In today’s hectic modern world, finding a peaceful room in our own house is a treasure. These ‘sanctuaries’ can serve as transitional areas between work and home life. Shed the day’s stress in your sanctuary before you resume necessities such as making dinner and doing the housework. Try the following tips on how to create a sanctuary in your home:
Make it a clutter-free zone
You likely deal with enough clutter in your everyday life. To make your sanctuary peaceful and welcoming, stock it with only the essentials. Avoid bringing gadgets in, too. These take up enough of your time, and to completely relax, it’s important not to keep checking your phone or laptop. Choose only objects that help relax you, or that serve a purpose in your sanctuary.
Choose the right colours to decorate with
Colours can have an immense effect on our moods. Avoid painting or decorating your room with anything too bright. Pastels or other light colours can be a soothing choice. You might like to use art, such as paintings or photographs, to further enhance the sense of calm in the room. Choose scenes of nature or places that bring you peace.
Use your sanctuary to incorporate nature into your home
Nature can have a seriously calming effect on humans, as shown by a multitude of studies. Use this to your advantage and bring natural elements into your sanctuary. You might like to choose a few of your favourite plants to keep. These will help to relax you, as well as serve as peaceful decorations. If you don’t want to use plants, try a vase full of freshly picked flowers, which you can restock weekly.
If you’re able to renovate your sanctuary, choose quality wood furniture. Unlike plastic and other man made materials, these pieces will connect you to nature. Ideally, your sanctuary will have a window, so you’ll be able to let in natural light. If not, choose warm lighting that will help to put you in a relaxed state. Harsh, fluorescent lighting can often have the opposite effect.
If you have enough space, you could even keep a small aquarium in your sanctuary. Caring for your fish and watching them swim in a beautifully furnished tank can be incredibly peaceful.
Tailor your sanctuary to your interests
Perhaps you’re not sure about how to actually spend time in your sanctuary. What people find relaxing varies, but there are a few key things that will likely work for you.
Meditation is one of the tried-and-tested ways to decompress. Accordingly, you might like to spend your sanctuary time practising this ancient skill. Listen to light music or white noise, and focus on your breathing. Mantras are also often helpful. You could also try yoga, or you may choose to set up a reading corner stocked with your favourite books.
Scented candles serve two purposes. They’ll help you to stay calm, and they’ll provide a source of light if you’re using your sanctuary at night. If you’d rather avoid candles, you might like to consider a diffuser. Try adding a few drops of lavender for an instant calming effect. Different scents work for different people, so don’t be afraid to test out a range before you commit.
If you take a few minutes each day to decompress in your sanctuary, you’ll soon feel more relaxed in your daily life. Do your mind, body, and soul a favour, and give them what they need to cope with the stressors of work and home life.
Contributed by: Cloe Matheson is a freelance writer based in Dunedin, New Zealand who has penned articles for various blogs, sites and local businesses such as Hercules Gazebo. As she spends much of her time typing in front of a screen, Cloe likes to clear her mind with meditation or a stroll through her local park. Discover more of her work here.