The holiday blitz can make you feel anything but relaxed, but we’ve got seven ways to increase the zen in your home:

1. Create a soulful playlist


Make a mixtape (even if it’s an iTunes¬†playlist) that has a lot of relaxing music. Some warm, relaxing artists we love: Diana Krall, Norah Jones, John Legend, Louis Armstrong, Sting, and of course, Adele. Play this music when you’re ready to relax and over time, your body will respond within the first few bars.

2. Diffuse scents


The most relaxing scents are lavender, eucalyptus and jasmine. During wintertime, it’s especially important that you ward off any seasonal depression, however mild. Not to mention, the smells are delicious and will make your home a scrumptious wonderland.

3. Increase the green


Live plants create oxygen in your home. Experts recommend having 10-15 live plants in a 2,000 square foot house. Keeping the oxygen flowing and the air clean will allow you to breathe deeply, especially during allergy season.

4. Declutter

A cluttered space breeds a cluttered mind. If you’re having anxiety problems, try streamlining your surroundings. Grab a box; the Salvation Army could use your donations! Also minimize the technology clutter (especially in your bedroom) by organizing cords and devices so that you’re not literally surrounded by screens.

5. Get painting


Painting can be an easy way to create a Zen-like state in your abode. The most soothing colors are blue, grey-green, cream with a touch of pink and also a yellow cream. Try adding one of these colors to the palette in the room you spend the most time in.

6. Deep clean

Getting the motivation to deep clean can be difficult, but the payoff is worth it. When you walk around your sparkling rooms, you’ll be thrilled that you did it. Don’t want to DIY this clean-up? Then find a reliable cleaning service.

7. Make your bed a sanctuary


Ever wonder why you sleep so well in hotels? According to the Huffington Post, it’s because the bedding is all white. It’s a symbol of luxury and relaxation. Try it at home and make your bed a place you can’t wait to get to every night!