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How to Make Your Home Feel More Relaxing

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Jul 25, 2017 4:40 AM

Our homes are our sanctuaries, and we just want to relax after a long and difficult day. It's wonderful to close the door against the outside world and breathe in the familiar surroundings of home. There are ways you can make your home even more relaxing and inviting to truly create an oasis in your living space.

1. Incense

If you aren't bothered by strong smells or perfume, incense can create a peaceful environment filled with your favorite scent. It is used in spas and retreats for a reason. There are countless different types of incense, and you can choose one depending on whether you prefer a floral aroma or a heavier scent. The light, smoky scent of incense is inherently welcoming, and will also add an air of mystery to your home.

2. Indoor Fountains

The positive ions of running water are said to be beneficial to our health. Indoor fountains for your home promote a sense of calm with the sound of running water. They are also visually stunning and can mimic a waterfall or other natural water feature. We love the experience when we encounter small pools and waterfalls in nature, so it stands to reason that they would be a wonderful addition indoors.

3. Get Creative with Your Bath

Bathing is one of the ancient joys of mankind. Everyone loves the peace and solitude that comes with a great shower or a long, relaxing soak in the tub. You can improve your bathing experience by experimenting with bath bombs and other exotic additions to the water. If you are able to purchase a waterfall or similar showerhead, this can enhance your bathing experience. Try the ultimate relaxation by adding a glass of wine if taking a bath, or a beer if taking a shower. Both of these bath and shower experiences are recommended enthusiastically by many people.

4. Focus on Natural Light

We spend a lot of our days trapped in offices with fluorescent lighting. Our buildings are not always equipped with large windows to take advantage of the natural light. It's so much more relaxing to experience the sun pouring through the windows, or the rain tapping at the glass on a cloudy day. We respond much better to natural light than we do to artificial illumination, especially in the case of fluorescent lighting. Try opening all the curtains and letting natural light into your living space for a more relaxing time at home.

5. Declutter the House

Nothing saps your energy more than walking in the door after a long day and realizing you still need to clean up. If you can keep your clutter to a minimum, you will be able to enjoy returning home to a neat and clean living environment that is more welcoming than forbidding. The only kind of clutter around the house should be well-loved books.

6. Remove Negative Reminders

If you have reminders of bad past experiences sitting around in your home, it's time to say goodbye to those items and those memories. Nobody wants a reminder of something negative that happened in the past if they are trying to relax and enjoy their home life. Gather up everything that reminds you of a painful time and throw it out. It can be difficult to give up mementos of the past, but it's crucial for your enjoyment of the future.

7. Feeling Good

In the same way as you removed negative reminders, start filling your space with positive memories. Anything that makes you smile or feel happy has a place in your home. This will go a long way to encourage peace of mind and overall happiness in your living space. You need a place to feel content, and pleasant memories will help foster that feeling.

There are a multitude of ways you can bring peace and relaxation into your home. It's important that we have a place to rest and recharge in these modern demanding times. It's a good way to make sure you will be rested and ready for the days to come.

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