In today’s bustling world, marked by constant notifications, online meetings, and ever-expanding to-do lists, do you make time to disconnect and relax? Pausing to recharge is vastly underappreciated, despite its considerable benefits. A recent study by UCL highlighted that these short breaks can boost work efficiency and alleviate stress, paving the way for a more restful sleep.

That’s the purpose of creating a Zen Den. Whether it's an entire room, a comfortable spot for reading, or a niche within a wardrobe, it should serve as a tranquil area for reading, meditation, or simply escaping the whirlwind of daily activities. Each Zen Den may vary, but certain advice can assist you in creating an ideal retreat.


  • Choose the right colours: From the strokes of paint coating the walls to the accents of decor, the choice of color holds immense power in shaping the atmosphere. Embrace soft and neutral hues, not only to elevate your mood but also to kindle a sense of inspiration and innovation.

  • Light it up: Lighting is key to creating an inviting atmosphere, and natural light reigns supreme. A study by NCBI suggests that regular exposure to natural light during the workweek can boost energy levels and promote better sleep. In instances where natural light isn't accessible, opting for softer, dimmed, or diffused lighting can cultivate cozy pools of warm light, enhancing the overall ambiance of your space.
  • Keep it clean: A disorderly Zen Den contradicts its purpose of tranquility. Regardless of the location you select, it must be devoid of clutter and unnecessary possessions. A crucial guideline for this sacred space is the absence of distracting technology. Thus, ensure phones, tablets, and laptops are tucked away, allowing your Zen Den to serve as a true sanctuary.
  • Add an accessory or two:Transform your new chill-out zone into a reflection of yourself by adding personal flair. Consider showcasing a single, striking oversized artwork on the wall and embellishing it with snug throws, plush pillows, and the gentle flicker of candles or essential oil diffusers. Strive for a harmonious blend, avoiding excessive clutter while imbuing the space with warmth and comfort.
  • Set the rules:Craft specific rules for your Zen Den, whether it involves creating a schedule, setting time limits, or outlining its intended purposes, and adhere to them diligently. If the objective is to foster mindfulness, refrain from allowing work-related activities into this haven.

Once you've settled into your tranquil retreat, immerse yourself in relaxation. Explore the soothing melodies of ambient music, engage in mindfulness meditation, or savor a moment of solitude with a steaming cup of tea. With time, you'll witness the profound impact of this daily respite on your overall well-being, productivity, and sleep quality.

1. Javier S Bautista, “5 benefits of taking breaks,” UCL, 07/02/2020

2. Mohamed Boubekri, “Impact of Windows and Daylight Exposure on Overall Health and Sleep Quality of Office Workers: A Case-Control Pilot Study,” NCBI, 15/06/2014


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