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How to Relax and Retreat to Your Bedroom

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 where we retreat for restful escape from the demands of life.

Our bedrooms are sanctuaries where we retreat for restful escape from the demands of life.

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)

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.

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. Another symptom is waking too early and not being able to fall back to 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. Consider employing healthier outlets of escape instead of avoidance. If you've been feeling depressed for a while, reach out to health professional for an assessment.

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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.

© 2014 Janis Leslie Evans

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