It has been a tough year. We all deserve a little pampering and relaxation. However, rather than going out for the day and finding somewhere to relax, why not create the ultimate relaxation experience in the comfort of your own home?
That way, you can get a little bit of relaxation whenever you need it.
Get a hammock
When you picture someone relaxing on holiday, the chances are that picture includes a hammock somewhere – and there is a reason for that.
Hammocks are not only incredibly relaxing but they actually offer a few benefits to you. It is thought that the rocking motion of a hammock could encourage deeper sleep in two ways. It makes the transfer from being awake to being asleep much quicker, and it also increases the length of stage two sleep, which is where your body is in a light sleep and preparing to enter deep sleep.
It is thought that the gentle swinging might help facilitate your internal sleep rhythms, and also promote relaxation. This is not definitive, however, so you would need to try it for yourself!
Try hanging a hammock from a tree outside, or even hang one in your living room if you do not trust the weather!
Get a hot tub
There are few things that are more relaxing than soaking in warm water, and if you can do it outside in your garden while listening to the birds singing and smelling the scent of freshly cut grass - all the better!
Getting a hot tub installed is not as complicated as you might think, either. There are lots of companies out there offering plug and play hot tubs, which means they can be plugged into a standard household outlet to work. All you will need is somewhere flat to put it, and maybe some new swimwear.
Make your home feel like a spa
If you do not feel like making a huge change to your home, there are plenty of little things that you can do to make your home feel more like a spa. This will help you to find little moments of relaxation throughout your day.
Some ideas to make your home feel more like a spa are:
- Leaving lavender under your pillow. Scent is one of the most powerful senses that we have, which is why spas make such good use of it. Lavender in particular will aid with relaxation, and with sleep.
- Create a clean, tidy space. Creating a space where you can sit, unwind and just ‘be’ is incredibly important. A cluttered space will make your mind feel cluttered, and in the same way a tidy space will help you to feel more relaxed.
- Touch. Another powerful sense is touch, and you can make the most of it by wearing clothing made from materials that feel luxurious to you. Try wearing pure cotton or silk for a really indulgent feeling. A fluffy bathrobe never goes amiss, either.
- Light candles. Lighting candles and bathing in their warm and flickering light is bound to inspire relaxation, particularly if you position them around a nice warm bath which you have infused with essential oils. Bliss.