In the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, and after people across the United Kingdom were forced to spend most of the time in their homes, the importance of self-care and the protection and nurturing of mental health and wellbeing has thankfully risen to the surface of conversation and media outlets.
As a result, here is how to turn your living room into a luxurious room to relax and rejuvenate in for your reading pleasure.
Changing the aesthetic style and tone of your lighting is an extremely effective way of ensuring a relaxing experience as soon as your enter the room.
As with most things pertaining to self-care, how one person relaxes can be entirely at odds with how another one spends their downtime. Therefore it is important to create a flexible lighting option dependent on the person or people in the room.
Create a beautiful ambiance with a dimmer switch and invest in some smaller lamps and table lights for when you are relaxing this autumn with a hot chocolate and a good book.
There are a plethora of benefits to spending the time to thoroughly declutter the living room, not least because of the adage, ‘a tidy room is a tidy mind’.
You will never be able to truly relax in a room with piles of random belongings in the corner or a sofa with unmentionable objects stuffed underneath it. Decluttering a space makes you feel lighter and positively contributes to your mental health and wellbeing, and can even positively impact your stress and anxiety levels.
Candles, Wax Melts, and Oil Burners
Lighting candles, wax melts, and oil burners have been proven to benefit someone’s mental health, wellbeing, and provide a general feeling of relaxation. The flickering light of a candle in the corner of the room not only soothes the mind but also fills the room with pleasant and wholly relaxing scents, creating a calm and tranquil atmosphere in your living room.
Not only does the installation of a fireplace provide natural heat and warmth to a room which has obvious positive benefits to your levels of relaxation, but specifically, antique fireplaces add a touch of decadence and a sense of grandeur to your living room. Antique fireplaces are a true focal and talking point of a room and will be the envy of visitors and family members alike.
It should be made a legal requirement that each home should contain at least one real plant or shrub as the benefits to mental health and wellbeing that such plants provide can never be overestimated.
The presence of a real plant or flowering shrub naturally produces a better quality of air that you and your family breathe in, as it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it especially pertinent if you work from home or spend a lot of time in the living room, which most families and individuals will be doing in the years since the pandemic.