Meditation is widely recognized as an effective method for managing stress and anxiety while also helping to promote more restful sleep. Whether you are a long-time meditator, a beginner or have never tried it, creating a calm, quiet environment in your home can help boost your practice.
Developing a practice for daily meditation starts with understanding what your habits are to begin with. Habit formation can influence one’s meditation practice and impact the consistency with which you carry out your daily moment to center yourself. The key to keeping a habit going is to begin with a micro-goal so consider starting with short meditation sessions if you are new to this practice. It’s best to start with 10 slow breaths and then add to the practice as you feel more comfortable.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP TRANSFORM YOUR ROOM INTO A MEDITATION SPACE:
1. Find a consistent place to meditate.
This can be a corner of your room, next to your bed, against a favorite piece of furniture, or with an eye towards an oasis of light.
2. Embrace minimal decor.
Simple cushions, a small stool, and/or a small area rug may be all you need to create the right space.
3. Consider soft or light colors.
Pastels and light colors can be soothing and comforting, adding to the ease and thoughtfulness of your space.
4. Extra senses.
If you feel the need to make your space more zen, try adding scented candles or a diffuser. Or try an app that can play the sound of a fountain or water flowing to send a strong signal to your mind and body that it’s time to rest and focus.
5. Keep it simple.
Meditation doesn’t require a “perfect” set-up. The most important thing is to show up for yourself, get comfortable, close your eyes, and tap into your practice.
6. Set boundaries.
If you have a routine for your practice, gently remind those you are living with that this is a time you should not be disturbed.
[May is Mental Health Awareness month. Throughout the month we are exploring traditional and alternative ways to care for our mental wellbeing.]