12 Ways to Reduce Stress and Live a More Peaceful, Healthy Life

Here at Serenity Health, we work hard to discover new ways to make your life more enjoyable, relaxing, and healthy. In fact, our mission is to help you bring peace back into your life via our wide selection of carefully designed products that will help you relax and achieve inner calm, all while relieving stress. We want only the best for you - which is why we'd like to share these 12 helpful activities and tips that you can try when you're feeling a little overwhelmed with the constant stressors of life and could use some sleep or simply a break. We hope that one day, stress relieving tips and tricks like these will benefit the entire world so that we can all look forward to a life with less stress and more smiles, laughter, rest, and health.

1. Get some peace and quiet before bed.

Turn off all electronics before bed. This includes the TV, your phone, your tablet, and any other bright screen that might distract you. Peace and quiet before bed is extremely important, as it gives you time to clear your head and focus solely on relaxing and hitting the hay. Plus, those bright screens in a dark room aren't the best for your eyes, either!

2. Keep the bedroom cool.

When it's bedtime, make sure the bedroom is set to the ideal sleeping temperature. According to the National Sleep Foundation, your thermostat should be set between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for a good night's sleep.  

3. Eat nutrient dense food - especially before bed. 

It's always important to keep up with a healthy diet of nutrient dense foods such as fruits and vegetables, but it's especially important to practice this when you decide on a bedtime snack. If you're craving something to munch on before bed, reach for the cherries and bananas. Cherries contain natural melatonin, a hormone found in the body that promotes sleep. Bananas contain healthy amounts of potassium and magnesium, both of which naturally relax you. Berries are also a good choice because of their high levels of antioxidants that have been shown to improve sleep quality. 

4. Let's talk tea.

A warm drink during the day is always refreshing, but it's even better at night when you're winding down and getting ready for bed. To help improve your sleep, we suggest a nice cup of warm, herbal tea before bed or right after dinner. There are a ton of teas out there that promote better sleep quality, but our personal favorites are chamomile tea and lavender tea - both of which you are sure to find at a local supermarket. 

5. Try sound meditation. 

Calming ocean waves, a cascading waterfall, a crackling bonfire, a light thunderstorm - these peaceful sounds are sure to calm you and assist you in ending and beginning your day in the most tranquil way possible. Experts agree that listening to the calming sounds of nature or steady white noise can quiet an overactive mind and put the body at ease. Our nature sound alarm clocks and sound therapy systems will help you fall asleep and wake up to these soothing sounds, all while reducing stress and clearing your mind. 

6. Practice a new hobby.

We've covered a lot of tips related to reducing stress through better sleep - but what about things you can do during the day to help you relax? Here's an idea - discover a new hobby that you enjoy and can dive into during your lunch break or after work! Maybe it's something you've always wanted to try like drawing or blogging, or maybe it's something you've been putting off but are still passionate about, like working out or baking treats. Whatever it is, make sure you enjoy it. A hobby shouldn't feel like a daily task you force yourself to do; it should feel relaxing and calming, and afterwards you should feel a sense of accomplishment and joy. 

7. Speaking of working out.....

Working out is an excellent stress reliever. When you exercise, you release endorphins which are chemicals that lift your mood and help reduce anxiety and depression. In other words, working out is not only good for you, it also makes you feel good! Plus, thanks to our new fitness equipment, you don't even have to leave the house to get a brief workout in! Squeeze in a daily workout for at least 30 minutes a day for three weeks and see how you feel. We're sure you'll come out of the experience feeling healthier, calmer, and less stressed!

8. Keep a journal.

There's a lot you can learn from your own journal when you dedicate time daily to write down your thoughts and emotions. Perhaps one day you tried a new food at lunch and it made you a little woozy, or you drank something before bed last week that made you restless. If these kinds of activities are documented, you might just find your very own stress triggers and be able to look back and cut that certain food, drink, or activity out of your life that caused you stress or discomfort. 

9. Make your home a stress free zone.

It's super important to keep your home neat and organized. Clutter and heaps of dirty clothes and dishes is known to cause stress whether you see the connection or not. Your home is your sanctuary. It's the place you come to after a stressful day to relax, kick back, and enjoy your favorite book or television show. It's difficult to truly relax and unwind when you come home to a mess. Simply keep up with the cleaning because a cluttered home causes an unclear headspace! You may also want to consider adding some stress relieving decor to your living space, like a soothing indoor water fountain or a calming indoor fireplace!

10. Spend more time with family, friends, and pets! 

It's in our human nature to crave quality time and affection from those we love. Whether we enjoy a cup of coffee with friends, a movie with family, or snuggles with our pet, let's all make an effort to make time for it! Seriously, make time for those you love and really live in the moment with them when you're together. Put away those pesky phones, make eye contact, listen, and enjoy. You might be surprised how these moments and relationships can truly cheer you up and make that stress fizzle away. 

11. Speaking of pets.....

Get one! Studies show that spending time with your pet decreases stress and increases your overall mood. Who doesn't want to snuggle up with an adorable cat or dog? Plus, coming home to a furry friend is always exciting and heart warming. 

12. Consider a career change.

Sure, a lot of stress can stem from personal reasons, but the majority of stress in our lives is work related. If you're not happy in the job or career you have chosen, you are sure to face some great amounts of stress. The old saying "love what you do" is easier said than done, and finding a new career can be stressful in itself. But, it's important to stay focused on your goal and do what's best for you and your life. If you see yourself in an entirely different position and are unhappy with the job you currently have, it's time to make a change. It might take a while, and the journey to your dream may seem long, but in the end you'll come out the other side less stressed, filled with joy and accomplishment, and finally doing what you love!

Start today by trying just one or two of these tips in an effort to start reducing stress in your life, and let us know how it goes! One day you might just find yourself trying all of the helpful advice above and living a more fulfilled, stress-free life!