No matter where you live or what you do for a living, everyone can relate to feeling a little stressed at the end of a hectic day. Whether you’re cramming for an exam, rushing to meet a deadline, or simply exhausted from being on your feet since the wee hours of the morning, stress is a universal language we all (unfortunately) speak.
People typically use their homes or apartments to decompress, kick back, and relax. But what if your apartment is not the welcoming sanctuary of peace and tranquility you’ve been day-dreaming about since the 2 p.m. lull?
If your apartment is as much of a hot bed for stressful energy as the hustle and bustle of your work day, then you need a little decor revamp. Kick off your heels, throw down your bag and take a look at these tips Rent.com has provided to help you create the comfortable and stress-free living environment that you need at the end of a long day:
Smells Like Home
Lavender is known to calm and sooth anxieties when it is inhaled. Light a candle or drop some lavender oil on your pillow before climbing into bed to ensure you get a restful night’s sleep before another big day. You can even add lavender oil to a bath– you’ll unwind in a mixture of warm water and calming scents!
Harness Your Chi
You don’t have to be a guru to use the power of chi! You can reorganize your living space to promote a sense of balance.
However, creating good chi for feng shui design isn’t the easiest task (especially with an overcrowded apartment) but the payoff is definitely worth it. Be sure to position all of your furniture in a way that allows for smooth transitions from space to space. This is also a good way to separate work areas of your apartment from play areas.
Feng shui techniques also suggest you position your bed to face the entire room because it gives you a sense of control– that feeling is certainly important if you don’t have much at work.
Color Me Calm
Cool colors are known to evoke feelings of calm, and you can use them to decorate. Painting a room purple, green, blue, gray, or white can have a drastic effect on the mood you have when you enter that space.
Pick faded, muted hues to get the full effect. If you can’t paint your walls, think about adding cool-colored accent pieces or wall drapes! You can also look for temporary wallpaper in cool shades and patterns.
Keep it Quiet
You may live in a high-traffic area or have noisy neighbors. If so, you can’t exactly pop your head out the window and ask the cars to stop driving or hound your neighbors without creating even more stress!
If you can close your windows (i.e., it’s not too hot inside or too cold outside to do so), you’ll cut down on outdoor noise pollution and reduce stress as well.
Clean Up Your Act
De-cluttering your apartment is essential to creating serenity and a stress-free living space. A cluttered space is a cluttered mind, after all. Wash your dirty dishes, pick up the outfit you decided not to wear this morning and give away that old chair you never sit on to Goodwill.
Use organizational tips and tricks to keep your place consistently tidy. All of your belongings should have a place to stay when not in use.
Whether its a shoe rack in the closet or a file cabinet, the right tools and furniture will cut down on disorganization. Attack the clutter and your mind will thank you for it.
Sway to the Music
Listening to music is a great way to hang loose. For instance, tunes that feature a slow tempo can promote calm, but even a pop song can decrease your agitation if you love it. Listening to music lowers blood pressure, increases optimism and eases muscle tension.
Consider putting together a few playlists you can keep on-hand in case you don’t know what to listen to. Each one can cater to a different mood. For example, line up Beyonce for when you need to feel in charge, or get your favorite classical songs in order for when you need something instrumental.
Get Cooking or Baking
Some people cook or bake to alleviate stress. Even if cooking isn’t your passion, preparing and eating certain foods, such as broccoli, complex carbs, dark chocolate and omega-3 fatty acids, can help decrease tension and increase serotonin levels.
Making your home a stress-free environment is crucial your physical well-being. Leave the turmoil of the office at your desk and bask in the tranquility of your calm and inviting apartment. Before you know it, you’ll be back at the grind tomorrow. and nobody has time to waste on stress!