If there was ever a time that society needed to increase their levels of relaxation, especially in the home, it’s now during these uncertain times. Relaxation is one of the main components when it comes to juggling a busy lifestyle. You want to be able to take time to relax, breathe for a minute, release the tension from your muscles, and clear the stress from your mind.
A big part of relaxation is the mood and atmosphere that make up your current surroundings. If you are trying to relax in a room of your home where there is a lot of foot traffic, loud noises, doors opening, and closing; then it can be difficult to truly relax and take those few minutes to yourself.
That is why it is so important to create a relaxing mood in your home, even if your relaxation time is only for a few minutes during the evening. Adding a relaxing mood to your home can encourage you and other members of your family to relax, plus some of the ways to do this? Add to the décor and ambiance of the room. You can basically revamp your home with minimal expenses and effort.
Invest in Relaxation Devices
There are numerous devices and appliances on the market today aimed at increasing your relaxation levels while adding a level of elegance to the room. Think white noise machines cleverly designed as modern art, essential oil diffusers that look like a wooden carving from ancient times, or hidden sound systems that play your favorite music from the corners of the room.
Scented, wickless candles are another big seller on the market as the risk of a fire hazard is decreased while the LED lights create the same warm, flickering glow of a lit candle. Another bonus of these candles? They don’t leave a mess of melted wax everywhere!
Change Up the Décor
Changing up the décor of a room, or multiple rooms in the home, can have a profound effect on a person’s mood. Painting one of the rooms in your home with a muted soft color can instantly relax you when you walk in. Choose a softer shade of your favorite color on the color wheel or if you didn’t want to paint the entire room, use this color as your accent color to tie together the room in a relaxing, peaceful harmony.
Having areas of the home lined with fresh flowers and/or plants not only relaxes the mind and body; it can also increase the overall air quality in the home. The scent of the flowers and plants brings back simpler times of running through a field with carefree abandon and if you grow the flowers/plants yourself? You get to relish in your green thumb and admire your accomplishment during your relaxation time.
Consider investing in an aquarium. People who have aquariums in the main parts of their home state that watching your aquatic life swimming through the tank, with the low-level lighting casting shadows of a dance on your walls, is one of the most relaxing things there is. Listening to the softly gurgling water can also eliminate the need for a white noise machine. Just remember that an aquarium is filled with living creatures, so maintenance is a major requirement from changing the water to feeding the fish. A water filter, such as the Fluval 306 canister filter, can also help reduce the smell that some people associate with aquariums, so look into those.
Set Your Schedule
One of the most important ways to add a relaxing mood in your home is to take the time to enjoy it. You don’t want to go through all the trouble of changing around lighting, setting up white noise machines and aquariums only to never use the room in your home for its designated purpose.
Schedule yourself relaxation breaks and stick to it. Whether it’s those ten minutes in the morning with your coffee (or other favorite morning beverage) or its ten minutes in the evenings after your children have gone to bed and all evening chores, such as packing lunches and book bags, are completed.
Use this time to decompress from your busy day and instead just bask in the silence. Take five minutes to close your eyes while tensing and releasing the muscles of the body to truly let the stressors of the day fade or finish that chapter of your favorite book. Whatever will relax you – just make sure you take the time to enjoy it!
Mental and physical health experts all can agree on one point when it comes to staying healthy – a person must make and take the time to relax at once throughout the day or in worst-case scenarios, throughout the week. Taking five minutes to yourself at the end of the day can recharge your systems, allowing you the energy and strength to take whatever comes your way.
Use your relaxation time to think about everything you’ve accomplished today and congratulate yourself on making it through another hectic day in this hectic world. Use your downtime to take assessment of your physical and mental state to determine what areas could use a little bit of TLC and watch how your relationships will improve when your tension levels go down due to feeling more relaxed!
This post has originally been featured in Residence Style.