We carried out a study to find out if Brits believe the state of their home affects their stress levels after it was revealed that an average of 15.2 million working days are lost in the UK each year as a direct result of stress-related illness. The findings revealed that 80% of Brits do believe there is a link between their home and their stress levels, with over two thirds (67%) feeling more stressed when their house is untidy, so what can people do to help improve their mental health?
ScS and Mind have developed some top tips and advice to help people relax and de-stress, without even leaving their sofa.
Lee Walker, from Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, says everyone experiences stress, however, you can help to reduce your stress levels from your sofa in as little as three steps:
“We usually feel stressed when we feel excessive pressures or other types of demands placed on us. Take a moment, make a cup of tea, sit with a family member or friend and talk about how you feel. A problem shared is a problem halved!
“Writing things down can also be a big help. Grab a pen and paper, take a seat and write down everything that is causing you stress. Making a list in order of importance can help you to prioritise and put in perspective some of the things that are stressing you out.
“Breathing is also important and can be easily practiced whilst relaxing on the sofa. When we breathe deeply, our body automatically slows down our heart rate and lowers our blood pressure, helping you to feel more relaxed.”
Having a bit of ‘me time’ is also massively important to your mental health. UK employees work some of the longest hours in Europe, leaving little time for relaxation. Setting a couple of nights a week aside for some quality ‘me time’ on the sofa can be a great way to relax and reduce your stress levels.
Lindsey Duncton, ScS Marketing Manager, said: “Life can be stressful and demanding at times, so it’s vital we’re taking time out, whether relaxing on the sofa or unwinding with some light exercise, and doing little things to help reduce stress levels and improve our overall mental wellbeing.
“Your sofa and living room can be a great place to de-stress and help prioritise overall mental heaalth, something often overlooked. We hope Tyneside and Northumberland Mind’s three point plan alongside our other advice helps people feel more stress-free while going about their day.”
If you’re interested to find out more about positioning your furniture for a stress free home, we have also spoken to feng shui experts, Wu Wei Wisdom about creating a mindful and stress free home.