9 Simple Ways to Implement Mindfulness at Home
It’s true that mindfulness can be practiced anywhere: during your commute, at work, during your break, when you walk, when you eat or when you write. However, there’s no place for mindfulness like home! Often, we don’t know where to start when someone tells us to bring mindfulness to our space. We’ve rounded up nine practical ideas on how to be more at peace and how to enjoy the moment within your four walls, so keep reading to discover how to implement mindfulness at home.
1. Pick the Best Colors for Relaxation
Bold colors like gem purple and cherry red certainly look amazing in some environments, but they don’t help create a simple and calming vibe at home. Neutrals are always a better way to go since they are easy on the eyes and help create a perfect, restful look for all mindful spaces. However, don’t think off-whites are your only option! If you combine a pale grey background with soft sage green and charcoal accents, you’ll get relaxing, yet attractive results.
2. Get Rid of Clutter
Visual clutter can really pose a distraction and throw off your vibe. Even if you think you enjoy creative mess, subconsciously you might be suffering and feeling unfocused and unproductive. Luckily, there are many great furniture pieces that will help you put your clutter away until you really need to use them. Cabinets with doors and drawers, dressing tables, coffee tables, benches and ottomans can all provide you with extra storage space while also looking very attractive. Leave only a few décor elements with a positive aesthetic vibe and you’ll feel a lot better in your space.
3. Get (and Use) a Dining Table
Many of us tend to eat our breakfast on the go, gobble up our food during lunch and “enjoy” our dinner on autopilot in front of the TV. However, all of this will make you miss out on all the delicious smells, tastes and textures of your food. Also, you’re more likely feel unsatisfied after a hurried meal. So, if you don’t already own a dining table, make sure to get one and use it regularly. Focus your attention on your food, eat it slowly, chew, savor and enjoy the aftertaste.
4. Ditch Uncomfy Furniture
If you want to have a mindful space, getting designer furniture that’s just for show won’t do you any good. In order to actually relax and unwind at home, you need to be completely comfortable and not think about whether you’ll ruin your expensive sofa or wear out that designer armchair. Instead, purchase furniture that’s durable and comfortable. Things that get better with age are also a great idea since the lived-in, vintage vibe is amazing for mindfulness.
As you get older, you tend to wake up feeling stiff and sore instead of fresh. But, don’t let those negative feelings imprison you in your head. Set your alarm a few minutes earlier to stretch your muscles, warm up your ligaments and get the blood flowing. Really feel as your muscles elongate and relax, as your organs wake up and as your body gets ready to tackle the day. It will give you a nice boost of energy and make mornings a bit more pleasant.
6. Pamper Yourself
Next time you shower, don’t just wash your body and hop out like someone’s chasing you. Really pamper yourself by getting good hygiene products and shower accessories. A few products that are scented with natural ingredients and enriched with vitamins will do wonders for your skin, body and mind. Start your shower by noticing the water flowing over your skin, the scent and texture of your products, the feel of your hands on your body and the clean feel after your step out. Those may seem like little things, but they will instantly make you feel more present, and relaxed at home.
7. Add Some Plants
Adding even just one plant will not only look good but it also make you happy and focused, and even filter out the indoor air. But, if you have a green thumb, consider planting your own garden and tending to it regularly. Feeling and smelling the soil, watering and pruning is a great way to practice mindfulness and be grateful for everything mother Earth gives us.
There’s no denying that meditation has various beneficial effects on happiness, inspiration, peace and relaxation. Often, all you need is just 10 minutes of mindful meditation to get in touch with your center, become present and find your focus.
9. Buy a Diffuser
Humans are very sensitive to smells, especially synthetic chemicals and other man-made fragrances. However, natural essential oils can shroud your home in a beautiful aroma that can have many beneficial effects. Some scents soothe headaches and nausea, some help with relaxation while some simply make you feel better and happier. It’s really a great way to ground yourself, heal and enjoy life.
Interested in other ways your home can help your mind? Check out how minimalism can actually decrease stress.