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Ommm: How to Create a Home Sanctuary [With Graphic]

Focus on one room at your house — inside or outside — where you can go to relax from a busy day at work or with the children, and follow these steps.

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With today’s hectic schedules and seemingly never-ending to-do lists, it’s necessary that we take time-outs for ourselves occasionally, to maintain our sanity. The best way to do that? Create a home sanctuary. Focus on one room at your house — inside or outside — where you can go to relax from a busy day at work or with the children, and follow these steps.

1. Clear your mind by clearing the clutter.

Creating a peaceful home sanctuary begins with eliminating the clutter. How can your mind relax with toys thrown across the floor and several weeks’ worth of mail piled on the table? Go through the room and put away anything that isn’t a part of the décor.

2. Eliminate other distractions.

Now, focus on your other potential distractions. Don’t plan for your peaceful home sanctuary to be in a room where you normally do work or where the kids play. You want your room to be free of the elements that may cause stress. In fact, it’s a good idea to remove your electronic devices from the room, as well.

3. Focus on comfort.

You can’t fully relax without a comfortable place to sit or stretch out. Ensure there are plenty of cushions, pillows and blankets around. Wondering how to create a peaceful bedroom as your retreat? Make your bed extra comfortable by adding a thick mattress topper and a fluffy down comforter.

4. Add accents.

Now, here comes the fun part. What do you want to do in your home sanctuary? Read a book? Draw? Paint? Add all of these elements to the room — without going overboard — along with some typical relaxation essentials, such as a tabletop water feature or some great-smelling candles. Want to simply take a nap in your room? That’s perfectly fine, too!

5. Avoid certain things.

You may not realize it at first, but some everyday items may actually inhibit your relaxation. For example, the incessant tick-tock of the clock on the wall may make you hyper-aware of the time. Or last night’s dinner smells wafting out of the trash can down the hall may make you focus on what you need to be purchasing at the grocery store instead of clearing your mind. Try to be aware of these potential threats when you’re creating your sanctuary, so your relaxation time is just that — relaxing.

 


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