With all the electronics, noise, and stress in life, it’s important to decompress whenever you can. An excellent way to do that’s by immersing yourself in nature. However, it’s not always possible to do that because of where you live, the time of year, or a variety of other factors.
One great solution is to bring the outdoors into your home to experience nature as often as you need. Various ways exist to do this, which will help you relax, reinvigorate yourself, and give you a break from all of the technology in your life.
The sound of water is incredibly relaxing, and just looking at the beauty of a fountain will help you slow down after a hectic day. You can place a fountain in one or more areas of your home, depending on space. Even a small tabletop version is helpful. A rock fountain in your master bathroom, sunroom, or even your office will allow you to enjoy a gorgeous, nature-inspired feature whenever you feel the need.
Exposure to living plants always makes a person feel as if they’re a part of nature. Consider adding hanging plants such as ivies and ferns around your home. You can also grow herbs or flowers and place them in your windows. If you have an empty wall somewhere in your home, opt to create a plant wall and fill it with living flora for an excellent opportunity to experience the wonder of nature. Tending greenery is also a relaxing activity that will soothe your nerves and something you’ll soon learn to enjoy.
Adding pieces of real Barnwood will bring more of the feel and look of the outdoors into your home. You don’t have to go overboard but add a piece or two in the corner of various rooms. Or you can create rustic accents such as overhead beams, a wall of multi-colored wood paneling, or even a side table or stool made from a stump of wood. These pieces, combined with the greenery or fountain, will create a fabulous outdoor aesthetic.
Using light bulbs that simulate the natural rays of the sun will help you to fight stress and depression, especially during the winter season, when less opportunity to enjoy real sunshine exists. Place full spectrum lights throughout your home wherever you can. They will help to raise your serotonin levels. Serotonin is a hormone that helps to balance one’s moods.
Another great way to get away from the stress in your life is to find a comfortable place to sit and listen to the sounds of nature, such as birds chirping, leaves rustling in the trees, a soft breeze, or light rain. Collect an entire library of these sounds that you can play whenever you need to relax. They can even help you to fall asleep at night when your mind won’t seem to let you rest.
Because of the high stress that everyone lives with today, you need to get back to nature any way that you can to recover from the tension and anxiety. Your home should become your sanctuary and not contribute to the problem. Even if you can only add the above suggestions to a small portion of your residence, work to create the haven you and your family deserve.