Creating your own calming sanctuary can be very helpful in maintaining good health and a positive attitude. A sanctuary can be very expensive to create or it can be very inexpensive and easy. It all depends on what you are trying to achieve.
Everyday life can be stressful
When my teenagers were growing up things could get a little crazy. At times I would find myself sitting in the middle of my corral filled with bottle calves. Now this could be a little stressful to some but to me it was calming. When the prices of calves dropped and I didn’t want to do all that work for fun I traded my calves in and talked my husband into some goats. They were a little less labor intense and so entertaining to watch.
This became my new quiet spot or sanctuary. My kids all knew they were welcome to join me in the corral with my goats, but this was my quite place. I loved it when the kids would come and sit with me and visit but this wasn’t a place to complain and bring contention. I told them it was my safe place.
Through the years I still find myself sitting on top of my goat sheds relaxing, watching them play, eat or even sleep. It is still my quite space. I have also acquired a few other places I enjoy sitting. The crick is one of my favorite places. I enjoy sitting on a log and just watching the water run. Listening to the sounds of the water, birds chirping, and maybe the distant sound of horses and cows.
I enjoy a place closer to the house, my herb garden
A place a little closer to the house I have been working on is my herb garden. This spot required a little more work and has been a process over the last 5 years. I still have a lot I would like to accomplish in my herb garden but I am patient in completing a little at a time every year.
But what if you don’t have a place by the crick, a calf or goat pen or even an herb garden? A sanctuary can be created in a quiet spot in your home. Maybe next to a favorite window in a comfy chair or a favorite room. The main thing is to find a place you can enjoy.
Put your favorite things in your sanctuary ~ it will make your heart sing
Put some of your favorite things in that spot to help create the atmosphere you would like. In my herb garden I have things that make my heart sing. My four year old granddaughter gave me little stepping stones with her handprints and footprints imbedded in the plaster. Painted rocks my two grandsons and my granddaughter made are placed around various plants where I can see them.
I also have a birdhouse my daughter and her family gave me. A bench that is fun to sit on facing my chickens and goat pens. The point that I am making is put things in your sanctuary that are calming, peaceful and that you love. It doesn’t have to be expensive just items that are calming to you.
In my herb garden I have an archway my husband welded for me out of potato links that we had laying in a pile of stuff on our farm. A cute rod iron fence that my dad gave me from his farm. Use your imagination if you can’t afford to buy things. The things you make can create a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. A great feeling to bring into your space.
Natural essential oils may help you relax and feel peace and calming
Essential oils may also be added to create a feeling of relaxation. These are my favorites I like to use to help calm and ease tension. They can help bring a feeling of relaxation to your mind.
- Sanctuary- May promote feelings of protection and safety.
- Tranquility- May be used to reduce and relieve panic attacks and anxiety. May promote feelings of relaxation.
- Grace- May promote feelings suggesting we can relax and enjoy our lives.
- Whispering Hope- stimulate feelings of hope and a sense of potential and achievement if one has become discouraged.
After creating your calming sanctuary it is time to set your ground rules. What is your sanctuary for. If it is a calming place for you to relax and feel gratitude, you will need to hang your worries outside. Yes literally hang them on a hook or doorknob for safe keeping. Don’t worry you can pick the bag of worries up on your way out of your sanctuary. They will still be there waiting for you. Don’t bring them in with you. Make it your safe space.
Calming sanctuaries should be just that, calming. A place to leave your burdens behind you even if it is for just a brief time. Think positive thoughts, calming feelings, and just maybe solutions will come to you before you leave. It is amazing how much it helps to just take a little bit of time to relax and gather your thoughts.
Only stress over the things you can fix
By taking time out for you, it may amaze you how you can get the little problems worked out, have more energy and accomplish more important things. Don’t stress over the little stuff. Only stress over the things you can fix!
I hope these ideas help. Where will you create your calming sanctuary?
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