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November 19, 2018

Practicing self-care is essential when you’re feeling burned out or stressed. Being able to relax, rest, and recuperate should be easy, but it may seem difficult to work into a busy schedule. Check out the three tips below for ways to properly care for your mind and body from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

 

  1. Create a private sanctuary at home.

Taking care of your mental space is just as important as your physical health. Designate a space in your home to retreat to when you want some alone time, want to reflect on your day, or simply want to rest. You don’t need to dedicate an entire room to this, in fact, a small corner in your living room or bedroom will work wonders. The size of your cozy nook doesn’t matter as long as you feel comfortable and secure in your surroundings.

 

The way you design your home environment can affect your overall mood and wellbeing, so make sure you consider interior design psychology tools to improve your mood when picking out color schemes and decor items for your relaxing space. To ensure your living room nook is a tranquil place, choose a neutral color palette. White, grey, and tan will promote relaxation and allow you to reflect without being distracted by bright colors.

 

Before deciding on decor, it is essential that you pick out durable seating optimized for cozy days in. Don’t base your furnishings solely off style. The best way to set up a space you can relax comfortably in is by choosing a chair or sofa that provides proper support. We love the versatility of these supportive and sustainable living room pieces. Their seating options provide complete relaxation, plenty of room to pile up the pillows and thick blankets, and are made with durable material that is easy-to-clean, leaving you one less thing to worry about!  

 

Finally, warm up your relaxing nook with accessories and decor that are unique to your taste. This decorative teal pillow will add a pop of color to your space and provide you with lumbar support while reading, taking naps, or during long Netflix marathons. Adding in plants will purify the air and provide you with the calm feeling of the natural world, which will improve your mood. Add visual interest to your peaceful nook by placing fresh flowers on your side table in an fun vase (like this one). Bringing the outside world into your home can make you comfortable and more content in your space.  

  1. Soak your stress away.

Stress breeds anxiety which negatively impacts your mental space. Extend your calming experience beyond your cozy nook and into the bathroom to soak away your worries in a hot tub. This relaxing activity is an excellent way to practice self-care and will make you feel at ease. Add a natural muscle soak or a pure bath bomb into your self-care routine to soothe aches and pains. The pure essential oils will detoxify your skin and rebalance your body, leaving you happy and refreshed after a long day.

 

Aromatherapy is another excellent way to practice self-care. You can do this by surrounding yourself (and your bathtub) with essential oil candles or incense, like this sleek lavender and eucalyptus one here. Lavender has many benefits and research suggests it as a useful method for easing stress. The calming and skin-purifying health benefits of lavender make it perfect for cleansing your mind and body and uplifting your spirits.

  1. Immerse yourself in a good book.

Utilize your cozy nook to catch up on some reading. Books have the ability to transport you away to a world outside of your own, and reading can actually provide health benefits. You can check out some of our favorite reads here.

Taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional needs are crucial to feeling happy and motivated after a long day. Reading for self-care allows you to disconnect from technology and recharge in a cozy environment within your own home. Taking a mental break is imperative for good mental health, and reading is an engaging and exciting way to accomplish this.

What are your favorite ways to unwind?

Let us know in the comments.

This post was created in partnership with Arhaus.

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