Make Your Home Feel Like a Meditation Room.
Kick Your Feet Up
How to make your home feel like a meditation room. Home is where you come to kick up your feet and tune out the whole world. But Sometimes no matter what you do, chaos follows you home. You see, I used to have a full energy personality. In fact, one of my friends called me “too much” to handle at times. It’s because of that I became aware of how I was affecting my surroundings.
Constantly being high energy takes its toll on your body. I noticed myself getting very tired at the end of my day. At the end of the day, I had nothing to give to my family as far as energy. The next day I would wake up just as tired as I was last night and the cycle would repeat itself. That kind of wear on your body and mind often is the main cause of our anxiety and thus depression.*
It took me a few years to learn how to calm myself threw Meditation. However, the hardest part was creating a calming environment for my kids and husband who were not really interested in learning the nitty-gritty of my meditation practices. Because of this, I had to learn how to create a home that was inviting and soothing. Here are some great ideas on how to make your home feel like a meditative spa.
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If you don’t get rid of unnecessary clutter in your home, you will remain anxious. Stuff creates vision overload, which in turn can create more anxiety. Let go of things that you no longer use, keep only what you actually need or love. Make your home visually composed to decrease mental anxiety. See my How to De-clutter post here.
I have a couple of oil diffusers, one for upstairs and one for downstairs. Since I have a sensitive nose, I can’t use anything too strong. My favorite oils are orange, lavender, and an immunity mix I bought from Amazon. Lavender is fantastic but be careful, it makes me hyper rather than calm, oils affect everyone differently. Use only 2-4 drops of oil, or follow the instructions that come with your diffuser and add instructed water amounts.
I used to dislike routines, I felt trapped and controlled. I now realized it was just a pattern I had made for myself, a routine of non-routine. Make it a habit to come home and create a ritual of calmness. Take your shoes off, put your coat away, make a cup of tea or warm drink. These are simple things that most people usually need to do anyway. As you are going through the process of your “just got home”routine, remain calm, stay in the present moment, become in tune with your surroundings. Being intentionally is surprisingly calming, slowing down and really “seeing” things around you brings a gentle connection.
Bring plants into your home, they clean the air and give you more clean oxygen. More oxygen keeps your body and mind happier. I have the majority in the living room but you can spread them out throughout the house. Water them according to the instructions and don’t forget to feed them as well. I got my plants one at a time, and some I got for free from my local “Buy Nothing” facebook group.
The gentle yellow warmth from my salt lamp makes me almost immediately calm. Salt is another known air cleaner, energy neutralizer. By having one around you can calmly re-energies your surroundings.
Most Music is stimulating, even classical music can stir up nerves if not chosen correctly. I would recommend soothing meditative native flutes, the rhythm is gentle and even when it repeats the pattern can’t be detected by picky ears. I have the Alexa Amazon Echo, I just ask her to play Meditative Music and she abides, but you can use anything you have to play music (including the TV). Below is the album that I currently use. The below album is just for example, find a sleep style that’s similar to it.
I honestly can instantly feel the calmness come over me as I listen to it. One last tip here, keep the volume just above the hearing level, but below thinking level (adjust the volume till you find a nice background soothing point).
Setting up your home for relaxation and calmness will benefit you and your family. You will be surprised at the healing that happens once you incorporate the above tips. Begin by de-cluttering your home. Then, set up the salt lamp, oil diffuser, plants and music in the busiest part of your space. Finally, don’t forget to bring awareness to your evening routine.
Note, I leave the salt lamp and Alexa on before I get the kids from school, but if you have a smart plug you can plug those elements in and control them via your phone right before getting in your door. Ever since I have started doing this I have heard my kids exclaim “its so nice to come home, it’s quiet and feels safe”. Can you imagine what it’s like for a tiny human feeling like you have no control over your life? But home is a safe serene place, heaven. I hope you begin a few of the above suggestions. Everyone benefits from little bits of calmness that takes just a little effort.
What are your go-to calming habits? How are your stress levels at the end of your day?
* Not often do you find too many genetic pre-dispositions for Depression, but some people do have it, see your physician if depression runs in your family.
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