It can be hard to keep your home tidy, especially if you have pets, kids, a partner or other people who you share space with. The one non-negotiable I’ve learned over time is the importance of creating a calming and peaceful environment in my bedroom.
My bedroom is my sanctuary – it’s the area where I intentionally create a calming energy and it’s also an area in which I create a “safe space” where there are no tense conversations or draining energy. There are a few tenets I’ve discovered really help create the perfect space for me, no matter where I live.
No clutter zone
Dishes can be in the sink, laundry can not be folded in the laundry room or living room but the “rule” I try to live by is not creating clutter in my bedroom. There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of clothes in a pile in the bedroom where you’re trying to create zen vibes. Actually. There is something worse. Getting into an unmade bed makes me feel less clean for some reason when I get in it. So I always, always make my bed – it might not be a perfectly made bed but even loosely fixing my sheets and duvet makes such a difference.
Some people really love bold, deep or bright colors in their bedroom but for me when I think of the energy I want to create, the colors need to match that. I stick with neutrals, perhaps some pastels or a specific color palette of blues that remind me of the ocean. According to the Moffitt Cancer Center, blues are a highly peaceful color that can help with stress management and encourage a sense of calm.
Have a cozy blanket
I recently got introduced to a weighted blanket, and it’s been incredibly calming for my anxiety. I tend to get anxious and worry so feeling bundled up and safe in a weighted blanket has really made such a difference. Even if you have a throw or a nice set of sheets (mine are from Brooklinen and absolutely so comfortable) that makes such a difference.
Create grounding rituals
Journaling is always a grounding activity for me. It helps me get in touch with how I’m feeling and what’s going on in my life. If we’re not reflective then life can feel like it’s just passing us by. Having a morning and nighttime ritual where I journal in bed really helps me associate my bedroom as a calming place that helps alleviate stress and mind clutter.
Remove unnecessary technology
I used to have a TV in my bedroom but I realized when I did this, I would go to sleep later because I’d be watching my favorite shows or I’d stay in bed longer in the morning because the first thing I would do is turn on the TV to “wake up my eyes”. Once I removed the TV from my bedroom it helped me associate the bedroom with a non-technology zone. The same does go for your cellphone. If you typically have a lot of screentime at night due to phone use or you use the excuse that your phone is your alarm, it may be time to invest in an alarm clock or a sleep monitor that has white noise or artificial light that can help wake you up in the morning.
Do you have any tips on how you create a calming bedroom?