Here’s a very simple way to provide a focus to your downtime and a small indulgence to your evening. It will enhance the look of your room and everything in it, and will add a sense of calm and harmony, no matter what else is going on in your life.
1. Buy a church candle, or any large-ish candle, and a box of matches
2. Wait until sundown
3. Put the candle on a small plate and light it
4. Switch on any lamps in the room and turn off the overhead light. (If you haven’t any lamps you may want to buy several candles, or you won’t be able to see a thing. Alternatively, keep on the light as a last resort, and light the candle as well.)
5. Continue with your evening.
6. Glance up occasionally at the candle flickering.
7. Repeat the following night. See if you can make lighting a candle into part of your evening ritual.
Take a tip from romantic restaurants and cosy pubs; they harness the power of candlelight to provide focus to a table and lend a sense of intimacy and warmth.
Candle gazing has long been used in meditation to provide a focus for the gaze. The Scandinavians light candles regularly as part of their tradition of hygge. And a 2014 study by the University of Alabama found that watching a flickering flame reduces blood pressure, increasing a sense of calm and peace.
Plus they’re cheap. So if your budget doesn’t stretch to a log fire in your living room, do the next best thing and fill your room with candles.