Environment - Creating Your Personal Sanctuary

Health Benefits

  • Enhanced mental health benefits
  • Improved stress management
  • Better overall wellness


Our personal space influences our mental and emotional wellbeing, which can then impact our physical health. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s understandable how that flurry of activity can spill into our homes. And while it may not be possible to shield yourself and your entire home from this whir of the world, it is possible to create a personal sanctuary that can give you respite from an ever-increasing hectic space. And don’t worry, creating personal space does not need to be costly. Sometimes it’s only a matter of cleaning out a corner or a spare room or simply rearranging existing furniture. It may take a little creativity but it’s possible and you can certainly have fun with it. If this sounds like something you need and want to do, then this Action Step is perfect for you!


During this Action Step you will be given some suggestions on how to create your personal sanctuary. And don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a big room with lavish furnishings. You can create your little corner of calm anywhere and that’s what this Action Step is all about.

Why It Works

It only makes sense that a relaxing home environment can positively impact both mental and physical health. Some studies even show that chaos at home can lead to overeating and other negative health behaviors. There is no question that our surroundings can either encourage healing or hinder health.


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