A Place to Reflect, health, Motivation

Ten Steps to Combat Stress in April

April is Stress awareness month and with dealing with the pandemic and now the aftermath and trying to get back to normal, stress is very real for so many at the moment. I hope I can give you some pointers to combat stress today.

I recently did a stress test on Stress.org and it came back that I have high stress in my life. It didn’t really come as a surprise. As a disabled mum of five, three of them have disabilities too, it can be extremely stressful for me.

Combat Stress

There are some simple things you can do to combat stress. I don’t have all the answers, but here are few ideas that may help. Remember, if things do get real bad for you, there is always help available

Ten Stress busting Steps

  1. Try to be more positive
  2. Eat healthier
  3. Get a good nights sleep
  4. Exercise More
  5. Use your technology items less
  6. Get to grips with time management
  7. Drink More
  8. Say No
  9. Practice Deep Breathing
  10. Prioritise your health

I’m not saying it’s easy. Even looking at that list causes me stress. I hate shopping and trying to eat healthy, but I do feel so much better after a healthy meal. It’s hard for me to exercise being disabled, but it’s not so hard to look after myself a little better.

Did you know that if you feel thirsty then you are already dehydrated. Hydration makes your body work so much better. Because of the treatment I have I need to drink a lot of water every day or I end up with terrible headaches. You can always ‘spruce’ up your water by drinking squash or cold tea, a favourite of mine.

Sleep is a problem for a lot of people, but if you try some of the other stress busting ideas, like an improved diet and less tech. Then sleep problems can improve.

The list is not extensive but a lot of the ideas work together, master one or two and the others can be easier. Even exercise, being disabled I find it really difficult, but I do try to move regularly. I definitely feel worse if I stay put for too long. It doesn’t matter how much you do, you just need to do what you can.


I’m a big believer in mindfulness and wrote a post about it. To practice mindfulness you just need to be in the here and now and stop focusing on the past or the future. Over on the LSW Mind Card Site, you can find lots of things that can help with your quest to become more mindful. By joining the mailing list you can receive some amazing offers and this month, every Monday they are sending out really useful stress busting tips. I am an affiliate for LSW Mind Cards so if you click through any of my links I may earn a commission. It won’t cost you any extra though and I would only endorse the products if I really liked them. I use my Mind Cards daily. Today I picked:

Reflection: Take 10 undistracted minutes to reflect on the following quote and how it applies to your life in this moment…

Our Greatest Glory is not in never falling, but rising every time we fall


Sometimes I spend the 10 minutes writing my thoughts in my journal.

combat stress with mind notes

Over on my Facebook page for this blog I’m going to attempt to share some stress busting tips on a regular basis throughout the month. I do hope you will join me.

I’ll also be asking for your stress busting tips.

A Place to Reflect, Motivation

A Few Things You Can Do at Home to Make Everyday Life More Magical

Make Life More Magical.

A magical looking bridge leading into a forest

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Everyday life is naturally full of assorted challenges, frustrations, chores, and obligations that are not likely to feel too thrilling or engaging, most of the time.

But although there are a variety of different things in our everyday lives that might not feel like “peak experiences,” it is nonetheless the case that there are things that can be done, and ways of approaching normal situations, that can make the experience of everyday life a lot more magical than it would otherwise be.

Here are some things you can do to make everyday life more magical.

Embrace home cooking as an art to be mastered

There are many different ailments and health issues which are prevalent today primarily as a result of modern habits and trends – such as, for example, poor postural issues leading to joint pain which might warrant a consultation with a practice like www.kubemedical.co.uk.

Many, if not most, modern ailments, however, are directly connected to poor dietary practices such as an over reliance on processed foodstuffs, and the dubious attempt to make up for a mediocre diet with supplements.

By embracing home cooking as an art to be mastered and treated with love and attention, you can not only significantly improve your health, mood, and energy levels via more balanced nutrition, but you can also engage in a much more meaningful way with food in general.

One of the issues today that contributes to a sense of life being less rich and magical, is the simple fact that many features of our everyday lives, ranging from food to furniture, are mass-produced and feel almost artificial, in a way that a home baked loaf of bread, or an artisan hardwood chest of drawers doesn’t.

Begin thinking of your belongings in terms of “relationships” rather than “tools”

In the book, “The Master and His Emissary,” by psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist, the author looks at evidence that there are essentially two broad ways of perceiving the world, that seem to be correlated with different regions in the brain.

In short, one way of viewing the world involves seeing things through the lens of “tools,” and “things,” whereas the other way of viewing the world looks at things in terms of “relationships,” and implicit meaning.

Instead of thinking of your household belongings in terms of them simply being “things,” or “tools,” try to view them as meaningful objects with their own essence and maybe even personality.

Incidentally, this is similar to the Shinto-derived view advocated for by Japanese tidying guru Marie Kondo, who apparently greets her home warmly every time she returns from work or an outing.

Enrich your everyday life with good stories

A huge part of what gives life its richness, depth, and meaning, is the collection of fascinating stories that are to be found all around us.

If you want to have a more magical and meaningful experience of everyday life, be sure to enrich your everyday life experience with great tales, whether in the form of novels, captivating TV programmes and films, or shared personal anecdotes.

* This is a collaborative post

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Do You Need More Sleep?

It’s so hard to function when you don’t get enough sleep. It’s also hard to get more sleep sometimes. Today I’m telling you about a Free sleep course that you can get in your e-mail box. It starts today and runs for the rest of the week. Click the image below to access the course. Or Click the link Sleep Well Mini course

Sleep Well mini course. click for help with getting more sleep

All you have to do to access the free course is submit your e-mail address on the page.

LSW Mind Cards

LSW Mind Cards are the creation of Lili Sinclair Williams, who is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner. They are a simple pack of cards which can help you improve your mind set and your life. You will realise that it’s the smallest gestures and thought processes that can bring you the most happiness. I’ve had a pack for a while and I still use them daily.

As well as the Mind Cards you can also purchase guided meditation recordings for just £2.99. These are available for relaxation, gratitude, reflection and to de-stress.

Finally there is a fabulous e-book called Getting to Know You, which is available to download for £3.95.

You can read my review of the LSW Mind Cards here. But the free offer is no longer available. Instead you can get a free course to help you get more sleep.

I am an affiliate for LSW Mind Cards and if you choose to purchase something from my links I may earn a little money at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my readers. I didn’t actually remember to celebrate my blogs first Birthday last November. I guess I was a bit busy. I can’t believe that Stay At Home A Lot has been going for over a year!

If you are new here then welcome, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect and let you know what my blog is all about. Up in my Header you can see Four catagories and an About Me page.

The Four Categories

A Place to Read

Reading is a passion of mine right from when I was young and I’d read my books well into the night and go to school with dark rings around my eyes. It was always worth it though. I like to write book reviews, mostly for pleasure but also to share with you so you may get some ideas. I will often use affiliate links to my books as they can earn me a little money if you go ahead and buy, and with no extra cost to you!

I’m also an affiliate for Audible as I like to listen to a lot of my books and I’ve been an Audible member for many years. If you want to know more about Audible you can read my prize winning post Five Reasons Why You Should Listen to Audible.

I also run a monthly link up for all book lovers who like to write about books they’ve read or want to read. It’s called Bookworms Monthly and you can catch up with the latest link up right here.

A Place To Eat –

Mostly you will find my weekly meal plans under this heading but I hope to be sharing some more recipes with you too. I find budgeting for food a real task, and I have seven people to feed at home. Sometimes making sandwhiches for everyone can be a mammoth task in itself.

I hope you will join me and enjoy my food related posts.

A Place To Enjoy –

This is a bit of a mixture of things that I enjoy. When you are home a lot this generally means hobbies or shopping.

I love to crochet so I’ll be sharing all my makes with you and letting you know of the best places to get your wool and patterns.

I also love to shop, so you’ll find a lot of shopping posts here. Again from places I’m affiliated with so please feel free to click through. Remember, if you purchase you’ll earn me a little cash at no extra cost to yourself. (More money = More wool)

A Place to Earn –

Here you will find my hints and advice on how to earn money from home. I’m currently an Avon Representative trying to set up an online business so I’ll let you know how I do that step -by-step. I’ll also share guides on how to make money from being an affiliate and which programs to join.

Also, I have sideline earnings in matched betting and filling in surveys. It all helps.

Thank You –

For reading me, and I hope I can help in any way. You can find out how to get in touch with me on my ‘About Me’ page.

Happy New Year!

Anne x