Being able to relax at home is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. The world can be a stressful place; your home is the place you need to be able to go to rest and recharge. So, what are the best ways to relax at home?
1. Avoid Clutter and Mess
Housework isn’t exactly relaxing for most people, but if you can keep your living space or at least one room uncluttered and reasonably clean, you’ll feel more relaxed when you are at home. If you can afford it, hire someone to clean it. Decorate your space and surround yourself with things that make you happy whether that’s books, crafting supplies or power tools. Work on developing good habits that help you keep a space the way you like it, but don’t let this item become another stressful obligation.
You may have to bring work home sometimes, but you can still unplug when you need to. This isn’t just about work but encompasses unplugging from leisure as well, so turn off your phone, disconnect from the Internet and even turn off the television. Just relax and be in the space without distractions or obligations.
The one exception to unplugging might be playing some music. Music can be very relaxing, so if this is something you find conducive to making you more relaxed at home, find something soothing to listen to.
4. Good Scents
Aromatherapy is the word for using scent as a tool to change your mood, and you can get this from essential oils, incense and scented candles. There’s research done into the cognitive effects different smells have on your mood, but you are also the best judge of what scents soothe you, so experiment until you find the best ones.
5. Time for Yourself
It’s essential that this be time that is only for you and not for loved ones or for things you think you should be doing. If you live with others, insist that they leave you alone for the hour or however long you’re planning to take time to relax. Choose something calming to do whether it’s reading a book, writing in a journal, taking a bath, gardening, drawing or just sitting or lying down and staring into space.
6. Get a Pet
Sure, they add some extra chores and expenses to your life, but study after study shows that having a pet is life-enhancing. Pets lower blood pressure, decrease depression and give you truly unconditional love. If you can’t have a dog or a cat in the place where you live, find out if you can get something small like a hamster or guinea pig.
Your relaxation time at home needs to be non-negotiable. You may not need or be able to manage an hour a day, but try to get a little bit of time to yourself for relaxation most days and perhaps set aside an hour or so each week that belongs only to you. It’s essential for a happy, healthy and productive life.