We live very busy lives â€“ early morning starts, long working hours and traffic filled commutes mean we spend less time at home and more time at the office or in our car. After a long day on the move, the last thing we want to come home to is a chaotic house.
With these simple tips, you can make the most of your downtime by making your home more relaxing.
Good entertainment system: Listening to music, watching a TV series or watching a movie is a great way to unwind after a long day. Invest in some decent home entertainment systems to make the most of your chill time.
Keep a good stock of treats: Chocolates, a bottle of wine, a couple of beers, and some frozen pizzas are good to have in your fridge and freezer. Comfort food makes you feel good, helping you to unwind.
A positive welcome mat: A door mat with a positive message is enough to put a smile on your face before you even step inside your front door.
Stock up on scented candles: Candles are great for heating a room and making that space smell nice. Always have a pile of scented candles in your home. Scents such as vanillas, lavender, and jasmine are good options to help you relax.
Pillows and throws: Surround yourself in pillows, blankets and throws. The comfort of these on your couch will convince your body and mind to relax fully.
Prepare your coffee table: Pile your coffee table with your favourite books and magazines. Having the things you like readily available will make relaxing a whole lot easier.
Eliminate clutter: Make sure no room in the house has clutter. Just looking at a pile of clothes will cause your stress levels to spike.
Invest in some poufs: Put your feet up (literally) with some giant poufs.
Have positivity in every corner: Photos of friends and family, prints of uplifting quotes or souvenirs from your various holidays are good things to have in every room. Reminders of good times are a great way to help you relax in your home.
Create a relax only zone: Make a place in your home where relaxing is the key function.
Paint your walls in relaxing colours: Consider neutral and warm colours such as white or beige. These natural tones add a cosy feel to your space, making the atmosphere more relaxing.
Invest in a decent bath tub: A long soak is highly recommended in order to relax, restore and refresh the mind and body. Make sure you have a decent bath and if not, invest in a good one, for example a bath with a hydro massage system is a good option as it targets back pain.
Invest in a wood burning stove: A warm room instantly sends signals to your body that it's time to relax. A wood burning stove is a great investment as itâ€™s reliable (you'll always have heat when you need it) and the warmth generated from it feels cosy and more pleasant.
Rugs: Add rugs to the rooms you spend most time relaxing. Rugs make a room feel cosy as they prevent heat from escaping through the floor.
Improve the lighting: The wrong lighting can make a room feel uncomfortable. In order to relax, lighting below eye level is best. Invest in some floor lamps and experiment with their positioning.
Put away your smart devices: Keeping your phone beside you means youâ€™re more likely to check and respond to work emails that come through. Ban all gadgets when youâ€™re trying to relax. Youâ€™ve knocked off for the day, return to work mode in the morning.