6 Easy and Affordable Ways to Relieve Stress at Home

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6 Easy and Affordable Ways to Relieve Stress at Home
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Stress comes in many forms when we're under an extreme amount of pressure. At any age, we are no strangers to stress. But as we grow, the more susceptible we are to the littlest scenarios that cause us stress since the expectations we have put on our shoulders are getting heavier and ridiculous. In our twenties, this ridiculous internal pressure to become successful in the quickest way possible is intense. We constantly feel the need to work since taking a break is considered an act of weakness. They tell us early on that we must always keep running to be first in this race because otherwise, we're doomed to failure. All the criticism we're subjecting ourselves to is overwhelming and self-destructing for anybody, but it shouldn't have to be this way.



One common thing that stresses a lot of people is to hold themselves to a high pedestal and unrealistic standards. In reality, they pressure themselves to be anything less than perfection because they tie their worth to an arbitrary achievement. When the inevitable comes, and they can't take the endless list of responsibilities anymore, they drown in self-doubt. Doing certain hobbies or activities that make you happy is a huge help for you to loosen up and see the fun throughout the process. 



Stress is necessary and inevitable in life and survival. We don't grow if we don't pass through periods of discomfort and stress. We don't reach our creative breakthroughs if we don't have the experience of what it's like to be in a rut. The problems we encounter before we grasp success bring stress into our mind and body, and that's because we resist falling short of the commitment and skill needed to achieve our goal. So when we think about it, stress is the push we need to get to another phase in life, one step closer to the finish line.



According to Kathy Caprino from Forbes:

 


"Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance or status quo. It’s also the body’s way of protecting you, by helping you stay focused, energetic, and alert. When we sense danger of any kind – whether real or imagined – we tend to move into a “fight, fight or frozen” reactions, and both “positive” and “negative” or common events can contribute to these reactions."


"Dealing with stress effectively is a life-long process – of learning about and accepting yourself, understanding what you value, and gaining awareness of your triggers. The more you engage in this process of self-discovery and self-mastery, the more powerful you become in mitigating stress and dealing with it in life-supporting ways."




Learning to manage and relieve stress at home is not an easy nor linear process. You need to be able to dissect every adverse situation and reflect on how exactly this makes you feel. In your raw responses, you can study your triggers and find a healthy way to subdue their consequences, and improve your emotional feedback.  One way to do this is learning to apologize to yourself when you go back to old, toxic habits. Dealing with your stress is a long-term commitment to taking care of your mind and body. It's about being responsible with your choices like saying no to situations that compromise your health.

 



6 SIMPLE AND COST-FREE WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS AT HOME: 



GAMING 



When we reach our twenties, there's a part of us that wished we could go back to the good old days when we were kids. One part of my childhood I reminisce is fun I get playing games on the internet. Back in the day, I played on online gaming sites like Y8 and Friv. My cousins and I used to play multiplayer games on the computer and had the best time. When our parents aren't around, we stay up all night and play all sorts of games available. However, as time passed and we came back to these sites, it was disappointing because most of the games there couldn't be played anymore. They were blocked and some needed to be downloaded.



Luckily, another gaming website is here to reminisce and celebrate that version of online gaming fun in our time when smartphones weren't a thing. Plays.org has a lot of varied categories of free and fun online applications that don't need to be downloaded. Plus, there is no need to register or set up a user account. Everything is completely free.  



Plus, Plays.org constantly expands a collection of games every day, so there are many fun options to choose from. Check out the footer of their site and you can see category-based navigation for their game collection. Here are my favorites: 



2-Player/Multiplayer: Tank Wars Base Defense Game



Tank Wars Base Defense Game




Physics: Amazing World of Gumball Swing Out Vine Jumping Game



Plays.org Amazing World of Gumball Swing Out Vine Jumping Game


Math: Guardians Defenders of Mathematica KS2 Math Learning Fantasy RPG Game



Guardians Defenders of Mathematica KS2 Math Learning Fantasy RPG Game


According to Plays.org, one of their most popular games is a math game named Guardians Defenders of Mathematica. After playing it, I understood why a lot of players love it. This educational game incorporates basic Mathematics into an adventure type of game. 



The characters are varied and interesting. The graphics are creative, colorful, and detailed in world-building. You get to learn and review fundamental Mathematical theories and equations while having fun. This is the perfect game for young kids to refresh their minds with basic integral concepts. 



Classic: Pac Rate Game Inspired by PacMan



Plays.org Pac Rate Game Inspired by PacMan



Inspector Gadget: Inspector Gadget Let's Inspect Card Matching Game  



Plays.org Inspector Gadget Let's Inspect Card Matching Game



Slide Puzzles: Slices Pizza Making Logic Game



Plays.org Slices Pizza Making Logic Game


Honestly, I could go all day. I've played lots of games since I discovered this brand new gaming site. Take a look by clicking here plays.org/games/ to see something new and exciting every day. 



Another awesome thing about Plays.org is there are no paid upgrades or blocked flash with Adobe. Their games don't take long to load and the entire site is uncomplicated and simple to navigate --- definitely the perfect site for kids and tech novices. When I tried playing my first game, Tom & Jerry, it reminded me so much of my favorite childhood shows and games.

 


Exploring through the many fun categories on Plays.org not only took away my stress from my online classes but also brought back the inner child in me. 



BE IN THE COMPANY OF PETS 



Science has proven why and how pets are a stress reliever. They lower your stress hormones and reduces blood pressure. Regardless of the type of pet you own, may it be a dog or a cat, being around them gives you a sense of calmness when you're in an agitated state of mind. Pets make you feel young and happy as your bond grows even stronger. Pets have the ability to make us feel better by making us laugh with their silly quirks and playfulness. 



Plus, having the company of a pet you love makes you feel belonged and important since you have something to take care of. You feed and protect them, and your pets will return your affection in a different way. Their humor wipes away your sadness and bad temper instantly. Not only are they so cute to cuddle, but their presence is also very important when you're on the verge of a mental breakdown and their hug is all you need. Overall, they increase your emotional and mental well-being enough to get back on your feet. 



PRAY 



When you keep the stress all to yourself, the tendency is you take it out on the people around you. You unintentionally evoke negative energy and let it out. The pain you're bottling up inside may feel like you're the only one getting hurt but your inner affliction actually manifests in your behavior and actions. When you feel like all hope's lost, there is always a free and accessible way to relieve stress --- through prayer. 



God's comfort alleviates your pain and His love heals all your battle scars. When it feels so heavy, it’s probably because it's not your burden to bear. By opening your heart to Him and surrendering every anxious thought, you are starting to love yourself. Everything that worries you is temporary, but it doesn't feel like it until you talk to the Lord who is in charge of everything. The moment you begin to pray, you learn to embrace stillness in your season of waiting. 



A single prayer does more than lead you to a spiritual breakthrough, it also establishes a deeper relationship between you and God. It strengthens your sense of self and connection to your life's purpose. It elicits genuine, positive emotions and affirmations and helps you come up with a more peaceful outlook in life. Never estimate the power of God's miracles, for it is the only thing that can truly save you. 



ORGANIZE YOUR CLUTTER 



Most of the time, the source of your stress comes from a disorganized and chaotic environment. When you work or relax in a messy place, you're more inclined to make the wrong decisions. The anxiety and tension accumulated from your surroundings decrease your cognitive function. Spending 24 hours in a cluttered space not only compromises your productivity but also affects your physical and mental health. When this happens, you easily lose focus and are more susceptible to stress kicking in when feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks and deadlines that must be met. 



One productive way to manage stress is to pour your energy into organizing your mess, starting in your home. Getting rid of unnecessary things and leaving more room for what you need is a good way to start. Not only will you have a clean home or workspace but also a little extra money if you choose to sell your things. Having control of what stays and what needs to go makes you feel responsible and empowering. Organizing your thoughts and things should be made a habit to reduce the chances of stress. 



EXERCISE 



There's never any harm in exercising to relieve stress. Physical activity puts you in a good mood during any bad day. Also, you can do all sorts of exercise at home without costing a penny. Not only do you feel good about yourself after you exercise, but it also increases your mood and energy to do more productive things. This allows for a developed self-esteem to work on the things you plan on finishing for the day. This is why exercising is one of the best ways to mitigate the negative effects of stress. 



It relaxes your muscles which gets the pressure off your back (literally and metaphorically). Moreover, exercising encourages you to slow down and take a break from following an extreme work routine. The kind of exercise you do and how you do it improves your mental health. Your physical well-being plays a huge factor in your overall health. 



According to Mayo Clinic:


"Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries."



WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN 



Writing down the things you need to do for the day is a fantastic help to organize your thoughts. Seeing your tasks written down neatly on a piece of paper or on a digital calendar appears more manageable than scattered in your head. It helps you prioritize your objectives and get every task done more efficiently. When you're organized with your priorities, it allows you to have a quieter headspace which means a bigger chunk of brain energy goes to making smart decisions. 



This lessens the chance of being prone to stress due to uncertainty and work overload because every assignment is marked and catered to in its specific time. It gives you a clear insight into a bigger picture and an overview of how you spend two of the most important human resources: time and energy. For a more artistic approach, you can also jot down your thoughts and mood to translate your emotions better through creative writing. 



CONCLUSION:



Before you can manage your stress level, you need to be aware of where it's coming from. It's imperative to understand why a particular person/activity/scenario is causing you stress and how it directly affects your mindset and attitude. Without active introspection, you can't effectively examine the root cause of your stress and in totality, make your life a better one. There are several ways to relieve stress, and each works differently for everyone, but the best ways to manage it are definitely to vent it out through prayer and take a break. 



Remember that productivity can mean so many things, and it isn't always working. To manage stress efficiently is to incorporate a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle where every aspect of your health is taken care of. This means being committed to replacing bad habits with good, productive ones and being intentional about spending your time to improve your well-being. 



When you take accountability for the amount of workload you take daily and evaluate the status of your working environment, you can manage how these factors affect your intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. When your thoughts and emotions are in check, you can discipline yourself on how to respond to the problems at hand. It all comes back to your perspective about life. If you have the optimism, resilience, and gratitude to overcome life struggles, you can rise above the pressure and conquer every battle coming your way. 




"Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is. The only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds." - Dan Millman 

13 comments

  1. These are all great ways to relieve stress! I agree that many of us struggle with the pressures, but there’s always a way to get through it. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. These are some good ways to help you de-stress and relax. Relaxing and feeling calm doesn’t need to cost money or even mean you have to leave the house. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren - bournemouthgirl

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  3. Wonderful post Monique! I am prone to stress unfortunately and I try to find my ways to control it.excersising does help a lot along with organising and prioritizing what has to be done. I loved the last quote! It is so true that our inner resistance causes stress. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Some great tips for stress relief here, Monique. Pets are definitely a calming influence, you can't be stressed around a snoozing cat :)

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  5. I love playing games! It's a great way to fully get take your mind off things!

    Corinne x

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  6. These are all great ways to relax and de-stress. I still love gaming despite nearing my mid-20s, hehe x

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  7. Thank you for this post. Some useful tips on managing stress, which I need right now.

    I also love playing games on my phone and these sound great.

    I'm also finding it therapeutic to watch my hubby play Minecraft lately, whilst I catch up with blogging tasks.

    It's great for settling the mind down.

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  8. Ah very helpful I need to destress big time mu job is super stressful, thanks for posting :)

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  9. Fantastic tips! I love playing games. It helps to improve my mood.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  10. These are all amazing ways to relieve stress! As you said it doesn't need to be anything fancy or costly for you to do! Love the idea of gaming and writing. I would also add music and reading for me x

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  11. Exercise, pets, Journaling are the ones I really agree to. Also clutter in a sense that a little bit focus is needed in the house to calm the mind and senses. Definitely some introspection is asked for. Great and detailed. Xx
    Isa A. Blogger
    https://www.lifestyleprism.com/

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