In our quick-paced modern world, stress and anxiety are all too common. A recent study shows that 55% of Americans feel stressed during the day, as compared to the global average of 35%.
Sometimes in order to properly relax and deal with our stresses, we need to create a space in which to unwind, decompress, and take a break. With their endless customization options, open space, and connection with nature, yurts are perfect getaways to help encourage a calm mind and positive mental well-being. Here are seven ways you can use a yurt to help you relax and destress.
Decorate With Intention
One way to feel relaxed in your yurt is to create a calming environment around you. Things such as paint color, furniture shapes, and lighting all impact your mood and mental state. According to color psychology, red or orange curtains, blankets, or rugs can warm up a space and encourage happiness and creativity, while green and blue hues will perpetuate a soothing, zen-like environment.
Yurts automatically lend themselves to a relaxing environment because of their openness and circular shape. This sense of spaciousness and flow make for a more content surrounding than one cluttered and full of sharp angles. Add comforting textures, such as soft blankets and comfortable chairs, houseplants, and some beautiful artwork or photography that makes you happy and you can create the ultimate yurt paradise.
Practice Meditation and Yoga
Yurts are a great place to practice meditation, massage, or yoga. The natural light that a yurt’s windows and domed skylight provide creates a peaceful and relaxing vibe. The innate minimalism of a yurt can reflect and complement many ideas surrounding meditation and yoga, such as letting go of what you cannot control and focusing on yourself in the present. Endless customization options in yurts can also allow for easy storage of yoga mats, blocks, massage tables, towels, candles, and other accessories that enhance your practice.
Turn Your Yurt Into a Spa
Relax in your yurt by transforming the inside into a spa.
Consider creating more space in your yurt for a bathroom and adding a tub with jacuzzi jets or a rainfall showerhead. Invest in fluffy towels and robes to turn your nightly shower routine into a sacred practice of self-care. Install twinkle lights or light dimmers to create a relaxing environment, and engage the senses with oil diffusers or scented candles.
Aromatherapy is the holistic study of how scents impact our emotions and promote our well-being. Here are some great scents to include in your yurt to keep you calm and happy and replicate the feeling of staying at a soothing spa:
- Eucalyptus: Perhaps the most popular spa scent, the fresh smell of eucalyptus clears the sinuses, boosts the immune system, and encourages clear thinking.
- Lemongrass: Studies have proven that this scent reduces stress levels and puts you in a positive state of mind.
- Lavender: Lavender has been proven to help you get to sleep faster and unwind after a hard day by slowing your heart rate (and smelling dreamy!)
Unplug From Your Busy Life
While staying in a yurt, take the opportunity to unplug. Turn off your iPhone, log off of your laptop, and avoid checking your email and social media profiles.
Too often we find ourselves caught up in strangers’ drama online, comparing ourselves to photoshopped celebrities on Instagram, or endlessly scrolling through upsetting news headlines. Studies have even shown links between excessive social media use to depression, anxiety, and poorer sleep quality.
Do yourself a favor and take a break. Grab a book, watch a stack of old movies, relax in the bath, take a walk outside of your yurt to connect with nature, and escape for a while.
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Although staying in a yurt doesn’t necessarily mean you’re roughing it, its simplicity and close proximity to the outdoors creates a strong connection to nature. Many people use their yurt as an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Spending time in nature, whether that means sitting outside of your yurt by a campfire or taking a hike in the surrounding forests, is proven to reduce fear and stress and increase our happiness and general well-being. In one study, 95% of participants noticed a significant improvement in their mood after spending time outside surrounded by nature, going from stressed and anxious to calm and balanced.
Reconnect With Your Friends, Family, or Partner
Spending time away in a yurt with another person, whether that be your friend, family member, or partner, is a perfect opportunity to reconnect with them. Unplug from the internet and social media and spend some quality time with another person. Activities such as cooking together, taking nature walks, playing board games, or even sitting by the campfire and talking will help you relax and rediscover the value of your relationships.
Take Time to Create
Creating art, whether that means painting, drawing, or even simply journaling, has been proven to increase serotonin levels in the brain and reduce stress. Creating art helps you relax because it allows you to work through anxieties and expel them out onto physical material. Yurts make great art studios and calm environments in which to create since they are free from distractions, providing an open space with great lighting in an inspirational, natural setting.
Giving yourself the opportunity to wind down and relax is essential during these unprecedented times. Yurts can be a great resource for those looking for a space to destress, and WeatherPort Shelter Systems™ can help you design the perfect luxury yurt to help create that environment. Contact us today to find out more about creating a relaxing oasis in one of our top-of-the-line modern yurts.