How to Make your Home More Relaxing

October 3 2017

Jacqueline Rosenhek

Do you ever get home from work to de-stress only to find out you’re still stressed out? There could be many reasons for that, sometimes you need to see a therapist, sometimes you need to cut some unhealthy habits out of your life or cut toxic people out of your life; however, in many other cases, one of the reasons you are still stressed when you get home and try to relax is that your home is causing you stress. This does not mean you need to move out, all it means is that you may have to make a few changes and efforts into making your home feel relaxing again.

First step in order to help yourself feel at home within your actual home is to purge your living space of all unnecessary and unwanted clutter and excess. By doing this, you are clearing your space to make room for new energy and will give your home a much more organized feel and flow. You are also ridding yourself of any physical build up, only leaving behind the things that are most important to you. Much like when you detox your body, you also need to detox your physical surroundings sometimes. After you are done reorganizing, consider all the small intricacies that can set your mind at ease, for example the colours in your home. Colour is important to making to making your home more relaxing. The paint colors you choose can have profound effects on your mood. For a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, colours like rusty orange, creamy beige and navy blue go very well, so does mauve or tan for just a couple of examples.  It’s also good to find a space in your home away from your tech devices. Just a bit of time away from your phone (other than to maybe put on some relaxing music), your laptop, touch screen pad or any computer based device will do you some good. It has been previously mentioned in the article The Sleepy Student: How to Deal with Sleep Issues, the blue light emanating from television, cellular, and laptop and touch screen pads actually depletes your natural melatonin from your brain, thus making you more alert and your brain more awake. Just taking a little bit of time away from your gadgets each evening (especially before you go to sleep) will work wonders in reducing your stress levels.

Aromatherapy can be a big contribution to creating a relaxing environment in your home. Whether you have a diffuser or not, having a few different essential oils to incorporate in your home can definitely come in handy. When you’re mopping your floors, add a couple drops of essential oils like bergamot, orange or cedar into the water so you can have a mild relaxing scent anytime you clean. Put some hot water in a large bowl or basin and put a few drops of essential oils like lavender, clementine, sandalwood, nutmeg and/or cinnamon and give yourself a nice, scented foot soak, the same could be done for when you take a bath as well and make this a personal ritual for when you come home, that way you’ll associate that particular bit of relaxation with home. Your home is supposed to be your safe place, the place where you feel the most at ease and when it is not, you need to do what you can to be able to feel at peace at home.

 

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