Ways to Relax at Home in your Backyard
Make the End of Every Day a Staycation in Your Own Private Paradise
How to improve the quality of your life a little bit each day with a mini staycation
Life sure can get stressful sometimes – from work worries to family fiascos, sometimes we just need a little vacation from it all so we can unwind and relax. Vacation’s are great, but it doesn’t always work out to get away. That’s why the staycation has become such a popular idea: you can find stress relief in the privacy of your own home rather than having to go to a hotel or the beach.
Because it’s so convenient to get the benefits of relaxation right in your home – especially if you have an inground pool – there’s nothing to stop you from making the end of every day a little staycation. Here are some easy ways to relax at home:
Dim your lights and dine by candlelight.
It’s not just romantic, although there are benefits to adding a little romance to your life, too, but by getting a bit more in sync with nature’s timing, you’ll begin to feel your tension slip away. Take a few minutes to just look at the flickering candlelight in silence, listing five blessings you’re grateful for right at that moment.
Cook outside and enjoy the aromas.
Not only will you keep your indoor kitchen cleaner and your home cooler on hot summer nights, but by using an outdoor kitchen to prepare your dinner, you’ll enjoy the benefits of getting some fresh air while you create your meal. As you cook, look around you and notice five bits of nature that strike you as beautiful.
Enjoy some sparkling water in your hot tub or spa.
Chances are, you’ve arrived home a bit dehydrated, and your body is crying out for water. One easy way to make sure you drink more water is to tie it to a pleasurable habit – like soaking in your spa. Sip slowly and begin to feel the tension leave your body as you do something good for yourself.
Float around in your pool.
Even if you’re not buoyant, you can use a pool noodle or float to take a load off… literally. By giving your body a few minutes of weightlessness, you’ll take pressure off of your spine and joints. Bobbing gently while floating induces a nearly hypnotic state. Let your thoughts march past you like a parade, observing them but not engaging them.
Listen to some relaxing music.
Whether you like smooth jazz, ambient sounds, or classical, pick some tunes that help you breathe more slowly, inhale more deeply, and smile. Like they say, sometimes we need the lyrics and sometimes we need the music – but either way, music soothes the savage beast.
Read a book as you bask.
Whether you’re basking by the pool, floating around on a tube or keeping cool in the water, read a book and escape reality for a while. Taking a break for just an hour a day will help you reset and keep a perspective on things.
When you practice using all of your senses to relax and unwind, you’ll learn how to relieve and reduce your stress levels on a regular basis. The benefits of relaxation will cascade through your life, making you more productive at work and more focused on enjoying the small moments in life.
There are lots of things to do at home to help improve your quality of life, but there’s not much that’s better than an inground pool. If you’re wondering about what’s involved in a swimming pool installation, contact the pool contractor your Tampa neighbors trust most at Challenger Pools. Just call 813-344-4882 in Tampa, or 727-231-6336 in Pinellas and we’ll help you take the next step.