Create a Relaxation Space

Anyone who has ever experienced a high level of anxiety and been told to “just relax” knows how difficult true relaxation can be. One can not simply go from being anxious to relaxed in a matter of seconds (or even minutes). However, it is important for someone who struggles with anxiety (and even someone who doesn’t) to learn methods that help them relax and clear their mind. The world today is filled with one stimulus after another; all of our senses are being bombarded on an almost constant basis. The art of truly relaxing is virtually lost and most people find it incredibly difficult to sit still, and not be doing something or being entertained in some capacity.

A good place to start is by creating a space, free from technology, that you can designate as your place for relaxation. This space can provide a safe-haven away from the stress of life. While you are in your space, you are completely alone and temporarily removed from all responsibilities. Try to visit your relaxation space for at least a few minutes every day.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Place a bench or a hammock in the corner of your garden and designate the surrounding area as a space to grow all of your sweet-smelling flowers and herbs. Poppy and lavender are both wonderful plants to grow (their aromas are very calming).
  • Fill a basket in the bathroom with items that will quickly enhance a soothing bath. Consider including some or all of the following: candles or incense, matches, essential oils, a face mask, bubble bath, bath salts, a bath pillow, and the book you are currently reading.
  • Have one room in your house that does not include a television or computer. Decorate the room with candles, pictures of loved ones, and your favorite artwork. Keep favorite relaxation items ( books, stress balls, journal and pen, sketchpad, etc..) near a place to sit or recline.