We live in an age where wellness is accepted as an essential part of our day-to-day lives. So it makes sense to carve out a dedicated place in your home for wellness. Whether your goal is a daily meditation or yoga exercise, or just a daily journaling routine– having a space for it gives you an incentive to keep it up. While some aspects of this space depend on personal preference and the amount of room available, some aspects are universal. We’ve compiled a list of considerations for how to create wellness spaces at home to help guide you.
Let Intention Guide You
Rather than setting a goal for your wellness space, start off with an intention. Goals and objectives drive a great deal of the stress we aim to alleviate through our wellness practices. So leave the goals out of it and create a foundation of intention in your space.
Make it Your Own
Make your space a reflection of what you hope to find there. A piece of art that makes you feel peaceful, an object from your travels, or a reminder of your spirituality are all things that can help to make your space reflect your personality. Having a pet in your meditation space can often help you relax.
If you're working with a tiny apartment in the city, your available space is going to be quite different than if you have a sprawling country estate. So work with what you’ve got. If you intend to maintain a daily yoga practice, you need to have enough room to do your asanas, but for simple meditation, you need very little room. The size of your space is far less important than your intention for it.
Visual clutter creates mental static, which is the last thing you want in your wellness zone. If you're creating a meditation space in a corner of a room, you may want to use a screen or curtain. This creates a visual threshold so your wellness space feels separate. If your space is noisy, use a white noise machine to help neutralize distracting sounds. If you're using a phone or laptop for music or white noise, make sure it's out of sight and out of reach.
Ground With Nature
If you're fortunate enough to live somewhere with a suitable outdoor area, it can be grounding to create your wellness area outdoors. The benefits of being outdoors can only contribute to your wellness practice. A fountain can provide you with soothing white noise, and indoors, a miniature version can do the same. If you’re unable to create an outdoor area, then some beautiful houseplants can help set the tone. Select plants that are easy to maintain, because sickly or dying plants are guaranteed to have an adverse effect on your peace of mind.
You’ll know your wellness space is ready when you step into it and feel a wave of calm wash over you. Invest some time into getting your space to where it feels just right, and you'll reap the benefits tenfold. Now, enjoy your sanctuary in your little private Shangri-la.
Katie Marie is a writer, avid yogi, and outdoor explorer. She spends most of her time practicing meditation and wellness using organic elements within nature.
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