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How To Effectively Equip Your Home

How To Effectively Equip Your Home

Your home is your base, your “fortress of solitude” where you should feel safest and most comfortable. This is especially true when you live alone and you don’t have to deal with annoying and irritating roommates. You can personalize your home to your taste, and you have total freedom to do absolutely whatever you like to your house, as long as it’s within the provisions of the law, of course. Depending on your level of organization and tidiness, your relationship with your home can be symbiotic: you take care of your home, and your home takes care of you.

Over the years, our ability to make our homes more secure and stress-free has been greatly improved by technological innovations and a plethora of home appliances. The process of making your home more comfortable has gradually become less and less stressful as more external assistance has become available. However, a problem has arisen: the question of just what to get. There are countless home appliances out there today, and finding the right combinations can be a bit of a herculean task. We have identified a few appliances that will work together seamlessly and make you feel more relaxed in your own home. Check them out below.

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Dehumidifier

There’s a common misconception these days that dehumidifiers are only useful to those who have allergies. The truth is that even if you don’t have any allergies, you can still find dehumidifiers very useful, especially bathroom dehumidifiers. A dehumidifier keeps the humidity level in your rooms at a minimal level, further expanding the lifespan of wooden materials like furniture, hardwood floors, and window frames. These materials could all be damaged by the presence of moisture on their surfaces. A dehumidifier also saves you the time it takes to clean out mold from your shower stall, and it saves you the cost of maintaining appliances that are damaged by mold. Dehumidifying your home keeps the air cool, fresh and breathable, and it is the best way to reduce the presence of allergens like dust mites and molds. This goes quite a long way in promoting your general health. Another great advantage of dehumidifiers is that they hardly take up much space and are very easy to maintain. If there’s one place where a dehumidifier is needed, however, it is the bathroom. Bathrooms tend to become very humid environments. If you have wooden furniture in your bathroom, chances are that water gets on their surfaces and you might not bother to clean it up. Over time, the moisture on the furniture degrades the wood and provides a breeding ground for molds and other natural agents of degradation. With a dehumidifier, this won’t be an immediate worry. You can have your bath and leave, being assured that no damage will happen to your furniture.

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Furniture

Forget appliances and technological innovations that keep your house running. Nothing can take the place of old-fashioned furniture. Couches and armchairs are still all the rage, and all you need is the right brand, color and texture to fit your home. These days, chairs and couches have even been fitted with technologies like massagers and long panels on which you can rest your feet, further enhancing your comfort and relaxation.

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Induction Cooktops

A cooktop is essentially a stove built into your kitchen counter, instead of being fastened to your oven. The pairing of a cooktop and an oven often results in a stylish-looking kitchen that offers a lot of space for cooking and other culinary activities. An advantage of cooktops is that they also come in gas and electric models. Induction cooktops make use of electromagnetism to heat up pots and frying pans, and it is worth noting that they accomplish the task significantly faster than electric and gas-powered cooktops. Induction cooktops are also safer, more energy efficient and far easier to control than other types of cooktops. If you’re looking to cook food at a faster and more efficient rate, an induction cooktop is the best way to go.

Use these valid and tested tips to improve the living quality in your home and to equip it in a way that will make your stay more stress-free and comfortable.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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