If your home is your castle, then we are all familiar with those days when you just want to pull up the drawbridge over the moat, close the gate, bar the doors, and hide away from everyone. When you start to feel that way, it can be helpful to have your own reflection space to retreat to — somewhere you can recharge your batteries and restore your energy so that you feel ready to go back out into the world again, or at least let it come to you!
The last thing you want is to make creating this special place into another source of stress in your life. So when you’re trying to figure out how to relax at home, follow these tips to break down the process and make it simple and pain-free.
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Choosing a Spot
The first thing to consider is whether you live alone or with others.
If you live alone, anywhere in the house will do… the size of the space is up to you. You could choose something as simple as a small corner or you could set up an entire room. The main thing to think about is how much time you want to spend creating your reflection space. If you try to do too much, the process could ironically become another source of stress in your life, so pick a spot that is manageable.
Think about what kind of atmosphere you find pleasing.
- Do you like to sit in the sunlight, or do you find yourself more relaxed and calm in a dim, or even dark, “cave”-type setting?
- Another thing to take into account is what kind of objects you want to have around you. Do you plan on incorporating a comfortable chair, or plants, or your favorite books? Look for a spot where those items will fit well.
- You’ll also want to take into consideration how you prefer to spend your time. If you just want to sit quietly and read, that will require less space than if you want to do something more active.
If you live with others, remember the need for privacy.
- Look for a place in the house that is out of the way, where people will be less likely to come and interrupt your relaxation time.
- Avoid areas that family members or roommates need to travel through to get to other parts of the house.
- Stay far away from television sets or computers!
- You might even avoid power outlets entirely to reduce the temptation to bring electronic devices with you!
Preparing your Space
Once you’re ready to set up your space, one of the first things to think about is a color scheme. Many psychologists suggest that color can affect our moods, emotions and behavior. Different colors have different associations. Some are evolutionary, dating back to our days as cavemen. Others are personal, relating to childhood or specific cultural associations.
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In general, for a space intended for relaxation, you probably want to focus on calming colors like blue or green, while avoiding more intense or even volatile colors like red, orange, or yellow. However, you also want to make choices based on your own personal preferences and the mood certain colors evoke in you.
If you plan to sit and read or meditate, you’ll want to make sure you have a comfortable chair and appropriate lighting. Another option would be to set up a yoga mat or to do some other form of physical activity that you find calming. You could even create your own zen garden, or arrange hanging plants and patio furniture to give you the feel of being outdoors. Perhaps you feel more relaxed when playing the guitar or some other musical instrument. The key is to customize the space so that it will feel allow you to re-charge your batteries and feel free from any sources of stress in your life.
Thinking about the Environment
If you are environmentally conscious, a final factor to take into consideration is making your relaxation space “green,” by using natural materials, reusable products, and avoiding chemicals or other toxic substances. Your reflection space will naturally direct you toward activities that have a low-impact on the environment. You’ll be saving electricity and reducing waste. This can have a positive impact on your state of mind.
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Enjoying your new Space
Once you have your relaxation space set up to your satisfaction, set aside at least fifteen minutes a day to use it! Think about what time of day you generally get stressed or tired, and plan a mini-”retreat.” That way you won’t fall into the trap of feeling too busy to relax! But ultimately the main benefit of having this space is knowing it’s there whenever you need it. Just that feeling of security alone can help relieve your stress. So sit back and enjoy!
Garret Stembridge is a member of the Internet marketing team at Extra Space Storage, a leading provider of self storage facilities. In California, you can visit this Self Storage Facility in Bermuda Dunes.
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