Feel Good: Thrive in Your Environment: 5 Strategies for Creating Your In-Home Retreat

“When you get right down to it, what we all need is a place to go… A place where we can escape the noise of our lives and just relax.”

Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005

Today’s Smile Igniter is to find your place of escape and go to it for at least 15 minutes today.

One of the goals I have for my home is to create a feeling of retreat.  I want my home to be a place if security, comfort, rejuvenation and inspiration.

One of the ways I do this is through comfort zones in and around my home.  Places where comfort and beauty intersect.  Now I live in a 100-year-old fixer upper so don’t for a minute think my home has reached its goal, but as I fix up sections slowly I consider these 5 Strategies for Creating an In-Home Retreat.  If you are looking to create or enhance your place of escape consider each of these and bring more of it to your place of comfort and rejuvenation. 

Comfort.  A few things to consider here is the comfort of your seating, have seating that allows you to sit in a position you favor and a seat that comfortably supports your body.  Ensure a comfortable body temperature with a snuggly throw or fan.  Bring a beverage that nourishes you and supports the environment you are creating.  For me that is typically a steamy cup of coffee or tall glass of ice water.

Nature.  Nature is very grounding to the soul. If you can not see or be in the outdoors consider adding a houseplant or cut flowers in a beautiful vase. 

Light.  Consider the lighting of your retreat zone.  What lighting is necessary and what lighting feeds your soul?  Sunlight, candle light, the glow from a fireplace, and the color from the lightbulb are all things to consider. What lighting will allow you to relax and recharge?

Peace.  Finding a place free of physical and mental clutter is critical.  If clutter is an issue in your home make it a priority to keep your comfort zone clutter free.  What do you hear from your place of comfort?  Do you need to add smoothing music to drown out distractions from other areas inside or outside of your home?

Mindset.  Mindset is critical.  No matter what you do to your environment if your state of mind is chaotic, negative, or resistant you will not find the comfort you seek.  Each time you go to your comfort zone, take a few deep cleansing breaths and tell your subconscious that now is the time to relax and this is the space.

Today’s Smile Igniter:  Today as you prepare to ignite your smile and escape for 15 minutes or more consider the 5 Strategies for Creating Your In-Home Retreat. What can you do to enhance your experience and find your smile today?

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