Most of the time when contemplating stressors, external factors like relationships, office-deadlines and finances are to blame. Well-known due to their relentless consequences, many people spend a significant amount of thought on these topics and how to better navigate them. Surprisingly, everyday factors throughout our very homes are also contributing to stress levels and should be acknowledged in order to help minimize them.
Too many screens
Although technology is a requisite in virtually every aspect of life, before we know it, our home has been inundated with screens. From televisions in every room to smartphones, tablets and personal computers, even at home we are constantly exposing ourselves to over-stimulation. It’s important to implement a “no screens” time in your home to recharge, or dedicate an area in the home that is free of technology.
Spending time at home and seeing unfinished projects can correlate to stress because it is the perfect example of how little time there is in a day, week or year to meet our goals. Seeing unfinished projects translates to failure, whether that failure is having too little money, too little time, or too little talent to properly complete them. Set smaller goals and projects to complete so you don’t feel so overwhelmed.
Visual reminders of overspending
Buyers remorse is stressful and surfaces whenever we are reminded of overspending by visually seeing our many purchases. Both a potential financial hardship and more things to organize, buying material things leads to clutter. This is a good sign you need to create a new budget and limit your spending.
Clutter visually, physically and sensory overloads our brains. Clutter can cause significant stress because it can lead to guilt, distractions, embarrassment and less positive energy. Getting rid of the extras can bring a major change to your mood and outlook on life. Consider different storage options like wiring shelving, plastic boxes and drawer organizers. When your home is organized, you can start to feel more organized too, leading to less stress.
More than a distraction, background noise throughout a home can increase stress because it’s annoying and it physically induces the release of the hormone cortisol. Figure out what is causing background noise in your home. Chances are, you may not have really noticed it causing you stress until you identify it. Some things to look for include television, other people on the phone, appliances and more. Consider turning off electronics or moving to a different room to be alone for a chance to recharge.
While this is something everyone must think about at the end of the day, it surprisingly is a source of stress for many. Whether you feel like you don’t have time, money or the skill needed to make the meals you want, changes can be made to make it easier for your. Pre-make meals and put them in the freezer for a quick dinner that you don’t have to feel guilty about later, and make a list before going to the store so you don’t overspend or eat out more than you want.
Identifying these surprising stressful factors in a home is the first step towards improving and putting an end to unnecessary, routine stress. Understanding that these average, everyday issues affect large numbers of people can help promote motivation, and allow individuals to approach them quickly and mercilessly for their own good.
Author Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She writes about health, family, home and business. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. Informational credit to Quantum Storage.