You don’t have to travel far to find peace and quiet; just carve out a small space in your home that will feel like a getaway. Travel to your own Zen Zone. Think of it as a spot where you go solely to de-stress. No screens. No work. You should feel like you’re entering your own little oasis.
A Zen Zone doesn’t have to be complicated. If you can set aside a room, great—if not, just a corner of a bedroom or study works.
De-clutter. In fact, start from scratch. Your Zen Zone starts as a blank canvas. Begin with the walls, using blues, greens or other low-key colors to help promote a relaxing mood. Hang artwork or photos that remind you of a joyous time. Natural light is ideal, so find a space with windows and hang some sheer curtains. Otherwise, install dimmer switches so you can bring the light down in the evening. Perhaps consider a Himalayan salt lamp that emits a soothing pink hue.
Think through every piece you put in there. What does this add? A Zen Zone doesn’t need a bunch of fancy furniture. Comfort is a priority. Maybe a loveseat or oversized chair fits best. Or just for-go the furniture—add some blankets to the ground and some pillows to create a soft spot for meditation. Some other ideas: Add a small coffee table or nightstand to hold a mug of herbal tea and an aromatic candle. A short bookshelf can hold some of your favorite tomes that can clear your mind. And plants, of course; add in some low-maintenance succulents or ferns.
Respect your Zen Zone. Don’t bring the laptop in. Leave stress at the door. Just half an hour each night in your little sanctuary can help prepare you for a great night’s rest. And a cup of tea basking in the morning’s light will invigorate you for the day.