Your home is your castle, the place you retire at the end of a stressful day. However, for many of us living with pets, kids, or dealing with run-of-the-mill clutter, the very place we turn to for our relaxation needs can cause us some serious stress. Fortunately, even if your home isn’t the tranquil oasis you seek this very instant, that doesn’t mean having a serene space to call your own is out of reach. With a little effort and a bit of free time, you can easily create a peaceful room for meditation for yourself where you can relax, refresh, and recharge. Even better, you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve the calmness you seek; cheap fixes like paint, new bulbs, or some distance from your devices can make it easy to keep your space calm. Here’s how:
If you find spending a day at the beach endlessly relaxing, with little more than clear ocean and blue sky to gaze upon, a little blue paint in your room can make a world of difference. The results of a study conducted by the Travelodge hotel chain reveal that people who slept in a blue room got more rest than those in rooms with more neutral palettes, so bring this relaxing hue into your space and you’ll start to feel calmer and more relaxed in an instant. Don’t feel like committing to a fully blue room? Try painting blue stripes or a blue border for a similarly calming effect. Even commitment-phobes can enjoy the wave of calm brought about by a blue room with some blue decals or removable wallpaper that’s as easy to take off as it is to apply.
Those bright overhead lights are as hard on your mood as they are on your eyes. To make your space more tranquil, try lighting your room with dimmable lamps that you can adjust to create the perfect mood for your space. In fact, the results of a 2014 study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology reveals that bright lights tended to spark heightened emotions in study participants, so keeping those lights low could be the key to a lower stress response and more relaxation. Even if you’re not in the mood to make your space less bright, you can still make your room more conducive to calm; so-called happy lamps, or lamps that mimic the look of natural sunlight, have been suggested as a cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder, and researchers at Vanderbilt University have even found that exposure to sunlight is correlated with less abdominal fat and a lower BMI.
Your phone may feel like it’s virtually part of your body, but if you’re trying to create a calmer space for yourself, it’s time to cut the cord. There’s ample research to suggest that our digital devotion is causing us stress, costing us sleep, and may even be causing us to gain weight, thanks to device-emitted blue light’s ability to spike cortisol levels and mess up our natural melatonin production. If you’re yearning for a more tranquil space, put the phone down, pack the computer away, and turn off the TV; trust us, you’ll be happier for it. Even if you can’t part with your phone, having a dedicated space for it, like a box in which it can charge while you meditate, can keep your mind off of the stress your social media habit may be causing.
Clutter can make what would otherwise be a serene space turn into a nightmare in an instant. If de-stressing is your top priority, it’s time to take the “a place for everything and everything in its place” mantra to heart. By implementing a minimalist strategy and parting with any items you’re less-than-passionate about, you’ll clear enough space for mindful meditation and deep relaxation. Even if you’re not ready to start tossing everything out, putting a few functional organization strategies in place, like adding a back-of-the-door organizer or getting a storage cube organizer with pull-out drawers, can make it easy to put away any items you need to keep, but don’t need to see.
Cars passing, a bird chirping outside your window, or even the gentle hum of your air conditioner can all make it difficult to feel serene. Fortunately, adding a white noise machine to your meditation room can help you block out those distractions and keep your mind focused on mindful meditation. Even if you don’t feel like shelling out money for a new device, a fan can also help you achieve a similar result.
You will make your mental and physical health and well-being a top priority when you create a peaceful room for meditation in your house. With a can-do attitude and some vision, you’ll be basking in the tranquility of your very own meditation room.