If your home is stressing you out or you find yourself increasingly anxious the moment you realize it’s time to go there, the reason might be more complex than you think. For some, it’s the smouldering work-family conflict, where one feels in charge while working, but overwhelmed by the amount of work that is waiting at residence. Whichever the reason might be, there are some truly helpful ways you can transform your home into a sanctuary of relaxation and replenishment.
Remove all the wall clocks
No matter how benign this might sound, having a lot of wall clocks might affect your stress level. Since clocks are used for telling time, they can subconsciously make you constantly under pressure to finish all your daily tasks on time. With the amount of technology today, we’re surrounded by clocks – in wristwatches, smartwatches, phones, microwaves, stoves, even fridges, so having extra ones ticking seconds away in every corner of the house makes no sense. On the other hand, if you have an heirloom or a decorative piece you hold especially dear, remove the batteries and keep the handles in the optimistic 10-10 position.
Keep the home tidy
Coming back from work into a messy home isn’t something that will put a smile on your face or allow you to relax after a stressful day. Try solving the problem by organizing regular cleaning sessions to tidy up whenever you have time. You should definitely include your entire family in this since you shouldn’t be the only one dealing with the mess, especially since you weren’t the one who created it alone. Teach your kids to collect their things once they’re done playing, and the adult ‘kids’ to rinse their plate and load it into a dishwasher when they’ve done eating.
Include versatile lighting
Having the right level of light is important for enjoying a variety of relaxing activities. In a media room, for example, the ability to dim the lights remotely can contribute immensely to the relaxation factor of the room. If creating a reading nook, a good reading lamp beside your favourite chair is a must. For indoor or outdoor spas, candlelight is the perfect and probably the only needed source of light. However, take caution that this light layering doesn’t contribute to additional clutter – use wall or ceiling mounted fixtures whenever possible.
Define us vs. me
What is relaxing to one person might not be relaxing to somebody else, so it’s illusionary to think you can make a single relaxing spot in your home that will meet everyone’s needs for chilling out. Organise a family meeting or talk to your partner about everyone’s personal preferences and try to figure out the way of meeting as many of these individual needs. In some cases, the solution is to make several oasis areas throughout your home, garden included. When the weather is nice, a quiet area of the yard or a cosy corner of the patio might serve the purpose just great.
Outdoor spa area
Even in narrow urban landscapes, a side yard can become a perfect spot for a secluded deck turned into a lavish spa. Placed so its top level is aligned with the deck’s floor, an in-deck outdoor spa pool is practically invisible, while the deck railings can act as an unobtrusive but effective privacy screen. Alternatively, screen your spa area from the rest of the world with a trellis and grow a selection of scented climbers that bloom over a long season. Make sure to multiply your enjoyment by adding amenities such as a supply station for slippers, robes, and towels, as well as a mini fridge for water and other refreshments.
Use rooms to their purpose
Just as you probably wouldn’t eat into your bathroom, you shouldn’t fall asleep in your living room either. While the relation of these habits and relaxation might look vague, it might help you adopt some good habits, that contribute to your overall happiness. For example, if you banish all the snacks and drinks from the living room, except when you have guests, you won’t have to worry about anything getting damaged or stained. In addition, spending your afternoon on the couch might sound like a perfect relaxing time, but might actually affect your sleep pattern, making your moody in the morning.
Turning your home into a relaxing oasis boils down to two complementing approaches: identifying and eliminating negative triggers, and improving the comfort of your house by adding amenities that make you wish you can slip from work earlier.