Modern life brings with it stress that can adversely affect your outlook and health. It can contribute to obesity, heart problems and PTSD. One way to de-stress is to create a sanctuary in your home. A relaxation or meditation room provides a refuge. It is a space that nurtures and calms you, a haven where you can withdraw from the world for a while and clear your mind.
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Bring the outdoors in. Use colours and natural elements to encourage a serene atmosphere. Locate your relaxation room so that it overlooks a garden. Dot the room with plants.
Lay wood floors or carpet made from natural fibres like wool or cotton.
Paint the room in soothing colours such as pale shades of green, pink blue and soft shades of white. Avoid high-energy colours such as bright red. Study colour therapy or choromotherapy to find out the colours that are most relaxing to you.
Install a water feature or place a small fountain on a table to create the soothing sound of a waterfall or a woodland stream.
Furnish the room with large floor cushions, a comfortable sofabed or an overstuffed couch and chairs.
Light your relaxation room dimly. Use a dimmer switch, low wattage light bulbs or candles. Or wear a sleep mask to block the light.
Scent the room with candles or incense.
Play relaxing music or sounds of nature such as whale sounds or waves crashing on a beach. Hang bells or wind chimes.
Tips and warnings
- Keep your relaxation room uncluttered and clean.
- Some relaxation rooms are simply large bathrooms featuring natural elements and soaker tubs.
- If your meditation room opens into a garden, think about installing a hot tube among the plantings.
- Familiarise yourself with the principals of feng shui to help you create a room with positive energy.
- Create a small Zen garden in your meditation room to encourage stress relief.
- Learning about aromatherapy will help you choose the scents that you find relaxing.
- Consider soundproofing the walls to block out side noise. If that isn't possible, try a pair of ear plugs.
- Choose books that you find soothing to read while you relax.
- A relaxation room can be as small as a closet or as large as your home's square footage allows.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing when you are relaxing or meditating.
- Don't leave candles or incense unattended.
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