Ideally, spending time at home is enough to give you that relaxation you need. But there can be a lot of reasons why that might not be the case. Now that most people are stuck in their homes, it’s essential to make sure that the place is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the world. One way of doing that is to create your own space of relaxation and destress. Here’s how:
You Do You
Relaxation can mean different things to different people. Some enjoy just sitting down and reading a good novel. Some like rocking out to heavy metal tunes. Others are more relaxed when they move their bodies. Others just simply want to sleep. Whatever your thing is, make sure you identify it and find a way to do it. This means finding the time and place within your home to do it.
No Place Too Small
If you think that your home has no space for you to create your space, there are a lot of workarounds for that. For example, if you’re into playing rock riffs on your guitar but don’t want to disturb others in your home, you don’t need a whole room. You can just pick out a corner, connect a pair of headphones to your amplifier, and rock away. It’s all about being creative with the amount of space you have.
Lean into It
Leaning into your thing doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money. But it helps if you try to create the atmosphere for it. If you enjoy outdoor reading, for example, you can just take a patio chair to your favorite corner of the backyard. Of course, you can also go all the way, scour lawn and garden stores, and make your yard look like the setting of the movie Notting Hill, bench and all. The important thing is to invest something in the space and make it a big deal – because it is.
Find the Time
There’s no point in having your relaxation place at home if you never find the time to use it. Find a regular schedule for unwinding. You can even tell people so that they’ll know not to bother you when you sit down on your special chair. This can be particularly difficult now because everyone is in their homes, but that makes me-time so important. In fact, according to Inc, the average American only has 36 minutes a day to relax. Beat the odds, your mind and body will thank you.
Just Do It
Fine. Many of the things mentioned here might not play out as easily as they sound, like buying gear or isolating a space. But those are just supplementing your real objective of relaxing. You can take baby steps towards creating a space. What’s important is that you pay special attention to how and when you’re spending your downtime. Start making some small changes that take your destressing sessions to a new level. The next thing you know, you’ll be excited to get some free time for yourself.