The quality of the rest and relaxation you get at home has a direct effect on your performance and safety in the workplace. Sleep is your body’s time to rest and heal. Without it, you’ll experience the lack of physical strength and mental slow down that come with poor sleep. A relaxing atmosphere at home can help you de-stress, relieve tension, and fully prepare mind and body for sleep.
We’ve got some tips to help you create a relaxing atmosphere at home that will leave you at your best.
Clutter can increase anxiety, especially as you age. A stressful day at work followed by a cluttered home won’t prepare you mentally for sleep or the challenges you face in the workplace.
Take it one room at a time. Start in your shared communal spaces like the living room or kitchen. Keep three boxes nearby—keep, toss, and donate. As you’re sorting, divide your possessions into the boxes and work your way through the room. Don’t keep anything that’s a “someday” — someday I might need this or someday I’ll read this or someday I’ll give this to someone.
Target Your Relaxation
Sometimes, your entire house can’t be relaxing. Anyone who has a large family knows that you have to get creative if you’re going to find somewhere quiet and private. Target your relaxation in a specific area.
It could be a sunroom, office, or bedroom. If you like to tinker with your tools and machinery, it could be in a shop or garage. Wherever it is, make this space uniquely yours. Simple decor, comfortable seating, and everything you need to relax should all be in this one space.
Forest, ocean, mountains — nature can restore your ability to concentrate and reduce ruminations that lead to depression and anxiety. Organic shapes, colors, and textures can all provide those same benefits in your home. Houseplants are a simple, effective way to trick your body into relaxing. However, artwork, natural finishes on furniture, and even brick or stone can do the same thing.
Remember Your Senses
What you see is only partially contributes to your relaxation. Remember, that sounds and smells have a powerful influence too. Music is linked to our emotions. Use it to create the feeling you want. If you’re frustrated or angry, try something mellow and soothing. If you’re tired, put on an upbeat playlist.
Scents can be helpful as well. Once you associate a particular scent with the right feeling, you can use it to help you relax. Lavender and jasmine are good places to start as both have been shown to calm the mind and body. Jasmine has even been shown to be an effective sleep aid.
Make Time For Sleep
Speaking of sleep, make sure you get enough of it. For the best sleep, keep TVs and cellphones in another room. Block out all light and turn the thermostat down. And go to bed on time and at the same time every night. Remember, good sleep regulates your emotions and clears your thinking. It’s also vital for your creative thinking skills.
Solid work relationships and the ability to solve complex problems rely on your ability to go home and relax. Start with small changes until you create space with the relaxing atmosphere you need. When home is a haven, you’ll get fully recharge every day.
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