By Mik Hyldebrandt

 

A busy work schedule and a full social calendar can leave you stressed out and tense. There are many ways to unwind, but your home is the ideal place to create a calming atmosphere that will soothe your senses and bring some well-earned balance to your life. Here a few tips on how to get your pad zenned out.

 

Scented Candles

Candles on their own help set a particular mood, and if you add scent, you stimulate even more senses. Wooden and herbal scents are preferred if you want to set a relaxing scent mood.

DW Candles Sandalwood and Myrrh, $12

 

 

 

 

 

Burning Incense

Incense is a more powerful way to fill your house with aromatic scents and is known for not only adjusting the atmosphere in the room but also change your spiritual mindset.

We See Stars Incense Burner, $85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Weighed Down

Extra heavy blankets and cover are actually a valid form of therapy used to calm down stress and anxiety. The feeling of being warm and weighed down a little will instantly calm you down – or even make you sleepy!!

Amy Garden Weighted Blanket (25 pounds), $185

 

 

Fall Asleep and Wake-up

If you want to optimize your sleep, there’s a whole science to how you fall asleep and wake up. This clock not only gets you up on time but sets the correct lighting to help you fall asleep and wake up in the best possible way.

Philips Norelco Sleep and Wake-Up Light, $200

 

 

 

 

Therapeutic Aromas

Aromatherapy with essential oils is a proven method to create a different state of mind. One of the best ways to diffuse the aromas is through steam where this little gadget comes in handy. You can select a multitude of essential oils to target the exact effect properties you seek. Try Lavender for its proven calming effects.

ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser, $17

 

 

 

 

No Visual Stimuli

Sleep masks can be great, but they can also feel uncomfortable if you wear it all night. This one cushions your eyes and face in the softest way possible for optimal rest or to use while you meditate.

Tempur-Pedic Sleep Mask, $29

 

No Audio Stimuli

Sometimes it is just wonderful to shut out the world for a while. These noise-canceling headphones fit comfortably on your ears and are perfect for a little quiet time or to use with soothing music while you meditate.

Bose Wireless Headphones, $350

 

 

Check out this week’s Peach List for tips on how to deal with stress for a little more zen in your life.