how to create a retreat at home

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create a retreat at home

Yoga retreats and festivals like Wanderlust are great ways to eliminate the day-to-day stresses and restore your life’s natural equilibrium. What do you do when day-to-day stresses don’t let you get away from it all? When we asked on Facebook and Twitter how you re-energize at home, the common themes were eats & drinks, exercise and a little bit of pampering.


Comfort foods, like mac & cheese or chocolate, score highly as easy stress relievers, as do eating out at a favourite restaurant. When it comes to relaxing drinks, the jury is still out as to whether a cup of herbal tea (green, chamomile, jasmine, etc.)  or a glass of wine is the most effective for dispatching distress.


The majority of us regain control through yoga but there is a definite contingent that exercises to music, whether it’s throwing on our iPods and running or cutting loose with an impromptu dance party. The surprise entry into this category was house-cleaning. While some swore off chores, others swore that cleaning the house from top to bottom left them in a brighter space, both figuratively and literally.


Bubbles. Bubbles. Bubbles. There’s something about bubble baths that makes us breathe deeply and relax - optional extras include scented candles and Epsom or lavender salts. A good hand cream or taking the time for a mani/pedi is another fantastic way to remind us all how much we value ourselves (and rightly so, we’re pretty awesome).

Obviously, the ideal home retreat would include all three characteristics (although we’re pretty sure that running in the bath while holding a glass of wine is a bad idea). The fundamental essence is to forget the small stuff and to focus on what you’re doing: the taste and texture of wine; the meditative zone of yoga or running (or vacuuming) and the muscle-relaxing heat of a deep bath.

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Comment by lolabeg — August 9, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

Retreats at home are much needed in order to keep up with the craziness of life.. I totally agree with the facebook and twitter posts.. Especially the candles. Scents make such a difference when it comes to relaxing and escaping everyday life

Comment by Jess Connelly — August 9, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

Cleaning my house is literally my favorite stress reliever! I don’t know why but when I am stressed out and clean a room in my house, I instantly feel better!

Comment by Allison — August 9, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

Oh , I am a huuuge pamperer
My ideal day , is one where the house is clean .. a warm breeze blowing all windows open.A scented candle flowing through the house .

A session of yoga in the afternoon .. followed by a massage ..
I alway treat myself with fresh yummy home cooked food and a large glass of good wine .


Comment by Katherine — August 9, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

Pampering is so important! In my experience, GUYS often overlook the need to treat themselves. It’s just as important for the dudes to have chill time as the gals! Don’t be shy, guys! You don’t have to get mani-pedis or take a bubble bath to relax. Lazing around on Sunday watching football counts! …though I wouldn’t advocate the snacks that go along with it… ;)

Great post, Michael!

Comment by Amy — August 9, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

My house is clean and I am entertaining friends/family on the patio

Comment by Lori — August 9, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

My favorite, most relaxing times are spent at home – and you’re right Michael, it’s about appreciating the little things. Great post!

Comment by Alexis — August 11, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

The fundamental essence… good stuff. My “pampering” & sanctuary happens when the electronics are powered down (or at least on silent!). I recharge when they don’t interrupt.

Comment by erin @WELL in L.A. — August 12, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

I would add some bath salts to the bath, many include essential oils that promote relaxation

Comment by Eliz — September 9, 2011 @ 3:58 am

To destress I really like to clean my house, especially the kitchen and livingroom. (I find doing too many rooms at once leaves me burnt out, so i really enjoy cleaning the rooms that I spend the most time in the best) After this is done I’ll make a cup of tea, and if it’s sunny, sit in the sun and listen to the different sounds around me,my thoughts then positive and clear. I also really like to prepare and cook an appitizing dinner. Just taking care of myself and doing little things that my family and others will appreciate really destresses me! :)

Comment by Caroline Bickerton — February 8, 2012 @ 10:50 am

Just reading your blog makes me feel relaxed. I would love to be home right now pampering myself, but instead, I’m stuck here at work. :(

Comment by house cleaning gurnee il — March 29, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

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