In today’s busy work schedule, few of us ever get much time to ourselves for just relaxing and taking care of our stress levels. It seems that the most of our time is spent these days either taking calls, driving to work or school, or heading to the bank to sort out bills – it’s hardly relaxing and it’s not great for the blood pressure.
But that’s not the big problem. The big problem is that when we come home, we still often fail to properly unwind and relax and instead just hit us with more noise and stress. Instead of sitting down and reading a good book, most of us will go straight from the computer screen at work to another computer screen at home for checking emails or playing computer games. And if it’s not that then we’ll be watching television or looking at our phones.
Surely this is still technically our own free time, but it nevertheless still involves staring at a screen and it still involves constant stimulation meaning that our brain never really gets a chance to relax. It’s no wonder that few of us get the quality sleep we need and that so many people struggle with stress.
A Room to Think
One solution though is to create a room in the house that is designed specifically for relaxing and for recuperating. This room would be designed to be free from screens and monitors so you’d leave out the television, and it would be free from work and interruptions – so no telephone and no pile of documents that need organizing.
The conservatory makes an ideal ‘thinking’ space for a number of reasons. For one it will let in more natural light than other rooms like the living room and it will give you a view of the garden, but at the same time it’s also more conducive to quiet reflection seeing as the living room will be the room you use for the television.
A conservatory serves no real ‘purpose’ in the way that other rooms in the house do, and this means that you can use it 100% for sitting quietly and looking out at the garden with a cup of tea.
Tips for Making it Right
To make this as restful as it can be though you need to ensure that you design it to be as relaxing as possible. Keep the room as minimalist as possible then because this will reduce clutter and make it easier to keep the room tidy. Mess can put unexpected stress on us, so you want this to be the one room of the house where you aren’t reminded you have a lot of house work to do.
Likewise you need somewhere comfortable to sit. Think of something like a lazy boy armchair you can recline in or a sofa and angle it toward the window. You should also aim to make the room feel as natural as possible as this has the effect of helping us feel more at ease. Features like a water fountain can help you achieve this, while wood and stone are great options for your flooring and surfaces.