Stress. In today’s world it’s practically unavoidable and accepted as a common state of being. Unfortunately, serious health problems can occur in cases of chronic, long-term stress. It can lead to digestive problems, headaches, sleeplessness, sadness, anger, irritability, and high blood pressure, as well as mental disorders like depression or anxiety. Chronic stress can lead to more frequent and severe viral infections, such as colds and flu and even increase your risk of serious conditions like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. According to The American Institute of Stress, 77% of people in the United States regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. It is vital to understand how to manage your stress and improve your health and well-being.
Relax and Recharge
You may not be able to avoid stress, but you can minimize its effect on you. Taking care of yourself by eating a nutritious and balanced diet, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and exercising can improve your ability to handle your daily stress. It is also important to take regular breaks to relax, renew, and rejuvenate. Dedicating as little as 10 to 15 minutes per day to relaxing and recharging can counteract a significant amount of your life’s stressors.
Details That Make a Difference
A calm, outdoor space can lead to happier and healthier kids, adults, and pets. Increase your outdoor area’s stress reduction abilities by adding a few extra details.
- Plants: surround your space with a few big potted plants. Plants with interesting foliage will delight the eye, while fragrant plants (like lavender) will calm you. Tall, native grasses that rustle in the breeze can provide a relaxing soundtrack for your space.
- Outdoor Lighting: Outdoor lightning doesn’t have to be used strictly for illuminating task areas. Candlelight and dimmable lights can help create a relaxed mood after the sun sets.
- Hot Tub or Spa: For the ultimate in luxury, relax at the end of you long day in an outdoor hot tub or spa. Depending on the amount of privacy you need, you can make this a focal point or tuck your tub around a corner or behind some greenery.
Reward for yourself for your daily efforts and combat stress by unwinding and enjoying the fresh air under an Arcadia roof. Let’s create an outdoor oasis that improves your life and the lives of your family, friends, and pets. Call us to get started today!