Do you need an ’emotional escape room?’

It should come as no surprise to learn that over the last few years, rates of anxiety and stress have drastically escalated.

That’s what prompted a new trend: emotional escape rooms. Essentially, these rooms serve as a space to get away from your emotions, unwind, and decompress.

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With a few small tweaks, you can transform your bedroom or even a cleaned-out closet into an emotional escape room and create a calming sanctuary where it’s easy to refresh yourself with a good night’s rest.

Upgrade your blankets

Make your bed cozy using a fluffy chenille blanket or a snug comforter. Soft pajamas and a plush rug to scrunch your toes in will help provide a sense of comfort and peace.

The pressure these blankets provide increases the production of serotonin, the hormone that makes you feel calm. Weighted blankets can also improve sleep quality by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure so you fall asleep right away.

Rethink your color palette

Most experts agree blue is the best color for relaxation. Green also helps promote sleep—if you don’t want to repaint your room, simply add some green plants.

Mood lighting can also help set the stage for a good night’s sleep. Keep your room dim and cool, using blackout curtains if needed.

Keep tea nearby

Shaw recommends keeping a Keurig machine or small refrigerator in your emotional escape room. Stock the fridge with tea that promotes sleep.

Chamomile is a plant that has sedative effects and is often used for improving sleep quality. Ashwagandha, an herbal medicine that has been shown to help with sleep, is another good choice.


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