area so much that I now work up on the 3rd floor every day. This is my office and crafting spot.

What can you do to declutter? Get rid of items you no longer need or use. Clutter can contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety. There are so many ways and places to donate items and you know you will be helping others with your efforts. I held a huge sale and got rid of a lot of items we no longer needed. It was such a great relief!

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#2 Create a Relaxing Space:

A redecorated living room with sage and taupe and a mix of new and vintage items.

Designate a specific area in your home for relaxation and rejuvenation. This could be a cozy reading nook, a meditation corner, or a calming bath area.

I set up two areas in our home for reading. The first was in our living room at home. I added two swivel chairs near a French door and made sure there was adequate light for reading.

#3 Incorporate Nature

Waco Primary Bedroom

Bring elements of nature indoors with plants or natural materials. Being around greenery has been shown to reduce stress and improve mood.

#4 Practice Mindfulness

Additionally, practicing mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, can help alleviate tension and promote a greater sense of inner calm. Establishing healthy routines, such as regular exercise, nutritious meals, and sufficient sleep, can also contribute to stress reduction.

As you know, we transformed our Carriage House from a storage space to a weight room and it has been wonderful. The area is so light and open that I WANT to work out every day. Who knew?

Set aside time each day for mindfulness activities such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga. These practices can help calm the mind and reduce stress.

#5 Establish Routines

A bedroom makeover from two queens to a king and how to make the room well suited for guests.

Having consistent daily routines for tasks like meal prep, cleaning, and bedtime can create a sense of stability and reduce decision fatigue.

#6 Limit Screen Time:

New beach house remodel living area with white couch with pillow, frame tv, rattan media console, basket, wool rug, light wood coffee table, white swivel chair and accessories.

Spend less time in front of screens, especially before bedtime. Excessive screen time can contribute to stress and disrupt sleep patterns.

Blue light glasses and a Kindle can instantly help you with screen time.

#7 Socialize

Make time to connect with friends and family members, either in person or virtually. Social support can help buffer against stress and improve overall well-being.

Invite your girlfriends over for a last-minute happy hour or game night. Start a bookclub. Invite three couples to start a dinner club. Sometimes all you need to do is make a little effort.

#8 Engage in Hobbies

A close up of one of my holiday crafting projects.

Dedicate time to activities you enjoy, whether it’s gardening, painting, cooking, or playing music. Engaging in hobbies can provide a sense of fulfillment and relaxation.

I am pleased to say this is something I have always done. And I wouldn;t trade my hobbies for anything!

#9 Get Adequate Sleep

Prioritize sleep and create a comfortable sleep environment. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to support overall well-being and stress management.

#10 Seek Professional Help if Needed

A beautiful sunset at Ventura Beach, Ca.

If stress becomes overwhelming or unmanageable, don’t hesitate to seek support from a therapist or counselor. They can provide coping strategies and support tailored to your individual needs.

By prioritizing self-care and implementing these strategies, you can transform your home into a sanctuary that nurtures your mental and emotional well-being.

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  1. These are all wonderful, but I’d love to suggest one more: if you don’t have one already, get a pet!
    Many studies have proven that having a pet in the home can lower stress, there is an interesting study that shows even listening to the sound of a cat purring will reduce blood pressure!
    Having a dog can encourage you to take walks in nature, maybe meet your neighbors, or a cat as companionship for a single person can make a big difference in the quality of your life. There are many available at your local animal shelter just waiting to be your loyal friend!

  2. Hi Leslie – I have been a long time follower of you – in fact where you were painting and did 30 paintings in 30 days! I love that and participated in several! I truly appreciate the information in today’s blog about de-stressing but as I was reading it I found myself getting more and more tense. It’s all of the pop up’s and commercials. Totally stressed me out and made your blog feel cluttered. Hope you can do something about that and “you keep going girl” as I believe you have made a lot of changes in your lifestyle recently for the better.

    1. Hi Jeanette! Oh I’m sorry to hear that- unfortunately with free content ads will pop up. I wish there was something I could do about that but as of right now my hands are tied!

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