After a long, stressful day in the office, your bedroom is your hideaway space where you can simply relax, unwind and forget about the stresses of day-to-day life.
That is why it is so important so ensure your bedroom is a relaxing sanctuary for you to unwind every evening.
We have put together out top 8 tips to creating the ideal relaxing bedroom sanctuary:
Introduce house plants/botanicals into your bedroom
Feeling ‘at one with nature’ can immediately evoke feelings of calmness, peace and relief. This is why you will often see plants and botanicals in spas. Introducing some beautiful plants is a great way to make your space feel more ‘zen’. You can even choose plants which are known to help reduce stress, such as chamomile. Chamomile is known to be a sleep aid due to it’s anti-anxiety effects.
A bed full of fluffy, chunky scatter cushions is so inviting it’s impossible not to relax! There’s nothing more relaxing than sinking into a large pile of fluffy cushions with a book and something hot to drink. To add even more comfort, introduce a chunky rug into your bedroom to add even more warmth. The perfect autumn evening!
Choose the right lighting
Lighting is something that is often overlooked when creating a relaxing bedroom, however it is probably the most important part! Avoid bright lighting in the evenings and invest in dim or red lights instead. Using dim or red lights instead of bright lights is known to help you fall asleep quicker and to maintain a natural sleep cycle.
Paint your bedroom a relaxing colour
Not only is the colour of your lights important, the colour of your walls is too! Warm colours such as red, yellow, or orange are associated with active feelings, energy and excitement so although they are pretty, they are not ideal for a relaxing sanctuary. Painting your bedroom walls a relaxing colour such as blue, lavender, dusty pink or beige will provide a relaxing environment and help you to relax.
Invest in a good mattress
A relaxing bedroom and the best mattress are the best combination to help us fall asleep more easily and be more comfortable. When you are comfortable, your body can relax and you can fall asleep. Being comfortable helps you stay asleep longer. Having a comfortable mattress, cool bedding and a dark, quiet sleep environment can also help you stay asleep for longer!
Have some screen-free time
We’ve all been there, scrolling through Instagram, Facebook or TikTok and before we know it, it’s the early hours of the morning and we have to get up in 6 hours! It is known that screen time has a negative affect on getting a good night’s sleep, especially if it’s used in the hours close to bedtime.
This is partly due to the physiological effects of the “blue light” of the screen, which impacts the brain’s production of melatonin, delaying the onset of sleep. Too much screen time can also lead to obesity, sleep problems, chronic neck and back problems, depression and anxiety.
Having some screen-free time before bed also allows us to engage in some more relaxing, self-care activities, such as reading a book, using a face mask, meditating or writing in a journal.
Add meaningful touches
Whether sentimental decorative items, a memory box or photos of loved ones, introducing these meaningful touches into your bedroom will make your space feel safer, more familiar and happier.
There is scientific evidence that viewing certain pictures can combat stress and make us happier, so something as simple as a photo of our pet can make our space more relaxing and happier!
Wax melts or fragrance that makes you feel chilled
Choosing scents to suit your mood is key to providing the perfect environment. If you are hoping to create a relaxing environment, you ideally should avoid uplifting scents such as lemon or lime, and choose more relaxing scents to unwind.
The classic relaxing scent is lavender. Lavender is one of the most well known relaxing scents for it’s ability to create a relaxing atmosphere. Not only is lavender ideal to create a serene environment, it can reduce anxiety by affecting the body’s fight-or-flight response.
You can find relaxing wax melts, candles and more to help create your relaxing sanctuary.