After a long stressful day, all you want is to curl up in bed and relax. Getting a good night’s sleep can be challenging when your mind is still churning with all your daily worries. Turning your bedroom into a zen sanctuary creates a space just for you—where you can finally find peace and quiet.
You can purchase new bedding and bug door screen to quickly elevate your space, but you’ll need to make a few lifestyle changes if you want to curate calm in your bedroom. The most significant difference will come from turning off your devices and turning your room into a sanctuary for inner peace.
- Ditch the Blue Light in the Bedroom
If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, you need to look at your use of electronics in the hour before you head to bed. Blue light can negatively affect your circadian rhythm, tricking your body into thinking it’s daytime when it’s time to go to sleep.
Make your bedroom a technology-free zone. Don’t scroll endlessly on your phone while lying in bed or turn on the TV to create ambient noise. Create a routine that tells your body that you’ve entered your safe space when you enter your bedroom. Here you can relax and be free of stress.
- Invest in Sheets You Love
Find what makes you feel the most comfortable. Nothing will make your bed feel more inviting than cool crisp sheets. Choose soft, calm colors like off-white, soft yellow, or pale blue. Some people prefer a heavy duvet or cover to help soothe their anxiety. Others prefer a light quilt to keep cool.
Your bedroom is your oasis. Invest in your bedding so you are excited to slip into your sheets. Keep your bedding clean, and change out your pillowcases often. If you don’t want to do more laundry, buy an extra set so you can switch out your sheets and keep them fresh.
- Feng Chui Your Space
Use Feng Chui in your bedroom to allow energy to flow freely through your space. Add a headboard to your bead to remind yourself that you are supported. Let your bed command the room’s attention, reminding you energetically that this is where you sleep.
Create symmetry on either side of the bed to leave space for your partner. Keep it all balanced with matching end tables and lamps. An aromatherapy diffuser can help add soothing scents like lavender or chamomile into your room and encourage relaxation. Think of indulging all five senses.
- Install a Bug Door Screen
Airflow can also improve ht energy in your space. If you have an entrance to your patio or balcony from your bedroom, a magnetic screen door is essential if you want to keep bugs out of your zen sanctuary.
Your bedroom won’t be very relaxing if unwanted pests like gnats and mosquitos make it their home. Keep them outside where they belong by installing a bug door screen. It’s much more affordable than a sliding screen door and easier to set up.
- Make a Meditation Corner
Now that you’ve made your bedroom a technology-free zone utilize it for your daily meditation. Set up a cozy meditation corner in your room and challenge yourself to find 5-15 minutes a day to be mindful.
Meditate in the morning to set the intention for your day. Or, if you struggle to calm your mind try a guided meditation to help you fall asleep. It may involve a little technology … but we won’t tell if you don’t.
- Use a Sound Machine
If you live in an urban area, ambient noise from traffic or neighboring bars can make it challenging to find peace. A sound machine can drown out the city sounds and create a soothing white noise to help calm your mind.
Some people prefer the shhhhh sounds of white noise. Others prefer pink noise, which consists of frequencies recognizable to the human ear, like the ocean or steady rainfall. Most sound machines can produce either type of noise. Experiment and find what helps you relax deeper.
- Let the Sun Shine
You may be tempted to hang blackout curtains to allow yourself to get a few more hours of shut-eye, but letting natural light into your bedroom can help you sleep better. Not only does sunlight provide vitamin D and signal your body that it’s time to wake up, but exposure to the sun’s rays can help you produce more serotonin.
Getting your daily dose of sunlight can help balance your mood and better handle the day’s stress. Even if you hang curtains, open them wide when you wake up and greet the morning with a smile.
- Keep a Gratitude Journal
Substitute scrolling Instagram before bed or checking emails immediately upon waking up by keeping a gratitude journal. Each night write down three things you feel grateful for. Then, jot down a couple of goals or affirmations to start your day off right in the morning.
Like meditation, keeping a journal can help calm your mind. You’ll feel more zen when you are more present in every moment of your day, from waking each morning to falling asleep each night.