We've always found it necessary to create a space for ourselves where we can relax and unwind.
It's an important aspect of the human psyche, having a 'sanctuary'.
If you don't have a relaxing space all for yourself already, give it a go. It's really not too difficult to set one up!
Having a place of retreat has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and improve overall health. You can basically think of them as 'recharge zones' to bring your health bar back up to full.
The bedroom is a good place to start but if you're blessed enough to have a spare room to designate as a relaxation zone - you'll find that you'll be able to train your mind to recognize this space as such (rather than a sleeping zone) and unwind all the more faster.
Here's the best and easiest 4 ways to create your very own room of relaxation.
The easiest thing here, a no brainer!
These will compliment the mood lighting you hopefully have set up. If possible, get longer lasting candles so you don't have to even THINK about replacing them. You've had enough to think about today, it's time to relax.
Place them close to the ground if possible to enhance their effect. (Just be careful!)
Candles also lead into our next topic of...
Soft scents are good. The general consensus is that Lavender, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Tangerine, Coconut, Chocolate (yes, chocolate) and Ylang Ylang are great stress relievers. If you need that in an easy to remember list form, see this article.
It's probably not a good idea to have more than one scent in a room, as we are trying to train your mind to remember a particular scent and associate that with relaxation. Stressed at work? Shuffle on over to the bathroom and bring out the lavender you have stashed in your purse and be transported to your sanctuary!
With time, this can actually be a powerful method of relaxation.