There is so much stress and chaos in the world today! Having a Self-Care Sanctuary in your home is more important than ever!
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our homes have become a one-stop-shop for work and play. Unfortunately, when your home is a one-stop-shop, it can become increasingly difficult to relax when the workday is over. Of course, it’s difficult to relax in 2020 at all.
Fortunately, there are a few ways you can give your home some feel-good vibes to help transform your space into a getaway that lets your brain relax at the end of the day.
Here are five simple ways you can change your home from a one-stop-shop to a self-care sanctuary:
1. Give your home a deep clean
You don’t need to spend an entire weekend purging your house, but it is good to give your space a thorough cleaning. Breaking down boxes you’ve accumulated from the mail and recycling them, sweeping or vacuuming the floor, and wiping away dust can immediately give you a sense of ease when you walk into your space.
2. Touch up the small things
If you’re stuck with a not-so-great rental, you’re not alone. According to a JLL study, spending on tenant improvements rose by 13% in 2018. But you don’t need to spend a small fortune giving your rental a facelift or to create a self-care sanctuary. Instead, focus on touching up the little things. Wood finish repair pens can touch up any knicks in your cabinets from previous renters and grout pens can brighten up your bathroom tiles instantly.
3. Create a dedicated workspace
By 2022, there will be over 6,200 U.S. co-working spaces and there’s a good reason why. Working remotely is great, but working from home can make it difficult to turn your work-brain off at the end of the day. Of course, we need to make due at home right now during the pandemic, which means you need to create a dedicated workspace to keep your mind at ease once you clock out.
This workspace can be a guest room, the dining room table, or a corner in your bedroom. Just make sure you only use that space for working.
4. Give yourself a way to decompress
If you jump right from work to play, you’re more likely to carry the stress of the workday with you. It’s a good idea to give yourself a way to decompress after you clock out for the day.
For some people, this means taking a relaxing bath or putting on a fun face mask, but you don’t need to do anything extravagant to take the edge off. Taking a few minutes to listen to a calming meditation app from the Apple App or Google Play stores can also help to relieve some tension.
5. Create a sensory experience
Chances are you’ve heard about the importance of texture when it comes to interior design. But you might not know the reason why texture is important. Texture helps to make a room feel cozier and more comfortable because it creates a sensory experience.
Think of the textures you love the most. Do you like the soft texture of faux-fur pillows or do you prefer the fuzziness of velvet? Incorporate throw pillows, blankets, and other accents that have these textures into your space. Play with your other senses, too. Light candles that have your favorite smells. Include accents in your homes that are your favorite color.
With the pandemic keeping us at home save for work or grocery trips, it can be difficult to find the same solace in your space as you did before. By following the tips above, you can help to turn your home back into the self-care sanctuary it used to be so you can relax and unwind when you need to.