Creating a Sanctuary in Your Own Home

This is the time where it seems like all people talk about are there plans for summer vacation. We seem to all be in desperate need for a little time away to relax and recover. But what if we were able to get that R&R from the comfort of our own home all year round?

Our surroundings can have a profound impact on our wellbeing, whether we realize it or not. If we aren’t intentional about our environment, our stressful, overwhelmed life can seep into our space and can compound these feelings. However we can easily create an environment to nourish our body, mind and soul and promote wellness.

If you are living a hectic, busy life it is so important to intentionally create a sanctuary with a calming and relaxing environment, that helps you to recover and escape from the stress in your life. If you are interested in creating this type of space, try some of these tips:

Let the sunlight in. When we are exposed to sunlight it can have an incredible impact on our mood and can have a powerful influence on your sleep. Letting the sunlight in our homes not only releases serotonin, our happy hormone, but it also helps to regulate our melatonin, our sleep hormone and cortisol levels, our stress hormone. Together melatonin and cortisol manage your sleep patterns so you can fall asleep easily in the evening and feel ready to take on the day in the morning.

Choose uplifting scents. I personally don’t think we give enough credit to the power of scent. Within seconds of smelling a specific scent it can evoke powerful emotions and memories. You can easily use natural scents to boost your mood. I personally do this through through diffusing essential oils or using essential oil room sprays (not fragrance sprays) to influence your mood and set the tone for your day. Scents that are known to be energizing and uplifting include citrus scents (like sweet orange, bergamot and lemon), mint (like peppermint and spearmint), cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus. If you are in need of a more calming and relaxing environment, choose scents like lavender, jasmine, ylang ylang and rose. You can also find personalized scents that evoke positive emotions based on your memories.

Choose the right colours. Similar to scents, certain colours can evoke certain emotions. We can be intentional with what colours we have in our home, whether it be through paint, artwork or furniture. Bright, warm colours, like yellow, orange, red and pink, have an uplifting effect on your mood. For a more calming and relaxing space, choose cool colours like blue, green and purple.

Be intentional with what you have in your space. I find it incredible how decluttering your space will instantly declutter your mind and reduce feelings of stress and overwhelm instantaneously. Take time to remove unnecessary clutter and commit to making time day to tidy your space routinely. It is also important to be intentional with what you keep in your space. We have the tendency to collect more and more, dare I say, junk, as time goes on without even realizing it. It can be so rewarding to go through the items in your home, big or small, to ensure they bring you joy, have sentimental value and or serve a purpose. If they don’t, it might be time to part ways, but I might be overly minimalist, you should see my barren my

Create an electronic free space. Create a space where you can relax and unwind away from distractions. This allows you to have a space where you can be with your thoughts, meditate, journal, set intentions, practice your gratitude or anything else to nourish your mind and soul.

Try these tips to create your own sanctuary in the comfort of your own home and witness the immediate and long term impacts on your moods and overall wellbeing.