The gloomy days under gray skies are here. With the rainy season upon us, we know that it means staying at home more and doing limited activities. It’s hard to feel good and relaxed in this situation, considering as well all the overwhelming changes that come with the new normal.
While we long for bright, sunny days out on a beach somewhere, we can nonetheless find the peace and quiet we’re craving right at our own home. These are the ways you can relax and ease those rainy day blues while indoors:
In the Living Room: Binge-Watch Your Favorite Shows
Believe it or not, this habit is actually beneficial for mental and emotional health. It can result in feeling relaxed and reducing stress levels. In fact, a psychologist likened the effect to reading a book you can’t put down or playing a musical instrument. Binge-watching shows can be educational, too. You get to broaden your perspective on different matters explored in the content you’re watching.
On top of this, this relaxing hobby can help you connect with people. Notice how family members crowd into the living room when your favorite show comes up. What you watched can sometimes be the subject of conversations over lunch or dinner. In a gloomy season like we’re in now, we long to have that kind of social connection to ease the blues away.
If you’re planning to upgrade your living room, introduce internet-connected appliances, like smart televisions and virtual assistants for a better, stress-free binge-watching experience. In case you’re on the hunt for a new home, there are a few condos around the metro that feature smart amenities like the ones mentioned.
In the Kitchen: Try Different Soup Recipes
The rainy season is the perfect time to get busy in the kitchen and savor different kinds of soup, from lugaw and sopas to champorado and lomi. Pair it with hot chocolate and freshly brewed coffee, and you’ll be able to enjoy the pitter-patter of raindrops outside.
Science shows that cooking (and baking) are actually therapeutic because they can be considered behavioral activation, a type of therapy that involves using positive behavior patterns to improve moods.
To make your kitchen a more relaxing space, dedicate areas for the things you love. For example, if you’re the type of family who loves eating breakfast together, a breakfast nook will be a good addition to the kitchen. If you love ending the day with wine, maybe a wine bar should be part of your renovation plans. Include these spaces in your must-haves for the next home.
In the Bathroom: Take a Nice, Warm Bath
Taking a bath is probably the last thing you want to do on rainy days. But it’s actually one of the best ways for relaxation and de-stressing. A warm bath is associated with a reduction in stress hormones. The hot water increases body temperature, which then calms the nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins, which are happy hormones. What’s more, it can relieve muscle soreness and tension. The quiet time alone in the bathroom is the perfect way to cap the day off, as the sound of the rain outside further calms the nerves.
A few upgrades in the bathroom can make the space more relaxing. A bathtub is at the top of the list. With it, you can take a long, warm bath complete with scented candles around. Another excellent upgrade is in-ceiling speakers. Even with a heavy downpour outside, you can relax in the company of good tunes.
In the Bedroom: Prioritize Sleep, Set Aside Your Phone
The lack of good sleep can lead to mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, which can worsen during the gloomiest season of the year. One reason people find it hard to get a good slumber is the use of phones before bedtime. The blue light on your phone can mess up your internal body clock and make it hard for you to feel sleepy. An hour or two before bedtime, ditch the screen to get that good night’s sleep.
Instead of being glued to the screen, take evening walks around your neighborhood. If you’re looking for a new home, go for a community that features relaxation spaces like green parks and open spaces, where you can go for a walk safely and peacefully.
In the Garden: Bask in the Sun, Whenever Possible
Seasonal affective disorder is real, a condition where people get depressed during the rainy months. Health experts recommend light therapy or exposure to bright light every day. Seize the hours of the day when it’s not raining and soak the sunlight in your garden. Complement the therapy with meditation, concentrating and setting aside thoughts overwhelming the mind and making you stressed out.
A lot of the modern subdivisions and condo complexes now feature meditation spaces as part of their amenities. If you’re looking for a new residence, consider including these in your home hunting priorities.
The rainy days can be especially stressful, especially with the risk of cabin fever amid the pandemic. But just because we’re staying at home doesn’t mean we can’t have peace and quiet. In fact, our home can be our very sanctuary for self-care.
The Home As a Relaxation Destination will be one of the core topics to be discussed in the upcoming The Outlook 2022: Philippine Real Estate Conference. It will happen on August 31, 2022 at Shangri-La The Fort Taguig and feature various thought leaders from different organizations talking about different pressing industry topics.
The in-person event is co-presented by KONE and in partnership with media organizations Malaya, Manila Standard, Manila Times, Business Mirror, Sunstar, Real Estate Blog PH, Mediablast Digital, and Tips Geeks.
The silver sponsors are Maximus and Gorenje, while the bronze sponsors are Metromart, Shopee, Zalora, CleanSource Solution, BDO, BPI, and RCBC.
The Outlook by Lamudi gathers the most prominent and respected personalities in Philippine real estate to open avenues for discussion of the latest news and developments in the industry.
Learn more about it here.