Creating a relaxing room at home the key to getting your mind to relax. However, for you to effectively relax, it’s not enough that your mind is ready for it. You should also be creative in order to come up with an environment that’s conducive for relaxation.
Contrary to popular belief, setting up your relaxing space isn’t expensive or taxing. This task will only require a few hours of your time and a lot of your creativity. The resources you’ll use during the process will be worth it as you’ll eventually learn how to manage stress. You can also consider creating a meditation room or home yoga studio with furniture.
To help you out, here’s how you can set up your meditation space:
1: Use The Right Colors
Colors have different effects on people. While some colors can spike up a person’s energy, others can help people remain calm and more relaxed. Choosing the right colors must be one of the first things on your to-do list when creating a meditation space because it’ll be hard for you to focus or relax if the room is painted in the wrong color.
Soothing colors, such as earthy tones and chalky whites, are some of your best options when setting up a relaxing space. These shades are very calming and relaxing, making it very easy for you to ward off stress when you start meditating.
Depending on your preferences, you can paint all of the walls of your meditation space in earth tones or whites, or invest in decorative pieces in these colors. You can also add in some colors that bring a sense of security and relaxation to you. For example, some people find it relaxing to see neutral shades, while some will only experience peace when they’re in a space painted in a darker color palette.
2: Make Use Of Crystals
When decorating your relaxation space, you have to pay attention to the items you’ll use because adding too many can make the space look cluttered. Unlike other rooms in the house, you should treat your meditation space differently because it’s meant to help you relax.
If you don’t want your relaxation space to look too dry, decorate the area using crystals. Aside from being very colorful, crystals also have healing properties that can help you relieve stress. Turquoise, for example, is a blue crystal that resembles the color of the ocean, and is known to cleanse negative energy and bring you good fortune moving forward. Wearing a turquoise bracelet is also an excellent way to count mantras.
You can add many other crystals in your relaxation space. You just need to do your own research to determine how each of these crystals work and assess which one is the best for your relaxation space.
3: Boost Comfort
Comfort is a priority when setting up your relaxing space. You’ll have a hard time focusing on your breathing if you’re too conscious about how soft or stiff your seat is.
Another tip that you should follow when setting up your relaxation space is to prioritize your comfort. This means that you should add some sheepskins, mats, and large cushions to your meditation space. You can also have some rugs and carpets on the floor as well.
If your relaxation space is too small that you can’t lay out all of these permanently, invest in natural baskets and put them on display. Make sure that all of these items are stored inside your relaxation space to remind yourself to regularly use them.
4: Pay Attention To The Lighting
The amount of lighting present in your relaxation space can make or break your ability to relax. Bright lights from artificial sources (smart phones and lighting fixtures) can spike up your energy levels, making it hard for you to relax. A room that’s too dark, on the hand, will eventually make you feel sleepy and prevent you from completing your relaxation routine.
As much as possible, your meditation space should have access to natural light. If you can, choose an area that’s near the windows because sunlight can help you focus, improve your mental clarity, and ward off stress. Sunlight can also boost your productivity, perfect if you plan on starting your day with meditation.
5: Cut Out Background Noises
It’ll be challenging for you to relax if you can hear noises from cars, pets, neighbors, and construction projects. Instead of focusing on your breathing, you’ll be concerned as to why your environment is too noisy or when will these noises stop.
Cutting out background noises is one of the most important tasks you’ll have when creating your meditation space. All of your efforts to create such a space will be useless if you neglect the importance of cutting out background noises.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to cut out background noises is to play some soothing music in your meditation space. You can choose to play white noises as your background when meditating or turn on some instrumental music.
6: Ensure Cleanliness
Aside from hearing noises, do you know that seeing piles of clutter can also become a distraction when you’re meditating? Seeing soiled clothes lying around, for example, can cause your mind to race as you’ll think about when and how you can clean up the mess. Instead of meditating, you’ll see yourself stressed about the clutter around you.
Make sure that this doesn’t happen when you’re in your meditation space by keeping it clean all the time. There should only be minimal items in the space, and all of which should have its own storage space. The smaller number of items you have in your mediation space, the cleaner it’ll be.
Say Goodbye To Stress
Everyone in this world is bound to experience stress, but keep in mind that too much of it can eventually take a toll on your health. Over time, stress can become the reason why you can easily get sick, lose mental focus, and develop mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.
If you want to enjoy a stress-free life, start rolling up your sleeves and work on setting up your own meditation space. You’ll be surprised at how this sanctuary can refresh your mind and body, and encourage you to become your best self again!
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Paul Harrison, Editor, THE DAILY MEDITATION.