Some dads have a man cave, and some kids have their own play space, but do you have a place that you can call your very own at home? Most moms often make their home as comfortable and inviting as possible for their family, but it’s also important to have a space of one’s own where you can retreat for a bit of relaxation. The demands of parenthood can be quite challenging, and according to a survey of 12,000 American parents, it was found that being a parent is more stressful for moms than dads. For your health and well-being, it’s important to take some time for yourself, and you can do this even without leaving your home. Here are a few easy ways to create a relaxing place in your home.
Designate a part of your home as your personal sanctuary
An unused guest room or the basement can be turned into a relaxing place that’s just right for you, but if you don’t have the extra room, even a corner of your living room or the space under the stairs can work for this purpose. Clear out all the clutter and go for a minimalist yet soothing vibe when choosing colors and accessories for your calming space. Pale blues or greens and neutral shades will work well for your personal sanctuary.
Consider adding an indoor fountain to your décor
Being near the water can be soothing for stressed-out parents. It’s no wonder that a cruise or a beach vacation is in the top must-go lists of a majority of parents. But if you don’t have the time to go to your favorite beach, consider adding a freestanding water fountain to your décor. Some studies suggest that simply being around water can increase “feel-good” brain chemicals such as dopamine and decrease levels of cortisone, also known as the stress hormone. Remember to keep your indoor water fountain clean by using distilled water to prevent algae growth and cleaning it out with a solution of white vinegar and water at least once a month.
Add a few rugs and pillows for comfort
There’s nothing like a plush rug and some soft pillows to make a space more comfortable for lounging, reading, or taking a nap. Select the best rug that you can get, then add a few floor pillows or throw pillows in the mix. Try different pillow combinations to get the effect that you want in your sanctuary.
Add a great scent
If you step into the lobby of a luxury hotel, one of the first things that you’ll notice is the signature scent that is piped through the vents which instantly helps you switch to “vacation mode.” Recreate the experience by scenting your calming space. Use a water-based diffuser, a scented oil burner, or even a scented candle whenever you’re feeling frazzled and want to relax. White tea, lavender, pine, and vanilla scents can relieve stress and even elevate your mood.
As a mom, it’s important to take care of yourself and your well-being by finding positive ways to de-stress and recharge. Follow these tips to create a calming space in your home that you’ll enjoy for years to come.