If there’s one thing that every home should do, it’s offer you an escape from the stresses of work and everyday life. To do this, your home should be comfortable, welcoming and warm, and you should look forward to walking through your front door.
But too often, our homes give us just as much stress and anxiety as the outside world. Whether it’s due to a heap of mess or just a lack of treating yourself, lots of us overlook the importance of providing ourselves with the sanctuary we deserve. Creating a peaceful space is an integral part of recharging and restoring ourselves, equipping us with the tools to face life’s challenges head-on.
If you feel like your home could do with a bit of a pick-me-up, look no further. Here are 6 easy, affordable ways you can make your home feel more relaxing year-round.
- Use aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a form of holistic healing that utilises natural plant extracts. Through the use of essential oils, aromatherapy aims to improve the health of your mind, body and spirit, increasing your well-being and helping your home feel tranquil and dreamy.
Using oil diffusers, you can place aromatherapy scents all around your home and take the pick of your favourite scents. You can even make your own essential oils at home, using homegrown plants and placing them into a crockpot or a still. Place them into a glass jar and you’ve got your own personalised scents that you can mix and match at any time to help your home feel like the safe haven it should be.
Clutter can cause both physical and mental chaos, not only making it harder for you to get ready and out your front door but also making it harder for you to relax and catch your breath. When you’re surrounded by clutter, your face is practically being rubbed in all your responsibilities that you haven’t taken care of. It’s hard to truly unwind when you know the kitchen sink is full of unwashed dishes, or that pile of dirty clothes in your bedroom is stacking up. Here are some tips for decluttering your home.
Take the time one Saturday or Sunday afternoon to tackle the mess in your home and you’ll immediately feel the tension leave the room and the distress escape your body. If you’re struggling to find a proper home for all your belongings, invest in some organisation items such as baskets, jars and drawer inserts to help you stay organised and on top of things in the future.
- Have plenty of plants and greenery
After a stressful week, many of us go on a walk through the park or a hiking trail to cleanse ourselves and gain clarity. So why not bring some of the soothing powers of nature into your home? Plants can help make your home more aesthetically pleasing, and help bring some tranquillity and serenity into any space.
If you’re unsure of how to care for plants properly, don’t let that deter you. Start off with some succulents or snake plants to help you get started and slowly work your way up to more involved species.
- Take advantage of natural light
Whenever possible, always take advantage of natural lighting as much as you can in your home. Natural light has been shown to lift moods, increase productivity and create a sense of calmness and inner peace when compared to artificial light sources.
When you do have to use artificial light, opt for softer, warmer lighting from your lamps as opposed to harsh overhead lighting. This will help keep the vibe of your home chill, warm and relaxed.
- Add pops of colour
Experimenting with colour is an excellent way to transform the mood of your house for the better. Cool shades of blue and green in particular are ideal for creating something calming and tranquil, offering you an oasis away from the stresses of the outside world.
Whether you add some colour using furniture, your wall colours or with decor, it’s a fun way to experiment with your creative side and enhance your home.
- Have lots of soft surfaces
Soft surfaces such as rugs, blankets and pillows can go a long way in making your home feel cosy and welcoming. Start off with the rooms you use the most, such as your bedroom, living area and study, and make them feel as warm and comfortable as possible.
This is also another opportunity to add some cool, relaxing colours throughout your home and is a relatively cheap and easy change to make.