If you’ve been feeling especially stressed this last year, you’re not alone. According to a Global Emotions survey, the number of people feeling “stressed, sad, angry, and worried” is currently at an all-time high. While the dawn of 2022 might feel like more of the same, the truth is you don’t have to resign yourself to another 12 months of anxiety. There are steps you can take to reduce stress and boost overall happiness and life satisfaction. At Pure Parima, we’re passionate about helping people get the rest they need to function optimally and enjoy life. Here are some of our top 10 resolutions for a stress-free New Year.
Hit the (Home) Gym
Many of us are avoiding the gym these days for safety reasons. However, that doesn’t mean you can feel good about all those evenings spent on the couch. There are plenty of ways to work out from the comfort of your own home – and you don’t have to spend a bundle on exercise equipment to enjoy the benefits. Whether your goal is to lose weight or just get the blood pumping, exercise is proven to enhance health while reducing stress. For a free workout option, try walking, jogging, or doing one of the many yoga videos available on YouTube.
Clutter isn’t just inconvenient. Studies show that a messy house has a physiological effect, leading to increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. If you want to minimize stress for the New Year, think about giving your home a deep cleaning in January. Not only does this step help declutter your living space, giving you more room for activities and entertaining, but it also allows you to tidy up with less effort from week to week. The goal is to find a place for everything so you aren’t just leaving laundry on the floor or pantry items strewn around the kitchen.
Turn on the Tunes
Music is proven to have a beneficial effect on mood. If you want to be less stressed in 2022, resolve to listen to more of your favorite tunes. You can create playlists for different situations, like exercising, driving to work, cooking dinner, and even doing the laundry. The goal is to choose upbeat songs that relax you while filling you with joy.
Say No From Time to Time
People are often tempted to give in to requests rather than go through the awkward process of saying no. However, the truth is that taking on too much will only increase your stress. Whether you don’t have time to do something or simply would prefer not to, feel free to make your feelings known.
Plan a Vacation
Whether you’re in the mood to lie on a beach, explore a faraway city, or enjoy a staycation in the comfort of your own living room, time off is vital for resting and recharging. While most people opt to get out of town during the warm weather months, if you’re sticking close to home there’s nothing wrong with “getting away” this winter. As a bonus, the process of planning how you’ll spend your time off is fun and relaxing while giving you something to look forward to.
Spend Time With Good Friends
Friends are an essential part of life and the thing that keeps us going when times get tough. Unfortunately, not all friendships are created equal. If some of your pals give off a vibe that’s less than relaxing, distancing yourself might be the best way to reduce your stress level in the coming months. Instead, invest in those relationships that fill you with calm and joy. Even a phone call with a close friend can go a low way toward helping you feel better.
Start a Hobby
People often resolve to take on various hobbies as a form of self-improvement. However, the truth is that these resolutions tend to end in failure, leading to more stress. To improve your odds of success and keep stress to a minimum, start with a small goal. For example, you could resolve to take one cooking class rather than signing up for a whole semester’s worth of courses at your local community college.
Bring the Outside In
Plants increase oxygen in the air, thereby boosting both health and mood. In fact, studies show that adding some potted plants to your living space promotes an overall sense of wellbeing. Don’t have a green thumb? Some attractive silk plants may have a positive psychological effect, creating the illusion of being outdoors.
Let Yourself Be Comforted
There’s a reason most of us love to cuddle up with someone special. Fortunately, you don’t need a snuggle buddy to get all the benefits of a warm hug. These days a number of companies are selling weighted blankets to help reduce anxiety and promote rest. Don’t want to invest in a therapy blanket just yet? Consider our Quilted Coverlet Set as a multi-purpose alternative. At once soft and cooling, this weighted set is made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton and comes complete with shams boasting a sateen pillow back. Use this cozy blanket on the bed or curl up on the couch for a much-deserved nap.
Get More Sleep
Doctors have long known that sleep deprivation contributes to stress… and vice versa. After all, if you’re full of worry, you probably aren’t getting the requisite eight hours of sleep you need to stay healthy. Boost your health and sleep by investing in a new bedding set this year. One of the best materials for sleep, Egyptian cotton is both soft to the touch and highly breathable. That means you don’t have to worry about waking up soaked in sweat or tossing and turning because you’re overheated. Consider our Hira Sheet Set, featuring contemporary diamond accent embroidery. The collection, which comes complete with matching pillowcases, is available in an array of shades including our newest offering, Midnight. This rich, deep blue is both aesthetically pleasing and soothing to the eye.
Shop Egyptian Cotton Sheets at Pure Parima
You deserve to feel confident in the quality of your bedding. Fortunately, all Pure Parima products are certified by the Cotton Egypt Association, so you know what you’re purchasing is 100 percent genuine Egyptian cotton sheets. You can feel good about the fact that your family members are sleeping on Egyptian cotton sheets made from materials sourced in the Nile River Valley and manufactured free from harmful chemicals and substances. For a worry free night’s sleep and a happier New Year, shop our bedding products today.