In this day and age, with inflation on the rise and political turmoil rife across the world, it can be very easy to feel anxious and stressed. In fact, according to recent reports, 26% of American adults say they felt more stressed leading into the new year – a 20% increase from last year.
This is part of the reason why mediation, as a practice, is becoming more and more popular. According to new statistics, an estimated 500 million people now meditate worldwide, with meditation said to improve anxiety levels by more than 60%.
If you are feeling more stressed than usual, meditation could be the answer you need to calm your nerves and feel more content with where you are in the world right now. But where exactly should you meditate? It can be difficult to do so in the home, especially if you have a family – it’s kind of hard to find peace with yourself when your toddler keeps trying to show you the new toy they got from their cereal packet!
In fact, many people find it easier to get out of the house and utilise some of their other spaces – such as the garden shed – to create their own unique meditation spot. With this in mind, here’s how you can turn your shed into the perfect spot to practice meditation and feel the problems of the world begin to ease away:
Strip The Shed And Fill It With Comfort
The first thing you need to do, of course, is stripping the innards of the shed and make it an empty space. Once this is done, you can fill it with objects that are comfortable and cosy. Mediation doesn’t necessarily mean laying down a rug and sitting cross-legged on the floor. There’s nothing stopping you from purchasing cosy, discount furniture where you can sit and contemplate if that feels more natural.
Think About The Lighting
Lighting is also important when it comes to mediation. As you’re in your shed, hopefully, there will be at least one window that can bring in some natural light. If not, consider a small renovation project to ensure the shed has more light – as well as more structural rigidity to help it through the winters.
Add Relaxing Aromas
Relaxing aromas are also a must during meditation. Try to avoid candles – for obvious reasons – and go for incense sticks or essential oils instead. There are many reasons pleasant aromas make us feel more relaxed, so make sure you don’t forget this little detail and ensure your meditation space is always inviting you in.
Make It A Part Of The Garden
Obviously, your shed exists in your garden, but there’s nothing stopping you from going one step further and actually inviting the garden into your shed. Plantlife and flowers are said to reduce stress levels, and they can be perfect for making the space feel far more natural, soft, and ultimately beautiful.
Make It A Part Of You
Lastly, you want to make sure that your meditation space is a reflection of you. Make sure you personalize your space – either with your favorite art pieces, photographs, or even drawing your own inventions onto the walls – and keep it completely your space rather than just another spot in your home.