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How to turn your home into a sanctuary

When you get home from a long day at work, or can finally sit down and relax after being on your feet all day the best thing to do is find yourself in the most comfortable and cosy setting possible. Away from the hectic world it’s important to at least keep corners of your home quiet and tranquil, where everyone, including the kids, will settle down and enjoy activities such as reading a book, drawing or trying out an interest.

I’ve put together a list of the best ways to turn your home into a sanctuary that will be an oasis of calm away from the hectic life of the outside world.

1 – Use an aromatherapy diffuser

The nuyuu pebble aromatherapy diffuser is built to last. It will help you completely relax, and coupled with nuyuu aromatherapy oils such as lavender it will give the air calming scents which allow you mind to simply be at ease.

2 – Indoor plants

I find the routine of caring for my plants deeply relaxing, and having them in the home can be good for your health as well as your soul. The peace lily doesn’t mind darker corners and seldom needs watering, while bringing an air of tranquility to a room. Alternatively, bamboo plants and acacia palms also need little looking after and help to purify the air in your room, contributing to overall health and environment.

3 – De-clutter

Start with the areas you want to relax in, before gradually working your way round the rest of your house. De-cluttering can help to focus the mind, and a good rule of thumb is if you don’t use it within 21 days, or three weeks, you should probably bin it.

4 – Soft lighting

Create a soft atmosphere and feeling to your sanctuary and use energy saving light bulbs in your lamps as well as candles to create a truly relaxing environment.

5 – Music

Music can be a great source of empowerment and relaxation. Choose relaxing music such as Enya or your favourite instruments and play them softly in the background. It’s a good idea to make your own special playlists so you don’t get any loud surprises when trying to relax.

6 – Epsom bath salts

A bath is one of the best ways to indulge and relax both your body and your mind. The warm water calms the muscles while scents and the feeling of not needing to do anything calm the mind. Epsom bath salts can enhance your feeling of wellbeing when taking a bath, with magnesium sulphate absorbed by the skin, helping to remove toxins and reduce any aches and pains.

7 – Use neutral colours

Although vibrant colours increase the energy in some parts of the home, it is important to use more neutral colours in spaces where you just want to relax. Soft furnishings keep noise to a minimum, and at a soft level, while one or two focal points can keep your mind focused.

8 – Use something inspiring

Whether it’s works of art or a quote from one of your favourite authors, journalist, business people, celebrities or even friends it’s important to inspire yourself daily.

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