relaxationHarmony is one aspect in life that is difficult to achieve. To achieve it, one must learn balance between work and leisure. Like any scale, if a certain part contains more than the other, it will tip off the scale – in life, you are the scale.

Nothing comes close to the relaxed and fresh feeling that a warm bath provides. Because we are so busy with our everyday tasks, we tend to forget how to unwind and see sleep as the only means to revive our strength for the next week’s work schedule.

The bathroom can be a sanctuary where you can ease off tired muscles and let the tiredness of the week’s workload’s effects slowly dissipate. Do not worry that your bathroom is a small one. You can always have it re-arranged looking like a spa to further enhance your bath time comfort and relaxation. Here’s how:

If you have a bath tub, purchase some bath scents or essential oils the next time you drop by the grocery store. Choose the types that emit scents of relaxation to reduce the stress that you feel. You can also opt for richly scented candles that permeate the room with desirable scents without even lighting the wick. Intensify the scent of lighting one candle. To avoid disappointing yourself, make sure that the supplies you will need to afford a relaxing bath are readily available. Stock supplies up for a week or two, depending on your usage. Wholesale candles are much cheaper when purchased in bulk, which is a good way of limiting your expenses aside from assuring having a continuous supply of bath essentials.

The bedroom and other areas of the room that provides privacy can also furnish you a place to let aching and stiff muscles to relax. People who are busy with their careers rarely had the time to loosen up even if they cannot afford the financial aspect of it. Time is one facet of a career person’s life that is almost always used up such that relaxation comes last on the list and frequently, forgotten.

Many people do not see that the home as a place to unwind, simply because they have children who at times, demand their time and attention. Sometimes, when children are still young, the home environment can only be quiet when the kids are all asleep. An individual who works so hard and goes home too tired or strung up to get a restful sleep, find it hard to do so – even if everyone is fast asleep. This is because the muscles are so tight and the brain is so stimulating for processing and thinking that even if the eyes wanted shut down time, you still cannot sleep. Your brain is so worked up to relax.

Have you ever experienced sleeping on your work clothes, and waking up with them? You felt so tried that all you want to do is lie down. However, did you notice how some parts of your body still ache even if you were able to sleep? You can feel this at the back of your head or the nape, shoulder blades, your arms and sometimes at the hips. People who work in offices and spend long hours facing the computer experience this as well as a dull yet noticeable soreness of the wrist.

If you have the budget, renovation can be a source of joy. Having your own bathroom can help you ease down on a warm bath tub to ease your aching muscles at the end of the day. This way, you don’t have to wait for the person in the bath to finish before you afford yourself the much needed time out. Sometimes having a beautiful and inviting bathroom makes it easy for an individual to relax easier. You can add some soft music to play to help for relaxation as well as your favorite books carefully set in the bathroom to afford the relaxation you need.

For anyone to be able to function at their optimum level, one must find time to ease off the day’s work, no matter how short the time. It’s not the length of time that you give yourself a break, but the quality of it. Relaxation should be an everyday routine of an individual who spends most of his daytime highly strung up with work stress. It will help him prepare for the next day by resetting the brain and relaxing the body. If having your own bathroom where you can relax is not possible, you can always go to your health club to get that awesome massage.


A title caught my attention about a bed up for $2million (!!) I took a look at the picture and lo and behold! How could an old piece of bed offer such an exorbitant amount at an auction? Then I read on and discovered that Tracey Emin, from the Young British Artist, was the artist. Rings a bell? Her work, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995 was shown in 1997 at the Royal Academy in London.


Undoubtedly, in today’s contemporary art, such a piece exist and it does fetch up to $2 million at auction. Apparently, the controversial bed is to be auctioned at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale in London on July 1 this year. “My Bed” by Tracey Emin may not have won the Turner Price back in 1999 but people noticed and remembered. An unmade bed, littered with vacant containers, cigarettes, condoms and knickers, does not appear like the tableaux for a million-dollar masterpiece. Who wishes to check out another person’s garbage impersonating as art, doubters most certainly decry, let alone acquire it for an amount of cash normally booked for large homes and boats?


(FILES) A file picture taken on August 1


The art is suggested to be confessional. “Tracey shows us her own bed, in all its embarrassing glory,” Saatchi Gallery explains online. “Empty booze bottles, fag butts, stained sheets, worn panties: the bloody aftermath of a nervous breakdown. By presenting her bed as art, Tracey Emin shares her most personal space, revealing she’s as insecure and imperfect as the rest of the world.”

Remebering her bed, Emin stated to The New York City Times in 2012: “I was thinking, with the cigarettes, that’s so unusual since I do not smoke any longer. I haven’t made love for several years, and there’s this prophylactic. God, there’s a tampon, and I haven’t had a period for many years. There’s my ex-boyfriend’s weeds, I would certainly never be with any individual that smokes cannabis now; there’s a liquor bottle, and I don’t drink spirits … I could really smell the past.”.

The piece is like a piece of life circa the late 1990s, that’s particular to the person, lady and artist Emin was at the start of her profession.

“It’s an unusual sensation, a good sensation,” she added. “This ghost of me was still there.”.

All proceeds will help fund Saatchi Gallery. It is owned by Charles Saatchi, a British arts dealer and YBA supporter. His gallery maintains a free entry policy and also sponsors free education programs for schools in London.

Fancy a bed reminding of the past that costs an arm and a leg?


Depending on the roofing framework and preparation constraints, a loft conversion is one of the most uncomplicated means of getting extra area. Mostly all homes could gain from this extension with a little bit of basic planning.

Is my loft suitable for conversion?

The functions that will decide the suitability of the roof covering area for conversion are the offered head elevation, the pitch and the kind of structure, and also any hurdles such as water containers or chimney. An assessment of the roofing space will reveal its structure and bodily measurements.

Head Height: Take a dimension from all-time low of the ridge wood to the leading of the ceiling joist; the useable component of the roof must be higher than 2.2 m. Fora  low head elevation room, there could be two remedies:increase the roof or reduce the ceiling in the room below.

Pitch Angle: The greater the pitch angle, the greater the main head height is likely to be, and if dormers are used or the roof covering is upgraded, then the floor location can be improved.

Sort of Structure: Two primary frameworks are used for roof construction– particularly standard mounted kind (usually built in 1960s homes) and truss section kind. The standard mounted could be quickly, and reasonably inexpensively, opened up by boosting the rafters and adding supports as specified by a structural designer. The latter would entail rebuilding whe loft with steel beam at the ridge.


Other considerations would be: windows (necessary for ventilation), staircase, insulation and fire safety.

Planning and redesigning your loft would save you a lot of space and more comfort if used as room or gallery or simply a study. This video provides more information on your plans for loft conversion: