With the stressful pace of modern living we all need to take time out to relax every now and again. Kicking back on a sun-kissed beach might be one option but it’s not one that most of us can enjoy on a regular basis. Try to find time instead to unwind in the comfort of your own home. Here are five of the best ways…
Stay in bed
Between work, kids and whatever other commitments you might have, finding time for a lie-in isn’t always easy. Relaxing in bed every now and again is a great way of recharging your batteries if you can manage it. Freshly laundered sheets and a drop of lavender or geranium essential oil on your pillow can help make that stolen hour or two even better.
Whether you’ve got kids or are simply looking after your inner child, playing games can be a lot of fun and relaxing too. Classic board games are always a popular choice but parlour games don’t have to be left for Christmas. Video games can also be fun but choose your game wisely – fending off hordes of zombies might not necessarily count as relaxing.
Curl up with a good book
Country Life design blogger Sarah McColl always wanted a reading chair in her bedroom. She finally created a haven with a slip-covered armchair and matching ottoman. Creating your own dedicated reading space is wonderful but curling up with a good book anywhere can be a great way to relax.
Take a soak
The bathroom is another great place to relax. There’s nothing like lying back in a hot top – candles and relaxing fragrances optional – and shutting out the world for a while.
Hydrovescent therapy can take your bathing experience to another level as thousands of warm bubbles gently massage away your stresses, aches and pains. Turning your bath into a hydrovescence spa is more affordable than you might think and can help ease aches and pains associated with all sorts of conditions, from arthritis to migraines.
Get out and grow
Whether you’ve got truly green fingers or are an absolute beginner, growing plants can be both relaxing and tremendously rewarding. You don’t need a big garden to do it either. Hanging baskets, window boxes and indoor house plants can all provide options whatever kind of home you live in.