HEALTHY LIVING
08/06/2014 08:38 am ET Updated Aug 15, 2014

16 Sacred Spaces Where Stress Is Not Allowed

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We all have that go-to happy place, whether it's our peaceful porch, our cozy couch or even our creative corners. It's the place where you can spend some uninterrupted "me time" free from devices, texts, emails and phone calls.

Research shows that spending some time away from it all can have a significant impact on our emotional and physical health. We're less stressed and happier when we prioritize relaxation. So why don't we do it more often?

We asked our Twitter and Instagram communities to share photos of the serene spots where they make room to unwind. Take a look at some of their peaceful places below, then share your favorite getaway spot using the hashtag #MyOasis.

This GPS Guide is part of a series of posts designed to bring you back to balance when you're feeling off course.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

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