Musical theatre fans might be familiar with song titles such as “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin and “In My Own Little Corner” from Cinderella (the tele-staged musical version – not the Disney-fied one). And of course, we’re well-acquainted with the boxing corner, where fighters go to rehydrate and catch their breath. Whether you prefer your analogies athletic or poetic, you can’t deny that we all need our own corners, safe spaces in which to restore, relax, and recharge.
During these days of quarantine and crisis and worry and stress and possibly lots of people in our faces 24-7, it’s especially important for us to stake out our corners. You might be lucky enough to already have a space to call your own. But if you don’t, be creative. You can close the door to your bathroom, light a candle, put on some quiet music and chill for a spell. You can claim an area of your backyard as your very own (plant a garden or arrange stones in an aesthetically pleasing way). If you live in small quarters, a walk outside can be your corner. Just put some headphones on and envelope yourself in your favorite playlist, podcast or moving meditation.
Your corner should be a place where you get to just be yourself, and to just be, period. Think about the elements you want to include, like a gratitude journal, a soft blanket, your favorite candy, a glass of wine, a quiet and yummy vibrator, a book, essential oils, etc. It can also be a place to re-energize; if it’s large enough, you can do a mini-band or strength training workout. Just remember, it’s your corner, so outfit it accordingly. Because now more than ever, we all need to escape, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day.
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