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Bedroom Makeover 101: Enhancing The Most Important Place In Your Home

Bedroom Makeover 101: Enhancing The Most Important Place In Your Home

Are you a late sleeper? Do you enjoy staying longer in bed on weekends? I most certainly do. There’s nothing better than that. By the various researchers, sleep affects the quality of our lives drastically. We spend almost one-third of our lives in the bedroom sleeping, relaxing, and enjoying. It would be smart to examine this room and spend some time improving it. Even though I enjoy sleeping, I wasn’t paying attention on my bedroom that much. Until recently, when I got a comment that it isn’t looking “as tidy as it might be.”

It made me think about it, and start researching about bedroom improvement, and the impact it has on our lives. A bedroom should be a relaxing environment, arranged in a practical manner, making it a perfect sanctuary of your own. Shouldn’t you deserve to sleep in an environment that contributes to sweet dreams and relaxation?

A bad layout and old, somewhat-comfortable furniture won’t make you feel rested and full of energy – often it might be the opposite. We all know the importance of sleep and the consequences of bad sleeping habits. Let’s have a makeover of our bedrooms, and improve our lives!

The bedroom layout

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    First things first. For achieving the optimal bedroom design, it’s important to understand the layout of the room. Before trying to redecorate your old furniture or buy a new one, you’ll need to consider the room size and setup. Take a good look at walls length and window placement and write the information on a sheet of paper – it will help you determine how to arrange the furniture.

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    It is recommended to measure the furniture and visualize the most suitable place for it, leaving enough space for drawers and cabinets to open properly. Of course, you need additional space to walk around without any obstacles. When it comes to picking a suitable spot for your bed, you should consider all the windows and walls in the room. Try to leave as enough space as possible on the wall side, especially if you share it with your partner for it will enable her or him to approach that side of the bed without having to jump over and distress you. To wrap it all up, here is the list of things you should consider regarding the layout of your bedroom:

    • Measurement of the walls
    • Placement of the windows, doors and closets
    • Measurement of the furniture and shelves
    • Positioning of the bed
    • Placement of wall outlets, switches, and telephone jacks

    Take measurements and gather all the data following this list, and try some imaginary layouts, or make a drawing of your room plan, where you’ll try the layout on paper. Remember, a particular paper layout might look perfect, but when you set the bedroom following that scheme, it might not look as good. Be creative, and try out variations until you find the perfect one.

    Replacing your old bed

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      Changing a bed can be a risky and pricey task. To figure out which bed suits your needs the best, you’ll need to analyze the one that you currently have; it’s size and style, type of mattress, its condition. Are you really satisfied with your bed or the change is necessary? Or is it just boredom and you are simply looking for something refreshing and new? Here are some tips on what you should consider while choosing a new bed for your resting sanctuary:

      Which type of mattress?

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        When it comes to mattresses, choosing the right one can seem quite difficult at first glance. Every mattress has a different name and purpose, and every owner will praise his own mattress saying it’s different or better. To find the best mattress for yourself, you need to look for the shops where you can try the product in your home for 30 days. Things get more complicated if you suffer from back pain.

        You’ll have to consider that even a new mattress can cause this type of discomfort, and sleeping on the wrong one can make things even worse. Waking up with back pain is more common than you might think, so it is recommended to find the suitable mattress for back pain relief. A good choice will help you fight the back pain and impact the quality of your life significantly.

        Invest in quality

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          When it comes to the sleeping bed, where you’ll spend 1/3 of your every day, don’t be cheap. Familiarize with the quality and do some research because it’s important to choose a bed that’s going to last for a number of years and, at the same time, provide you the comfort that you deserve. Here’s more interesting info on getting the best bed for your bedroom.

          The atmosphere

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            Most of the people find it hard to relax in a chaotic environment. Having too much furniture, an unmade bed or color of the walls that doesn’t suit your taste anymore can make the bedroom experience bad. All you have to do is to make the surrounding of the room more appealing. These changes can be small but very efficient.

            Improve the atmosphere

            Think about the light. If your bed is not facing the window, move it so that sunlight can wake you up in the morning. Also, add photographs of your friends or family on the night table, or piece of art on the wall. If you like a romantic atmosphere, put scented candles in the bedroom. Make sure that furniture fits the room. In a small room, the bulky bed will make space look uninviting, crowded and smaller than it is.

            What about the colors?

            Both your furniture and your walls need to be in matching colors. The combinations will impact the quality of your sleep and the time you’ll spend there. Here’s more info on choosing colors for your bedroom and their impact on your life.

            No electronics

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              Remove the TV, any tablets, laptops and other electronic equipment from the bedroom. Checking emails, texting and making phone calls can generate stress. Put television in the living room where you can watch it with your family during the day.

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              Work should stay out of the bedroom, so there is no need to take the laptop in bed. It is known that the blue light emitted from electronic devices inhibit melatonin production which results in poor sleep quality.

              Think about the air

              For the comfort and better sleep, fresh and moisture–free air is crucial. Flowers and plants like rubber tree plant or Aloe Vera are great choices for the bedroom. They purify the air and make a relaxing atmosphere. For a one step further, you can use a dehumidifier. They come in different sizes, shapes, and designs so it won’t be hard to find the one that suits your needs. For example, you can use one with smaller capacity only for a bedroom or larger one for the entire house or apartment. Here’s more on picking the best dehumidifier for your bedroom.

              A perfect bedroom will change your life

                When you take care of every detail in your bedroom, it might look like something like this. Or like something completely different. It all depends on your taste and preference. Make sure that your choice of bed and the mattress is right because the primary purpose of the bedroom isn’t to look good by all means but to provide you a good night sleep. Try to have natural source of light, fresh and low-moisture air.

                It might seem daunting now, but in the end, it will pay off.

                Trust me, I’ve been there, and done that.

                Now, it’s time to sleep in my new, improved bedroom. Good night!

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                Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                The result: no more mental stress.

                2. Unplug

                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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