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.
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.