The importance of having a self-care space has become more evident to me as I delve further into adulthood. Between living in a large city, tackling the responsibilities of life, and inescapably witnessing every occurrence in the world — being a human is stressful. The last thing I want is for my living space to provide added pressure to an already hectic life. I focused on turning my home into a self-care space and it has turned me into a bit of a homebody because the results brought so much tranquility to my soul, it’s my favorite place to dwell. Here’s how I did it.
Plants bring a vibrant touch to any living space. Particularly in spaces with white walls, plants provide a natural pop of color that doesn’t require a lot of excess decor. They are air-purifying, inexpensive, and maximize the beauty of any space as they create a fresh, open atmosphere.
The scent of a room is one of the first features I notice about any given place. Candles are a constant presence in my home because positive smells are important to a person’s well-being. Teakwood scented candles provide me with a sense of calm and the High Intensity Mahogany Teakwood candle by Bath & Body Works is my favorite. The aroma of High Intensity Mahogany Teakwood is strong enough to permeate an entire home. It provides the perfect hint of autumn anytime of the year.
Everything I own has a place in my home. Organization is very important to me because spending time searching for something seems silly. I only keep items that I have use for and I try to keep a minimalist-inspired living space. Clutter is the last thing that brings me calm or peace of mind. My rule of thumb: if I haven’t used it in the past year, I probably don’t need it.
Every night before I go to sleep, I spritz my pillows and bedding with Black Chamomile Sleep Pillow Mist by Bath & Body Works. In a world of technological distractions, it’s difficult to shut off my mind at night. After a few deep breaths in a bed lightly spritzed with sleep mist, I fall asleep almost instantly. It smells incredible and leaves a soothing, spa-like scent on my bedding.
Blankets & Pillows
Perhaps it is because I was a child of the 90s and spent a significant portion of my early life building forts out of bedding, but blankets and pillows are a major comfort item for me. I especially love large pillows with varying textures and fuzzy or chunky knit blankets — they add a touch of beauty and an even more comforting feeling to any space.
Lotions & Scrubs
Salt scrubs and lotions are two of the best self-care items that I keep to put on myself. Particularly after a shower or before bed, the Comfort Aromatherapy lotion by Bath & Body Works is one of my favorites. It smells so good and instantly provides a sense of relaxation. As for scrubs, I highly recommend the Rub Rub Rub scrubby sea salt and mimosa wash by Lush. It’s a combination between a scrub and a shower gel, providing the best of both worlds.
Personal touches are the number one factor in a successful self-care space. The definition of self-care varies for each person, so the best way to manifest a self-care space is for someone to consider what is important to them. For me, curtains, a floor rug and photos of loved ones are all important components in bringing tranquility to a space. I also love for my everyday items to be hidden while still being available. My remotes are kept in a rustic looking box, my candles are kept in holders, etc. I love for a space to be functional while maintaining its beauty.
All in all, what matters most to your soul is the best way to create a self-care space. As I mentioned before, the definition of self-care varies for each person. Find out what it means to you and create a space that reflects your vision.