There’s nothing like coming home after a long day and slipping into the comfort and familiarity of our favourite space. Our lives are stressful, and spending all our time working, running errands, and chasing deadlines takes its toll after a while. When we finally get to come home, it’s very important that we find the way to relax and recuperate our strength. Going to a spa is an excellent way to soothe our spirits, but what if you could have that restful, energizing treatment in your own house? If you’re looking for a way to make a sanctuary and place of peace inside your own four walls, here are a few ways you can do that.
Pick a corner
Find a quiet corner in your house and mark it as something that’s only yours. It can be a room or a smaller space, but make sure it’s something that you can decorate to your liking and where you can relax and do your yoga stances in peace. When practicing yoga, it’s very important to be calm, and if you are a spiritual person, having your own private space can make it easier to get in touch with your own mind and body. So, find a corner, bring a lot of pillows, silk scarves to decorate, and your favourite yoga mat.
Get more plants
Not only is being surrounded by plants healthy on its own, but the colour green itself has the ability to soothe anxiety. Houseplants also give you a very relaxing hobby, as taking care of something that’s alive can have a deeply profound effect on us.
Prepare your own small spa
You’ll need a few very simple things to give you that wonderful spa experience. Grab a large basket and fill it up with bath salts, oils, cleansing gels, candles, bath bombs and most important of all – a good lotion and a pair of warm socks. Set time aside to luxuriate in your bath for as long as you need and let the hot water relax your tense muscles. When you get out and dry yourself off, use something nourishing like a Mukti lotion to rub into your skin to make it as soft as silk, and then pull on your warm, fuzzy socks. The fuzzier, the better, really. Do this whenever you feel like you’re burning out, and watch the stress simply wash away from your shoulders.
Surround yourself with calming scents
Scents have a powerful effect on our bodies. They can soothe us, arouse us, and make our home feel more comfortable. Aromatherapy has been around for years, and if you want something to help you ease anxiety, bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, jasmine and myrrh are great choices. Rosemary and sage can be used to improve memory, and if you want passion and love, light rose and sandalwood are perfect. Whether you pick scented candles or incense, it’s up to you.
Let soothing sounds wash over you
Music is something that can accompany both our yoga practice, and our relaxation time. Classical music can touch your heart, but if you want something that’s actually relaxing, try listening to the sounds of rain, crackling of fire, or waves washing along the shore can really help you and rest your mind.
Keep a book close
There’s nothing more comforting than a good book to keep you company. Sometimes, just looking at a bookshelf that’s overflowing with novels, memoirs, biographies, poetry, and short stories can be calming. All that knowledge and adventure and it’s within your reach. Grab a mug of hot tea, sink into your favourite sofa, and let a book take you to another place.
Making your home more comfortable doesn’t require big investments at all. A few small things here and there, and you can have your perfect haven of peace and beauty. Just arrange it the way you like and let it soothe your troubled mind.
Contributing Author: Claire Hastings is Australian designer, writer and regular contributor at ripped.me. She’s been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Social media links: facebook, twitter.