If you are anything like me – I have days when it’s literally a struggle to get out of bed. Last week’s heat, the school run making a re-entry, juggling the day to day hustles of life and such – all of it – took a toll on me. I was bedridden for a day with a severe migraine and inexplicably high blood pressure, which the doctor attributed to stress. Stress I could accept – possibly…but nah! “Do you have a history of blood pressure issues in your family?” the doc asked. I thought about Mainini Tsitsi who passed away from a brain aneurism triggered by high levels of blood pressure. She was 21 when she died. I thought of my gran who sometimes experiences swollen limbs when hers peaks. “Surely no” I thought to myself. The challenge though was that each doctor visit this year had comes back with some irregularities in my BP – and that was beginning to throw a wrench in my positivity.
I’m in my bed as a type this out, suffering from the equivalent of writer’s block to a writer and lack of inspiration to a creative. My mind is telling me that I cannot let fear of ill health, and my body feeling a certain kind of way – keep me from pushing along – but my body really is tired. I was talking to my girlfriends just yesterday, wherein I asked if they ever feel like checking into a hotel, closing the curtains and sleeping for days on end – waking up to order room service and have a shower. What a relief to hear them all chime in “Yeap! I feel like that now!”
It’s important to take stock of what’s happening to your mind, body and soul, establishing root causes for any feelings that are contrary to what you would rather be experiencing. I woke up with a plan yesterday, but turned around and checked myself in for a massage because I felt I needed the quiet and the de-stressing. I’m soaking myself in some good content to restore all the flowery inspiration that keeps me soldiering on. I understand more than anything, that sometimes when I’ve been doing too much too fast – GOD has a way of making me take time away to refuel. So that’s what today and tomorrow will be about; taking time away to do nothing at all….
I don’t know about you but the older I get the more I appreciate minimalism. I used to enjoy clutter – lots of books and papers and furniture around me. Perhaps it was because I lived alone for many years during college and in the early years of my career. I loved to come home to huge couches, a workspace inundated with diaries and papers of different shades and a huge desktop. Fast forward to a decade later where the same spaced is shared by a spouse with his soccer kit and weights and gadgets, colorful desks and pencil cases, bean bags and Winnie the Pooh, Barbie, CARS Inc. and Ben 10 themed trinkets and decorative pieces that are added to the whole lot dependent on which characters are trending in the stores. With the need to accommodate everyone’s space I’ve done well to ensure that there are 2 rooms that invoke an atmosphere of relaxation in my space.
My living room and the master bedroom are the two most important rooms in the current combined cosmos I call home. When we were condo hunting huge windows was a huge thing for me. I don’t have the luxury of sitting out in a yard with sprawling green grass in the now so in the least I’ll bring the outdoor in with the huge windows. I believe more natural textures such as bamboo furniture belong on an outdoor patio. However I’ve translated my love for the outdoors through the deep coffee color of my dining room table wood and the wood accents on bookshelves as well as coffee and end tables. Aqua, green and orange colored cushions add a nice contrast to the brown that is also my sectional couch. Having young kids means I’ve had to stay clear off the beiges for another 3 more years or so. I’m glad I made that decision has my couch as taken a beating with milkshake and juice spills.
For my next living room space I would like to create more of a relaxed atmosphere with the use of lighter colors and less dense textures. Natural colors are relaxing. You won’t have a sea view hotel room with deep reds and burgundies plastered all over the room! Sand tones, the coolness of sea blue and sage colored accents are a sure reminder of some tropical getaway enjoyed on occasion and I for one am a tropical vacation type of gal. Minimalistic architectural straight lines and stonework accents also do well to conjure up a sensation of being in the relaxed outdoors or a secluded spa retreat.
So there it is QFs! Do share your tips on how to further invoke an atmosphere of relaxation in your space.