Learn­ing to Re­lax

Stressed? Tired? It’s time to make some sim­ple changes to your home and lifestyle

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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.

TMax­imise light

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

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