When the line between work and home life is blurred, it becomes extra hard to relax. Having to deal with this everyday builds up stress, which will only have adverse effects on the mind and body. This is why we need to find ways to relax in our own way and in the little space we have in our homes.
Relaxation need not be expensive. It can actually be done in the comfort of our homes at a cheaper price than constantly going for massages and makeovers. To create a stress-free environment for yourself, you can follow the following tips below.
1. Apply a fresh coat of paint
If you’ve had the same colour of paint on your walls for a long time now, it may be time for a change of scenery. Dark-painted walls or worn-off paint may just be pulling you down.
White is a good color of paint for any room. According to Simple Home Simple Life, having white walls has a positive effect on our mood. It also reflects the light inside a room better than any other color, helping us brighten up.
If you’re not into stark white walls, you can opt for off-white, soft gray, or tan. Blush, lilac, soft green, and teal are also good choices for people who still want to have a touch of colour.
2. Keep your space clutter-free
When you’re constantly stressed in school and at work, keeping your space free of clutter can help free up your mind as well.
While cleaning up alone can already do wonders, arranging your belongings into organisers will help you keep your room tidier for longer. It is also helpful to get rid of things you haven’t used for a long time.
In addition to this, have somewhere you can keep your work-related items out of sight after work hours. Doing this routinely will condition your mind to stop worrying about work once it is time to rest.
If you have a couple hundred dollars to spare, you can also consider switching your bulky furniture pieces for minimalist fixtures. This will instantly make your room appear more spacious, allowing you to be able to breathe better.
3. Play with textures
Even if you have a clean room with minimal furniture, you can still decorate your space.
You can put up paintings or posters that you find inspiring. Lamps, neon lights, and fairy lights also add beauty to a room and, at the same time, have purpose.
A particularly good way to embellish any space without bulking it up again is by making use of textures. Texture is a great element to incorporate in a room as it can ground you during stressful days. Think of textured items like stress balls but in bigger sizes.
For instance, a large throw blanket with an intricate design can add colour to your bed and can be a source of comfort. A fluffy carpet would also surely make it more exciting to pad around the room.
Using furnishings with heavier fabrics may be intimidating since they require special laundry services, though. However, there are laundry service providers such as Carpet Cleaning Singapore that can handle special items of this sort.
4. Welcome natural light
Because the brain produces more of the happy hormone serotonin during sunny days than cloudy days, letting natural light into your room would also produce the same effect, says Time. Natural light can also keep you energised throughout the day as your body gets the sufficient amount of melatonin from sunlight to help you sleep earlier at night.
For this, experts recommend using a blackout curtain with a sheer overlay. This lets in just enough sunlight during morning time and also helps you sleep uninterrupted at night or whenever you need a nap.
To properly clean your curtains and get rid of all the dust they have collected, you can hand them to professional curtain cleaners, such as the experts at Singapore Curtain Cleaning.
5. Use plants as decor
Having plants in the room brings so many benefits, says The Sill.
They absorb toxins inside the room and increase humidity for good air circulation in your space. At the same time, the color green helps your eyes relax, especially when you spend a lot of time on your devices.
If you find real plants to be too high-maintenance, fake plants can also work. They may not help clean the air in your room, but they can certainly bring more life into the space and help you feel more relaxed.
6. Find a calming scent
To help your body achieve its most relaxed state, essential oils also prove to be very helpful.
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils for its relaxing effects, although some people also use jasmine, ylang ylang, and peppermint. However, it is always better to personally look for a scent you like that has the same effect.
Essential oils can be added to your bath, sprayed on your linens, or diffused. An aromatherapy candle infused with essential oils is also a great, hassle-free option.
7. Always have tea at hand
You can also make a habit of drinking tea, certain types of tea also help the body loosen up.
A great tea option is oolong. Among this type of tea’s many benefits is that it helps improve sleep. Thanks to its L-theanine content, oolong tea drinkers sleep faster and longer. This amino acid also does a great job in de-stressing and improving your mood, allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed the next day.
Camellia Tea Bar happens to specialise in Wuyi rock oolong, a black oolong tea that can only be found in the Wuyi Mountains in northern Fujian, China. This full-bodied tea classic allows you to get all the great benefits of oolong tea.
Our signature tea collection has a wide array of Wuyi rock oolong variants for different palates. We also offer a signature tasting kit for those who’d like to taste each one without having to splurge on full-sized packs.
Anyway, these are only some of the things you can do to help your body and mind relax after a long day of work. All of them can make a serious difference, though.
With so much going on around us daily, it is important to maintain a zen space for ourselves. Share your own tips for doing that with us!
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