How to encourage mindfulness in the home
It seems every year has a new buzzword which journalists apply to just about everything from work and food to fashion and home design. Previously we’ve had the Danish ‘hygge’ and the Swedish ‘lagom’ and in 2019, the word of the moment is without doubt ‘mindfulness’.
Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment and being attentive to your thoughts and emotions as they happen. Easier said than done thanks to the constant distractions of modern living, but could how you decorate your home help promote mindfulness?
We think great home interiors should innately evoke a peaceful state of mind, after all, its where we are supposed to unwind after a long day. But if your home is lacking in zen and leaves you stressed just what can you do? Here are some tips to help promote mindfulness.
Our brains need natural light so maximising the amount available in the home will help create a feeling of wellness, and during daylight hours it also helps make a space feel open and airy. Never block windows with objects, and if renovating a particularly dim room it may be worth seeing if you could fit more windows or skylights.
When it comes to artificial lighting, go for those cosy warm bulbs in the bedroom and living room to help you relax after a long day. Go for starker white-light bulbs in the kitchen and bathroom — the places you tend to go first thing in the morning, to help you wake up and welcome the day.
Giving a room a lick of paint is a marvellous way to breathe in new life. But, be warned it’s not just a case of selecting a colour you like and slapping it on the walls. Some psychologists believe that different colours can foster various emotions and feelings.
Neutrals and pastels are calming, making them the perfect choice for spaces where you want to promote a feeling of tranquillity. While this makes them an obvious for choice the bedroom, why stop there?
There’s nothing quite like a walk in nature to help you chill out and “check in with yourself”. Plants make people happy, and it stands to reason that putting them in your home will have a similar effect. While you don’t have to go for the millennial ‘urban jungle’ trend, a few plants will work wonders to create some zen in the home.
Even if you aren’t green fingered, don’t opt for plastic there is no substitute for the real thing. Instead, speak to someone at your local garden centre about plants that are extra hardy.
Don’t neglect your other senses
Of course, it’s not just the aesthetic of a room that matters. Being in the present moment means being aware of all of your senses. This means when it comes to rugs and furniture how comfortable an item is, is as (if not more) important as it looks.
Don’t forget about your nose and ears either, looking after them is as simple as playing some music and lighting a scented candle!
Create a designated ‘zen den’
Some times we all need to escape when stress leaves us feeling overwhelmed. Create a dedicated ‘zen den’ in your home you can go to relax and meditate when the darkness descends. It could be a part of your bedroom with a big comfy pillow, or perhaps even your bathtub.
It just needs to be somewhere you can run away from your digital devices and people to take a bit of time to focus on yourself, after which you can emerge refreshed and ready to take on the world again.