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Find Peace at Home: Setting Up a Space to Recharge

May 26th, 2020

For many of us, personal space is at a premium these days. If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed, stressed, or burned out, it’s time to create more peace at home. Since we’re spending so much time indoors, even small shifts like moving a candle to your nightstand or trying a new tea blend can go a long way in enhancing your sense of calm.

How to Promote Peace at Home

We reached out to two wellness gurus, Maggie MacDonald and Gretchen Geraghty, who shared lots of tips and suggestions for creating a peaceful space.

Peaceful space must-haves

Incorporating a few additions like candles or essential oils are easy ways to elevate your space.

“I’m really big on energy and how I feel, so setting my space and making it peaceful is extremely important to me. I love boosting my mood with citrus essential oils in the morning and setting a spa mood at night time—eucalyptus and lavender help me wind down after a busy day. Also, just having a clean space is essential. It costs nothing and will transform your mood and mind.”
—Maggie

“In my ideal peaceful space I have my favorite candle burning, with a big hydro flask filled with ice water. It’s quiet with no distractions, and I can unwind on my computer, FaceTiming family, or by reading.”
—Gretchen

Create harmony for all

Need ideas on how to navigate sharing a space with family members, roommates, or significant others? Here’s how to do it without stepping on anyone’s toes.

“Having your own sanctuary that feels comfortable and relaxing can be difficult when sharing our space. Forming a strong routine can help keep you busy. Also, getting out of the house and enjoying fresh air allows your mind and body to open up, and being with yourself helps a ton. For your space itself, if you have your own room, decorating it with personal touches will immediately transform the atmosphere. I love keeping my room relaxing and clean.”
—Maggie

“Taking time to be independent and do things on your own helps a lot, whether it’s going on a run by yourself, taking a drive, or a bath. Then you appreciate your moments together more.”
—Gretchen

Find your favorite way to recharge

Both women agree that time spent offline is a key way to make space for peace.

From Maggie …

  • Start and end the day by spending 30 minutes without electronics
  • Try breathing exercises and meditation
  • Read a book during downtime

From Gretchen …

  • Host family game night (don’t forget dessert!)
  • Sit in the sun
  • Take a long walk

Budget-friendly tips

Turns out, you might not need to make any big purchases to impact your space—just find a new perspective.

“If something doesn’t bring value and joy to my life, I get rid of it. Once your space is clean and organized, add pretty flowers, open the windows to let in fresh air, and light a candle!”
—Maggie

“First clean out and organize—that’ll make you feel so much better and know what you’re working with. After that, rearranging your space with what you have can totally be a refresh in your environment and mindset!”
—Gretchen


How to Create Peace at Home

Whether you’re creating a meditation space in your home, trying a new workout video, or curling up in a cozy chair, these products will help ground you.

Aura Cacia Relaxing Lavender Bubble Bath

A soothing soak starts with Aura Cacia’s relaxing bubble bath infused with lavender essential oil. Just add your favorite book or magazine.

Aura Cacia Renew Essential Oil Blend

Complement your self-care practices by grabbing some new essential oils for meditation or diffusing while you relax. This uplifting blend features sweet orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine, lavender, and mint.

Cuccio Somatology Yoga Mat Sani Spray Cleaner

Here are some tips for your yoga home practice routine: make a YouTube playlist of favorite videos for easy access, and get in the habit of cleaning your mat. This bottle has a light, refreshing scent and is made with aloe vera leaf juice, water, and eucalyptus to help naturally rid your mat from bacteria.

Green Air White Marble Diffuser

A diffuser is an affordable way to bring the spa to you. We like this elegant, compact option made of hand-blown glass, which works with both USB cords and regular plugs.

Pure Plant Home Coconut Wax Candle, Bergamot & Lime

Sustainably farmed coconut wax is the base of this hand-made candle, scented with bergamot and lime. With 24 hours of burn time, it’ll last you through many reading sessions, meditations, and virtual chats with friends.

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Nicole GulottaNicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.

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