People all around the world are spending more time at home. Because of this, there has been a renewed emphasis on making the home as comfortable as possible. From electric oil diffuser experiments to finding quiet spaces, people have been on the hunt for ways to create a more relaxing environment. Homeowners have more opportunities for customizing spaces, but there are still many options available to renters.
1. Set Work Boundaries
In June 2020, one news agency estimated that 40% of Americans are working from home. One of the greatest ironies of remote work is that the further your distance from the office, the more accessible you become to clients and your boss. This can make it difficult to create a true work-life balance. Setting clear boundaries about when you are available or how to reach you can make a world of difference.
2. Get Organized
Turning homes into more multi-functional spaces can increase the clutter. Textbooks in the kitchen and work laptops in the bedroom can begin to make even the messiest person feel overwhelmed. Invest in storage solutions to keep your belongings accessible without having everything on full display. You can make the process even easier by going through your items and reconsidering whether you need to keep everything.
3. Create a Relaxation Space
Some men have man caves and some women have she-sheds. Whether you can create a separate relaxation space or share one with someone else, get creative. If there are no extra spaces in your home, make the bedroom your relaxation space and work in the living room. Not working in your bedroom or from bed can also help reduce the likelihood of drowsiness while working and then feeling alert at bedtime. Here are some other options to consider:
- Meditation space on the balcony
- Reading nook in the backyard
- Spa in the bathroom
- Entertainment space in the living room
4. Bring the Outdoors In
There are many ways to open up your home to the outdoors. Your options depend on your budget and whether you own your home. One option open to almost everyone is to add more plants. If you have an apartment balcony, you could also clear the space to spend more time outdoors. Homeowners with a bigger budget may consider the following:
- Adding a sunroom
- Adding more windows
- Adding skylights
- Installing glass doors
- Using floral or fruity fragrances
5. Introduce New Scents
Adding scents to your home can invigorate but is also a common source of indoor pollution if you use certain types of candles. Likewise, it is better not to burn oils or spices. Instead, use electric oil diffusers or whole-house systems. These rely on water vapor to spread the scent around the home, without negatively impacting the indoor air quality. Note that some scents might soothe you, while others energize you. Experiment with scents to decide which ones best suit your needs.
6. Put Away the Devices
For years, experts have warned that excessive phone use can contribute to depression and anxiety. If you have recently struggled with social isolation, it can make social media especially tempting. However, it can start to take a toll on your mental health, no matter what platform you spend your time on. The good news is you don’t have to give up your phone use or deactivate social media accounts. Instead focus on reducing the time by using digital wellbeing apps that set timers. You can also make a promise not to check your phone before bed or when you first wake up.
7. Spend Some Time Alone
The social isolation you experienced might leave you wanting zero time all by yourself. After all, how much more alone time could you possibly need? Even so, if you spend all your time alone trying to figure out how to end that, you don’t get to enjoy it. Find a few hobbies you enjoy doing solo, such as reading or painting, and set time aside to work on them. If you live with a romantic partner, have children or have roommates, carving out some alone time is even more important.
8. Make Food
Many people have unhealthy relationships with food, but you can improve that relationship by improving what you eat. When you work on eating better and obeying your body, you get rid of some of the anxiety that makes relaxation difficult. If you don’t know how to cook, learning to do so is a life skill that is sure to create memorable moments in your life and save you money. Knowing how to make your favorite foods can also take away some of the sadness you might feel from not eating out as much. You can make eating in more social by video-conferencing your friends, making the meal together and having a virtual movie night.
9. Consider Therapy
Mental health programs all around the world are experiencing a boom in usage and a strain on resources. Having someone to talk to about your deepest fears, darkest moments and greatest concerns can help you to better adjust and relax. Online and anonymous counseling options are growing, so take time to consider which service will work best for you and your budget. If you have health insurance, it may cover qualifying services.
10. Try Meditation
If you don’t currently have the resources to invest in therapy, there are many YouTube videos, books and apps that can help you meditate better. People who master meditation are better at controlling their thoughts, which can make a world of difference if you suffer from anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. Even if you do not have mental health concerns, meditation is a proactive tool to help you clear your mind and boost productivity throughout the day.
If using an electric oil diffuser is at the top of your relaxation list, we can help make that possible. Whole Home Scenting provides whole home diffusers and matching scents so you can create the vibe you want in your home. Check out our online store to get started.