Do you ever feel like you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of what we call life? We are so busy working towards a better future that we seem to forget to take a couple minutes to enjoy the present moment. Stress can also build up day after day which affect your personal well being and can even cause physical illness in certain instances. It is important to unwind, relax and enjoy a moment alone to refresh and clear your mind. Doing so will increase productivity, mental alertness and overall attitude.
While it may not be feasible to take a vacation every couple weeks there is another way to get a couple moments of relaxation at the end of a crazy week. A great alternative is a meditation or relaxation room.
Make the Best of Your Meditation Room
Quiet and Alone
Choose a room that is not a main gathering area and especially avoid the living space, kitchen or dining room. It doesn't have to be a particular room set aside specifically for meditation. Your bedroom, home library or reading room can make a perfect make shift relaxation area if you are tight on space. Also, find a way of locking the door if it doesn't already have a lock built in. You don't want to be disturbed while all of the stress is melting away.
Bright harsh lights will not relax you so dim the lights down to a soft glow. If you do not have a dimmer, light a couple candles or open the blinds slightly for a small amount of natural light. If you prefer to be in a brighter room only choose natural light sources as they can make you feel good.
Chaise Lounger or Recliner
You will feel more relaxed if you are able to stretch out and lay back. A recliner or chaise will keep you in a slightly elevated position so that you are able to meditate about the day without completely falling asleep.
Write it Down
Have a pen and pad of paper close by so that you can write down any thoughts, ideas, quotes or tasks. If you find that you are constantly thinking of one particular thing writing it down will help to clear it from your mind which will allow you to relax even deeper.
Certain tasks or hobbies have also been known to relax; for example drawing, knitting, crochet, painting, puzzles and model building. If you have a quiet and simple hobby that relaxes you, have it close by so that you can pick it up when you are relaxing.
Word of the Day: Meditation
The practice in which an individual trains the mind to induce a mode of consciousness to realize some benefit. The benefit can be relaxation in itself.