If you’re also meditating, find out that you’re not alone. Data shows that approximately 200-500 million people from around the world practice mindful meditation.
Mindful meditation is enjoying a lot of popularity these days. Research has found that it promotes calmness, helps relieve stress, decreases anxiety levels by 60%, helps manage sleep disorders, and encourages general mental wellbeing. What’s more, meditation can increase productivity levels by 120%. So, it’s official: mindful meditation can help you have better mental health.
Although meditation is often promoted as an activity that you can do wherever, whenever, for best results, it’s better to have the right setting that helps you find focus and peace. And, what better place to feel calm and relaxed than in your own home.
Think about it: having a meditation room is like having a place in your home that helps you heal your mind, soul, and body. Wouldn’t that be amazing? We’re thinking, “yes!”
If you’re thinking about designing your own meditation room at home, we have seven design tips that will help you create a zen area.
1. Choose the space that feels good
The entire house should feel like home. But, think about it: even if you haven’t realized up until now, there’s always a specific area of your house that feels better than all the rest. Whether it’s the bedroom, a large balcony that gets a lot of sunlight during the day, or the attic, some areas of the house feel different, good different.
Start by choosing that area from your home that feels good to build your meditation room. It would be best if you’d choose a space that gets a lot of natural light as it has been proven by many studies that sunlight helps enhance your mood.
2. Embrace minimal décor
One of the most well-known principles of meditation is to appreciate the small things. Almost every meditation session you can find online will tell you to enjoy things like your breath, the silence, the nature sounds, or other small things like that. So, you wouldn’t want your meditation to reflect anything other than that.
When it comes to a meditation room, less is more. A meditation space should be well organized and free of clutter. So, it’s best to choose a minimal décor. Décor with a comfortable rug, a few pillows and blankets, some meditation decorations like candles or scented sticks, and some plants is more than enough.
Don’t overcrowd the place, and you’ll see that you’ll feel more relaxed in a free-of-clutter space.
Make it comfortable with pillows and blankets
A meditation space needs to feel comfortable and cozy to help you relax. And, what better way to give a room a cozy appearance than with some comfy fluffy blankets and pillows.
Decide where you want to place your meditation rug in the room and surround it with pillows and blankets. This cozy appearance will help you get into a relaxed mood a lot faster.
3. Bring nature inside
It’s no secret that nature has a way of making us feel more relaxed and calm. You’ve certainly felt it when you took a walk outdoors or simply listened to the sounds of nature. Research suggests it too.
So, for a meditation space to have a balance that helps you relax and focus on positive things only, it should include some natural features. Nature in your meditation space can really be as simple as a plant or a vase with cut flowers.
It would be best if you’d choose plants that help purify the air, like the Devil’s Ivy, Peace Lily, Spider Plant, or Rubber plants. Not only that these plants will help set a more soothing scene, but the activity of taking care of them is also beneficial for your mental wellbeing, study shows.
4. Include audio features
When you need to focus, it is generally best to keep technological devices and other distractions away. But, that’s not the case when it comes to meditation. Research has proven that relaxing music such as meditation music can help optimize cognitive processes, helping you concentrate better and process information more efficiently. Besides that, slow-paced music helps reduce stress and anxiety levels.
So, when designing your meditation space, don’t forget to include some audio features, be it Cd players, loudspeakers, effects units. Blend them in your décor and use them to listen to relaxing music during your meditation sessions.
5. Choose calming colors
You’ve probably felt that certain colors have a specific effect on you, but you likely never truly realized that. Well, it’s not just in your mind. According to the psychology of colors, certain colors can evoke specific emotions and feelings in a person.
Colors like classic white, sky blue, sage gray, pale yellow, soft green, or lilac can take your anxiety levels down. Simply being surrounded by items of these colors can influence your mood and thoughts.
6. Make it personal
For a meditation space to feel good and help you relax, it needs to have a little bit of you. You can get really comfortable in places that include things that have meaning to you. For this reason, you shouldn’t hesitate to add a personal touch to the place.
You can decorate the space with personal photos of your loved ones, your pet, or destinations you want to visit. You can decorate the walls with motivational quotes that help you relax or give you a positive vibe. Choose scented candles that have your favorite smell. Or add an item that has your favorite color. Whatever you find that puts you in a good mood, blend it into your meditation room or the space design.
7. Leave enough room for yoga
Mindful meditation and yoga often go hand in hand. They are both activities that help you relax, reduce anxiety levels, improve your mood, and encourage a better night’s sleep. Yoga comes with the added benefit of also improving your physical wellbeing a lot more than just simple meditation. So, the chances are that if you enjoy meditation, you’ll also get on board with the yoga trend because it’s excellent for your mental and physical health.
When designing your meditation room, make sure that you leave enough space for practicing yoga poses. Some poses like Shavasana and lotus position don’t require a lot of space. But others do require a bigger stretch, so more free space is needed as well.