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Are you feeling stressed? Struggling to find the positives in every day? In the post-festive hangover period, we can all feel like we’ve come back down to Earth with a thump. As we strive to hit first-quarter targets and make up for the holiday slump we can find ourselves working harder and for longer hours than ever. And in the current economic climate, it can also feel like we have less than ever to show for our hard work. In this light, it’s little wonder why so many of us feel stressed this time of year. But fear not, your home can be made more conducive to relaxation and stress relief with just a few simple changes. You can go large or small depending on your budget but everyone should find something of practical use in these 5 ways to decorate your way to relaxation….
Let the light in
Natural light is one of the best natural mood boosters there is. So while this time of year may not be very forthcoming with sunlight, it’s essential to make the most of what you have throughout the day. Substitute heavy drapes and curtains for blinds or, if your budget will allow, you might be surprised by the difference custom windows and doors can make. Not only can they maximize natural light, but they can also minimize heating costs… and that’s always something to be happy about.
Out with the synthetic, in with the natural
Not only do synthetic materials prevent our skin from breathing properly they just look and feel “wrong” to our subconscious minds. On the other hand, natural materials like wood, paper, stone and cotton all have a naturally calming effect on us. As well as removing clutter and unnecessary visual “noise”, replacing synthetic materials with natural equivalents can help make your home much more relaxing.
Find a soothing new color for your walls
Color plays a huge part in determining our psychological mood while we’re at home. Muted and neutral colors like Benjamin Moore White Dove, can have a calming effect on the mind as well as beautifully showcasing the furniture with which we make a house a home. We’ve already looked at some beautiful soothing colors for bedroom walls. How could you incorporate these and similar colors into your home’s decor?
Harness the healing power of plants
In the winter months when nature seems on the retreat, we can still bring the natural world indoors with house plants. All house plants help to create a more calming and soothing atmosphere in the home but these are some well established favorites for reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
Breathe in relaxation
Finally, it’s important not to neglect the effect that scent can have on creating a relaxing home environment. In spaces like the living room and the bedroom where you’ll be doing most of your relaxing, it’s a good idea to place some essential oil diffusers to help you to breathe in a relaxing, soothing scent. Lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang, jasmine and clary sage are all great for keeping the living space happy and conducive to relaxation.