As I mentioned in my post last week, I have a BIG New Year’s resolution for 2018. And that resolution is maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
I’ve decided to approach my resolution in steps so that I don’t get overwhelmed or give up. And for January, I’m starting with working strictly during designated “work hours.” This means that once I’ve completed those hours each day, I’m done. No more answering emails, no more doing research, and certainly no more grading papers.
Because this new lifestyle goes completely against my practice for the past 10 years, I’m foreseeing some challenges these first few weeks. So to help me with this transition, I’m adopting a more mindful and minimalist lifestyle at home.
Ultimately, I hope to create a calming and tranquil atmosphere that helps me escape the pressures from work. By establishing a space to relax, unplug, and work on my other creative projects, I’ll have an easier time stepping away from work and recharging each day. Not only will this reinforce my work-life balance, but it will also help me return to my job each day feeling refreshed.
Because getting enough sleep is critical to a healthy, well-balanced life, I decided to focus first on establishing a peaceful and rejuvenating bedroom. Such an atmosphere promotes good sleep, which is something that manages to elude me more often than not. I did some research on how to create such a space, and I’ve found several strategies that I’m excited to share with you today.
So if you’re ready to join me on “work-life balance 2018,” or you’re simply looking for a way to reduce stress and anxiety in your life, read on. Because this post provides 5 easy ways to create a calm and relaxing bedroom today!
5 ways to create a calm and relaxing bedroom
Focus on Color
As I researched how to create this ideal bedroom, the importance of color popped up in article after article. And more specifically, the importance of decorating with natural earthy tones. Brown, green, beige, and gray/blue all help promote a feeling of tranquility.
So as you consider redecorating your bedroom, keep these colors in the forefront of your mind. How will you use them? Will you combine complementary earth tones? Will you use different shades of one color? You might focus primarily on neutral beige with small accents of blue, green, brown, etc. Whatever style you choose, a creative use of color can make a big difference in establishing that peaceful bedroom space.
Symmetry and Balance
Balance is another recurring piece of advice for creating a calm and relaxing bedroom. As HomeGuides explains, “If done right, balance brings order and calm to a room. An unbalanced space can feel frenzied without actually understanding why.“ And you can achieve this balance in three different ways.
There is the traditional formal balance, which relies on repetition of furniture or decor. You can easily achieve this with alternating throw pillows across your bed, matching bedside tables etc. This is the most commonly used form of balance, and you can find several examples here.
There is also informal balance, which doesn’t use repetitive visuals like formal balance does. Instead, it relies on “lines, textures and colors with similar visual weight and appeal.” Paula Grace Designs has some great examples on her page.
And finally there is radial balance, which uses a central focus point with repetitive elements arranged in a circular pattern around it. You can find this type of balance used throughout an entire room, as seen in these examples, or used in various prints, like the Zen Like Products elephant bedding. Because radial balance is not used quite as often as the other two approaches, it can really make a statement when used well.
Add Some Green
It’s no secret that keeping decor to a minimum helps avoid stress-inducing clutter. That being said, adding a few special touches makes the room feel warm and welcoming. So as you chose your decor, be selective.
One of my favorite ways to decorate is with a few low maintenance plants. These include potted plants like succulents, bonsai trees, or bamboo plants. We talked about the benefits of live plants in an office space in an earlier post, and the same holds true for the bedroom. Plants bring rejuvenation and life into your bedroom, while also providing clean air. It’s a win-win.
Go Technology Free
If you’re serious about creating a stress-free space, keep the technology out. Period. Yes, I know this this hard; it is for me, too. These days smartphones are like an additional limb for most of us. But it is so important to delineate specific spaces for rest and work. And without question, the bedroom is a space for rest. So purchase a real alarm clock if you usually rely on your phone, charge your phone outside of the bedroom, and get some good shuteye.
Get the Right Bedding
I’ve talked before about the importance of keeping your bedroom cool and comfortable at night. And this is because your body has an easier time sleeping when it’s not overheated. To further enhance your quality of rest, you should also find bedding that works well for you.
Admittedly, there are so many bedding options out there that it’s soemtimes hard to know what’s best. Are you a hot sleeper? Do you suffer from allergies? Do you prefer flannels or cool crisp cotton sheets? Fortunately, The Huffington post offers a great article filled with information about choosing the perfect bedding for you. So if you’re on the hunt, check it out here.
My favorite piece of bedding is incredibly basic, but it has made a significant impact on my quality of sleep. It’s just a simple, 100% cotton blanket that I use all year long. It breathes well, and you can simply throw it in the washing mashing for easy care. In fact, I’m such a fan that I bought one for our guest bedroom, too. (No, this isn’t sponsored post, I just really love the blanket :)) If you are interested, it’s called the Pinzon Cotton Waffle Weave Blanket. (You can find the product on Amazon here.)
So as we begin our 2018 resolution – maintain a healthy work-life balance – try making your home your haven. Create a space where you can escape and forget about work for a while. And wherever you focus your energies – the bedroom, the living room, the kitchen etc., keep in mind color, balance, simplicity, comfort, and adding a touch of green. You’ll be on your way to the perfect sanctuary in no time.
How do you create a restful space? Do you use neutral or earth tones in your decoration? How do you separate work from home? Let me know below!