Our home should be our sanctuary. The outside world is always waiting with its to do lists, deadlines, appointments and meetings and it’s important to find a place to escape from the strains of everyday modern life. Even for just a short while we need to allow ourselves the chance to relax and unwind from today so that we can recharge our mind and body for tomorrow.
Relaxation is not a luxury it is a necessity in modern life. The stress many of us are dealing with on a day to day basis far exceeds the healthy levels that the human body was designed to handle. As a result, many of us are stressed, tense and suffering from the long list of symptoms this brings with it such as headaches, digestive problems and sleep difficulties.
That is why we have put together a list of our top five favorite ways to encourage a sense of relaxation and add a little calm to your home…
Light a candle
The soft glow of a candles illumination provides a calming alternative to the often-harsh effects of artificial light. There have been links made between fluorescent lighting which can be found in many commercial environments and the effects this has on increasing feelings of anxiety and stress. Switch this off completely with the gentle flicker of a natural light instead.
Nurture a little nature
Focus on your breathing by adding fresh flowers and plants to your home. They have been linked to improved air quality and a decrease in tense feelings. Nature has long been connected to a reduction in stress levels and studies have shown that these benefits can still be found when nature makes its way inside the home.
Diffuse the situation
Diffusers can use essential oils to benefit the mind and body. The inhalation of the vapors they release into the air allows us to absorb the health benefits they can provide. Fragrances such as lavender, cedar wood oil and jasmine are just some of the options for increasing a sense of calm.
Snuggle up with a blanket
Wrapping up in any cosy blanket is sure to calm the nerves but if you are struggling with anxiety or high levels of stress a weighted blanket could be the ideal solution. Based on the principles of deep pressure touch stimulation these specially designed blankets trigger a reaction in the body that releases feelings of calm and security.
Find your rhythm
Research has found that music can hit the right note for relaxing your mind. Your favourite songs can offer a focus point for your attention and allow you to explore your inner thoughts and emotions through the music, lyrics and feeling they provide.
While these tips are great for helping to encourage feelings of relaxation and provide ways to decompress after a hectic and stressful day, if you are experiencing an overwhelming sense of stress and anxiety that is beginning to impact your day to day life it may be beneficial to find someone that can offer you professional advice on dealing with these feelings.
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