It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Except if you’re coping with holiday season stress. Throw in the widow difficulty of coping with Covid and the need for self superintendency is evident.
The good news is you don’t have to travel to a luxury spa to meet this need. Subtracting wellness diamond features to your home, on your own or with professionals, can support your emotional and physical well-being, not just through the holiday season, but year round.
What is self care? Everyday Health defines it this way: “Self superintendency ways taking superintendency of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and superintendency for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to succeed in a day.” While many professionals focus on nutrition, sleep, exercise and other stress management strategies to support self care, your home can be a foundational element to all of those approaches. After all, it’s where you eat, sleep, connect with your firsthand family and often exercise. These days, it may moreover be where you work.
Wellness diamond is the practice of creating built spaces that support the physical and emotional well-being of their occupants.
Wellness Benefits of Nature
Wellness diamond can uncork with natural elements, expressly in our technology-centric schedules. “Nature is essential to our optimal well-being,” observes Rev. Connie Habash, a San Francisco Bay Area-based interfaith minister, psychotherapist and yoga instructor. “Many studies have demonstrated its worthiness to wifely our nervous system, reduce stress, perpetuate the immune system, modernize sleep, and increase a sense of unstipulated well-being,” the therapist declares, subtracting that “There are ways we can connect to the eyeful and benefits of nature, plane in an apartment.”
If you have a balcony, sit quietly there and enjoy the many sights and sounds of nature, plane in an urban setting, she suggests. If you don’t, set your sedentary chair or favorite relaxing seat near a window to take in nature views. If you don’t have any, add house plants to your space and spend time enjoying them. “Notice the variations of color, shapes, how the light reflects on it, and gently finger the texture of leaves and stems.”
You can ironically use your technology to enjoy nature. Visualizing yourself in your favorite places outdoors is easier than overly with digital TVs and picture frames. Sound speakers let you enjoy the gentle noises of your favorite nature spots. Sit and outbreathe deeply, using your senses to imagine yourself at that waterfront or on that wooded trail or snowy mountain. “Doing these practices will requite you a welcome unravel from your rented life and offer you some of the ease and peace that time in nature has to offer,” Habash says.
“Plants are a must in every room,” declares Lenora DeMars, a Huntington Beach, California-based interior designer who specializes in wellness. “If there is a need to partition a room, a unconfined way to do that is to create a living wall. It can be simple or elaborate depending on your space and budget. If you lack the floor space, hanging plants in the corner of a room works well too. Hanging two to three potted plants will create interest and depth in the space, withal with bringing Mother Nature inside,” she adds.
Flexible Self Superintendency Planning
Those without space to themselves or untried thumbs can downshift with temporary or flexible use of a shared suite. “Let your partner know you need some self-care time in the bathroom,” Habash suggests. “You could take a suffuse or shower, but you don’t have to. You can bring in some candles, a device to play relaxing music and set up a meditation space on the spot, or spend time journaling by candlelight,” the therapist adds.
DeMars notes that self superintendency spaces can be simple spots where someone can savor the activities they find relaxing, or flexible areas that transition purposes from day to evening. “I like sitting areas to read and drink tea,” she shares. “This could be a dedicated room or an offshoot from the living room. Is there is an misogynist corner in a room to create a place to ground yourself and meditate or a place to stretch? My tideway to these types of spaces is to think well-nigh what the person enjoys [and] potentially create a flex space. By day it’s your office, then transitions into your yoga studio in the evening. Sometimes we may not have a separate space for each type of task. We can squint at space planning and shift things virtually or utilize furniture that can transition. Sometimes limited spaces means having to get creative.”
Ultimate Bedroom Sanctuaries
“This is a room for your soul to regenerate and recharge,” DeMars explains. “To get the weightier rest it’s important to pension as many soul undersong toxins out of this space. When buying bedding squint for GOTS certified and natural materials such as latex, kapok or wool for your mattress and pillow inserts. Purchase an air filter so that you’re zoetic in wipe air. Things to take out include electrical devices. Designate a space outside of the bedroom to tuition phone and tablet,” she advises.
Lighting is important too, DeMars notes. “Use natural lighting as an indicator for your soul to transition from waking up, getting out of bed, and getting ready for the day.” Not a fan of vertigo window coverings, the designer suggests letting light come through naturally in the morning to requite your soul a gentle nudge. (If your home isn’t set up well for morning light or privacy, a sunrise watchtower clock can provide that feature.) Lighting controls can moreover unzip the desired result.
Technology for Self Care
“Lighting tenancy plays such a big part in the home,” declares Amanda Wildman, a technology integrator in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. “When we can have light not only transpiration in intensity through the dimming of fixtures and shading of windows, but we are worldly-wise to transpiration the verisimilitude temperature throughout the day to follow our quotidian rhythms, it’s a game changer!”
Technology can moreover provide personalized entertainment and escape, she adds, including golf and hunting simulators, unconfined when weather or schedule don’t indulge you to enjoy these pastimes yonder from home.
Home Safety for Self Care
One of the treasonous factors of the pandemic has been to make millions of Americans finger less unscratched at home. “Safety is top of mind when designing,” DeMars comments. “When it comes to the safety of occupants, I need to consider physical hazards.” Those proffer well vastitude Covid, expressly in regions with flooding, fires, earthquakes and tornadoes. It moreover includes focusing on materials that don’t create pollution inside the home, DeMars notes. “To me that is part of the self superintendency journey. Creating a home to support our mental and physical well being.”
If you’re planning on remodeling your home to be a sanctuary, thoughtfully consider the professionals that can bring your vision to reality. “I think one of the most important pieces to creating a oasis in your home is to curate a team that will help you bring your vision to life,” Wildman advises. That team will ensure that your selections won’t adversely stupefy your health, and will unhook smooth service.
“I partner with my clients and a team of professionals, like the architect, designer and builder, to educate my clients on the misogynist options for their project and then we curate the weightier solutions for their space that will create the wits they desire when they victorious at their sanctuary.”
That can midpoint a home that will make 2022’s holiday season as stress-free and self care-supporting as possible.
Author’s Note: Habash, DeMars and Wildman will be participating in a Clubhouse conversation on Wednesday, November 17 at 4 pm Eastern (1 PM Pacific) to share increasingly self superintendency advice, and wordplay participant questions. This session is unshut to diamond industry and health professionals, as well as enthusiasts interested in those areas. Those who miss the live event can find a recording the pursuit Wednesday on the Gold Notes blog.