After a long day at the office, you need to unwind. The issue is, of course, that sometimes you get home and you still have things to do. This could be having to cook dinner, catch up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones (which can be stressful) and do some housework, which doesn’t leave you a lot of time to relax. If you find yourself a stressful mess after you come home, you may need to create a space for you to unwind. Here are some ways you can create the perfect relaxation space in your own home.
De-Clutter Your Space
Robyn Amott from Bless This Mess offers her advice for creating a perfectly relaxing space. “Clutter is distracting and overwhelming within any space within our homes. The visual presence of clutter distracts us and has us constantly feeling like we can't relax. A space that is clutter free allows our minds to truly switch off as we unwind.” Find out more about Bless This Mess by following them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Create A Comfort Corner
Sometimes you need to physically escape the hustle and bustle of life and get away. Creating a space that you can curl up in, with a good book, some headphones on and your pet can totally revamp you and help you unwind after a long day. In order to create this, you can cut off a corner of your room with a room divider. Scatter some cushions on the floor, set up some fairy lights and get your quilt off your bed. If you’d like to make this space permanent, get a brand new duvet and snuggle up in it. You can get comfy super quickly like this, and enjoy the space all to yourself, and maybe your furry pal too. Tracey Maher from Click for Therapy, a website that is perfect for anyone looking for a therapist, offers her advice for the perfect relaxing space. "To create a space to unwind, pick one spot in your place – it could be on the back veranda, a spot in the lounge room or at the kitchen bench – anywhere you want really. Clear away the debris, clean it up and define the area as being yours. Depending on the size of the area, it could be that you can create an inviting space by adding an interior plant, putting up a plaque with a meaningful saying, or it might be as simple as putting down a place mat to define your spot. Now, look around, remove as many visual reminders that you can of things that need to be done, then listen – what can you hear? If you need to, put in your earphones and put on some relaxing music to listen to. Put the phone on aeroplane mode so that you won’t be disturbed." Find out more about Click for Therapy, and find the perfect therapist for you by following them on Facebook.
Smells Like Relaxation
Sometimes all you need to relax is a scent, and Shea Morrison from The Goodnight Co. offers her advice. "Adding a soothing scent into your space, such as a lavender based oil, calms you after a long day. Relaxation lays in a goodnight sleeps. Adding a silk pillow case on your bed is both stylish, luxurious and beneficial for gorgeous skin and hair." Find out more about The Goodnight Co. by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Switch Off The Screens
Staring at a computer for eight hours a day is bad enough, so if you come home and you’re glued to the TV, laptop or your phone, you’re not giving your eyes a break. You’re exposed to more information in one day with technology than someone in the 15th century experienced in their whole life. That’s a lot of information. When you get home, try and spend a few hours without screens. You can read a book, have a nap, or even do something creative. It’s a great way to unwind after a long day, plus you’ll give your eyes a rest.
Make It Ambient
Luca from Yalu Jailbreak offers his advice for unwinding after a long day. “My favourite tip for anyone looking to create the ultimate relaxation space is to get your hands on Philips Hue smart lights as soon as possible. Once you get them, install their app on your iPhone and you're all set. You can use their app to tailor the ambience to your needs. Personally, I like to lower the brightness of the smart lights and select a calm preset from the app. Apart from that, I also like to play some "calm" video on my iPhone and sync it to Hue lights using the amazing Ambiance tweak.” Find out more about Yalu Jailbreak by following them on Facebook.
Use Your Senses
Alison Gallagher from Alyssum Alchemy offers her advice for a setting up a relaxing space. “Creating a relaxing space is all about setting the scene, and unwinding after a busy day at work is critical for lowering blood pressure, alleviating anxiety and ensuring a restful night's sleep. Dim lighting, soft throws and cushions are essential to create a cosy space. Vapourising essential oils such as lavender, sweet orange, mandarin, geranium and sandalwood all help to calm the nervous system and fill your home with beautiful uplifting yet calming aromas. Pot plants not only help to absorb toxins from the air and generate fresh oxygen but the human brain automatically relaxes when it looks at plants and greenery, so fill your home with robust pot plants (from succulents to peace lilies) and vases of fresh blooms will always elevate your mood. Crystals such as rose quartz and amethyst also emit a peaceful energy and look lovely positioned amongst your favourite art works and displayed treasures.” Find out more about Alyssum Alchemy by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
It’s important to unwind after a long day, and if you create a space where you can spend some time to yourself, without the intrusion of screens or any other distractions, you can keep your brain clear and yourself relaxed.