It’s starting to feel like Christmas around here! Lots of people love this time of the year, but for many, it’s often more stressful than it is joyful. Between the financial stress, the hectic shopping trips, the extra cooking, cleaning, baking, and preparing for out of town guests, it’s no wonder why some people even dread it.
In the midst of all this chaos, how do we stay sane? How do we stop and recharge? It’s important to remember to take care of yourself always, but especially during times like this when it’s so easy to forget about. One way to do this is by ensuring that you have a relaxing place to go at the end of each day.
Whether it’s Christmas time or not, everyone should have their own peaceful bedroom retreat where they can rest, relax, and recharge. Today I am going to show you how to turn your own bedroom into your very own peaceful retreat. Enjoy!
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It’s important to keep bedrooms free of clutter. A cluttered space creates a cluttered mind, which can make it more difficult to relax or fall asleep. One easy way to handle clutter is by having a “catch all” spot. I typically use a storage basket like this one.* Keep anything that you don’t know what to do with in this catch all spot. Then you can go through it and put things away when you have the time to focus on it. In the meantime, these items won’t be left scattered around your bedroom creating clutter. Instead, they will be tucked away neatly leaving your bedroom clean and tidy.
Invest in a Comfortable Bed
Your bed is the most important part of your bedroom. A good night’s sleep is essential to creating a less stressful life, so it’s important to make sure you have a comfortable bed.
A good quality mattress is a great place to start, but if you’re not in the position to buy a whole new mattress just yet, why not try out a memory foam topper?* I’ve been using one of these for the last four or five years, and it’s seriously my favorite thing ever. I can put one on even the cheapest mattress and feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud. In fact, we even have one in our camper!
Make sure you have good quality sheets made of a material that you like, a supportive pillow, soft blankets for layering, and a good comforter or duvet that keeps you warm, but not hot. I’m currently using this duvet insert* from Amazon, and it works well for all seasons. I love duvets because you can switch out the covers for each season without having to buy a whole new comforter. In the winter, layer up with another blanket if necessary.
Have some fun styling your bed and designing the comfiest spot you can imagine. It’s worth the investment, I promise!
Create a Soothing Atmosphere
As soon as you step into your bedroom, you want to feel at peace with the world, like your worries are drifting away, and you are finally in your happy place. You can do this by creating a soothing atmosphere. There are countless ways to achieve this. Go with soothing colors in your decor like sage green, soft blues, and neutrals. Diffuse essential oils such as lavender that promote sleep and relaxation. Burn candles to create a sense of warmth and coziness.
Most importantly, try to eliminate distractions or any elements that will cause you stress. Leave work and other responsibilities outside the door. If this means leaving your phone in another room for the night, then so be it. As I said, your bedroom should be your happy place, so fill it only with things that make you happy.
Turn Off Electronics
Finally, when unwinding at the end of the night, try to turn off electronics at least an hour before bedtime. I know it’s super easy to get in bed and start scrolling through your phone, but try to resist. Staring at a screen before bed can actually stimulate our brains and make it more difficult to fall asleep. Instead, try reading or journaling before bed. It will help you fall asleep and will give your mind a break from the rest of the world.
It’s so important to have a peaceful place to go at the end of each day, a place to regroup life gets chaotic. What can you do right now to create this place for yourself? I encourage you to make this a priority in order to take better care of yourself. As a result, you should notice you’re feeling more rested, happier, and more productive!
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