Where do you go to unwind to reduce stress? Do you take time just for you?
Do you have a place in your home where you go to unwind, relax and reduce stress? A place that brings you harmony, balance and happiness? A special sweet spot in your home where you can go to #take15minutes to focus on you? I love this Tweet from Elle Décor Magazine, “A Colorful Look At The Home Of The Future.” This short illustrated piece focuses on the emerging trends of THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW. According to Illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme, the house of tomorrow is…
…ENCOURAGES URBAN SPRAWL
What’s better than a glowing, cocooning, urban sprawl in your home? What I love most is the cocooning.
I love this because it’s just a little spot carved out just for you. Whether you already have a little nook in your home for your “cocooning” space or if you create one with privacy panels, it’s a sweet space for you to unwind. Design your own cocoon in your home. It doesn’t need to be a large space. It’s just a little sweet spot that you enjoy where you can go to relax.
The illustration in the magazine is a gentleman sitting in a chic chair reading a book surrounded by three privacy panels. There’s no technology in site, and no distractions.
Find your bliss in your cocoon and #Take15Minutes to unwind and de-stress.
Your cocoon is a special place where you can find your bliss. It’s a little oasis where you can go to unwind and de-stress, even if it’s just to #take15minutes. Every day, it’s important to focus on you. In your little cocoon, spend this time alone without any distractions. Use this time to disconnect, clear your mind and enjoy the stillness. It’s time to relish the silence and restore the calm. You can choose to sit and do nothing or read a book, listen to music, mediate or write in your gratitude journal or bliss journal.
- Read a book or a magazine-Simply read for enjoyment. According to Forbes, one of the five things successful people do before they go to bed is to read a book. Reading for enjoyment is the key to relaxing.
- Listen to your favorite joyful soothing music-Research shows that listening to joyful music is good for your health. Research has found that listening to soothing music can decrease blood pressure and anxiety levels in patients with certain heart conditions. Research from the University of Maryland Medical Center found that listening to joyful music can have a healthy effect on blood vessel function, and most of the participants in the study stated that country music is their favorite type of music that evokes joy. Here are “5 Ways Music Improves Our Health” from Huffington Post.
- Meditate-Meditation can help bring you a sense a calm and decrease negative emotions and help you manage stress. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind, and while you can practice mediation anywhere, having your own little cocoon nook, can make it very calming. Meditation can help enhance your physical and emotional well-being. During meditation, focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled and chaotic thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Spending even a few minutes in mediation can restore your calm, wipe away stress and bring inner peace. Research shows that meditation may reduce blood pressure as well as symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
- Write in a gratitude journal or bliss journal-Every day, write down things you are grateful for. Write down things that bring you pleasure. Write down things you love. Focus on the positive things in your life, and write them in your gratitude journal or what I like to call a bliss journal. I like to say bliss journal because research shows expressing gratitude can foster happiness. “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
Do you have a little cocoon in your home where you can go to #take15minutes to unwind?
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Healthy Design Element: Space
Healthy Design Element: Harmony and Balance
Healthy Design Action: Create your own little cocoon to relax every day.
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