The current world situation has increased depression, anxiety, and stress in people around the world. It’s not just losing jobs or losing their access to visit public spaces, but also the limitation of social interaction. Human beings, no matter how introverted, need social interaction, and the current pandemic has revealed the weaknesses of digital communication. Humans depend a lot on non-verbal signals and eye to eye connection, and all of these are difficult to observe on video.
So it’s no wonder that many people are craving for longer breaks and vacations but unfortunately are limited to where they could get their rest, relaxation, or even massage therapy. Spas, salons, and gyms are mostly closed, and people have to rely on what they have at home. And these do not need to be special equipment. You can make your home as relaxing as a spa with a few minor changes.
Create a Meditation Zone
Choose an area where you could spend a few minutes alone. The area could be somewhere in your home that is uncluttered, quiet, and clean. Use this spot for your meditation or alone time, if only for a few moments to get away from the daily grind. The area should be near a window where natural light could come in, and if possible, place potted plants or any greenery to give you some connection with nature.
Go for a Long Soak in a Bath
Prepare a warm bath and soak yourself in it for twenty to thirty minutes. Put some Epsom salts in your soak, as it can soothe pain and soreness. It could also exfoliate your skin and give it a smoother feel. If you don’t have time to run a bath, a foot soak is a good substitute, as it could also ease stress and foot pain.
Listen to Music
You could turn up the speakers for some good music. Choose music that makes you feel good, whatever the genre. If classical music clears your mind, play some Mozart and Vivaldi to lessen stress levels. If you prefer more modern music, you could also play that and sing along to your favorite tunes. Singing and dancing could also help you lessen stress levels, plus dancing could be a form of exercise too.
Unplug from Social Media
There was a time when you could hide away from the world, but now the world comes to you through the internet and social media. Unplug all your mobile gadgets and computers. Make a warm cup of chocolate or coffee, wear some warm slippers, and curl on a chair with your favorite book or with your partner for some relaxation. Take a break from the online drama and noise and focus on your thoughts.
Spend Some Time in the Kitchen
Some people love eating comfort food, but you could spend the time cooking comfort food that is healthy and delicious. You could prepare food that you love, but you could also reinvent them using healthy ingredients. Eating more fruits and vegetables would lessen stress levels and help you lose weight.
There are many other things you could do at home to give it an atmosphere of relaxation and calm, but the most important thing is to clear your mind the same way you unclutter your environment. Focus on one thing at one time, and you’ll find yourself more able to handle life in these challenging times.