Bring on the zen in the comfort of your own home! You may have always wanted to create a quiet space in your home where you don’t have the constant reminders of kids’ schedules or work emails or kitchen cleanup being thrown in your face.
Now more than ever is the best time to create a space in your home where you can decompress which is important for your mental and emotional health, so here are some tips to make sure that you design the project in the best way possible.
Do you know about the correlation between mood and health? Constant exposure to stress, anxiety, and negative moods generally can greatly affect your physical health.
Your environment including your home can play a big part in keeping your zen mood. So when you think about a theme for your relaxation place think concepts like Hygge. Coziness of the soul sounds good to me! How about you?
Cleanliness is key! Don’t fill your meditative space with clutter, because the purpose is to quiet your mind. Studies show that clutter can make the mind feel more chaotic and that will defeat the entire purpose of creating this space all together.
Make sure that you have access to fresh air and sunlight in this space as well because both of those things have been proven to improve the impacts of your meditation.
The color scheme that you choose for your design plan is also important because certain colors are more likely to increase stimulation than decrease it.
Avoid bright reds or pinks, any neon or florescent colors are going to stimulate the eye too much to get the zen-like feeling of your meditative room. Don’t be afraid to add colors but try to stick to pastels or neutral earth tones. Anything that is going to add to your feeling of serenity!
Adding personal touches is an important part of designing any space but meditation spaces are just as in need of these touches. These spaces could have photos of your loved ones, inspirational quotes or even sentimental knick-knacks filling it.
These things will trigger the pleasure center of your brain and make you feel more at ease when you use the space.
Nature is also an important part of a meditative space in your home because nature helps us relax. There are studies that have shown the chemicals released from plants create more tranquility in humans.
Plants also release oxygen so that increases your ability to breathe in fresh air in your meditative space. Using things like stones and woven baskets may not have the scientific effect that vegetation would but they still can create a natural atmosphere that will add to your feeling of zen.
Aromatherapy is also important and scientifically proven to improve your meditative experience. Including elements of that in your design project is important for the functionality of the space.
Whether that is scented candles or incense, it is important to keep it in mind. You can also use humidifiers or diffusers to avoid the smoke that incense would create in the room, but the plants that you include in the room can also have an impact regarding aromatherapy.
Try having bunches of fresh lavender or chamomile in the room when you want to center yourself and relax.
You can also include music to add to your meditative experience in the room. It may not have as much of an interior design need as everything else would, but it adds to the atmosphere that your design plan is trying to create.
Whatever music is the most likely to help you relax and stop thinking about your to-do lists should be playing softly in the background while you are in the room. You may be the type of person who prefers sounds of nature and that is fine too.
You can play the sounds of the ocean or a forest in the background and get the same meditative effect.
In today’s busy world of nonstop work and crazy schedules, having one designated space in your home or office to focus on your mental wellness has become more of a necessity than a luxury.
Creating a space that will help you refocus your mind and store up your energy for the next busy day on the horizon can help you lower blood pressure and lessen your risk for disease.
The way that you design the space will determine how helpful that space will be in your ability to establish healthy downtime routines for yourself. It is worth taking the time to make the space into what you need it to be and get the most zen out of your meditative room!
These are definitely trying times as we deal with social isolation and this huge disruption to our normal routines…