"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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5 Ways Active People Can Make Their Homes More Relaxing

While there are people who find it difficult to put on their gym wear and exercise, there are also those who can’t find the strength to drop the dumbbells and take a break. It’s simply not a good feeling for many active people, especially those who are determined to meet certain goals.

If you’re one of them, it wouldn’t be new for you to hear that rest is crucial. It could be that you’ve been craving one but can’t seem to get it. There’s no stopping your mind and body from craving the endorphin rush exercising gives, and often the problem isn’t that you’re truly obsessed. It’s just that you haven’t taken the time to discover the similarly impressive results of a good rest. The culprit? Your home environment. Is it conducive for the rest you want and need? How do you transform it so that you can get the quality downtime you deserve?

Opt for Natural Textures

Not everybody can manage to bring plants indoors and maintain them. It doesn’t matter how much you love the great outdoors–it’s simply not for everyone. This is why opting for natural textures instead is gaining popularity as an alternative. You can decorate with ornaments and textures that are made from natural materials. Think bamboo, rattan, clay, metals, and marble. If you’re not a fan of artificial plants, go for a variety of fried flowers. They come in all colors and sizes that are sure to fit your existing aesthetic.

Natural materials help you reconnect with nature, even indoors. Channeling the calm that only nature can give will surely make it easier to unwind after a strenuous workout.

Add Warmth When Appropriate

There’s a certain temperature during colder seasons in Utah that makes you want to lay down and sleep. Different people have different definitions of the perfect room climate, and finding yours could get you to melt into the sofa faster than normal.

Mind your HVAC system’s maintenance and look for quality furnaces that will do the trick. It could also be that it’s not the exterior temperature that needs your attention but your inner one. Heat has a soothing quality, and making tea, coffee, or other hot beverages is an easy way to relax before sleeping or get your mind to slow down.

Invest in tea sets or coffee machines and start a routine. Sometimes, simply the process of preparing your hot drink can calm your racing thoughts and make your aching muscles throb less. For a finishing touch, wear a warm, comfortable sweatshirt and slip on those thick cotton socks. Nothing makes you feel at home the most than comfy clothing.

Surround Yourself with Happiness

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Are you attuned to the things that make you happy? Perhaps it’s jazz music playing in the background while you prepare meals or a nice little walk in the backyard in the early morning. It could also be fond family photos in your living room or an organized bookshelf. Whatever helps bring a smile on your face at home, prioritize it. Take out more family photos and buy a vintage vinyl player.

Hire a landscape artist to improve the appeal of your backyard and organize your book collection by color. Get rid of things that only stress you out, and by all means, avoid clutter. Nothing quite stresses people out like a sea of clutter welcoming them home from the gym. When you have fewer things to put away every day, the sooner you can put your feet up and bask in the happy things.

Experiment with Scents

You might not realize it, but scents have a powerful effect on the way you feel about your home. It’s worth experimenting on which scents appeal to you the most in your downtime. It could be lavender essential oils fumed through a diffuser or vanilla-scented candles. Perhaps you appreciate the sea breeze and jasmine scents on your clothes, pillows, blankets, and linens.

Find what suits you best and invest in it. If you’re living with pets, though, and people with respiratory conditions, you’ll want to make sure that your options won’t be harmful to them. You’ll want to ensure that they won’t trigger asthma or make you inhale fumes toxic to them in your effort to unwind.

It looks different for everyone

A truly comfortable and relaxing home looks different for everyone. These tips will give you a good start, but it’s up to you to add to them to make your home environment conducive to rest as your lifestyle demands.

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