Creating A Relaxing Sanctuary



In our busy lives, it can be hard to find time to relax, either because we can’t find the time, or don’t have the space to do it. It’s hard to relax surrounded by ironing, piles of toys, or yelling children. But not finding the time can be some detrimental to your health, both physically and mentally. Plus, everyone deserves a bit of time to themselves to unwind, relax and pamper themselves. So create a space in which you can do that, it could just be your bedroom, where you need to banish the washing, toys and kids so that you can have some ‘me’ time.




Whether you are relaxing means watching some TV, playing a videogame, reading, painting your toes or meditating, do it in comfort. Make sure you have somewhere comfortable to sit, with cushions and blankets if you need them. If your sanctuary is in the tub, then get yourself a bath cushion for maximum comfort. If you’re gaming, then get yourself a gaming chair to fully immerse yourself in your game. You want to be perfectly comfortable for your relaxing time, and that might mean spending a little, on the perfect chair or mattress.




Fill the space with your favourite scent. Use candles, incense, or diffusers to create the perfect space. Half of our experiences are judged by our sense of smell, so make this one perfect. You can create bespoke candles to make it more personal. But otherwise, it’s worth sticking to the tried and tested scents for relaxing. Aromatherapy has been proven to reduce stress, and even help with illnesses, and is definitely something you should be introducing into your space.




For your health, and the overall aesthetic of the room, you should have a potted plant or two. The health benefits for having indoor plants are huge; they can clean a room in a matter of minutes, clearing your mind and body, introducing a kick of oxygen and promoting creative and positive thinking in the body.




Scientists have found that simply watching fish, the shimmering light and smooth motions can cause an immediate drop in blood pressure and heart rate. It is such a calming experience they actually recommend visiting an aquarium if ever you feel stressed. So why not introduce that level of calming energy into your sanctuary? Create colour with the habitat, and replicate the calming shimmer with your aquarium’s lighting. The reason people listen to sounds of the ocean to relax is for that exact reason – it helps them to relax.




You are probably creating this sanctuary so that you don’t have to do anything. But a lot of us find sitting still to be worse than anything. So keep yourself busy in a calming and beneficial way. Having something on hand, like a book or colouring book to keep your hands and mind active. If you craft, then work on some knitting or cross-stitching. Something you can do easily, but that needs some focus to do. Even just painting your nails can fill the need to be doing something.


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