Creating the Perfect Zone for Relaxing with a Book
Nothing beats the joy of curling up on the sofa with a good book. However, our busy lives often prevent this from happening; then when we finally get a moment to chill with a novel, something comes along to interrupt us.
With that in mind, here’s how to create the ideal environment for enjoying that book, minus any distractions.
Creating optimum reading conditions
- · Switch off the phone (and everything else). Plenty of studies have proved how unproductive smart phones can make you. Switch off the mobile, or at least leave it in another room. This ensures that you don’t keep checking it when you’re meant to be immersed in your story. You may also want to turn off other distractions too, like the television, radio or any other contraption that produces a noise.
- · Develop a habit. Set aside some time each day to read, and make it sacrosanct. This is officially your time to enjoy yourself with a book, and no-one is allowed to disturb it! If needs be, hang a sign on the door – just make sure you’re not interrupted.
- · Get inspiration from others. It’s so much easier to get lost in a book when it’s a good one. Ask for recommendations from friends, or search on sites like Goodreads to find out which novels are worth investing time in. To get the most from your reading time, you want a book that engrosses you completely.
- · Get the lighting right. Create the right ambiance for diving into a book. Softer lighting is generally more relaxing, but make sure it’s not too dim, as you don’t want to strain your eyes. A table lamp usually provides the perfect level of lighting – not too bright, but bright enough to read clearly.
- · Make it an indulgence. Surround yourself with little treats while you’re relaxing with a story. Some snacks make the experience that much more special (these can be sugary or healthy, depending on your taste) and a glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate also helps to make it feel like an event. Alternatively, read your book in a deep, bubble-filled bath.
- · Create a mood. If you can make the room feel more decadent, then go for it. Spray some of your favourite fragrance around the room, or light a scented candle (Copycat Fragrances is a good place to look for inspiration). Switch on the gas fire if it’s cold. Wrap yourself up in a woollen throw and snuggle yourself into the cushions. In short, make it as comforting and warm an environment as possible.
- · Choose the right time. With reading, timing is everything. There’s no point reaching for a book when the kids have just got home from school, for example. The house will be filled with noise, which isn’t the best thing when you’re trying to engage with a novel. Neither is really late at night, when you’re ready for bed; you’ll probably only manage a page or two before nodding off.