You’re stressed. Your parents are stressed. There’s nowhere in their home that helps relax you. Start by finding a quiet, unused room or area. It might be that empty bedroom in the basement or the den that’s used for storage.
Once you’ve found a space that isn’t used much, start turning into a sanctuary that you and your parents can use to relax and unwind. These DIY projects may give you the peaceful atmosphere you crave when the pressure is building.
Bring the Nature Inside
Plants and soothing water sounds can help ease stress. Bring in vases filled with roses and lavender. The scent alone can be soothing. Find greenery that’s easy to grow and don’t require a lot of care. Ivy and palms work. They need some sunlight and occasional water.
You could add a water feature for the soothing sound of bubbling water, too. This is easier than you might imagine. Get a fish tank and add some plants and small fish. If you don’t want to take care of fish, get a couple of mystery or nerite snails to keep the tank clean.
Another way to add a water feature is by getting a large bowl and adding some bamboo and stones, Use an airstone and pump to make sure the water bubbles and circulates. You could also look for indoor water fountains.
Paint With Relaxing Colors
Choose a calming palette when you paint that room or area. Aim for light natural colors that remind you of nature. If you love spending a day at the beach, watery colors like a pale aqua may appeal to you. If you love a field full of flowers, you could choose a light sage green or pale, creamy yellow.
Make It Smell Good
Aromatherapy is important. Get an oil diffuser, candles, or room sprays to make sure the room smells great. Some of the best choices for a relaxing area are citrus, lavender, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and bergamot. Create your own sprays using distilled water, essential oils, and dried herbs. When you find a scent blend that works best, stick to those oils and scents.
How often do you take breaks? You should take at least one day a week to get outside the house. You don’t have to go far, but you need the time alone to de-stress. Senior care aides can take over while you spend an hour reading in the new meditation room. Call a senior care specialist to arrange part-time caregivers or respite care.
If you or an aging loved one is considering senior care in Sterling, VA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands today. (703) 782-3655.
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