- Wellness and meditation experts, Karen Stone and Colin Reeve reveal how to transform a bedroom into the perfect meditation space.
- Research shows that only 11% of adults feature meditation in their sleep rituals, despite studies indicating its significant benefits.
- Founders of Peaceful Way Retreats and peaceful martial art, Washindo, Colin and Karen offer cost effective advice to help increase the number of those benefiting from meditation.
Wellness experts, Karen Stone and Colin Reeve have teamed up with Get Laid Beds to offer advice on how to transform your bedroom into the ultimate meditation space.
With only 11% of adults admitting to using meditation as a relaxation technique, these tips will help those looking to include meditation into their routines in a cost effective way.
Karen and Colin say:
“Our bedrooms could become an ideal space to meditate in. It’s where we go to switch off from our busy day and wind down for sleep or spend our early waking moments preparing for the day ahead. It makes sense therefore to be intentional about how to create the most relaxing and calming space where we can slow down our busy minds and set ourselves up for a peaceful night or focused day to come.
Here’s our top tips to help you get the best physical and mental relaxation experience from your bedroom as a meditation space”
Soft and Gentle Lighting
“Light is the most powerful trigger for our circadian rhythm – our biological body clock and natural way to regulate sleep which, before the advent of electricity, was governed by sunrise and sunset. In the time before sleep, keeping the lighting low is key. Consider changing your bulb to a lower lumen rating or choosing a cool light colour.
And when you are ready for bed, it’s best to make your bedroom as dark as possible for sleep, so blackout blinds can work or a good blindfold to minimise any light disturbing your circadian rhythm.”
Invest in the Best
“Most of us spend about a third of each 24 hours in bed, so it’s worth investing in a quality bed, mattress and bedding that’s designed to help you feel comfortable. Think about pillows and props for either sitting or lying with the right support and soft/hardness for your preferences.
If you are looking to create a space to meditate in before sleeping or after waking up, perhaps that could be a corner of your room that you set up for just that purpose, furnishing it with props- a comfortable cushion, a soft blanket or wrap to cover your shoulders and a solid surface you may chose to sit with your back to.”
Clean Up & Clean Out
“Removing unnecessary clutter from your bedroom and, ideally leaving tech out of your sleeping space, will help you to unwind and move towards calmness. It’s difficult to centre your thoughts if you have a messy space – clear surfaces, calming colours, minimise accessories and choose items that reinforce a space for meditation and reflect who you are.
A candle scented with lavender can be a great way to introduce a calming scent to your relaxation space, and a perfect focus for your meditation. Consider introducing a plant into your bedroom, not only a lovely way to connect to nature but certain plants are also helpful in purifying the air.”
“We all know how stressful it can be if there’s a lot of noise when you are trying to relax. Using sound in the right way can be really beneficial to move you towards a meditative state. There are plenty of apps and recordings of calming music so do your research to find what sort of sounds are relaxing to you- whale sounds aren’t everyone’s idea of calm!
If you are seeking absolute silence, invest in some good earplugs to block out unwanted sounds or use ‘white noise’- a background sound that’s consistent and can mask other noises- like a fan for example.”
Take Time to Pause
“Carve out a set amount of time to practice a pause and be deliberate in creating a mini ‘retreat on the inside’. Use your breath to focus your attention and just notice it, coming in … and going out. Commit to just ‘be’ – no agenda, no place to go, no reflecting on your day or thinking about tomorrow, just sit in this present moment.
Training your awareness in this way promotes relaxation and even a few minutes can help you recharge and refresh and provides an opportunity for your nervous system to regain balance.”