Please enjoy this guest post by Jenny Daniels.
Life today asks so much of us. We are on the go constantly with work, family commitments, keeping up the home, furthering our education, or any of dozens of other things. Our schedules are full, but sometimes our bodies feel very empty.
Getting ourselves re-energized to meet the next day’s challenges is essential to having a good quality of life and being able to sustain ourselves through meeting all our commitments. Yet we don’t want the process of refreshing and recharging to become yet another item on the schedule, so the only way to really do that effectively is to rebuild our energy at home.
Sometimes with all the functions that go on in our homes–cooking, working, or just getting ready each day–we forget that it really should be our personal place of refuge, the one place we can go to regain our energy and enthusiasm.
Those functional uses of our homes occupy a lot of the space, but much it can also be used to pamper ourselves a little bit.
The Kitchen: More Than Just Meals
Meal time has been neglected in our busy lives. Many times we just scarf down the simplest thing in order to minimize the time we spend away from whatever is next on the agenda. Actually slowing down and making a meal, then truly enjoying it when we eat, is rapidly becoming extinct. We are nourishing the body–just barely–but totally neglecting the psychological and social benefits of sitting down to a calm family meal.
Making the kitchen into a place that does more than just store and prepare quick meals is an essential part of taking care of ourselves. Gilmans Kitchens & Baths offers fixtures that make it easy to assemble and clean up from a meal quickly and efficiently, giving you time to sit down and actually savor it instead of simply checking “Eat dinner” off the to-do list.
The bathroom is another area that has lost its identity as a part of our personal happiness. We run through to quickly shower, shave, apply makeup, touch up hair, or otherwise spruce up our appearance before we start out headlong into the daily rat race. It’s just another entry on the day’s itinerary.
This is evidenced by how we design and use our bathrooms. Many bathrooms have only the most perfunctory bathing spaces today, and those with more indulgent options are often underutilized. If you have–or can add–a more spacious shower or a large, luxurious garden tub, treat yourself to that upgrade. It can be great for your skin, your soul, and even your physical health.
The Garden: Reconnecting With Nature
Sometimes you just need fresh air. The twice-daily walks from parking lot to workplace aren’t enough, though. You need to commit some time to being in the actual outdoors, experiencing it, enjoying it, and using it to improve your health and happiness.
Don’t assume that a nice garden will tie you down to a lifetime of digging weeds and swatting at bugs. A simple garden can do a lot of good with a little effort, expense, and space. In fact, the very process of establishing the garden can be good for your health. It’s a great distraction from the worries of the day, and it’s very encouraging to watch as a plant you set outgrows into something fragrant and beautiful.
We all expend huge amounts of energy taking care of things. We take care of work, kids, parents, a house, and maybe even charities. But how often do we really take care of ourselves, and how much time and energy do we really invest in it? The fact is that even the most selfless person needs some time to come back to center and prepare for the challenges that lie ahead, and that can begin with having a restful place at home to get yourself ready.
What is your favorite room at your home to refresh and recharge?