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Your home is more than just a place to rest your head and store your belongings. It’s a place where you recover from the mania of the world and restore your energy. Or at least it should be. If you haven’t taken proactive steps to ensure that your home is zen and peaceful, then it’s highly unlikely to be so. After all, there’s very little that’s naturally relaxing about life in the 21st century! You have to make it happen. Fortunately, this isn’t an impossible task. There are plenty of things you can do to nudge your home’s relaxation levels in the right direction. In this blog, we’re going to look at a few of the most effective methods.
Set the Tone
They say that you should start as you mean to go on. When it comes to your home, this means thinking about the tone that exists from the moment that you first walk through the door. If it’s dark, cluttered, and messy, then it will be no surprise if you’re not getting a great feeling from your home. On the other hand, if it’s light, spacious, and full of joy, then you’ll be on the right path. Basically, what you’re trying to get is a feeling of positivity as soon as you open the front door.
Feed the Senses
Feeling calm and content doesn’t just come out of nowhere. It’s what happens when all your senses are engaged and at ease. As such, one of the best ways to improve the ambiance of your home is to look at feeding those senses! For example, you could consider adding some incense, or installing atmospheric lighting, or adding some flowers. These all work in a very subtle way on your body, but you’ll notice the impact. You can always feel the difference when you walk into a home that has been designed with the senses in mind.
It’s all good and well making the presentation aspect of your home look the part. But if the appliances of your home aren’t in full working condition, then you’ll come across unnecessary issues that make being in your home all the less enjoyable. Who wants to live in a place where the shower doesn’t work as well as it could? Or where the microwave door won’t open? Fixing these things takes a little bit of effort, but not much. If you know how to replace microwave handle and how to improve water pressure, then you can do the job yourself. If your home is free of problems, then you’ll find it much easier to sink into relaxation!
Limit the Tech
Technology most definitely has its uses. Yet, while you’ll want to have some tech in your home, it’s important that you don’t take things too far. Tech can be many things, but it’s often very relaxing! You could have the most relaxing set up in your home, but if you’re just scrolling through Facebook and Instagram, then you’ll find that your brain can’t slow down to the degree necessary to enter relaxation mode. One good idea is to have a room that’s tech-free. In there, you’ll do nothing but write, listen to music, meditate, and do all the other old-school things that will put you in a state of relaxation.
In the Yard
If you’re lucky enough to have a yard, then you’ll have an excellent opportunity to create a truly zen place on your property. It doesn’t take much to create such a space! A little bit of gardening will be essential, however. If you have a lush, green space, then you’ll be mostly there. And if you throw in a water feature and bird feeder, then the job will be done. There’s much to love about sitting out on a summer’s morning, just watching birds come and go, all with the sound of a water feature running in the background.
Of course, you’ll have the biggest influence on the tone and feel of your home. If you’re not a relaxed person, then that’ll come through on your property. On the other hand, if you make a habit of pushing yourself towards relaxation and gratitude, then that’s what’ll come through. Of course, life is tough, and we can’t always be quite as zen as we’d like to be. But there are things we can do that’ll make it more likely. Meditation, do yoga and learn the art of giving thanks, and your home will be calm and relaxed.