One important self-care tool is the ability to check out from the external world from time to time. This practice helps refresh our mind most especially when things get too busy or stressful. We are aware that too much stress can lead to disease. The ability to manage stress is the way to easeful living.
A lot of us are used to going on weekend getaways, retreats and vacations that not only cost a lot but could also be difficult to undertake with our busy schedules.
The good news is that one can go on a mini-retreat even at home.
One strategy is to set up a small part of the house as your sanctuary or sacred space. It could be an altar, a corner of the garden, bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining room or attic.
The most important thing is to designate the place as such. Setting the intention for the place will charge it with this particular energy.
You can place objects that help create internal peace within you. These may be sacred images or artifacts, candles, incense, plants, flowers, books and other objects that have special meaning.
When you go to your sanctuary, you will leave behind everything that you had been doing previously so you could guide yourself into a place of calm. Even your thoughts concerning work, events and other people will have to be put on hold.
You may say a favorite prayer, recite a mantra, read a spiritual or inspirational book, do breathing exercises or meditate. If your designated space is outside, one can stare out into the horizon or observe the sky, the trees and the birds.
Let your household members know that this is part of your self-care routine and this helps you relax and rejuvenate. When you are able to take care of yourself, you can perform your tasks in a better way.
Once checking out of the external world becomes embedded in your routine, the peace that you experience will pervade your mind even outside of your designated space.
What does your sacred space look like?