- 68% of homes in NI agree that Electronic devices such as TVs, laptops and smartphones, often bring the stress and fast pace of the outside world into the home.
- 60% of people in NI felt that they could not relax in their living room because of it being a multifunctional space such as working from home or using their mobile phone.
- IKEA encourages UK households to switch off and unwind in their living rooms to relax into greatness
- Research from the University of Sussex shows that reading (even six minutes a day) can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds.
In a recent survey of how people relax at home, carried out by IKEA UK, 68% of Northern Ireland households agreed that electronic devices such as TVs, laptops and smartphones, often bring the stress and fast pace of the outside world into the home.
When it comes to parting from TV, a tablet or a phone to relax, just under half (47%) of NI residents agreed that they find it difficult to switch off from electronic devices in the living room and others (60%) felt that they could not fully relax in their living room because of it being a multifunctional space for work or to use their mobile phone. Indicating that some NI homes are in need of a digital detox in order to reduce stress.
To tackle this head on, IKEA Belfast is highlighting the importance of relaxation within the home, and the significant role our living rooms can and should play in helping us switch off and increase our productivity and every day lives.
Additional research from the University of Sussex* shows that by taking part in an analogue pursuit such as reading, even six minutes a day, can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds and that the living room is the ideal setting over the bedroom
However, creating a digital free environment can seem easier said than done in most cases, but there are ways to improve the relaxing atmosphere of the living room as Adele Marshall from IKEA Belfast comments –
“A room with zero distractions is the best place to read but can he difficult to achieve after a day full of tasks or family activities. There are products that can minimise disruption if having complete calm is rare in a busy home.”
Adele adds – “You can create an area in your living room specifically for reading with as little as three products. Such as a comfy chair with a high back for support positioned away from a TV, a small bookcase with a selection of recommended reads, and a side or coffee table to rest a cup of tea and a biscuit on. Just add a favourite book and anyone can create a cocoon of isolation in a multifunctional living space.”
IKEA asked a local book store owner their best tips for reading and how they keep away from digital devices in their living room.
Linda Murray owner of Book Paper Scissors, Belfast and prolific reader recommends, “Make sure you have everything that you need at your fingertips before starting to read so that you don’t have to get up from your seat. My favourite items for a perfect reading environment are – a long sofa or a comfy armchair, soft lighting, a cup of tea and calming music. I also give my phone to my partner and I ask them to give me my phone, but only if it’s an emergency!”
Linda adds – “Something I have used with my own kids is a D.E.A.R. moment, which means ‘Drop Everything and Read’. Basically, everyone stops whatever they are doing on their phone, tablet or computer and we all just all sit down together in the living room in our own reading space with a book each. It’s amazing, after ten minutes a sense of calm comes over everyone, and there is a lovely sense of enjoying the moment.”
For more products ideas to create a perfect reading space at home visit www.ikea.com