After a long day at work or school, whether that’s in person or online, we are longing for a moment to ourselves to fully relax. Put your comfortable clothing on (or keep them on if you’re working from home), find the best spot on the couch, light some candles and put your favourite Netflix show on. That’s the ultimate way of relaxation, if you ask us. It doesn’t matter if you’re home all day long or only a few hours per day, it’s important to feel comfortable in your own house. This is the place where you need to recharge for the next day, so it should feel homely and peaceful. We will run you through four home ideas for a relaxing vibe at home that will help you to wind down after a long, stressful day.
Feng shui layouts
Feng what? If you’ve never heard of feng shui before and you’re a neat freak, you’re going to love this. The philosophy of feng shui is a practice of arranging the pieces in living spaces in order to create balance with the natural world. This means having a structured layout in your house, which helps to calm the mind. It can be difficult to relax when your house is a mess, so by creating order in the chaos you will feel less stressed at home. The basic principles of feng shui are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Their correct presence and placement in your home is thought to stimulate Chi and promote your wellbeing. But before you rush into this, make sure you declutter your house first.
To maintain a relaxing atmosphere, it can be beneficial to use neutral tones. A varied colour palette can be fun, but can also look a bit chaotic and make you feel less calm. By picking neutral colours such as white, beige, brown, green and other earthy tones, you will create a calming ambience in your home which will in time help you to unwind easier.
Lighting and air flow
Both lighting and air flow can impact your wellbeing at home. A dark, musty room will likely be less attractive to sit in than a light, fresh room. If you work from home, it’s best to use natural lighting and to choose a bright room as this will increase your focus and concentration. Make sure you get enough fresh air, whether it’s by opening a window or by going on a daily walk. During the evenings, you might want to exchange the brightness for a cosy, soft light that is not too strong.
Music and ambiance
Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but luckily, you are in charge of what music you play at your home. This won’t only help you to wind down after work, but can also create a certain ambience at your home. When you’ll have guests over, they will immediately get a hint of your personality through the music you’re playing. It’s kind of like having holiday photographs at home, but with music.
Another way to promote relaxation is by lighting candles throughout the house. Depending on your mood, you might want to switch your candles throughout the day. After a long day, a candle can help you to de-stress. The DE-STRESS Aromatherapy Candle uses a blend of Chamomile, Neroli and Mandarin to help relax your body and mind after a stressful day. If you’re struggling to sleep at night, we recommend lighting our SLEEP WELL candle, which has been specifically formulated to help you drift off into a peaceful, deep sleep. Its blend of Palmarosa, Lavender and Ylang Ylang is perfect for your nightly bedtime ritual. The best part about our candles is that they are refillable. The refillable candles come in paper packaging and are a lot more sustainable as they reduce waste. An absolute must-have for your sustainable home!