Shorter days, cooler weather, more time indoors. A combo that favors passive relaxation. Preferably in such an environment, where the atmosphere is already tuned to relaxation. Let’s create an area at home where our thoughts and us will slow down.
A typical day tests the strength of our legs, the skill of solving problems, and our eloquence. Therefore, the natural “off” is for everyone in the right place and should also be in the right place.
“Having space for yourself is important. And it doesn’t have to be just about a place. But also the time and especially the setting of our mind that we deserve relaxation,” comments Eva Mária Samcová, a life coach. As she adds, when we take time for ourselves, the body relaxes, and then we can relax our mind. Life coach sees it as a space for self-discovery. How am I feeling? How do I want to react? As the life coach states, we recognize our needs from such questions, which is important for our external behavior.
“It’s ideal to find at least one hour each week for ourselves to spend as we want.”
Although it sounds like an idealized concept, it is meant to be a reality. Then, our life can also work and will work virtually perfectly. The life coach mentions that the habit of our brain can also help us to relax. “For example, if we still have a place to rest, our brain will learn that this is where we rest. The further, the faster it gets into relaxation mode. It works like a drill. The more we repeat it, the better it works.” And here is an essential piece of advice from the life coach. Let’s set a time to relax. Whether we force ourselves to relax or we can’t get enough of it, in any case, we literally write it down in our agenda. Alternatively, let’s say the assigned time out loud.
When we come to our apartment or house, we look forward to stretching our feet, putting on sweatpants, and saying bye to our work duties. But how would you feel about a unique retreat? What about having a special area for relaxing? Daniela Mazúrová, an interior designer, perceives it as an energizing place with a good atmosphere. “It is important to realize how I want to feel there. Whether I want to ‘get lost’ there visually and thus adapt the corner of the space and its design. Or whether I need to get there in thoughts outside the home.” In the latter case, it is recommended to designate such a space physically or by design. Certain elements encourage the atmosphere for inspiration, relaxation, contemplating, or thinking.
According to Mazurová, the relaxation space is the most pleasant place. A larger flower, a screen, or a vertical lamp in a smaller interior will help separate such a special place. “A universal trick is to ingeniously consider the use of such space. If we don’t address this question, it can happen that at the end of the day nobody will be comfortable at home, and it will become an abandoned place or a warehouse where we store everything.” The designer thus recalls the question of whether it is a corner “just for me” and includes my favorite books, needs for painting, knitting or strumming. Or it’s a nook for everyone at home. And anyone who doesn’t want to hear about taking the kitchen garbage out, or the sound of the TV news, can just hide there. That’s why this place is supposed to be more multifunctional.
“The relaxation area certainly includes good lighting and plenty of space for our hobbies. Whether it’s a library, a canvas stand, a notebook, or a cup of tea.” The designer believes that the inspiration is also in accessories and decorations. They also make the relaxation area unique and distinguish it from the rest of the space. “The invitation to relax can also be a nice wallpaper, a design table, a nice statue, or a pillow with an unconventional pattern.”
Text: Eva Vašková, photo: pexels.com