As most mums know, putting other people first is just what happens on a day-to-day basis. However, every now and then it is really a good idea to take a few moments out to yourself. However, there just never seems to be a good time. Taking a couple of days out to visit a health spa or country retreat sounds like a great plan but who is going to look after the kids, keep the business going or run the house? It just doesn’t always work in the real world.
However, there might be another option. Why not turn some of the little corners of your home into mini-retreat areas – places where you can go for a few minutes each day to relax and enjoy a little peace and quiet to yourself? It really might be easier than you think.
What kind of retreat do you want?
First of all, you need to think about what it is you want from a retreat in your home. Would you like an area where you can go and be totally quiet? Somewhere where you can shut your eyes, read a book and forget about everything for a while. Maybe you would prefer a place where you can go to watch a film, listen to music or even enjoy a glass of wine?
Find a space in the house that’s out of the lines of major traffic; something that’s in a spare bedroom or forgotten part of the house. Make sure it is comfortable and appealing to be there. Have a nice chair or a window with a view. Alternatively, you could use a room on a temporary basis. Transform the living room with candles, some calming music or even run yourself a deep bath with some mineral salts. There are lots of things you can do to change your home from hectic to holistic.
You might even want to bring some of the outside in by opening the French doors. There’s nothing like letting a little natural light, fresh air and the sounds of the garden into your home to help you relax. Take the opportunities when they arise. Creating a mini-retreat at home is all about using the time you get to yourself well; it really can make a big difference.