How To Create A Sanctuary At Home

My husband and I bought our very first home a little over a year ago. After the inevitable hell of packing, moving all our earthly belongings, and the bruises and tantrums that came with it, I remember flopping on the couch on our first weekend morning at the new place.

One of the selling points for us when choosing the house was the huge amount of light that fills the upstairs living area. I looked across the sundrenched room, admired my husband as he read his book and sighed with contentment. I was home.

Since that point, I’ve been slowly working on getting that feeling back as often as possible when I’m at home. Between jobs around the house, long hours at work and social commitments, it’s easy to rush in and out of the house with nothing more than a cursory glance.

But if you can create a sanctuary at home, your mental and physical health will thank you.

Here’s my checklist for creating a relaxing space at home.

Belongings

Plants - they purify the air and even help reduce the chances of falling sick.

Lighting - I am obsessed with lamps. There’s nothing better than turning off harsh lights after dinner and reading or watching TV by dim light. It’s also scientifically proven to help when preparing yourself for sleep. And why not use them in the morning to ease into the day too?

Candles - it’s almost as relaxing to smell a hundred candles in the store when choosing one to buy. Don’t underestimate the decadence you can feel with the right candle lit.

For you

Comfortable clothing - transitioning from work, or being out of the house in general, is important. It’s winter here so warmth is paramount, but even in summer, a breezy dress for around the house feels great.

Your favourite drinks or snacks - herbal tea, wine, fruit salad, pungent cheeses. Whatever makes you feel special, make sure you have a supply at home. And don’t forget to dish it up on your favourite plate or in your favourite glass. 

 

Spa paraphernalia - check out my pampering routine here. If you’re a bath person, make sure you have an aromatic bubble bath on hand. If you’re only into showers, a rich, moisturising body wash will make a regular day feel unique.

Activities

Journal - writing is a great way to unwind and get any stressful ruminations out on paper.

Read - when I’m not constantly distracted by my iPhone (!), settling down with a great book really helps me escape a busy day.

Netflix - and if all else fails... go on, you’re allowed.

What are your best tips for creating a relaxing space at home? Share with me below.

 

My Pampering Routine

 
Yes, I watch YouTube in the bath...

Yes, I watch YouTube in the bath...

Self-care is the latest buzz phrase on lifestyle blogs. And to be honest, I’m all for it.

Carving out time for a pampering session can be difficult at times, but it’s so worth it – whether I’m recharging after a long day mid-week, admitting my old age and spending Friday night in the bath with a red wine, or going through my routine on a Sunday eve to feel equipped for the week ahead, here is my current routine.

Hair

Please note, washing my hair is in no way a relaxing activity, so I don’t include it in a tranquil pamper routine. Do you ladies feel the same way?

Body

Never a huge bath taker as a teen / young adult, since the advent of iPads and YouTube, I find whiling away time in the tub a breeze.

My secret? I watch a heap of YouTube videos to relax. I am a huge fan of Lisa Eldridge, but I’ve also recently come to love Vivianna Does Makeup. Their British accents relax me and there’s something weirdly mesmerising about watching someone else put on makeup. Weird, but it works!

Lifting weights can leave me sore, so I love to put Radox Muscle Soak in the bath, along with anything from the I love… range (currently on Mango & Papaya). For sore muscles, I also love massaging in some clove and mint Muscle Magic from Endota Spa.

frank

I recently started using Frank Coffee Scrub. It leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft, but it does turn your bath to dirt, so save it for towards the end...

When I’m indulging, my favourite ‘moisturiser’, for both body and face, is coconut oil. It is seriously so good for your skin, and smells amazing. I also sometimes use it as a hair treatment.

Face

Thanks to Lisa Eldridge, I am having a long love affair with Bioderma Crealine. Dubbed ‘the lazy girl’s cleanser’, I absolutely love this product and use it to take off every skerrick of makeup and dirt during my pampering routine. Super gentle on your skin, it also takes no time at all. I have fairly dry skin so I then put on Endota’s rosehip & myrrh face mask – you can also wear it overnight as a night cream.

Kate Somerville products are supre expensive, but really do work. I forked out for the Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream and I love it. You only need a teensy bit so this bottle is going a long way. I have used some Dermalogica sample eye creams recently too, so might try those next.

I then slather on Ren’s Frankincense Night Cream which smells amazing and is a lovely smooth consistency. I’m also a bit captivated by Malin + Goetz products at the moment, so am trying out their Vitamin E moisturiser.

As you can see, I do love to have an array of products around for the routine! Some work, some just make me feel good via smell or nourishment.

Either way, soaking in the bath and smothering creams on seems to relax me so I’m sticking with it.

What do you do for self-care? Do you use any lovely products I should be trying?