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Life is hectic enough, with work and personal commitments. It’s often easy to forget just how much we have on our plate, before we find ourselves in a slump. As mental health advocates ourselves, we prioritise the building a happy and stress-free environment in your homes to allow our bodies and minds to instantly relax once you’re in the comforts of your own home.

Here are 7 simple ways to get create a relaxing space at home:

1. Reduce Clutter

Storage is your best friend. Seeing physical clutter can induce anxiety and stress, and so can dumping everything into a junk drawer. Get rid of items you no longer use or need, and organise the rest in its designated storage.

We like this trusty Kallax shelving unit from Ikea – it comes in three different colours and sizes and have various boxes you can use as inserts to showcase your personality.

2. Calming Colours

While bright colours can give off positive vibes, they can also be too much when painted across all four walls of your room. When retiring to your bed at the end of the day, you want to be soothed and calmed to a relaxed state. Introducing muted colours, such as sage green and smoky green, can help relax your state of mind. Try reserving bright primary colours for accents, they’ll pop better that way.

3. Happy Memories

Seeing photos of your loved ones after a tiring day can put a smile on your face. Go through photos of you and your loved ones, print them out and frame them to place on walls and various parts of your home.

After all, a house is not a home, but it’s the memories you fill it up with that stays with you.

4. Bring some nature in

You don’t need to have a green thumb to keep these plants – these indoor plants are relatively easy to maintain even for a first-time plant owner. The snake plant is a tough succulent best suited to medium light, between 20 to 30 degree celsius temperature. The money plant is also a low-maintenance plant, that grows easily in soil or water. These indoor plants help purify the air and help you breathe better to relax at home.

5. Natural lighting

Utilising natural light (aka the sun) has so many benefits. Not only does a naturally lit room boost productivity, it also improves your mood and create and overall positive atmosphere as compared to an artificially lit environment. During the day, let as much natural light in as possible so you can soak up on that vitamin D!

6. Use aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can help create a peaceful home that subtly offers passive stress relief, making it a recommended element of a peaceful home. This is because our sense of smell is closely linked with memory, and is more powerful than we think. There are many essential oils that can be used to get you in the relaxation zone, such as lavender and jasmine essential oils. However, we recommend testing them out first before purchasing since everyone’s preferences differ.

You can use essential oils with diffusers such as this one from Muji.

7. Get a good night’s sleep every night

Sleep is a vital component of everyone’s overall physical and mental health. Quality sleep is the foundation for good health, rebuilding of your body tissues, replenish cells and reclaim lost energy. Haylee and Noa offer a 100-night sleep trial for you try at home! And if that isn’t enough, Haylee donates refurbished mattresses to various organisations, such as Metta Welfare Organisation, South West Community Development Council, and the North East Community Development Council.

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