It’s more important than ever before that we get the space we need to relax and destress, and that’s the case with all members of our family. In an age of social media and exams, even our children are feeling stress more than ever before, and it can have a major impact on their lives.
It’s the same for us too. With the stresses of work and bringing up children, many parents will turn to the likes of alcohol, that can lead down a slippery slope that ends up in addiction detox and rehab.
And you know what can make a difference? Simply having a room or space for people to escape to and let their brain stop all the thoughts running through it.
But how do you make such a space? Well, it’s easier than you think.
It’s all about occupying the senses, and in an ideal world a spare room is perfect for this. However, even just a quiet corner can make all the difference.
Start with comfort, as ultimately that’s what’s needed for someone to relax. You’re never going to melt away and chill out while sat on something cold and hard. Soft furnishings such as couches and bean bags are ideal here, and it may require some investment, but for the health and happiness of your family, it’s certainly worth it.
That will occupy the sense of touch, while when it comes to visuals, you need to think about lighting and colour schemes. Anywhere with lots of natural light can be good for increasing those vitamin D levels, while when it comes to the evening, you need to be able to adjust the lighting for mood, so lamps and the ability to dim lights can be useful for creating a relaxed atmosphere.
Colourwise, you need more natural and neutral shades, such as lavenders, greens and blues. Nobody is going to be chilling out with bright orange on the wall.
Smell can also very much come into play, as it’s difficult to escape when all you can smell is the fried meat that’s just been eaten for dinner. Of course, you need to be careful with candles around children, but diffusers and electronic devices out of reach can really create a relaxed ambience. You can pick them up at a relatively good price these days, with so many scents that can help evoke different emotions.
And finally, you need quiet. If you only have a small space and someone needs to relax in that quiet, relaxation corner, then respecting that is a must, while those with a spare room, it can be useful to add white noise or calming music to drift away to. Ideally, it’s best to avoid rooms that will let noise in, for example next to a bathroom and a flushing toilet. Of course, that can’t be helped in many cases though.
Pull all that together, and you’ve got the most relaxing of spaces for all the family, and a place to recharge the batteries and really improve your mental wellbeing.