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Creating a relaxing home environment

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Homemaking trends are all about lifestyle. Living in an area with warmer weather naturally lends itself to outdoor activity, so patios and outdoor kitchens are becoming integral parts of new home construction. People wish to live in a serene environment outside of the “work” day and setting up your home to be that peaceful area has a very positive effect. Some home buyers are looking for swimming pools or lakefront properties to relax outdoors to the soothing sounds of flowing water. But an overarching trend is creating a home environment where one can escape the hustle and bustle of life in 2016 – masses of emails, social media explosions, and of course, gridlock on the roads.
To make your home a place to unwind and de-stress is not that difficult. Here are some tips to create that relaxing environment we all crave every now and then:
Turn it off – literally turn off your cell phone (imagine!) and the TV, the computer, etc. The peace and quiet will be relaxing in itself, but eliminating the ability to constantly “check in” with social media will help you calm down. Even if you just do this for 10 minutes a day, it will be beneficial.
Bake something – anything that smells good to you. Cookies, a cake, some bread. Being in the kitchen preparing something other than a meal is relaxing and then you get to enjoy the yumminess you created!
Set up a “quiet zone” – designate a special spot on the couch, or a chair in your sunroom, or a spot in your back yard where you can sit quietly for 5 minutes each day. This meditation of sorts will help center you and clear your mind. Add in a soft pillow or cozy blanket to make it extra comfy.
Play – Children engage in play all the time, why don’t we adults? Its healthy and relaxing, you might burn a few extra calories by playing fetch with the dog, or chase with your kids, and who doesn’t want that? Most homes have a media room or rec room that would be the perfect indoor area to play if the weather isn’t cooperating.
Listen to soft music – classical, new age, even what some would call “elevator” music can be calming and relaxing. Install ceiling speakers in your living room and kitchen to allow the sounds to surround you throughout the day.
Whatever you do to relax in your home, make it special. Creating a soothing environment doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Your home is your refuge, your shelter from the outside world. Take the time to enjoy it!