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Monday, October 7, 2019

Sometimes there’s so much going on at home that it’s hard to find time to relax and recharge. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to create your own wellness retreat at home.

Designate (& Guard) Your Space

An entire spare room would be a lovely place to have your wellness zone, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry! With the right setup, relaxation can be had pretty much anywhere. If you have a sun porch or deck, own it. If you love taking baths, that could be your spot.

For some, a simple corner in a bedroom or bright lit upstairs space might be your space. Everyone has different needs and the space you designate should support those needs. You know yourself best. Where do you usually find a chance to have a little peace and quiet?  Having a designated spot is a great reminder to take some time to unwind.

Now, it’s terribly important to guard your space. After all, this is your territory where you can relax and be kind to yourself.  This means you might need to let everyone else in the house know that at such and such time you’ll be using the space or pick a good time when no one will disturb you. It’s also important that you guard your space from your own negative thoughts and worries. Try to leave those out of your personal retreat time.

One more important way to guard your retreat? Try really hard to leave your personal electronics out of it. Other than using it for playing music or meditation guides, Your personal device can be a serious distraction so give yourself a chance to unplug.

Keep It Spotless

You know what else is a real killer of zen? Grime and dust. In fact, it’s practically impossible to feel good in a dirty space. Not only do you want to keep germs away but you also want to be able to breathe deeply without musty or dusty air getting into your lungs. If you are lucky to have a window in your space, you want to be able to gaze out of it without noticing (and being bothered by) water spots.

Regularly wipe down all surfaces, make sure you’ve got some fresh air or nice sunshine, avoid clutter, and keep your yoga mat clean (always wash your hands and feet before using). Keeping your space and yourself feeling clean and fresh will give you a better chance at leaving worries behind and relaxing.

Engage Your Senses

Sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch…engage them all, and you increase your awareness and personal wellness. For sight, hang a plant. For hearing, listen to your own breathing. For taste, infuse your water with fruit and herbs. For touch, have a soft blanket on hand.

Of these, sense of smell is perhaps one of the most powerful. Because of this, you might want to consider the many essential oil uses for engaging relaxation. Aromatherapy has long been practiced as a way to achieve peak relaxation. Essential oils can be mixed in your bath, put in a diffuser, or rubbed onto your temples, wrists, and feet. Some of the most powerful scents that are used for increasing your sense of wellness (and also smell amazing!) include lavender, c

Try to escape to your relaxation retreat at least once a day. Sometimes it’s only for ten minutes, sometimes it’s for an hour and ten minutes. Some days you’ll need it more than others, especially when you feel angst-ridden, angry, anxious, or annoyed.  Your relaxation space is a chance to work through those emotions and leave them behind.

Treating yourself well shouldn’t be done just while on vacation.  Your home should be the place where you can feel your best…it’s home after all! Carve out your own relaxation retreat so you can gain a greater feeling of personal wellness, every single day.

Written by : Olivia Bakersfield

Olivia Bakersfield is freelance writer passionate about health and wellness. She enjoys writing about all the things she loves in life, including yoga, hydrotherapy, essential oils, and anything related to living life to its fullest.

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