A Calm Retreat

It’s in my nature to only keep books that I consider true treasures or resources. One such book is ‘A Room of Her Own – Women’s Personal Spaces’ by Chris Casson Madden. Her belief “that in order to give back to our relationships, careers, families, and passions, we must pull in for short moments to take care of ourselves, then we can return to the people and places of our lives renewed, refreshed, and ready to continue the drama of our days with all the joys, sorrows, pleasures, and stresses that go with it” resonates deeply for me.

With 29% of women feeling very or extremely stressed*, it’s critical to have time out and a space that helps you find your inner calm. If your real estate doesn’t allow a dedicated room don’t despair, a cosy nook will do just fine. It’s all about texture and a calming colour scheme.

The ultimate space would have;

  • Comfy seating
  • Good lighting
  • Fresh air
  • A soft blanket to curl up in
  • No blue screens or other distracting technology

So next time you need a physical and emotional break from the everyday and a few moments to recharge, head to your calm retreat and just say “om”.

*Australia’s Biggest Health Check Survey, 2010