Most of us are chronically stressed – constantly over worked and with very little time to be able to just relax and recover. We come home from tough days in the office and then more often than not need to cook dinner, clean the kitchen and respond to e-mails. Sometimes it seems like you can go months without getting the chance to just sit down and read a book or get some shuteye and this is nearly enough to drive us mad.
Moreover, it’s not very good for our health. If you are constantly stressed and constantly on-the-go then your immune system will likely be exhausted and weakened leaving you prone to getting ill. Likewise, having a constant stream of adrenaline and cortisol pumping through your system can take its toll on your heart and on your mental health. We need to be able to just relax sometimes.
In this article then, we’re going to look at one of the best ways you can do this: by creating spaces in your home that are designed specifically for relaxing and that are perfectly conducive to recharging your batteries. Read on for some examples of relaxing spaces you can create around the house…
A Reading Corner
Reading a good book is a great way to enjoy some escapism and to forget about the things that are making you stressed. Books are also great because they completely engage our attention and force us to switch off that ‘inner monologue’, thereby helping us to feel calm and at ease.
To create a perfect space for reading around the home, choose a corner of one of your rooms and place a comfortable arm chair and a lamp there on a coffee table. The lamp will help you to read but it will also create an ‘oasis of light’, meaning that only this one section of the room is lit up and you can’t see ‘out’ into the rest of the room. Right away this creates the sensation of being in your own little ‘bubble’. Add a footstool to kick back on and a cup of tea on that coffee table and you have somewhere perfect to escape to after a busy day. Arrange some books and other items in the area too that help you to feel at ease.
If you want to go one-step further, then why not get a massage chair and enjoy getting a back-rub every morning while you read the paper?
When they’re done well, gardens present the perfect spot for recharging your batteries and enjoying some peace and quiet. The best strategy here is to try and keep your garden relatively minimalist by reducing the number of plants and other things that you have to maintain. Instead, keep a nice patch of green grass and get some lawn sprinklers to ensure it stays that way. Now get yourself a deck chair or a floor cushion for the garden and have a small garden table for a nice cocktail or cold glass of juice. Sit back, close your eyes and soak up those rays!
For the evenings, look into getting a sheltered area with a comfortable seat, a heater and a light. Especially when it rains, sitting under here can be very therapeutic and another perfect spot to read or think.
The bathroom is somewhere you have to spend time at least twice a day, so why not turn it into your own personal spa? Investing a little more in a waterfall shower or a spa tub will mean you can really indulge yourself whenever you go for a wash and feel all the stress and tension leave your muscles. Throw in a waterproof music player, some nice scents and a modern design and you’ll have somewhere that really revitalizes you every day.
Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.
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