When our lives are too busy we often neglect the things that matter the most, like looking after our health. When we take the time to eat well, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and prioritise time for relaxation, we are far more likely to feel a sense of wellbeing and contentment.

A busy life means taking short cuts and this can translate into fast and unhealthy food choices. My old blog Tao Belly has recipes and ideas for healthy eating if you want to check it out, otherwise there is an almost endless range of food and nutrition information and blogs online to inspire a healthy diet and lifestyle.

As well as good nutrition, we need to make sure we have a lifestyle where we can balance the busy demands of work and other responsibilities with enough time for rest and relaxation. Our bodies and brains need time to unwind rather than being always on the go. If you find yourself burning the candle at both ends, using caffeine to get yourself through the day and constantly running from one thing to another, it is definitely a sign you need to slow down and cultivate a life less busy.

Home Sanctuary

Our environment can have a significant impact on our sense of wellbeing. If we use our home to create a sanctuary then we are able escape and recharge after being out in the busy world. For centuries the Chinese have used Feng Shui to ensure that they remain in harmony with their environment in the hope of creating auspicious circumstances including good health and longevity. While many of the beliefs of Feng Shui may seem like superstition to us today, the underlying principles are sound. If our homes are cluttered with junk we don’t need, if the air is stale because we never allow fresh air to circulate, and if the decor doesn’t inspire us, then we simply won’t enjoy the same sense of wellbeing as if we were living in a spacious, beautiful and healthy environment. It is well worth dedicating some time to ensuring your home is a reflection of the kind of life you want to be living, not a burden that prevents you from relaxing at the end of each day.

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The act of designing a home sanctuary hinges a lot on creating a mood. I have a Home Sanctuary board on my Pinterest account with some ideas to inspire a relaxing  and serene home environment. The basic principles are to clear the clutter, choose colours that help you feel relaxed, think about what you would like to do in order to relax, and ensure that you have space for those things.