Find your personal retreat and use it often!
My Top 6 Tips for How to Relax and Information on Color Research
Having a personal space to call your own to help Credit: istockphoto.comyou let go of stress and unwind that will provide a degree of sanity and relaxation in a sometimes hectic world can be a lifesaver to your health and well being including a positive mental health and less physical illness. "Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18.1% of U.S. population)", according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
Utilizing a special and quiet place can be one way to help to encourage or force you to release the stress and pressures of the day. Spending at least 20-30 minutes a day in a special retreat area can help to recharge your own batteries, offer a place to dream, unwind or make special plans. Men, women and teenagers could all benefit from using a personal retreat area, even if they won't admit it! Take these steps to create an indoor retreat space that you can call your own and assist your mental and overall health today.
Things You'll Need:
Desire to reduce stress and anxiety
Small space to re-purpose
Find the location for an indoor retreatCredit: istockphoto.com
The first thing to do to create an indoor retreat is to find that special location. Finding the space that you want to use first will help to determine how to design and decorate it to fill that all important need for relaxation. It can be a spare bedroom, the sun room, a sauna or the bathroom, a small corner of your home or any room far away from the hustle and bustle of the day. Find your own place to chill and get away from it all!
Decide how to use the indoor retreat
Decide what you'd like to do in your special haven area. Choose a light and bright space if you want to read or write in a journal, a darker area if you want to meditate, the bathroom if you want to soak in the tub, a sauna, jacuzzi, a deep window sill or any quiet corner if you need to exercise, or just sit and relax, deep breathe or daydream. Visualize how you will use your new retreat area so that you get a clear picture in your mind of how you see it.
Plan how to make it peaceful
Once you've decided where your special retreat area will be and what you want to do there, start planning how to make it peaceful and relaxing. A warm blanket, small table for a cup of tea, aromatherapy oils and candles, a curtain area for privacy, books and magazines to assist in goal setting, daydreaming and vacation planning, a radio, lamp, fresh fruit bowl and fresh plants are just some of the things to add to your private retreat. Gather things you already own from other areas of your home and re-purpose them for your retreat area to keep costs down. Comparison shop online for your missing but essential items.
Choose the best color
Consider painting this special retreat area to help create the soothing effect you want to use it for. Color effects mood and can be the most important element you choose to help create the final outcome for your space.
Consider information from The Institute for Color Research in Chicago:
Browns are very relaxing and earthy
Blues are restful and tranquil
Pinks are sedating and nurturing
Purples are meditative and calming
Greens are healthy, sedating and refresh the spirit
Red is invigorating and energetic
Oranges are social, joyful and stimulating
Yellows are cheerful, uplifting and enlightening
White is clean, soothing and peaceful
Add luxury items
Splurge on luxury items that can add additional warmth and relaxation to this special indoor retreat area. These include items such as snugly fabrics and pillows, beautiful bottles of perfume, a dressing or vanity table, old photographs, soft and fluffy towels, cozy slippers and luxurious robe for men or women (that's my favorite over sized robe in lots of colors), fresh flowers, natural botanical lotions, scrubs and anti aging treatments. Men and women both need a place to unwind, chill and take care of their mind and body.
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Use your new indoor retreat daily for health and wellness
Put it all together and begin to use your own retreat area daily for the maximum benefits to your health and wellness. Even just 15 minutes a day in your own retreat will help you have less stress and feel rejuvenated. Leave yourself a note in a prominent place daily as a reminder to take refuge in your indoor retreat.
Tips & Warnings
Start small and slowly if needed and build on your personal retreat as time permits or as funds allow but, do it soon.
Seek professional medical advice for severe cases of stress, anxiety or mental health issues.
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Cheers to your good health!
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