Create a Relaxing Space at Home
Creating a relaxing space at home couldn’t be more important, whether you are spending time with family or just need somewhere peaceful either after a day of work or once the children have gone to sleep. Today, more than ever our lives are filled with disturbances and are busier than ever before, so much so that we can overlook the importance of resting, relaxing and having some down time.
It’s not always possible to feel relaxed and calm, especially after a busy day. Often it can take a few hours (if not days) to completely wind down, but there are a few things we can do to enhance our sense of wellbeing when trying to relax at home.
Create a retreat or specific area
This space could be in any room of the house. Perhaps you feel the most settled in your bedroom, your living room or even at your kitchen table. Wherever it is, be conscious of it and use it. When you need some down time and you just want to sit back and relax, think of this space and go to it.
If a whole room isn’t feasible for you or if you don’t want such a large space, creating an area within a room is another great option for making a relaxing space at home. A particular corner with a comfy chair, a quiet windowsill or even your bath tub can become a retreat space.
Remove all electronics
According to a study conducted by Nokia in 2013, it was revealed in the 16 hours most people are awake per day, they check their phones a whopping 150 times. That’s an average of once every six and a half minutes.
Electronics and new devices are amazing examples of technological developments and are incredibly helpful to us, so removing them completely from your home is probably just not feasible. However, once you have created or found your retreat area, making it easy to put your electronics away can help you feel more relaxed and settled.
Drawers, storage baskets and cupboards are all places where electronics can be stowed away and having a tidy space with minimal distraction should help to clear your mind and minimise interruptions when you are trying to relax.
Being able to control your light source is important when trying to create a relaxing space at home. Ambience is key and lighting can be very influential on our mood and concentration levels.
Side and table lamps are great in creating softer, warm lighting. Low wattage LED bulbs which are energy efficient will help to create a calming ambience in your retreat space.
The most simplest way of creating mood light is by burning candles and incense as they are a great way to create a relaxing space at a much lower cost. They are key to complimenting decor and can increase the speed of your mood stimulation due to the added benefit of natural smells. Selecting good quality products will be critical to your sense of wellbeing. However, as many candles are made from paraffin wax with synthetic fragrances added, you could be breathing in some nasty chemicals. Non toxic candles with cotton wicks will ensure a safe and clean burn and won’t pollute the air in your home.
Wherever you are in your home when relaxing, be sure to surround yourself with lovely soft furnishings. Luxurious textures, fabrics and calming colors will help to create a peaceful resting space. Snuggling into a soft blanket, wrapping yourself in a fluffy towel or resting on a plump cushion will all help to engage your senses when relaxing, and help you to feel more comfortable.
As colors have a huge affect on how we feel, (blue is calming, red is confident and energising, orange is sociable, yellow heightens your senses and violet is creative) selecting particular colored soft furnishings will help to enhance your relaxing space. Cushions, blankets, lampshades and window treatments will all contribute to how you feel when you are in your retreat area.
Plush velvets, natural brushed linen, organic cotton and faux furs all add a visual element of luxury and relaxation, but they will also add a level of physical comfort. Your space should look relaxing but it also needs to feel relaxing. Synthetic or coarse fabrics may look right in your space but if they are impractical or uncomfortable to sit amongst, you won’t enjoy them, so spend some time shopping around for good quality alternatives.