Learning to Relax
Stressed? Tired? It’s time to make some simple changes to your home and lifestyle
Assi white gloss coffee table, £76, Danetti echnology has made our lives easier in some respects, but the temptation to ‘log on’ means we feel busier than ever. Social media lets us connect with friends and family, but it also distracts us from the present – we spend time thinking about how our experiences will be perceived by others, rather than focusing on them.
It’s important to give yourself a ‘brain break’, but it’s impossible to loosen up if your home is cluttered and chaotic. Create a sanctuary where you can reconnect with the natural world at the end of a long day.
Light-filled rooms are restful and inviting, so brighten them up with minimal window dressings or, if you’re not overlooked, why not remove blinds and curtains altogether. Paint walls and flooring white, introduce natural materials and stock up on potted plants, too – they’re soothing to have around and will freshen the air. Succulents are low maintenance and look sculptural.
Focus on nature
Bring your attention to the here and now by displaying natural objects. Pebbles, feathers and seed heads make interesting decorations. Keep an eye out when you’re in the park or at the beach and arrange them in glass jars or white containers.
Make time for you
when life is hectic it can be hard to focus on the present, so start by setting specific time slots aside for yourself. turn your phone off, light a candle with a restful lavender aroma and simply do nothing. Elegant white vase, £20, Nordic House