When life gets hectic, you might find yourself daydreaming of calming tropical beaches, but unfortunately, sometimes it’s just not that easy to get away. That’s why it’s important to create a no-frills retreat in the most accessible place, no passport required: your home.
About.com suggests finding a quiet corner to designate as your in-house oasis. Even if it’s not an entire room, be sure your in-house oasis has a different feel than the rest of the house. (If it’s just a section of a room, invest in a lightweight screen to separate it from the rest of the area.) Make sure it’s away from technology, including telephones, computers or the television. (And resist the urge to check work e-mail or bring your BlackBerry.)
Add to the relaxing ambiance by painting the walls a soothing color. Experts recommend pale blues and greens or neutrals such as taupe, beige or brown. Avoid jarring, energetic shades such as bright yellows or reds. If you do add color, keep it monochromatic so vivid contrasts aren’t distracting.
Next, get rid of clutter. Then set up a big, comfy armchair and a small table that’s just big enough for a steaming mug of tea, perhaps a plate of food and a lamp. Less is more when decorating for stress relief. Add serene family photos to the walls so you’ll be surrounded by the ones you love, and consider placing candles in the area. Choose scents such as lavender, sandalwood or sage, which can have a calming effect on the mind and body.