How to create a mindful home
We hear a lot about mindfulness these days, defined as “paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”. This concept is showing up in all areas of our lives but can it be applied to our homes? We think the answer is a resounding yes! After all, our homes are our connection to health, happiness and well being, the perfect place to incorporate mindfulness.
Here are our tips on creating a more mindful, zen-inspired home:
- Be conscious about the items that are brought into your home. Before you fill the vacant spot on the shelf, appreciate how the space feels with less “stuff”. It can be refreshing to live with a “less is more” aesthetic until exactly the right item presents itself.
- Embrace minimalism. Surround yourself with only the items that you really love or serve a genuine purpose. Everything else is just clutter.
- Stick with a neutral or soft color palette. To embrace minimalism, the vibe should be clean and soothing; calming yet sophisticated.
- Incorporate natural elements. By adding items made of wood, marble, hides or cork, your space will exude warmth and coziness.
- Keep all of your surface areas clean and tidy. Clearing your counters, addressing unopened mail, discarding long-forgotten toys will make your space look fresh and organized. Did you know that the appearance of clutter actually makes us feel more stressed? We produce more cortisol when we see excess “stuff” because we associate a messy home with failure. So bring on your inner peace by cleaning the clutter!
- Make your bedroom your sanctuary. There is nothing more important than getting a good night’s sleep. We believe that sleeping spaces need to inspired, luxurious and tranquil. We recommend treating yourself to an organic mattress, organic bedding and an air purifier. This the one area in the home where chemicals are an absolute no no. To wake up refreshed, the air quality in our bedrooms needs to be optimal. So open those curtains and windows and let the fresh air and sunlight stream in!
- Finally, add greenery throughout the home. Bringing flowers and plants into your space promotes happiness and creativity. Studies show that plants can actually stimulate creativity and add a spark of imagination. And let’s face it, who does not feel more cheerful when greeted by a vase full of beautiful tulips!
January is a great time to make some healthy changes to our lifestyle. Let 2018 be the year where simpler really is better and serenity is achievable.