10 easy ways to make your home a self-care sanctuary
Who knew a few simple style choices could work wonders for your wellbeing?
Life is stressful. This, we all know.
From board meetings to school runs, squeezing in a social life around keeping on top of the house, there never seems to be enough hours in the day.
And, more often than not, it’s your wellbeing that suffers as a result.
What would help is that, for the pockets of time we are finally able to put our feet up, our home would be more conducive to relaxing. Somewhere alive with positivity and the space to think, reflect and recharge.
Which is why we’ve reached out to interior design expert Ryan McDonough at MyJobQuote, who has shared with us 10 tips to make a self-care sanctuary in your home.
Best of all, Ryan’s tips are easy enough for anyone to do, won’t break the bank and can be squeezed into a busy diary, for those of us who are time poor.
So, from tips as simple as adding candles and plants into your home to effective decluttering advice, here’s how you can use your living space to improve your mood and your health…
Create a beautiful, welcoming entryway
When you enter your home, you want to feel like you’re entering a beautiful, welcoming, safe space.
If the entrance to your home is cluttered and chaotic, you’re instantly going to feel anxious and stressed. Instead, you want to ensure you feel calm, relaxed, and happy when entering your home.
Take a look at your entrance hall to see if there’s anything you can do to make it feel more welcoming. Consider adding some fresh flowers to the space, a cosy rug or runner, and invest in some handy storage solutions to ensure the space remains tidy.
Make use of candles
Candles work well in every room of the home. They help to add a warm glow to your space, as well as a beautiful scent and a calming feeling.
Choose simple, white candles for the least amount of visual clutter and opt for soothing scents such as vanilla, rose, and lavender.
Although candles are great in every room, you shouldn’t light them in every room at once as this could be dangerous. You should never leave a candle unattended as it poses a fire hazard. Instead, just light a candle in the room where you’re spending your time.
Add some fresh flowers and living plants
Adding flowers to your home can have a huge visual and aromatic impact, but having live plants in the home has also been proven to improve mental health and wellbeing.
As well as this, some plants are brilliant at removing allergens from the air, helping to improve your physical health, too.
Try to add some live plants and fresh flowers in various areas of the home. Greenery adds a natural element to your home, which can be very relaxing and calming.
Make sure your windows are clean
Keeping your windows clean is very important, and not just because they look much better that way.
Allowing natural light into your home is one of the most important factors to help make your space feel like a gorgeous sanctuary. The more natural light you can invite into your home, the brighter and more inviting your home will feel.
This is where cleaning your windows comes in. If your windows are squeaky clean, more natural light will be able to enter your home and good vibes will ensue.
Choose calming, soothing colours
When making your décor choices for your home, you want to make sure you’re selecting calming colours.
If it’s a wellness sanctuary you’re after, avoid using bright and bold colours, as these can be too overstimulating and may become overwhelming. Instead, you want to choose relaxing colours such as grey, white, or blue.
When selecting patterns and style elements, consider natural stylings such as biophilic designs, rattan aspects, and natural materials such as stone, marble, and wood.
Declutter your space
A cluttered space is going to evoke the opposite of a peaceful and relaxing environment.
With that in mind, it’s time to take a look around your home and find things that you no longer want or use. Get rid of anything that doesn’t bring joy, and then organise, organise, organise!
Invest in some practical and aesthetically pleasing storage solutions so that everything you own has a place. Once you’ve got rid of all the clutter, your home will feel free, and will instantly feel like a more positive space.
Add some cosy elements
If you want to feel relaxed and comfortable in your home, then cosy elements are a must.
Whether it’s throw pillows, blankets or fluffy rugs, be sure to stock up. Any spot that you use for lounging or reclining in the home should have a comfortable, soft throw for you to curl up in.
The cosier your home feels, the easier it will be for you to relax and take care of yourself.
Get some fresh bath towels
If your current towels are quite rough or old, consider investing in some new, soft towels.
Go for XL bath sheets for the ultimate luxurious experience. The larger the towel, the more comfortable it is.
You want to be able to wrap yourself up in your towel completely. This can help to elevate your bathing experience.
Choose the right showerhead
If you’re more of a shower person, it’s important to choose the right showerhead. Changing your showerhead can completely elevate your entire showering experience.
Add some natural elements to your décor
Natural elements are important for creating a sanctuary-style atmosphere, as they can help you feel more in tune with the world and your surroundings.
Materials like stone, marble, plants and wood can improve your home décor and make your home much more aesthetically pleasing.
There are many ways in which you can add natural elements to your home. Whether it’s a natural stone floor, marble countertops, or real wooden furniture, the options are limitless.
Take a look around your home and consider how you can incorporate more nature into your décor.