Meditation can be a great way to reduce stress and increase happiness in your daily life. But sitting down to meditate every day can be a challenge.
We live busy lives full of work, family and friends – taking time out of the day to refocus and relax is important!
But who has the time? And when you finally do, where can you find a relaxing space? We’re here to let you know that it is achievable!
Read our guide below to discover how to create your own personal zen space that’s so relaxing you’ll want to escape and meditate every day 😉
The perfect spot
Alternative meditation spaces could include a corner of the living room or bedroom, an outdoor balcony or deck, or even your bathroom! (Hey, nobody can kick you out of there, right?)
Your zen space doesn’t have to be a large or secluded space – it just needs to be somewhere peaceful that you can make yourself comfortable for 5 minutes a day.
Clean and minimalist
Once you’ve found your ideal meditation space, it’s time to clean out the clutter. The idea is that when you enter your zen space, you’ll immediately feel relaxed (rather than looking at all the mess!).
The style of your space is totally up to you, but it’s best to keep it clean and minimalist for a traditional look.
However, everyone is different – if bold, mid-century retro colours make you feel at ease, then go for it!
Set the mood
Remember how we said you want to feel relaxed as soon as you walk into your meditation space? Well, it helps if you set the mood with an atmosphere that makes you go ‘ahh’ 😉
Light, fresh and airy
For those who like the light and airy look of coastal or Scandinavian styles and want to emulate that in their zen space:
- Open your windows and let in the breeze
- Style with light and neutral tones
- Bring in living plants (or fake ones!)
Warm and inviting
And for a cosy look and feel that makes you want to snuggle up with a cup of tea and a good book, try these tips:
- Light candles with evocative scents
- Sip some herbal tea (green or camomile is best)
- Create a cushion nook you’ll want to sink into
Comfortable mats and cushions
Or you can modernise your meditation and make it all your own by populating your space with cushions and throws.
However, we understand that meditation is all about your comfort levels. Don’t go for something minimalist if you’ve got a bad back or would rather sink into an armchair! Do what’s right for you.
For the few minutes of the day that you’ll be achieving enlightenment (mm, sounds lovely) there are a few things you’ll want to ditch.
- Put your phone on silent in another room
- Turn off the TV
- Close the door on your household (easier said than done!)
If you’ve got a full house and distraction is your middle name, it might be best to have a chat with your family members about your scheduled ‘me-time’ and work out a solid plan.
Is there a time when the kids are at school or social activities? Are your housemates at work when you’re at home? Is the place wonderfully quiet right before you go to bed? Use these things to your advantage!
Meditation tips for beginners
Now that you’ve got an idea about how to set up your zen space, how do you get into the habit of meditating every day? And what’s the best way to start?
Meditating can be intimidating. If you’re a beginner to the practice, it’s best to start small and not put too much pressure on yourself. Here are some things that might help:
- Commit to meditating for just 5 minutes a day then increase when you start getting the hang of it
- Start off by breathing and clearing your mind (and if your mind wanders, acknowledge your thoughts then bring yourself back into focus)
- If you can’t sit still, try meditation while moving and focussing on different parts of your body while keeping a relatively clear mind
- Acknowledge your daily progress and don’t worry too much about ‘doing it right’, just do it for you!