Can we have an honest girl chat for a moment? Life has gotten real over the past few months. Between adjusting to the new realities of social distancing and working from home, self-care has been moved to the bottom of many of our priority lists. But that ends TODAY. With so much commotion going on around us, we all deserve to have a chic and sacred space in our homes where we can unwind, focus on our wellness, be creative, or do nothing at all if we choose.
A self-care space isn’t only important when it feels like the world is crashing around us; it’s important for every single day of our lives so that we can nurture and reconnect with ourselves. No matter how big or how small your home is, you have the opportunity to create your own little corner of the universe where you can spend time doing whatever makes you feel happy and whole. Here are our tips on how to create a chic & sacred self-care space for yourself in the comfort of your own home.
Where do you go when you want to read a book, take or nap, or simply enjoy some me-time? Is it your patio, your couch, or maybe a corner of your room near your bookshelf? This is a space in your home that you already associate with peace and calmness, so define it as your official safe haven a.k.a. your chic self-care space.
If you have a roommate or a spouse, let them know that you’ve defined a designated area of your home as your chic self-care space. If you have children or pets, be sure that you pick a space where you can close the door when you want to be alone. Establish clear boundaries so that you can have the freedom to fully enjoy the curated space you’re creating without interruption.
There’s nothing chicer than cleanliness, so spend some time decluttering and organizing the designated space you’ve claimed as your self-care sanctuary. Get rid of any items you don’t need and only reserve space for things that will make this chic self-care space feel good for you. Not only will this make your safe space feel amazing, but it will give you room to truly make this space your own — no matter how big or how small it is.
Self-care is different for everyone; so what does it mean for you? Is it doing a long skincare routine before going to sleep? Is it reading a book? Is it being creative or taking a nap? Once you define what self-care means to you, you’ll be equipped to create a vision for what your own little corner of the universe needs in order to look and feel complete. Define your meaning of self-care, then create a mood board that helps you visualize the perfect environment you’d like to create for these activities. Be mindful of the amount of space you have and your budget so that you can be confident in your ability to bring your vision to reality.
Now it’s time for the fun part -- decorating and shopping, of course! Once you’ve created a vision for how you will bring this space to life, its time to incorporate chic elements that make it feel complete. What do you need in your chic self-care space to make room for doing the things that feed your soul? Is it palo santo or healing stones? Is it your high-end beauty products, books, or maybe a sketch pad?
Gather the items you already have in your home and place them in your chic self-care space to start setting the scene. Take inventory of the additional items you need and purchase them to make your safe space complete. Also, don’t forget to pick up some decor to really set the perfect scene for your sanctuary! Remember: you don’t have to buy everything all at once! If you don’t have the budget to get everything you need right away, identity the most essential items and start there.
What’s the use of creating a chic self-care space if you never use it? Commit to a daily ritual that requires you to spend time in your safe space on a regular basis. Keep yourself accountable by making your self-care space your reward for accomplishing important tasks in your day-to-day life. This will help you stay productive AND it will ensure that you make time to escape to your chic and sacred sanctuary on a daily basis.
Are you ready to create a chic self-care space in your home? We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Once you are complete, post a photo of your chic self-care space and tag us on Instagram @byimanakilah!
Need more inspo? Take a look at Iman Akilah’s chic self-care space below.