One of the biggest obstacles to creating calmness in your life is the sheer amount of overwhelm you face each day. We’ve already talked about the different kinds of clutter that are a constant barrage on your peace of mind. It can seem impossible to overcome these messes in order to achieve pleasant surroundings and a quiet mind. That’s why I often recommend carving out just one place within your home to go in order to escape. Creating a calm space can help you to get started on your journey toward a more peaceful life.
Why Create Such a Space?
Having your own private retreat actually offers a number of benefits. When it comes to physical clutter, it makes sense to choose just one room so that you can lessen the overwhelm that comes from trying to manage a houseful of too much stuff. Clearing out one room is easier than dealing with all of it. Plus, just getting started can help to motivate you with the bigger project. Also, having one dedicated space to calm can help you to release a great deal of mental clutter, as well. You’ll have a Zen oasis to which you can retreat after a long day or when you’re feeling particularly anxious. This is something from which everyone can benefit.
How to Choose Your Room
Many people consider their bedroom to be their oasis. It’s a quiet, private space meant for relaxation. This space really is a good one for creating an escape. However, if you share a bedroom or prefer not to use this room for some other reason, there are definitely ways to make other places in your abode work. First and foremost, you will want to pick a room that offers privacy. If your family congregates in the kitchen, this probably isn’t the best place for a private retreat. It’s also good if the spot offers quiet and calming surroundings. You can always clear out the physical clutter, but if you hate the carpet or the wall color, you may wish to go with some other space. A room with a door and that offers various lighting options are also some things to consider when choosing your retreat.
What to Include
Your calming space should be personalized and unique to you. However, there are some common characteristics to consider when customizing your room. As noted, lighting matters. Bright overhead lights can be too much for relaxing. Be sure to have a lamp, floor lights, or candles available. Aromatherapy is a nice touch for helping to release mental overwhelm. Scented candles, a reed diffuser, or room spray are recommended, unless you’re especially sensitive to smells. Soft textures can add a calming element, so you might pick up a plush area rug to sit on or opulent bedding and some cushy throw pillows. Finally, be sure to add touches that are special and meaningful to you and your sensibilities. Perhaps a nice desk and chair are something that is important to you so that you can do your writing. If you’re a tea lover, you could set up a cart with a hot plate and assortment of fine teas on hand. The possibilities truly are endless.
Creating your own calm space can provide you with more than an escape. It can give you the peace of mind, leading you to be refreshed and renewed to face each day.
A Calm & Relaxing Bedroom Promotes Better Sleep
An often-overlooked aspect to creating more calm in your life is your physical health. When your body feels better, you’re bound to have an improved mental outlook. A key component to better health is getting a good night’s rest. This can be difficult for many of us when our lives are jam-packed and our minds are constantly on overload. Follow these tips for creating a calm and relaxing bedroom, and you’ll be getting better sleep in no time.
Get A Good Mattress
First and foremost, the best mattress you can afford is recommended, if at all possible. Go to the store so that you can test out each mattress and find the one that feels best for you. It’s a good idea to try to find a store that allows for a trial period to make sure you love it and that you’ll sleep well night after night.
Keep it Cool
Temperature matters when it comes to getting a good night’s rest. You want to sleep in a room that is cool in order to promote sleep. Cooler temperatures alert your body that it’s time to sleep.
Make it Dark
Waking up to see light filtering in through the curtains can truly disturb your rest and make it harder to fall back asleep. That’s why it’s smart to add light-blocking drapes to your bedroom. Keeping things nice and dark will add to your nighttime routine. In addition, avoid adding night lights if at all possible.
Add Soothing Colors
Calming, cool colors are best for the bedroom. A nice pastel will promote rest and relaxation far better than a brighter hue. Save the brights for more energetic spaces like the kitchen or living room. Color matters when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.
Make it Neat
This one goes without saying. Be sure to clear the physical clutter in your bedroom as much as possible. Seeing piles of laundry to be put away or the paperwork that’s waiting for you in the morning will not put you in the right frame of mind for rest. Get rid of other types of distractions like television, computers, and excessive décor also.
Reconsider Your Alarm Clock
Not only do you want to sleep well through the night, how you wake up can also have an effect on how you feel. A harsh, high-pitched, buzzing alarm clock will jar you awake. This can cause you to feel agitated, rather than rested and rejuvenated. Look for one that wakes you gradually, with music that increases slowly in volume or that adds increments of light to help you to adjust to the waking hours.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to create the bedroom of your dreams. Your surroundings make a difference to your sleep quality. Make your room as pleasant to all of your senses as possible in order to enhance your rest.