With everything going on in the world, we are all feeling a bit anxious and stressed out. That’s why it’s more important than ever to create a living space which allows you to feel calm and centered during this uncertain time. Whether you’re currently in quarantine and want to do some spring cleaning, or are just trying to limit your time out in public, this blog post will give you a few tips and tricks on how to turn your bedroom into a calming sanctuary.
Minimize Your Belongings
Ever look at those photos of rooms on Pinterest and wonder why you can’t get your space to look as calming and pleasing to the eye? Chances are, your room is currently overtaken by all kinds of clutter, as was the case for me before I discovered the concept of minimalism. Now, I’m not saying you need to purge all your belongings and become a full-blown minimalist, but getting rid of a few excess items will help to create a more calming and relaxing space.
There are several ways to go about decluttering your space, however the one I’ve found to be the least stressful and easiest to upkeep is Marie Kondo’s method. Watch her show on Netflix or pick up her book if you can. She gives some amazing tips for how to go through your belongings one category at a time and let go of what doesn’t spark joy. It’s important to remove items from your space that are no longer serving you. Also, try clearing your surfaces, such as bedside tables and tops of dressers. This can make a huge difference in the appearance of your space. If you are unable to sell or donate items at this time because of quarantine restrictions, place the items in bags and remove them from your bedroom.
The colors in our environment can have a huge impact on our mood. And while some may love bright colors and bold patterns, most people find that soft neutrals create the most relaxing interior space. Try incorporating lots of whites, soft grays, and beige. For some pops of color, consider sticking with blues, light pink, and lavender. Dark colors can make a space look smaller and more cozy, while light colors will make your space feel more open and airy. Keep in mind that getting rid of excess clutter is also a great way to remove distracting colors and patterns. Try keeping only a few of your favorite pieces and giving away other items to friends, donating them, or at least removing them from your space for now.
Another way to add some color to your space, while also bringing in a natural element, is by adding plants. I personally love tropical looking plants with large leaves, however there are all kinds of plants out there. It’s important to add some touches of nature into your space to help you feel more connected to the natural world. Plants also help to keep the air clean, making them good for your health as well.
If you live in a colder climate or your room doesn’t have a lot of natural light, try sticking with low light plants. A personal favorite of mine is the Peace Lily, which loves water and requires minimal sunlight in order to stay alive and happy. Other indoor plants that can grow in low light include snake plants, ferns and bamboo. And if you live in a warmer climate or have lots of natural light in your room, try getting some succulents and cacti. They love sunlight and need minimal water, perfect for those of us who aren’t great at remembering to water plants.
Add Tapestries and Natural Textures
Tapestries are one of my favorite decor pieces because they cover up so much wall space, are fairly easy to hang and come in so many color options. With tapestries you can really add a lot of personality and color to a space. If you don’t want to buy a new tapestry, you can also use large printed scarves or sarongs that you already have or find at thrift shops as wall hangings. I do not recommend hanging tapestries in front of windows, as this can block out the natural light, making your room feel too dark.
I also love to have some natural elements in my space, to keep me feeling grounded and connected with nature. These can be pieces you buy or make, such as a dream catcher with wooden beads or a woven beach bag hung as decor. Crystals are another favorite decor item of mine, which come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Many people also believe that different crystals have certain energies and healing powers, ideal for bringing into your new personal sanctuary. You can also add natural textures to your room with linen or cotton window curtains and bedsheets, preferably in white or another light neutral.
Burn Essential OilsBurning aromatherapy essential oils not only smells amazing, but can be extremely calming as well. Use lavender oil to soothe anxiety or a citrus oil to help you stay awake and get things done. There are several different types of diffusers that you can buy to burn oils in. Many newer ones are electronic and some even light up different colors. You can also find ones like the one I own, which is made of ceramic and requires a tea light candle in order to diffuse the oil. It’s totally up to you what you feel comfortable using in your space. Keep in mind however, that some essential oils can be extremely toxic to pets. You can look up a list of safe oils to burn around your pets, but consulting with your veterinarian is always the best idea.
Burning Candles or Incense
If you don’t like the idea of burning essential oils, try candles or incense instead. If possible, try to purchase handmade, organic, soy-based candles from a small shop. This way you have a better idea of what is going into the candle you purchase, while also supporting a small business owner. Etsy has some great options, and if you are able to access local small shops at this time, you can check there as well.
Incense is generally easy to find, I usually order mine online. Just keep in mind that it may not be best for those with a lung condition, such as asthma, or who are currently feeling ill. And it’s always a good idea to keep a window open while burning something that creates smoke.
Listen to Calming MusicSeveral studies have shown that music can have a significant effect on your mood and emotions. So try finding some calming, soothing music to play while you are in your room. Look for a playlist that contains some light rock, soft electronic or even meditation music if you don’t know where to start. If you’re feeling a bit anxious or depressed, you’ll be amazed at how much listening to uplifting music can help boost your mood.
Do Yoga in Your Space
With all the fears going around over the virus, you might not want to or even not be able to make it to your local yoga studio or gym where you take classes. So now that you have a calming sanctuary as your bedroom, take advantage of it by doing some yoga in there! Clean off your yoga mat and find a yoga class or session to follow along with online or make up your own flow with poses you’ve learned in class. Doing yoga at home and at your own pace is a wonderful way to feel more connected to your body and your practice.
Above all, remember to stay safe, practice good hygiene and social distancing. Soon enough we will be able to get back to our regular lives, but in the meantime, you can enjoy cleaning and creating a space that you love to spend time in. Thank you for reading and have fun turning your bedroom into your personal calming sanctuary!
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About the author
Arielle Dalia is an ocean loving, tropical soul based out of New York. She is passionate about travel, sustainability and veganism. Arielle loves to pursue writing, do yoga and hula hoop dance in her free time. Her future goals include creating content to inspire others to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.