Life will always have its ups and downs, and even in the best times, maintaining your well-being requires making self-care time a priority. Now more than ever it’s important to have a place to tune out for just a bit… to relax, rest, and recharge. The idea is to unwind and get away from daily stresses long enough for your brain to reset. When your batteries are fully recharged, you’ll be ready to tackle life with renewed energy.
It’s easy to feel strapped for time to take a pause. But setting aside just a few minutes during each day to unwind can help you tackle even your hardest tasks. Make time to breathe deeply, stretch, close your eyes, even nap on a regular basis. Yes, nap! It’s not a weakness… some of the most important people in history have been big fans of The Nap… DaVinci, Napoleon, Churchill, JFK, and Margaret Thatcher to name a few. You’ve probably had a lot of extra challenging days yourself lately. Right?
Ready to take that well-deserved break? Here are some guidelines for making a Time Out Space that will have you feeling refreshed and ready to carry on in no time. Let’s get started.
You may already have a favorite restful spot at home in mind. All you really need is a space with just enough room for the right furnishings and the mindset to make a self-care routine part of your at-home lifestyle.
FIND A QUIET SPOT
The best spot for a relaxation space is one with enough room for a sofa, daybed, chaise, etc. that’s away from household noise and chatter. It need not be a entire room. Think small… a corner or nook will work nicely.
Or you may have an unusual out-of-the-way space, inside or out, that could be your getaway spot.
Kick off your shoes, take off your glasses, and change into something comfy. Is a cuddly lightweight throw handy? Good. Soften the lights. Create the relaxing atmosphere of a spa by surrounding yourself with clean, fresh scents and the soothing sounds of nature or soft music.
TUNE OUT TECHNOLOGY
Be brave! Maintaining a device free zone is a must! So many of us are slaves to our screens… smart phones, tablets, TVs… for too many hours of the day. Taking some time to disconnect can relieve stress in ways that no relaxation app can.
Prop your feet up, stretch your legs, and recline. You’ll need the right piece of comfortable furniture. There are so many options. Consider using a classic high back chair and ottoman… a combo with good head, back, and leg support.
Or step the comfort up a notch with a chaise.
Even better? Stretch out completely and really get relaxed on a nice long sofa…
or a daybed…
or the porch swing.
And, of course, you can always sneak off to the bedroom.
COMFORT IS KEY
What’s comfortable is largely a matter of personal preference. The secret is pillows, pillows, and more pillows… you can never have enough pillows. Keep a generous stash in a variety of sizes, shapes, and firmness levels. It makes it easy to build a nest… create and adjust the comfort of your resting place as needed.
GO FOR QUALITY
Do you have the piece of furniture you need? You may need to shop around for something new to make your space workable and special. Antiques and vintage items are always your best bet. Not only do they have character, but their quality and strength of construction is important to consider. Antiques were built to last. Shop for classic, sturdy pieces that will hold up under constant use.
So, is your vision for a soothing personal retreat coming into focus? Let Montgomery Antiques & Interiors help you find the piece of furniture that you have in mind. Shopping with us is always just a click away. Check our online store inventory and featured pieces on social media. Feel free to message our staff via Facebook or Instagram to let us know what you need. We’re happy to help you find exactly what you have in mind. No worries… we can deliver in our area safely and quickly. All that’s left for you to do is find a sleep mask that has your personality written all over it.
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