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How to Relax and Retreat to Your Bedroom

Updated on September 30, 2018
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A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

Sanctuaries of Escape and Retreat

Our bedrooms are sanctuaries in which we retreat for restful escape from the demands of life.
Our bedrooms are sanctuaries in which we retreat for restful escape from the demands of life. | Source

Calmly Lit by Natural Light

Our bedrooms carry the dark heaviness of our sleeping thoughts lit by the light of night and day.
Our bedrooms carry the dark heaviness of our sleeping thoughts lit by the light of night and day. | Source

Poetry for Escape and Retreat

"In My Bed"


Plunging into cotton bliss

Escaping from the day

Covered up in waves of white

For hours I will stay


All wrapped up in cushion soft

Touching my bare skin

Sinking to my soul beneath

I drift down deep within


Fantasies and dreams arise

In my sleeping state

Floating in my inner world

For answers I do wait


Serenity encompasses

At peace my body lay

Surrounded by a moonlit night

Intrusions held at bay


Nothing else can take its place

When head and pillow meet

Blanketed in quietness

As I fall asleep


(JLE 2006)

Escape and Retreat or Are You Depressed?

Retreating to our bedrooms and into the enveloping comfort of our beds is a wonderful way to escape the stress of a long day. Nothing beats the plunge into the blissful, cushy softness of clean linens to caress and massage our cares away.

However, many people who struggle with the diagnosis of depression often retreat to their bedrooms to escape. This is actually resembles the symptom of depression referred to as withdrawal. Some report staying in bed all day, only getting up for bathroom relief or to get something to eat.

Depression can be physically and emotionally debilitating. A major sign of a serious depression is the inability to get out of bed, punctuated by hours of sleep.

Although the poem celebrates the comfort and relaxation a bed can give, it is important for depressed persons to distinguish between the need to withdraw and the need for healthy escape.

If you find yourself retreating to your bed as a way to avoid your reality, it could be a sign of depression.

Healthier Ways to Escape

Meditation

Running, jogging or power walking

Reading or writing

Body Massage

Yoga

Tai chi

Is Too Much Sleep a Sign of Possible Illness?

Escape and Retreat to a Good Night's Sleep

A sleeping woman rests peacefully as she escapes from the concerns of the day.
A sleeping woman rests peacefully as she escapes from the concerns of the day. | Source

Favorite Places for Escape and Retreat

What is your favorite place to escape to when you need to shut out the world?

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© 2014 Janis Leslie Evans

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    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Good for you, Dana. Keeping busy is one of the best things to do. Thanks for stopping by and reading this poem hub.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I would need more than eight hours to sleep. I just thought I was tired all the time. Now, when I feel depression coming on I do the exact opposite and keep myself busy.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Excellent! Thanks for stopping by and reading this article.

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      Johnmath 

      3 years ago

      If I cant fall asleep I like to listen to soothing music like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt0inOTbwzY . Combined with a cozy blanket this makes me sleep very well.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      That's wonderful, glad this hub inspired you, Rachelle. Like you, my problem is not getting enough sleep, 2 hours last night! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Rachelle Williams 

      3 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      Great article! My main issue is that I don't get enoug sleep. I'm moving relatively soon, and this hub has provoked me to focus on making my bedroom a place of retreat. Thanks for the suggestion :)

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Megan, so sweet of you to say. I appreciate your comments very much. I'm glad you liked this odd poem hub. I welcome you to read more of what pops out of my brain. :-)

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      Megan Grace 

      3 years ago

      I loved it! Very well written and it flowed perfectly. Unique subject and way to put it, i would love to read more from your genius brain lol :) i also think many can relate!

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, mdscoggins, glad you liked the poem, format, and message. I appreciate your comments and visit. Thanks for the follow, I like your profile. :-)

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      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great poem and I like how you slipped in that some experience depression and seek avoidance in their bed as opposed to refuge. I gladly retreat to my bed (like right now) so I can relax after a long days work.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes, haven't we all. Thanks for coming by.

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      Marvin Parke 

      4 years ago from Jamaica

      I have been there. Escaping to the bedroom to escape reality.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Audrey, I really appreciate the comments and the sharing. This one almost didn't make it out of QAP! After a few edits, it was fine. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Jan - You are a wizard for thinking of unique subjects and then stories to go along with your rhymes. The layout of the hub is impressive along with the pics that accompany it. I enjoy visiting your hubs and will stop by again soon. Sharing this hub. Blessings, Audrey

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Victoria Lynn. I appreciate your visit and comment. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sometimes going to sleep in the comfort of one's own bed is the very best escape! Very nicely written!

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you very much, Writer Fox. Glad you liked it. Thanks for the vote up. Good to see you.

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      Writer Fox 

      4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      A great tribute to National Poetry Month! Enjoyed and voted up.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Glad you liked it, DDE. Thank you for visiting.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautifully noted poem and so greatly expressed

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      My bad, misunderstood, thanks again. Glad you liked the style of the hub.

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      janshares,

      I only saw it this morning (4-13) w/Everly Bros. "Dreaming".

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Kevin,

      It did have a different format and song when I first published but it was deemed unfeatured for quality. Of course, the email doesn't tell you why it's not good. So I deleted some things, changed the format, and changed the video. I'm glad you liked it then and like it now. Thanks for voting up and pinning. I really appreciate it.

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      My first thought was that it is bad to stay in bed for to long. (grin) Actually I thought that it had a different style and the song went well with it. I voted it up and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Me, too, Faith Reaper. That's what inspired this poem. I always look forward to laying my head down at the end of the day. It's a blessing we take for granted. Thank you for visiting, peace and blessings.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Great poem, Jan! Oh, it may sound a bit funny, but I praise God every night for being able to sleep in my nice, warm and comfy bed with soft pillows. It is truly a blessing and that is where I love to escape from the world to dream, rest and enjoy just relaxing.

      Blessings

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Rebecca, funny :) I appreciate your visit and the sharing.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, MsDora. Your comment made me chuckle. Glad you liked it.

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      Rebecca Furtado 

      4 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      My pets have taken over my bedroom. I guess I will get poetic about it when I stop having to sleep to couch. Interesting hub, Shared.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful poem! Brings back memories of my grandmother who used to talk about going to bed as if she were going to heaven. Thanks also for reminding us that there is a time to get up.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Oh, Rafiq23, thank you for sharing your wisdom about sleep and poets. The Keats prose is beautiful. Thank you so much for these comments and for taking the time to visit.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 

      4 years ago from Pakistan

      Sleep is a great means of escapism from the sorrows of this world. There are many means to escape from the miseries of the world. Romantic Poets used their poetry to forget their sorrows for the time being. Look at the following lines taken from Ode to Nightingale, wherein John Keats wants to fly into the world of Nightingale so that he may be able to forget the world and enjoy the world of Nightingale:

      Away! away! for I will fly to thee,

      Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,

      But on the viewless wings of Poesy.

      Excellent poem janshares!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well I am impressed Jan, this poem is definitely in the 'special' category. I am glad it passed.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      So pleased you enjoyed it, Jodah. I had to edit a couple hours ago because it didn't pass QAP. I'm relieved it's now featured. I saw your forum about the lack of respect for poetry and wanted to contribute something special.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Lovely poem Jan, it flowed beautifully and was a pleasure to read. The info on depression was good too, and Everly Bros video.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Audrey, glad you enjoyed it. Grateful for the visit.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      This is lovely--and you are right, we can find respite or hide--

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