After a long day at work, there’s nothing better than coming home to your sanctuary. It’s a place where you can decompress after the stress you’ve been through all day. To make your sanctuary much more inviting and calming for you, use candlelight.
Candlelight has been used for ages not only for light, but for spirituality and relaxation reasons. Spiritual leaders use candlelight to create a magical ambiance that promotes confidence, clarity and serenity. Isn’t that exactly what you would like for your home? A place where you can gather your thoughts and achieve peace of mind? Candlelight can do that for you.
The Health Benefits of Candles
There are health benefits to candlelight as well. According to one study by Lund University, candle smoke can help achieve a better heart rhythm. It’s the sodium and potassium the candle releases that helps regulate the heart.
Also, since your heart rate can increase during times of stress, having candles in your home can help you relax and lower your stress levels. With less stress, your heart rate will decrease, too.
How to Use Candles in Your Home
You can use candles in your home in many ways. Many people enjoy having a candle in their windows, especially during the holidays. This is a tradition that dates back to the colonial times. It represents the warmth of the family and of home. If you choose to do this, it’s best to use candles that are battery operated. You can also find some that plug into an outlet, but not all windows have an outlet nearby.
Placing candles on your dinner table not only relaxes you during your meal, but it can also benefit your heart due to the components mentioned before. Have a candle centerpiece on your table, so you can easily light it every evening as you sit down to enjoy your dinner.
Having a candle in your living room, where you may spend most of your time, can help you add ambiance to the room. When you sit on your living room couch, you probably settle in and get comfortable. A candle can help you achieve that comfort much faster.
Placing a candle on your bedside table is another great place. You can light it as you are getting ready for bed, as it will help you relax to get ready for slumber. Just be sure you blow it out before you drift off to sleep. If this is something you are concerned about, you can always use a battery operated or electrical one.
If you take time for an evening bath, light candles around your bathroom. The glow they produce will allow your worries to slip away. If you use scented candles, you’ll also receive the aromatherapy benefits such as reducing anxiety, easing depression, boosting energy levels, eliminating headaches and more.
It’s Time to Create Your Sanctuary
Since you now know how beneficial candles can be, it’s time to start incorporating them into your home décor. An added bonus is that it’s easy add candles wherever you choose because they go with just about every motif. Before you know it, you’ll be walking through your front door and letting out a huge sigh of relief.