What helps you to relax?
Is it silence, knowing your children are happy, reading a book or going on holiday and swimming the sea? For me, relaxation is spending time on my own watching television or reading a book I really like.
As I was thinking about this, I started thinking about what relaxation really is? We all have different ways to relax but those different ways achieve the same thing. We get that feeling.
Did you know relaxation was actually invented?
It was invented by a man named Edmund Jacobson. Edmund published a book detailing instructions for the different ways in which people can relax. He asked people to lie down, tense their muscles and then relax. This is what we often associate relaxation with today. He invented this. It was forced on to his employers. For one hour a day, he insisted they did nothing other than tensing and unclenching themselves! Doesn’t sound bad!
His movement spread and now most people know what is meant when you tell them to relax.
One room which should always be relaxing is your bedroom. It is a space where you go to sleep each night. You unwind from daytime events and prepare for the next. So many of us forget to treat it as a relaxing space. For example, I often complete my work in my bedroom. So much so it often looks like a library rather than a bedroom!
For children, toys are often scattered and bedrooms look more like a toy room. Lots of us are guilty of not having the most relaxing bedroom.
This got me thinking about how bedrooms could be more relaxing. So that it is a place we can switch off from the world. First of all, I was thinking about duvets. Lots of people have summer and winter duvets. This is for a reason. It’s too hot and too cold dependent upon the time of year. Different tog duvets ensure you remain comfortable throughout the night. Being too hot or too cold is not relaxing at all.
Duvets also need duvet covers. Which material is best? Cotton or polyester?
Cotton, although more expensive has the ability to adapt to the weather. It’ll be warm in winter and cool in summer. It’s also hypo-allergenic and absorbs moisture so you don’t wake up sweaty. Polyester is a little cheaper, but it doesn’t retain moisture, isn’t hypo-allergenic and the material stays warm which isn’t great for summer nights.
Lighting also makes a difference to the feel of a bedroom. Soft lights encourage you to wind down both physically and mentally. Low lighting allows for the production of melatonin which is the hormone you need to go to sleep at night. Mentally it allows you a break from the lights of television and other forms of technology we often spend much of our day with. Low lighting can also make young children feel happier and secure. (Especially when the lights are as cute as ours!)
For children who are scared of the dark, night lights can be a great purchase. Some of our night lights project images onto the walls. This is low light and can also provide a comforting distraction as children learn to self-sooth themselves to sleep.
Now these are something which I would find handy. Self-storage. This way I could pack my books away and I wouldn’t have to constantly be reminded of work. For children, it hides the temptation to stay up and play.
I hope this has been helpful. I would love to hear of your top tips for ultimate relaxation or ways you help your child to settle at night.
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