Between work, family, friends, and other responsibilities, life can get really busy and stressful at times. And at the end of the day, there is nothing like coming home, kicking off your shoes, and letting the stress of the day melt away. Your home, after all, is your sanctuary.
Some homes even help take your relaxation to another level with stress-relieving features such as saunas, steam showers, yoga decks, and meditation rooms. But, even if your home doesn’t have all the wellness bells and whistles, there are simple things you can do to make your home feel like a stress-free oasis. Keep reading for our seven top tips.
Create a zen zone
Consider carving out a special space in your home to serve as your designated zen zone. This will be your little haven where you can go for self-reflection, meditation, or any other ritual that feeds your soul and helps you unwind. Even if it’s just a corner in a room, you can dress it up really nice with all of your self-care essentials such as a meditation pillow, crystals, a journal, and some candles.
Aromatherapy not only will make your home smell heavenly, it’s said to help relieve stress and also creates a calming atmosphere. Set up essential oil diffusers throughout your home (especially in your zen zone) and fill them with soothing scents such as lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang, or frankincense.
Keep it tidy
If your home is messy and cluttered, chances are you’ll feel out of sorts on the inside too. Your external environment makes a big impact on how you feel. That’s why it’s important to keep your home as clean as possible. That said, we know life gets busy. So don’t add even more stress to your life by trying to keep your home in pristine condition. A quick 10-minute tidy up session every night will go a long way.
Showcase a water feature
There is something so peaceful about the sound of water that just lulls you into a state of relaxation. Not only that, but according to the ancient Chinese art of placement known as feng shui, incorporating water features, such as fountains, into your home helps create more flow in your life and also helps attract prosperity.
Bring in the greenery
It’s almost impossible to feel stressed when you’re immersed in Mother Nature. While it would be amazing to go on a nature excursion every day, that’s not always doable. But, you can still bring a little bit of Mother Nature to you by adorning your home with plants. They’ll instantly uplift your energy and the energy of the space. Plus, the ritual of watering your plants is also an opportunity to be present and literally stop and smell the roses.
Light it up
A burst of natural light beaming through the window will also do wonders for your mood. Try to keep your windows and shades open as often as possible to let in those good vibes. At night, you can also use the power of light to create a stress-free ambiance by lighting some candles or putting your lights on a dimmer. This will signal to your body that it’s time to disconnect from your day-to-day responsibilities and rest.
Create a spa bathroom
When you think of relieving stress, hitting up the spa is one of the first things that comes to mind. Luckily, you don’t have to wait until your next appointment to get your spa on. You can create your own mini-spa in the comfort of your bathroom. Add some artwork. Hang fresh eucalyptus from your showerhead. Treat yourself to a bathtub caddy. Then play some meditation music, throw on a face mask, and enjoy a good soak.