Keep Stress Away Inside Your Home

Keep Stress Away Inside Your Home

written by: Angela Montenegro
by: Angela Montenegro
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Looking for an excuse to redesign your living space? Improve your sleep, lessen your stress levels and increase your general well-being are just a few great reasons. One's home should be a welcoming place to decompress, recharge and be kind to yourself. If yours isn't working as well as it should, here are a few ways to improve its function as a healing space, including a few finds from IN BED Store that can help create the sanctuary you crave. Surround Yourself with Nature The greenery of living houseplants, the raw wood of exposed beams and wall panelling, the warm stone of a hearth, the bright flames of a fire or a lit candle: All of these elements are drawn from the natural world and studies have shown that when we interact with nature, both our body and our mind relax. Ultimately, we are more creative and able to handle the load of our daily work and our device-driven lives. So treat yourself to that lovely calming candle or the orchid on sale at the supermarket because it's good for your health. The best antidote to healing a frenzied body and mind is, of course, sleep, but many of us don't get enough of it. To improve, ban devices from your bedroom and try bringing in good old-fashioned books instead. Help your mind dial down from the day's busy activity with the slower process of reading instead of the light from your phone or iPad which can trigger your brain to stay awake long past your bedtime. Also, try placing some creative work to create a relaxing bedroom space. Add to this by bringing in some of IN BED's sheets and duvet covers in rich, earthy colours and warm fabrics like cotton and flannel to cover your comfortable bed (and if it isn't comfortable, purchase a new one). Sleep A quick breakfast of coffee and fast carbs that too often repeats itself at lunch will not fuel your body properly. Instead, ditch the blood sugar rollercoaster by opting for an alternative experience of comfort foods: loads of vegetables and healthy fats served up on tableware that is a pleasure to eat off of. On your respite days, treat yourself to delicious, healthy foods you often don't indulge in like plump, fresh figs, pomegranates, artisanal cheeses and brined olives. Sip that single, splurge-worthy glass of red wine from a beautiful piece of stemware and relax. Eat We all need more time than ever to relax, recharge and reset our minds from the busy haze of social media, a 24-hour news cycle and the never-ending chain of email. In order to keep up with the rat-race, pick a few activities that assist you in settling down and commit to making them a part of your daily or weekly routine. Perhaps this is having breakfast in bed on a Sunday morning or cosying up with a warm Merino wool blanket, a cuppa and a good book on a rainy afternoon. Whatever your at-home resting and reviving activity is, take it seriously and treat yourself to the accessories needed to make it a reality. Relax and Recharge We all deserve downtime. Use these tips to create a household that will allow you to take the time you need to recharge and stay stress-free in order to more fully embrace your rich and rewarding life in the greater world.