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Thriving not surviving isolation

In these crazy, Coronavirus times, there has never been a greater need to make your sanctuary feel welcoming, warm and safe.  

  • Wash all the cushion covers - make everything feel fresh.

  • Throw open the windows and let the sun shine in.

  • Buy a houseplant and watch it thrive.  If you have one already, give it some water, love and dust its pretty leaves.

  • Make a playlist of your favourite music or podcasts and get listening.

  • Add a throw to your sofa; somewhere to snuggle with a book or Netflix.

  • Light a scented candle.  One which will remind you of more innocent times; a coastal fragrance to evoke holidays at the beach or a woody fragrance that transports you to family holidays.

  • Change all the bed linen, either straight from the washing line full of fresh air or fresh from the linen press.  Clean sheets are one of life’s simple pleasures.  

  • Create some ambience: turn off all the downlights and turn on the softer lamplight.

  • Create some special areas of retreat and make each one comfortable; at the kitchen island or a chair by a window.  Have magazines at one space and a journal at the other.  Make each a destination for reading and reflection.

  • Ring a friend; check in with family and friends as they are stuck at home too.  Or even send them a gift so that they know you are thinking of them.

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