The fast-paced rhythm of modern life makes many people feel overwhelmed. We are constantly trying to keep up with the latest news through the use of technology while rushing daily in noisy crowded cities with few green areas. Often, we forget to disconnect from the buzz of society, but taking an everyday moment of relaxation is a key factor in staying healthy, both physically and mentally. If you want to make a habit of relaxing on a daily basis, however, you should create a context for spending laidback moments close to home.

With some creativity and enthusiasm, you can easily install any type recreational space to fit your taste. Multiple corners in different rooms of the house can be adapted, but if you are lucky to own some outdoor space, even a very small one, there are plenty of options for installing a patio in any backyard. That’s the perfect place where you can set-up a nice and cozy environment, replete with a small shed where you can store your gardening utensils.

The first step to be made is de-cluttering your property. Throw out what is broken, recycle and give away what you no longer need. This can be in itself a relaxing and gratifying activity. Used objects can also be a good starting point for new items that might prove useful down the line.

To make a getaway corner indoors, choose a space facing a window or the sill of the window, if you have a larger one. Keep it simple and focus on stimulating your senses by adding fluffy pillows, candles, a lamp and vibrant colors for a soothing touch. Surround yourself with nature if possible and place plants and herbs close to your resting spot.

Depending on the sort of recreation you prefer, you can enlarge your indoor space with a covered patio or build a shed outside where you can sit and enjoy a drink or practice some early morning yoga. A larger patio is a perfect party place, but can also be turned into a multi-purpose space where you can mix areas for resting with ones for practicing sports or storing your bikes. If your passion is cooking, an outdoor kitchen is a perfect summer retreat to enjoy with friends or can easily be transformed into an outdoor organic garden if works better for you. If you have children, a shed can also be an ideal playing spot for the little ones.

Whatever option fits you best, there are a few things to take into consideration when it comes to organizing your relaxation spots. The advice for indoor furnishing is also valid for outdoors: focus on color, light, smell and use comfort-inducing textures. Invest in comfortable seating and pay attention to layering – use vertical gardening and plant hangers to add freshness without cramping your space. Use accessories that trigger beautiful memories from the past, like fish tanks or simple water arrangements. If you can afford a luxurious touch, add a hot tub and special lighting for a delightful time in the comfort of your own home.

In conclusion, whether it’s a nice window seat or a lavish veranda, setting up that special space for letting go and enjoying the peaceful moments in life is a small but important step in lowering stress and becoming a happier, more balanced person overall.