Creating Tranquil Space
We are a busy, busy, busy society. It seems that our schedules lend little time for rest and relaxation. Even though we all know how important it is, even though we have been told time and time again to take a break and even though we actually do know that in the end we will accomplish more if we rest a bit, we many times continue to push on.
One way to take rest time from the “if I find time” category to the “priority” category is to make space for it. Creating this sacred and tranquil area does not require a ton of money or time, and it can be anything from an entire room to a small corner. Whatever works for you.
No matter where or how much space you have, there are some crucial elements to be considered.
- Quiet is a necessity. Your space should be free of outside distractions, other than chirping birds or wispy winds, and indoor annoyances, like ringing phones.
- Bring in any elements that inspire relaxation; a scented candle, soothing music, and comfortable seating.
- Surround yourself with nature; a plant, seashells, a small water fountain or scenic pictures.
- Hold an object that invites in deep breathing; a smooth crystal or rock, Chinese meditation balls, or one of those many stress balls you’ve received from various trade shows over the years.
- Make sure to involve the family; they should respect your need for this time and not disturb you. All questions and discussions can certainly wait until ever your relaxation time.
- If your mind keeps coming up with grocery lists, things you forgot to do, or things you need to remember, keep a small notebook handy to write down these items knowing you will simply attend to them later. Remind yourself and your mind that this is relaxation time.
And don’t forget the wonders and glories of a good soak. Water is healing and has many rejuvenative and restorative properties. Add in a cup or two of Epsom salts, with equal amounts of baking soda, along with six or so drops of lemongrass essential oil. Soak for about 20 minutes or more in warm water. Not only will this be relaxing, but it will help to detoxify your body, and the lemongrass oil will rev up a sluggish metabolism.
Ahhhhhhh . . .