They say that home is where the heart is. After all, home is where our family, belongings, and memories are made; it’s where we wind down after a long day. With all the time we spend at home these days, it seems like the chaos we would go home to escape has followed us inside. But we can keep the chaos at bay by supporting one another, and by doing what we can to help make our homes more relaxing for everyone who lives there.
When we think of “relaxing activities,” organizing our belongings doesn’t typically make the top of the list. But there’s something to be said for organization as a way to make your home more relaxing. The human mind prefers order over chaos, and we tend to be ill at ease somewhere that’s cluttered and unorganized. If you don’t feel relaxed in a room, take time to identify why and remove clutter. Investing in additional storage and organizers may do more for making your décor relaxed than other relaxation gimmicks.
Our sense of smell is strongly linked to our memory and emotions. This is why childhood scents, such as the smell of a parent’s cooking, may elicit a strong emotional response for us. We can harness the power of smell to change the way we feel inside our homes. Start by cleaning the home to remove any unpleasant odors and replacing them with pleasant ones. These are scents commonly associated with relaxation:
These can be added with candles or air fresheners but using diffusers and essential oils is the best way to add scents without harming air quality.
Bring in Nature
In Japan, there is a tradition known as shinrin-yoku or forest bathing. It’s the idea that spending time surrounded by nature improves our sense of well-being. While we can’t always go out to in nature, we can bring nature inside by bringing in houseplants. Not only is the presence of plants naturally calming, but they help reduce toxins in the air. This improves an area’s scent, air quality, and amount of oxygen.
Create a Relaxation Station
In the hustle and bustle of everyday living, there’ll be days that our houses just aren’t as relaxing as we wish. For times like that, it pays to have a designated area to wind down. This may be a whole separate space such as a man-cave or she-shed, or simply a corner of a bedroom. In this little retreat, you can put relaxing lighting, your favorite scents, and your most relaxing music. Along with that, you can add one of our full-body massage chairs as a way to relax your muscles, improve your breathing, and help you leave the space feeling refreshed.
However you like to relax, Relaxacare has everything you need to turn your home into the relaxing sanctuary it was always meant to be.