How to Create Your At-Work Sanctuary

Many of us face the daily challenges of a demanding work environment.  

Because of this, it is vital that you have in place a way to recharge your battery and find peace, focus, comfort, and rest.

Creating an at-work sanctuary is one way to take command of the environment you want to have and not just suffer in the one that arose around you.

Start with the Most Important Space – Your Mental Space

When the 10,000 monkeys jump on your back, it can be hard to believe that peace or focus is anywhere in sight.

To create a reality of calm, you first have to believe in one.

Deep Breathing Soothes the Mind

Before you let all the deadlines and demands cloud your mental space, take a deep breath.  Follow this with 3 more.  Slow, long, even, purposeful breaths are the consistent and sure way to induce calm.

Taking a moment for deep breathing can bring you back to your internal focus.  Moving your focus back to you instead of everything around you can give you an opportunity to reframe your thinking.

Now that you are present, you can address a realistic plan of action for what comes next.

You are always in the driver’s seat but only when you put yourself in it.

Affirmations Focus the Mind

Another method to reframe your thinking is through affirmations.

Affirming what you intend to experience is a powerful way to reclaim your power over your surroundings.

It is a careful and thoughtful process as you don’t want to convince yourself of anything you don’t believe to be real. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t affirm things that have not yet become. 

Practice your focusing with affirmations, placing positive attention on what is and what you believe will be.

Affirmations When Dealing with Stress at Work

Create your own affirmations with meaningful words that bring back your focus.

When at a loss for words, tap into other creators and artists who have drafted affirmations and adopt them for yourself. 

Enjoy different ways to experience affirmations, such as those set to music, and repeat mentally as you listen.

Musical memories can have a way to transport you to positive experiences very quickly.

Music lyrics, poems, and quotes can be transitioned to affirmations or mantras that act as a touchstone in midst of stress.  These can be particularly helpful when you are very familiar with the lyrics or prose. 

The goal is to take control of your monkey mind and dispel any negative thoughts or emotional build-up. 

Your mental sanctuary is one that you can create anywhere, including work, when facing stress.

Create Calm in Your Workspace

Your physical surroundings are a reflection of your internal state of being.

Creating a sanctuary within your physical workspace provides an opportunity for you to build calm and serenity purposefully.

Organization is Cleansing

Stress can build when you do not have your space in the order that best serves you. 

Viewing clutter, searching for materials, or working on top of dust and debris can be distracting and demotivating. 

Particularly when you are attempting to juggle many priorities, a disorganized space can make your work feel harder to do.  

Create a clean and organized office ritual as means to set the stage for a stress-free day.

For example, use a softly scented cleaning product to wipe down your desk and office equipment. 

Be selective with scents that do not disturb others but at the same time create a positive experience for you.

Products that include essential oils or refreshing scents such as citrus or lavender can help to set the mood of your space while at the same time detoxing it.

Keep Your Body Aligned

The set-up of your workspace is essential to feeling your best while you work.  A sanctuary is built on how you feel when in it.

A well-structured work layout can make you feel good while you work.

Ergonomics has long been a discipline built to ensure that your work can be completed while simultaneously supporting your body’s needs.

Proper posture while seated can be the difference between chronic pain and comfort. 

The optimal placement of materials like your monitor, keyboard, and mouse ensures that undue stress is not put upon your body.

See this Desk Ergonomic Checklist to review where you may improve your workspace layout and your physical health.

You can also incorporate stretching exercises to relieve tensions held in your body when experiencing stress.

Regular use of stretching techniques can reduce or eliminate pain within the body.  Additionally taking time to engage in stretching can serve as a reminder of your focus on calm within your day.

Beauty is Key to Your At-Work Sanctuarye

A sanctuary is often defined as an oasis, a place to retreat as you pull away from the rest of the world.

Images, colors, and mementos can serve as that transporting influence when you are looking to escape stress. 

Picture Your Peace

Family photos often adorn offices and serve to bring images of love at arms’ reach.

Other ways to use images are photos of travel destinations, nature, or encouraging words over inspiring pictures.

Strategic placement of photos can also ensure that they have an impact when most needed. 

Ensuring that images are at eye level or on regularly used surfaces can increase the frequency of catching your eye.  Try using photo carousels as your desktop screensaver or a collage layout as the lock screen on your smartphone.

Being creative in providing access to your positive images can provide serenity anywhere that you glance.

Create a Colorful Sanctuary

Colors have been used to inspire and invoke emotion for centuries.  Call upon their power and meaning to pull in the energy you want to experience and repel what you don’t.  

Blue is known to symbolize peace and calm.  White will invoke feelings of simplicity and freshness.  Green is often attached to nature and the wholesome serenity that comes from what is natural.

With the right palette, you can then blend your office accessories, folders, and materials, even your wardrobe with deeper meaning.

See and then consciously remember the meaning behind the colors you place around you.  This will not only reinforce the intention behind the color but serve as a reminder of the emotions you prefer.

Crystalize Your Focus on Peace

Crystals can serve as a powerful influence of peace to your at-work sanctuary.

The use of crystals to make particular energy more pronounced is a timeless practice. 

Some will use their own birthstones as a means to feel a sense of centeredness through stressful times.  However, you can also utilize particular crystals to address certain situations or environmental changes you feel helpful.

Crystals and Gemstones to Use in Your Workspace

Place your selected stones within your line of sight to stay mindful of their influence.

Periodically throughout the day engage with and hold your crystals.   You can even use them simultaneously while repeating your affirmations for an even greater effect.


Investing time in your at-work sanctuary is a worthwhile investment in your daily peace and harmony.

While you cannot control your work environment and its stress levels, you can take action to infuse peace into your personal workspace.

Evaluate what is most important to you, has a meaningful impact on your state of mind, and make changes in your space to improve your environment. 

Incorporating even one or two small changes with the intention of reducing stress and increasing your sense of peace can lead to significant and long-term improvements to your workday.

If this post has provided you inspiration for your at-work sanctuary, share in the COMMENTS SECTION which idea was most meaningful to you.  Share with other readers what ideas you already have in place in your workspace.


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