Designate a space in your home to be the “Relaxation Station.” This can be a consistent, calming spot where kids and adults alike can go to re-connect with inner peace and establish a calm mind and body. Identify a cozy, out-of-the-way place. Place some comforting pillows, hang a pretty curtain, and include calm, soft lighting. Other possible items to include in the space include:
Calming music, nature sounds, small fountain, rosewater or lavendar water misting bottle, nature pictures, journals and writing utensils for collecting thoughts or drawing experiences, sweet smelling bean bags to put over the eyes, stress balls to squeeze, blankets, and a favorite stuffed animal or two
It is important to establish a consistent space so that the body and mind get accustomed to relaxing in that space. When consistently used over time, the relaxation response will automatically initiate upon entering the space. Spend some time practicing relaxation activities in the space to further strengthen the relaxation response associated with it.