Lately, under COVID-19-related restrictions, the home has become much more than a home. For many, it’s been a school, an office, a gym, a restaurant and an all-round activity centre.
Because of this, it’s arguably more important than ever before to make sure your home has a dedicated space where you can relax, switch off and channel your zen.
Relaxation means something different to us all but, at the end of the day, it’s all about switching off and disconnecting from the world just a little bit so we have some time to ourselves.
To get started, you can add inviting and comfy-looking furniture.
Start with creating a dedicated relaxing nook or chill-out zone by adding a really comfortable chair and footstool or ottoman and place this in a corner or nook of the room
Add a soft cosy sheepskin or throw rug for softness and a side table with a lamp if it fits. I prefer warm glow bulbs as the light is more comforting and soothing as opposed to bright white light.
Depending on what makes you feel calm, positioning your chair near those things can help bring on the relaxation.
Anchor your chair if you can near a bookshelf for easy access to read or near indoor plants to help calm the nervous system.. If listening to music helps you relax, this chair would be a great spot to tune out, meditate or rest
While some may be lucky enough to have an entire room to dedicate to this, a small nook or a corner will do the trick
The pandemic has made it even more important to create a calming space in your home. It is really important to have a space where you can relax and re-connect with yourself. This has been emphasised during the COVID-19 restrictions and it has become even more important for health and wellbeing.
You have to assess your home and see what can work for you. As long as it can fit a mat, you can create a zone for you. Ideally, it should be away from distractions and be quiet with natural light.
Music is a necessity and the space should have soft furnishings, candles and anything calming with warmth.
When it comes to choosing what your space will look like, it’s important to remember that certain colours are great for creating calm.
Opt for muted and natural tones such as powdery blues, sage greens, oatmeal and biscuit tones.
A nice idea is to visualise a space within nature that makes you feel relaxed and use these colours as the inspiration to decorate your home or space. Maybe it is the beach on a warm summer’s day or the luscious green undergrowth of a forest.