5 Tips To Transform Your Bedroom Into An Oasis Today
Originally published within ‘The Innovation’ Publication on Medium
Just because we’re back in lockdown doesn’t automatically negate pampering. Sure the ability to have others touch, like in a massage, is limited or not possible right now. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pamper yourself.
The art of transforming your bedroom into a sacred space of retreat in order to relax and rest is rapidly gaining mainstream traction. Scientific studies show that our bedrooms are the ideal location to rest and unwind. It’s that space we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, let go and sleep. It can become a private sanctuary for building and increasing intimacy and sensuality.
So why not transform this space from functional to nurturing?
5 Reasons To Transform Your Bedroom Today
1. Everyone needs sleep
Sleep requirements can vary across our population due to age, sex and health status. According to scientific studies and the US National Sleep Guidelines, “most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more. And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, most older people still need at least 7 hours of sleep.”
Creating a welcoming space for an individual to sleep uninterrupted is vital for ongoing functional health, regardless of age. Vacuum your bedroom, especially the dust bunnies behind your bed! Sleep on a decent pillow. Wash your sheets weekly.
You’d be surprised how the presence of dust influences your breathing at night and therefore interrupts your zen time.
2. Create an inviting space
Sounds logical, but sleeping in a space that is chaotic is not conducive to relaxation or a good night’s sleep. Our body has an energy field around it which detects information, just like our senses do inside our body.
If your bedroom space is inviting, we’re likely to instantly relax when in it. We’re not talking spending thousands on redecorating. Use what you’ve got. Spring clean the space and see how it feels.
If your bedroom space is cluttered, junked to the max, or trip hazards are present, you simply can’t relax. So clean up, re-arrange, take action!
3. Use props
The use of simple decorations can take a basic bedroom into a space of oasis. I recommend small items which can be easily stored away later after use, like a candle on a special stand, meditation cushions or even a reading chair.
We all have unique needs to relax. It’s highly likely that you’ve already got what you need inside your home already, but it’s not in arms reach.
During the day, our throw rugs and pillows create a space to read or relax, a time out from members of the household during COVID.
During the evening a candle on a carved timber stand, some aromatherapy, or even a salt lamp creates ambience for connection with self or partner.
4. Signature scent
Ask any woman I know about the first thing she notices when taking herself to the day spa. She’s likely to tell you a couple of things and the aroma or scent of the space is critical.
Our ability to detect and allocate a sense of smell is directly hardwired to our brains and nervous system which responds to flight or fight. We are hardwired to detect pungent odours and run. Cue the word ‘vomit’, and you’re unlikely to want to watch someone throw up! Similarly, we are wired to relax our nervous system to specific pure scents.
The limited use of quality aromatherapy from cold-pressed extracted oils is very useful to send subliminal messages of relaxation to the brain whilst we sleep. additionally, if you’re wanting some ‘bedroom exercise’ without your clothes on, oils can be a fantastic aphrodisiac used in the steamer to heighten stimulation and even orgasm.
5. Mood music
Not everyone is a fan of Marvin Gaye, but let’s face it, certain music is fantastic for simple relaxation. You might find music with words offputting and try simple classical music. Alternatively, you might try hypnotic infused tracks which last for six to nine hours and won’t wake you when the track changes.
Just because we are in COVID lockdown is no excuse to feel trapped or limited in any way. The external world is chaotic with many triggers for us all. The need for personal sanctuary right now is high.
Utilise the tips above to create your own relaxation oasis today. If your home is your castle. Your bedroom should be a private sanctuary. Make it so!
Karen Humphries is a Kinesiology Practitioner, Health & Business Coach, self-confessed laughaholic, and now Breast Cancer Advocate residing in Gippsland Victoria Australia. She loves being of service to the world with her humorous and positive approach to life, encouraging people to ‘choose to change and bloom from within.’