“I’m so stressed out, I need to go to yoga,” said almost everyone.
Why does a good yoga sesh help you relax? Well, the whole “stretching” thing plays a big part, but most yoga studios also consciously set themselves up to keep you relaxed and centered. The differences are subtle, but they make a big impact. And you can incorporate them into your home pretty easily!
Here are three de-stressing tips inspired by yoga studios:
The yoga room is almost always separate from the area where you pay and change into your yoga gear (two decidedly un-relaxing activities). Do the same thing at home! Try performing your stress-inducing activities (like paying bills or answering work emails) far away from your bedroom and living room, which should be relaxing places.
Studios usually maintain a pretty regular schedule week-to-week so their customers can make a habit of attending their favorite classes. You can do the same thing at home on a much smaller scale. Try setting your alarm five minutes earlier to stretch when you wake up. (And don’t snooze through it!) Or try de-cluttering the house right when you get home from work, before you kick your feet up.
In general, it’s a good idea to center the lighting fixtures in open spaces so they evenly disperse light. Otherwise, you’ll be stressing yourself out in a vague kind of way that you don’t even notice. Also, don’t underestimate the calming effects of dimmer switches or candles in the evening! Some mood lighting after 9pm can make all kinds of nice things happen, if you know what we mean.