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5 Tips for the Girl with Vitiligo Seeking a Zen Space

If you’re like me, your bedroom is your haven – your safe space from a world full of questioning eyes and anxious interactions. It’s a place where you can just be you, with no questions asked. And as a girl with vitiligo, you crave that refuge.

Your bedroom should be your retreat from the overwhelming, crazy world outside your window. It should be a place for you to relax and feel your best – uninfluenced by society’s understanding of the skin condition you wear every day.

I set out to create my own bedroom retreat – full of natural light, cozy accessories and inspiring designs that leave me renewed and ready to face the world again. Here are my tips for a creating a zen space for the girls with vitiligo who need just that

Simplify your space by putting everything in its place.

Putting everything in its place goes beyond decluttering and organizing your room. This is about arranging your room – furniture and accessories – in a way that flows for you. Think about the last room you visited where everything just felt right. What did it look like? How was it organized? What did you like about it? I like rooms that make it easy to access the things I need. So I have a clothing rack that lets me display my dresses and tops and I use one of my dressers as a vanity so I can put out my makeup brushes and accessories.

Bring fresh, natural scents into the room with lemons or flowers.

A new scent can breathe life into a room. Fresh cut lemons exude a refreshing, invigorating smell into my room. I always have a few on hand and cut them open and set them in small dishes around my bedroom. The result is a natural air freshener that leaves me feeling like it’s a new spring day, every day. If you don’t like lemons, try any variety of flowers and display them in small vases around your room.

Place lamps around the space to create soft, soothing light.

Lighting really can change the mood of a room. I always prefer natural light, but when I can’t have that, I go for lamps instead of harsh overhead lights. Spacing a few lamps around the room in a variety of shapes and heights can create a relaxing, stress-free atmosphere. I use a combination of floor and table lamps in various corners of the room to create a balance of light in my bedroom. You can also add string lights to a wall or window frame to add extra glow without the strength of overhead lighting.

Create an inspiring quote wall to lift the energy of the room.

Your room is your safe haven, but you’re still alone with your thoughts – and a mirror. So fill your walls with inspirational quotes and pictures that build your confidence. I recently created a frame wall from pictures of my sisters, downtown city streets and motivational quotes. The pictures of family tell me that I am loved. The city pictures remind me of good memories spent with friends. And the motivational quotes inspire me every time I read them.

Add soothing elements like a soft carpet or comfy chair.

Cozy and comforting accessories can help you relax and feel at home. My favorite pieces are a soft white overly-fuzzy carpet, a wool blanket and a reading chair. There’s nothing better than taking off my shoes and sinking my feet into the soft carpet at the end of the day. You can also add extra pillows to your bed, get fuzzy slippers or invest in a fluffy bean bag chair.

What does your zen space look like?

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Erika Page

Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. Her first spots appeared on her spine when she was seven years old and today vitiligo covers her entire body. Based just south of Washington, D.C., Erika founded Living Dappled to create a community of inspiration and hope for girls and women living with vitiligo.

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