How to Create a Space Where You Can Truly Relax

Home should be a place where we all relax, but even in our most cherished spaces, it’s sometimes hard to truly take a load off and be ourselves. The solution is to create a dedicated space where you can fully relax whenever you want.

So how do you do it?

Choosing the Main Space

Everything starts with choosing the main space where you want to relax. Once you have a dedicated space in mind, you can start adding things that serve your needs.

These are some of your best options:

·       An outdoor bar. An outdoor bar could be the perfect hangout for your group of friends – or just a place where you can unwind in peace after a long day. Assuming you have the outdoor space and a pleasant enough climate to take advantage of it, this is a structure that can serve you well for years to come. Even if you don’t particularly enjoy drinking alcohol, you can enjoy mocktails or other beverages as you breathe fresh air and watch the game or one of your favorite shows.

·       A finished basement or attic. If you have an attic or a basement, consider finishing it and turning it into a space where you can relax. If it’s already finished, your work is done for you. If it’s currently unfinished, you’ll have unlimited possibilities for how to transform the space.

·       The garage. Another option is the garage. You might currently use your garage for protective parking spaces or long-term storage, but with a few simple compromises, you could easily convert it into a more interesting space for relaxation.

·       A dedicated bedroom. Do you have an extra bedroom in your house? Or do you currently use your existing bedroom only for sleeping? Consider making some new arrangements to support your bedroom as a space for personal relaxation.

·       A partitioned section of a room. Not everyone has the luxury of space to work with. If you don’t have a big backyard, a basement or attic, a garage, or a spare bedroom, your options are going to be much more limited. That said, it’s still possible to get creative; consider using a physical barrier or curtain to partition off a section of a room and use that as your dedicated relaxation space.

Key Elements to Consider

Once you’ve picked a space, these are the most important elements you’ll need to consider:

·       Clean air. With an outdoor bar, you’ll have constant access to clean, fresh air. But if your relaxation space is inside, you’ll need to plan to improve your air quality. Indoor plants can help you improve your indoor air quality, as can air filters and purifiers. But of course, you can also simply open a window and let more fresh air inside.

·       Noise control. If you want to truly relax, you’ll need to have some sort of control over the level of background noise you experience. Depending on what type of space you’re working with, this could mean installing soundproofing materials, adding more insulation, or simply bringing a pair of noise-canceling headphones to help you focus.

·       Visuals. The right visuals can help you relax and feel at home in this space. As for what those visuals are, that depends on the individual. Some people want to relax in a plain, unstimulating space that allows them to tune out. Other people want to relax in a vibrant, colorful space that makes them feel like they can be themselves. Either way, a fresh coat of paint, pieces of art, and plant life can all improve your space aesthetics.

·       Music. You may also want to consider adding music to your space. Depending on your budget, the location of your space, and your preferences, that could mean installing dedicated speakers or just keeping a pair of headphones nearby.

·       Scents. Pleasant scents can relieve stress and help you relax more successfully. If you’re into the idea of aromatherapy, consider adding devices like oil diffusers or air fresheners into the space. At the very least, you should be proactive in cleaning the space and controlling odors.

·       Furniture. Some people relax easier when they’re somewhat active, but most people want to relax on a comfortable piece of furniture. A comfy recliner, a sectional couch, an elaborate barstool, or a gigantic bean bag chair could be perfect for you – but it largely depends on your personal preferences.

·       Activities. Finally, consider what types of activities would help you relax and adjust the space to accommodate them. For example, you could clear enough room for a yoga mat so you can stretch in your dedicated room or install a TV in your outdoor bar so you can stay tuned to your favorite programming while hanging out. Of course, if you’d prefer to simply meditate or filter out distractions, there’s also nothing wrong with leaving your space somewhat empty and plain; as with most of these strategies, it all depends on your personal needs and preferences.

Finding Time to Relax

Once your space is more fully established, the next challenge is finding time to relax. We all have busy schedules, and you can’t always easily make time to relax by yourself. But even if you only dedicate 10 or 15 minutes a day to personally relaxing and decompressing, the results will keep you healthier and happier.

With these strategies, you should be able to create a space where you can truly relax and be yourself – even if you don’t have much extra space to work with. 

If you can, treat yourself to more time destressing and doing things you love; you deserve it.