10 February 2012

Step 9: How to De-Stress

A full list of the Simple Living Challenge steps can be found here.

Stress is a term that is very often used nowadays but it gets increasingly difficult to define. Poor organization, traffic, lack of exercise, suppressed emotions can all stress you out. No matter how much you have simplified your life already, stress does build up.

Today, I am happy to host the master of eco-living, Debra Duneier, who I introduced to you back in November, with her book Eco-Chi - Designing the Human Experience. That book showed me so many ways to organize and design my home so as to attract harmony and happiness, and still be eco-friendly, that I keep on recommending it to my friedns. Since Debra is not only a talented writer, but also an accredited LEED® Green Associate, Certified Eco-Designer and a Feng Shui Master Practitioner I thought there is no one else who can teach us better about how to de-stress than her.

When we connect with nature we feel happier and regain our natural rhythm. All of our senses become alive and we are reminded of our innate ability to heal ourselves. I created the EcoChi® system-because I was searching for ways to heal in my own life. I am excited to share this new concept with you blending both the ancient and the modern disciplines of Classical Feng Shui, Green and Sustainable Living and Environmental Psychology.

Water soothes… so we love to be near water. After all, our own bodies are 70% water! People gather around fountains all over the world. The sound comforts us, the splashing delights us. We are reminded that we are a small part of something grand. Place a water fountain or fish bowl in your home. Be sure to keep the water clean at all times and enjoy!

Trees and plants
Indoor trees and plants are not only pleasurable to look at but also bring additional health benefits. Plants purify the air through the tiny pores in their leaves that act as air filters.

Organic produce
There is nothing like the taste of home grown vegetables and fruits. What do you do if you have no garden? You can grow herbs and even some vegetables potted in organic soil near your window. They smell and taste great while they nourish and heal you.

When your lives seem out of control, head outdoors! Plant your feet on the ground, raise your arms and take deep breaths. Consciously breathe in and out. You may even want to find a big old wise tree. Sit under it, put your hand on the trunk, smooth its leaves, feel its sturdiness and wisdom. This will help you to get back to your natural rhythm.

For maximum health we all need to touch and be touched. Choose massage oil in a relaxing fragrance like lavender, sandalwood or vanilla. Warm it over a candle and massage your feet, legs and hands for a feeling of luxury and calm.

Share your experience: Tell us which is your favorite method of dealing with stress.

See also: 
Step 1: Embrace Your Imperfections
Step 2: Simple Living as Men's Trait
Step 3: The Rules of Simple Home Organization
Step 4: Simple Crafting for Happy People
Step 5: Simple Scheduling and Planning Routines
Step 6: Spend More Time With the People You Love
Step 7: Spend More Time Alone
Step 8: Connect to Your Inner Self 
Step 10: Learn to Live With Less and Enjoy it
Step 11: Start a Debt-Free Life
Step 12: How to Overcome Consumerism 
Step 13: Declutter Your Life  
Step 14: Get Rid of Toxic Cosmetics and Reclaim Your Natural Self  
Step 15: Wean Off Plastic  
Step 16: Celebrate Your Story  
The Final Step: Gratitude 

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