When it comes to lighting, I opt for soft/warm white adjustable light bulbs that can be brightened or dimmed depending on my needs and mood. I feel most at peace around golden glows generated by soft and warm lights versus the bright and blinding glow from daylight bulbs.
Haven’t noticed the difference between soft and daylight bulbs? Click here for sample images.
I also avoid fluorescent lights whenever possible since they have been known to increase stress levels (the only place we have fluorescent lights are in the garage).
Day spas have mastered the art of using aromatherapy to create an overall sense of relaxation as soon as guests walk in their doors, and I love mimicking the feeling of a spa by using ambient scents to put myself and others at ease.
“Smell is provocative and deeply connected to our emotional state and it has a far greater influence on our behavior than we realize.” Psychology Today.
I diffuse lavender daily, love the refreshing scent of lemon candles, and use pumpkin, cloves, or peppermint during the holidays.
Give it a try:
Do you feel a sense of peace and comfort when you walk into your home? If so, what are the things that put you most at ease?
As you relax and take in the comforts of your home, silently give thanks for the things that make your home a special place.
If your home needs some work in this area, start by adding small decorative pieces in colors that make you feel relaxed, i.e. pillows, throw blankets, framed artwork, etc.
If your lights are too bright, especially in the bedroom or living room, replace existing light bulbs with soft, warm white lights.
Splurge on candles that instantly make you relax. You know the candles I’m talking about: the ones that make you ooooh out loud as you test them in the store.
Wishing you peace, love, and adventure,