How To Create A Peaceful Haven In Your Soul And Home
Coming home at the end of a long day should not be more stressful than being at work. Creating a peaceful retreat in your own home is essential to your wellbeing. There are all sorts of changes, both big and small, that you can embark upon to make your home a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Starting with your outside space makes sense because research shows that being in nature can reduce your blood-pressure and heart rate while increasing your feelings of well-being. There are plenty of DIY gardening projects to add flowers, trees and landscaping to your backyard. Just being outside can make you feel better all by itself but transforming your outdoor space into something beautiful will enable you to enjoy that space for relaxation. If you’re ready to go big, it’s worth considering an inground pool cost or wooden deck price to get the most out of your yard.
Dark walls can add depth and regal style to a living space, but they can also add stress. Repainting your walls a more soothing color can help you relax the minute you walk in the door. Soft and subtle blues, purples and pinks are comforting and calming. If you like the idea of bringing a little more nature inside, a lighter green can also bring about serenity. If you love your red or forest green walls, keep that color palette in the dining room or formal living room where you don’t go to relax.
A lightbulb is a lightbulb is a lightbulb, but not really. Lightbulbs, even white ones, come in a variety of colors. It’s hard to know whether you want soft white, cool white, daylight, or something different all together. If you’re looking for a relaxing ambience, your best bet is a soft white that is gentle and smooth. Interestingly, in a small study, blue light was actually shown to reduce anxiety. You may not be ready to go for the full-on “under the sea” effect in your home but sitting under one blue lamp may be the perfect place to let your troubles melt away.
Probably most people have heard about the relaxing properties of lavender, but if this scent reminds you a little too much of your grandmother’s house, there are some other excellent choices. Lighting a candle when you get home from a stressful day creates a cozy atmosphere both with light and smell. Consider candles or diffusers that feature lemon, rosemary or vanilla for mood enhancement. Jasmine is the new lavender for a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that inhaling jasmine essential oils in the bedroom can induce a high-quality sleep.
Increasing the positive energy flow in your house may sound a little “new age-y” but there is something to be said for surrounding yourself with beautiful clutter-free spaces that let make your home feel like a retreat rather than a punishment. Decluttering is one of the most difficult tasks to undertake, but the rewards are innumerable. To start with, pick the area that causes you the most anxiety. For many people, this is the front entry hall because it’s what you see first. For others, it’s the bedroom, a room that should be a sanctuary from the cruel, cruel world. Set a daily and weekly goal for action. Don’t be overambitious because you’re likely to get frustrated and give up. Keep your tasks small and well-defined. Just like losing weight, clutter disappears ounce by ounce rather than pound by pound. One excellent trick is to create a “year from now” giveaway box. Fill it with clothes and knick-knacks that you can’t quite bear to part with. Put the date on it, seal it up and put it in the garage or attic. If a year from now you haven’t missed anything or you can’t even remember what’s in the box, donate it without opening it.
Creating a peaceful haven from the outside world should be a priority. Start small or start big but know that you are worth it. Life is too short not to live in a home full of harmony.
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