A Relaxing Retreat — Creating A Sanctuary

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In A Relaxing Retreat the focus was on understanding the stress response and how relaxation techniques can be used to tame the stress-monster.  This post is about creating a peaceful sanctuary in your home or office (or just on your laptop’s screen) that you can go to to find relaxation on a hectic day.  O.K. someone out there is wondering, “What has this to do with skin care?”  I’m glad you asked.  To put it simply, stress ages skin.  Free Radicals are created by stress (among other things) and we all need a break. 

Now, it’s time to get down to creating a beautiful sanctuary for ourselves. But first we have to get past the spin and hype.  When I searched for “sanctuary” on the web, I got ads, ads, ads.  More stress.  It seems like finding peace involves building a gazebo in a park-like setting in the Hamptons.  OMG.  When will I be able to afford that?  Now, I don’t want to make relaxation hard to find, so check these links for sanctuary building goodies and ideas.

First, getting into the mindset for a retreat.  This link gives you info about one minute retreats that you can use any time:  http://www.doctorcynthiabarnett.com/blog/  and this link gives you a four step method to create retreats of various lengths that will fit into your schedule:  http://www.womens-transformation.com/create-your-own-personal-retreats.html.

To help rejuvenate yourself, you can use your home as a retreat.  Here are some ideas on making your home a retreat: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1917070/create_a_mini_retreat_at_home.html  and…  http://lauraearnest.com/creating-a-peaceful-sanctuary/ and… http://www.ehow.com/how_2309819_make-home-peaceful-sanctuary.html

If your home is a shared space and you want to just use one room as a sanctuary, consider creating a retreat in your bedroom:  http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/aug/23/declutter-and-turn-bedroom-peaceful-sanctuary/?uniontrib  and…  http://www.doityourself.com/stry/creating-bedroom-retreat

Or in your bathroom:  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2000498/how_to_create_a_peaceful_sanctuary.html

This link is about creating a garden retreat:  http://homeideas.howstuffworks.com/garden-design-ideas/tips-for-creating-a-retreat-in-your-garden.htm and…  http://www.ehow.com/how_2046773_create-garden-retreat.html

Away from home and want to find a peaceful retreat?  Check out these websites for screensavers and other goodies for your laptop: 

Music:  http://www.origenmusic.com/relaxation-music.html  Google “relaxation music” for more.

Sounds and screensavers:  http://www.1000files.com/screenshot_419.html and… these are not cheap but the graphics are good:  http://www.3planesoft.com/nature-screensavers/mountain-waterfall-3d-screensaver/ and… this one is totally free, sit back and relax:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryQ-W2la368 and…                                                                                                  this is the one I have:    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=koi+screensaver&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=1195440761&ref=pd_sl_8w5x2w8egf_b

Quotes to ease your mind:  http://www.quotationspage.com/subjects/relaxation/ 

Free photos for a limited time:  http://www.123rf.com/photo_2507852.html  almost free photos:  http://www.free-stockphotos.com/download-free-spa-relaxation-stock-photos/  and…  http://www.wallcoo.net/nature/close_to_nature/html/wallpaper15.html 

Creating your own peaceful place to retreat is easy now that you have the tools.  Send me photos of your retreat when it’s finished, I’d love to see it.  Send notes to sheilasemailbox@yahoo.com.  In a future post, I’ll give you tips on how to combine your relaxation retreat with mini spa treatments.  2x the joy!

Note:  Remember, creating a sanctuary is all the more wonderful when you can find stress-free ways to relieve stress.  Just make sure that your anti-virus software is working before you do any downloading on music and visuals.  Just to be safe.  (Opps, little stress there, sorry.)

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