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By Samantha Nicole Alarilla

After a long day at school or work, all you really want to do is retreat to the comfort and quiet of your own bedroom for a little R&R. But to do that, you have to make sure your bedroom is completely stress-free. The great thing is you don’t need to make big changes or renovations to achieve this; all you need are a few simple tweaks and touches.

Here are six ways you can make your bedroom a more peaceful and relaxing space:

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1.De-clutter.

Nothing is more stressful than coming home to a cluttered bedroom. Pick up the dirty clothes strewn across the floor; throw away the accumulating trash on your desk. Tidy up and rid your bedroom of all its mess. Take fifteen minutes out of each day to fix up, and deep clean on the weekends. Remember, a clean bedroom is a happy bedroom!

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2.Go for more blue.

According to color therapy, blue – and other colors like beige, gray, and soft shades of green – makes you calmer and more relaxed and can even help you fall asleep. This is because it is said to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and slow your breathing. Decorate your room with calming colors – deep blue curtains, light gray bed sheets, or a mint green bookshelf – and you’ll find that it’ll get a lot easier to find your inner peace.

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3.Have fresh flowers.

Flowers are an instant pick-me-up and can brighten up any room. They also help with air circulation and oxygenation. Taking care of them can also aid in feeling more centered and focused. Place a vase of your favorite flowers by your bedside and we guarantee your bedroom will feel a hundred times lighter.

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4.Diffuse essential oils.

There are a multitude of scents and fragrances useful for reducing stress to choose from and all you need to is diffuse them using an essential oil diffuser. If you’re not so keen on purchasing a diffuser, lighting a scented candle should do the trick. You can try popular relaxing scents like bergamot, chamomile, lavender, and mint or you can search around for a scent that’s more suitable for you.

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5.Change the lighting.

Harsh, white light isn’t easy on the eyes and can very much add to your stress. They may be great at getting you up in the morning and keeping you awake when you’re working, but they’re also great at disrupting your evening bedtime routine. Try warm white, or soft white lights instead that have a more calming yellow glow.

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6.Play soothing music.

Putting on a few relaxing tunes like jazz or classical – or even better, nature sounds or white noise – can greatly help you calm down after a long day. These genres of music and types of sounds clear your mind of any turbulent thoughts and tune out the loud hustle and bustle of the city – ensuring some peaceful downtime and a great night’s sleep.

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