No matter if you are perpetually stressed due to work and/or personal duties, or are simply looking to redecorate your space, there are countless ways for you to turn your home into your own personal sanctuary — perfect for unwinding and recharging your energy for the next day.

Let the natural light in

There is nothing better than soaking in some natural sunlight, especially after a long day of staring at computer screens, chasing children, and being stuck in seemingly endless traffic. So let the sun shine into your home by opening your curtains or even using curtains made of a thinner material — such as chiffon, cotton, linen, or even lace.

Shop with comfort in mind

No matter what pieces you are purchasing for your home, you should always opt for softer materials and fabrics. After all, what is more relaxing than unwinding with a cozy throw blanket, soft pillows, or a brand new bedspread?

Separate work from home

Sometimes, the work-life balance is the hardest to achieve — especially in this day and age, when we receive work emails and calls to our personal cell phones. Take steps to eliminate your work-related stress from your home by turning off your email notifications, keeping your personal laptop as far away as possible, and focusing on tasks that are (at least partially) technology-free, like cleaning, reading, or organizing your space.

Carve out your own space

If you share your home with your spouse, children, or even roommates, it can sometimes seem as though you do not have a space that is solely yours. Combat this feeling by dedicating a corner of your house to yourself. This could be an armchair in the corner of your living room or even a spot in your bedroom to reflect on your day and partake in relaxing activities (i.e., reading, meditating, etc.).

Declutter, declutter, declutter

Take the time to ditch any items that you no longer want or need, throw out old paperwork, sort through your mail, and do a few other quick tricks to clear out your space. Even if you only take ten minutes a day to tidy up, you will notice a huge difference in a short time.

Use your green thumb

Incorporating plant life into your home decor can help you lower stress levels, as studies have found that fresh flowers and other plants provide a natural aesthetic beauty that soothes your mind and reduces general anxiety. So be sure to pick up a bundle of fresh blooms the next time you stop by your local farmer’s market.