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A STRESS-FREE LIFE IN HOME AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

PREPARED BY GROUP (10) :
NANDY MARLINA BINTI SAAR
DAYANGKU AMANINA BINTI AWANGKU OMARALI
MOHAMMAD ISMADI BIN RAMLI



A STRESS-FREE LIFE IN HOME AND WORK ENVIRONMENT


INTRODUCTION

Our environments are a reflection of ourselves. We are in our homes and offices for huge portions of our time, and the way they're designed and decorated have a big influence on our lives. Make our home and office a calming place could contribute to a stress-free life. Stress can be defined as a state of emotional strain resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Everyone knows what stress feels like and we've probably all experienced it at some stage – at home or work, or while getting outside our comfort zone, but while this stress is normal, if it is ongoing, it can become a problem.It happens to all of us at some point, in multiple ways.



MAIN CONTENTS

Deadlines, projects, and pressure from clients or bosses are already stressful so why make the environment stressful as the work is? So Unfortunately, stress cannot be completely avoided. We must be expected to meet deadlines, resolve conflict, and complete their day-to-day tasks. When everything is as stressful as the workload, make the surroundings stress-free as possible.If stress on the job is interfering with your work performance, health, or personal life, it’s time to take action. No matter what you do for a living, or how stressful your job is, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your overall stress levels and regain a sense of control at work.


Succulents and add a Touch of Nature

Spending time in nature can have a hugely positive effect on your mood so it’s important to get out of the house when you can. However, you can also bring nature inside with the addition of some pot plants and even artwork or photography of landscapes. Plants can also remove stress by merely looking at them. Having a living thing on the desk while working may work wonders and such a great minimalist ornament in the work area. Integrating plants such as plants and flowers not only beautifies the environment because of thier prettiness, they're calming too. The addition of plants and flowers has been proven to ease recovery in hospital rooms, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and increase positive feelings. In offices they have even lead to reduced absence rates, lower noise levels, decreased room temperature and lower humidity. So go get that extra oxygen flowing in our home or office and add some greens. Studies have shown that just looking at a picture of beautiful scenery is enough to lower stress levels.


Happy Pictures

Certain images can also have a calming effect according to individual preference. Looking at images of loved ones can help you feel less anxious under stress. Happy pictures may include photos of travels, family members, inspirations, pets, and celebrations. Happy pictures could remind ourselves the people who makes us happy and hobbies that make us release stress from work. So take a minute to look at it up, before you go back to the 1,001 things on your to-do list.


Awards and Commendations

Stay inspired despite of stress.Place our commendation certificates and awards near the work area to remind ourselves on how great we are progressing towards the goals of the company and how we perform in our daily job. Emphasizing the importance of employee contributions (and giving people credit for good work) bolsters a sense of confidence and achievement, which can motivate people to keep working hard. By finding what makes you feel good about the work you’re doing and finding a way to ignite those feelings on your own, you’ll be able to enjoy your job regardless expecting anything in return. In the articl eof 7 Awesome Methods for Employee Recognition, it’s mentioned that employees who feel they have a positive personal rapport with their management are more likely to be engaged, and they would feel appreciated when they or their work gets noticed. Emphasizing the importance of employee contributions (and giving people credit for good work) bolsters a sense of confidence and achievement, which can motivate people to keep working hard.


Colorful Images

Creativity is found in any shape and size. This also helps change our moods and increases our creativity. Smart uses of colour can have significant benefits. Science says that looking at colors can relax you. That's right, colors have an enormous impact on us, psychologically, emotionally and even physically.Eliminating stress in your home is essential to promoting a relaxing, soothing atmosphere, and getting started can be as easy as decorating with soft, subtle colors. Whether you choose blue, gray, pink or a combination of the three, bringing new comforting colors into your house can help you destress at the end of the day. Collaborative and agile working spaces generally utilise brighter, more vibrant colours to inject energy and creativity while areas designed for concentration opt for softer, more muted tones, with blue and purple being popular choices. Green can have a calming impact and as it is less harsh on the eyes, it can reduce fatigue. Equally, ceilings – especially exposed ceilings, and tiles and carpets are ripe for splashes of colour while colourful furniture and additions like plants and living walls can also set the mood of a room.


Use Calming Colours

Colours can have a big influence on our mood, so put some thought into which ones we use for our home or office. You might not realize that things like lighting, colors and décor are causing you stress—but it’s very possible. Try changing the wall color in your home and office, if possible. “Neutral tones tend to be calming,” says Burton Ways. “Yellows promote intellectual activity while blues and greens are more restful. Earth tone colors encourage warmth.” The walls are of course the most important, but if we can't change those, think of the colours of our artwork and functional items. Purples, greens, blues and neutral colours reduce stress, while yellows and reds have been found to raise blood pressure. Try not to have any clashing colours or overly vibrant themes. These can certainly work well in some rooms, but may not be conducive to a relaxing vibe.


Remove negative vibes with positive vibes

Keep in mind that a positive mind set initiates all positive things to take over. Despite all the demands of work, a positive outlook makes it easier to accomplish tasks. That artwork a lost friend made us, those linen we bought with our ex could carry negative energy. Whether pictures or objects, if things invoke negative feelings or bring back unhappy memories, it's good to let them go. Don't do it to avoid facing problems though, and don't throw things out in an emotional moment. Clean up only when we're calm and have made peace with the associated memories. Learn to handle or ignore interruptions. Maybe you have a colleague who constantly stops by your desk to chat. Or you sit near the noisy elevator. Or your office has large windows. If you make an effort to learn how to properly handle these interruptions or ignore distractions in the workplace, you could significantly decrease your level of stress. Don’t let stress dominate us. It’s not healthy, and it’s not going to make any task easy.


Declutter

When it's messy in our home or office, it's messy in our head. We unconsciously or even consciously carry that clutter with us throughout the day. If such thoughts are cluttering your mind before you even get out of bed, how can you focus on being the best at what you do? So start decluttering to make our home stress free, or our office. Go through them and ask ourselves, do I really love this object? Does it add anything to my life? Do I use it? If we hesitate, it's likely time to get rid of it. Imagine if you were able to clear that clutter out of your mind’s eye to create a stress-free, emotionally-calm environment around you. The results would be astounding.


Organize

There's no right way to organize your home. Whatever strategy you choose just has to work with your lifestyle, habits, and tastes.Make easy-to-access storage spaces for things you use all the time, and don’t let your storage spaces get cluttered. Be creative about finding places for things. Some stuff we just can't get rid of, even if we'd like to such as bills. That's why it's important to have ways to organize them, so they don't pile up all around. Get a binder for our important paperwork, a mail sorter for mail, boxes for small things like rubber bands and paperclips. Make sure we get organization systems that look nice though. You can get an organization system in place for your office. “A complete filing system and storage space can help you to organize your office in such a way where everything is in place and in reach for work. Change the layout of your office. “Using the ancient Chinese art of placement, place your desk area in the command position so that you can see all who enter,” says Burton Ways. “If you cannot do that and you are in a cubicle position, place a small mirror where you can see the entrance to your space behind you. If you perform a number of tasks, an L-shaped desk or table works best, as well as swivel chair.” With space at a premium in many offices, employees can feel crammed in – something which can raise stress levels and hinder productivity. Flexible working areas that allow employees to choose spaces from a mix of shared tables, open nooks and quiet desks according to their needs that day can create a more positive environment. There are many cool, creative organization systems available these days, just have a look at these and these. Who knew it could be fun to make our home and office stress free.


Let The Light In

Light is one of the most important things for our wellbeing. Getting enough sunlight is an important and often overlooked factor in mental health. It can influences our sleeping patterns and moods, and studies have shown that the presence of natural light indoors has a very positive effect on health and stress. One study indicated natural light makes a space seem more open and inviting, which induces a prospective tenant to pay more. Not only does space with a natural light deficit lease for less, it tends to remain on the market longer than its sunny counterparts.Not only are workers with exposure to natural light more likely to work a full schedule, they are happier as they go about it. The connection between natural light and Vitamin D is well-studied. Vitamin D can promote better health in many ways, such as fighting depression, diabetes, and chronic pain. Even when a worker soldiers through pain and discomfort—showing up for work when they don't feel like it—such health issues can affect their demeanor. We're lucky in Malaysia where sunshine is a given, so make good use of it. Let natural light into our bedroom so we can wake up naturally, and make sure there's plenty of natural light in our living room and office.


Add A Personal Touch

Let our environment be a reflection of who we are and what we love, so we feel more at home. Even if we work in a cubicle there's room for photos, artwork and other decor. Having pictures of loved ones and other objects that evoke positive feelings around reminds us of the good things in life, even when we have an off day. A clean and organized home and workplace not only promotes a stress free work environment, but it also inspires a feeling of freedom – free to be all you can be because you can focus on your work and rest in the end of your day.


Incorporate relaxtion exercises into your work day.

Working out regularly is one of the best ways to relax your body and mind. Plus, exercise will improve your mood. But you have to do it often for it to pay off. If you are allowed and it does not distract anyone around you, play soft music, put in a relaxing yoga or pilates exercise, or even sign-up for yoga or health club that your employer’s health program offers. Many businesses including small businesses have access to fitness and meditation areas where employees can relax, refresh and stimulate their mind and body to relieve stress. But you don’t have to have a specific exercise area; there’s the big open outdoors where you can take walks and stretch.So how much should you exercise every week?Work up to 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise like brisk walks or 75 minutes of a more vigorous exercise like swimming laps, jogging or other sports, This is essential for whose jobs entails sitting and working on a bright computer screen for most of the day. You won’t be able to get rid of everything that stresses you at work – but you CAN implement relaxation exercises when you are feeling tense.


Use an Essential Oil Diffuser or aromatic candles.

Using essential oils or burning a scented candle may help reduce your feelings of stress in home or office. Aromatherapy probably isn't the first tool you think of to help boost your productivity and reduce stress, but maybe it should be. Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning. Essential oils not only make your home and office smell beautiful, but they can also help you to feel more relaxed. Essential oils not only help improve job performance but health, meaning employees are less likely to take sick time. "Essential oils have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and using them in an environment where there are a lot of people can help to keep germs at bay. Inhaling essential oils activates the hypothalamus – the area of the brain which sends messages to other parts of the body. You also can light up some aromatic candles. Lavender, frankincense, roman chamomile, and sandalwood all help to ease anxiety and can even help you sleep. Preferably beeswax over soy wax candles, as pretty as the outer design might be, a candle made from soy wax needs to contain a small amount of paraffin which when burnt will release toxic carcinogens into the air. Beeswax candles can effectively reduce allergies, asthma and hay fever by releasing negative ions into the air.A simple inhalation of an aroma can cause many changes in the body, including activating the immune system, affecting blood pressure and stimulating digestion.



CONCLUSION

Dealing with stress is a real problem but it’s definitely solvable. If you aren’t realistically able to improve a continuously stressful environment, it’s probably time to explore new opportunities. Prioritize what needs to get done and make time for it. Staying on top of your to-do list can help reduce stress free environment. .Follow the tactics outlined in this article to bring the stress level back down into the healthy range in order to continue experience breakthroughs and create some real magic in life.


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