Monday, February 6, 2012


                   Renee Singh*

Learning how to relax definitely enhances the quality of our lives by countering the negative effects of stress.

We manage to restore depleted energy levels, feel fresh and revitalized and we are re-charged to deal with the pressures of our modern day lifestyle.

We know that our minds and bodies are integrally linked: the state of one affects the other. We also realize that as we are constantly running in the emergency mode, for which, our mind and body pay the price.

Frequently one is feeling frazzled and overwhelmed and we know it’s time to bring back the balance into your life.

Stress lowers our immune system and makes us prone to various diseases whereas a relaxed mind helps to strengthen the defense system against diseases and also trigger’s “happy hormones” within us.

Ideally for us, our home should be our heaven, a perfect refuge to get away from the tensions of the outside world. I personally am not in favor of designer homes as they lack warmth and comfort of our own zone.

I believe that our house should reflect our personality, only then it becomes a home. But then we can always opt for one room where one can create an environment that beats the stress within our systems.

It is very important to protect our self from  the effects of stress in our life and I would highly recommend a few tips, which will help you create the right mind and body balance:

Make your physical space

Create a space within your home which is own private den. When you are there you should feel most relaxed as it is your own private area where you can be with yourself. Read, write, reflect. Negotiate with your family and tell them that this is a place where you can spend  “me” time and  you must not be disturbed.

This space should be a supportive environment where you can accomplish your tasks in peace and privacy.

Make your own mental space

Once a week create opportunities where you can reflect on your own personal issues and assimilate the changing thoughts and feelings that arise within you. Distance yourself from the demands of your loved ones and take stock of your own needs.

Ask your family to respect your time.

Take a long bath

This is one of the most relaxing things you can do.  Get away from all the negative energies and put your mind in a fresh perspective.

Ensure that family members share the household tasks.  This way you can have adequate time for your own self.

As we progress in relaxing ourselves, we continue to create a feasible environment around us by making an effort towards the following factors.

The art of placement

Your environment strongly influences your sense of well being. Find ways to make your immediate environment conducive to your state of mind.

Whatever makes you happy should be around you. Hang mirrors to reflect negative energies and use good Feng Shui techniques to see to it that your surroundings are in harmony with the universal life energy to encourage prosperity and health into your life.

Use natural materials
Sleeping between freshly laundered cotton sheets is always very relaxing. Natural materials look and feel good. Change into comfy cotton clothes when you get home to feel relaxed.

Let in light
Natural light always affects our mood positively. Artificial light causes headaches, low energy and eye strain. Let in as much natural light into your home as possible.

Soft lighting

During the evening, relax in the glow of some soft lamps.

Wake up early
Early morning light always revives you. Feel the energy of the morning sun, and bask in the glory of the long and fulfilling day that lies ahead of you.


Open the windows in your house everyday to let in fresh air and let out stale smells.

Bring nature indoors

Houseplants enhance the beauty interiors. You breathe in nature at its best. Keep herb pots in the kitchen to  benefit from their therapeutic qualities.

A garden retreat
Create a small terrace garden where you can sit and relax. It is a great joy to sit amidst
 pots of flowers.

*Singh is a Chandigarh based psychotherapist.

Source:The Tribune, 6th February. 2012.

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