From meditation classes and yoga nidra to silent retreats and everything in between – over the past year mindfulness has become one of the biggest wellness trends to watch out for. It seems we need it – what with work, kids, bills and other stressors constantly tugging at us – it’s becoming more and more difficult to just.chill.out.
Knowing this, it can seem overwhelming or low priority to keep the house in order, but the research shows we might want to reconsider relegating spring cleaning to the warmer months. Basically, tidy house equals tidy mind equals lower stress levels and a space that you actually want to come home and relax in. So what does it take to create a mindful, inviting space to prop your feet up at the end of a long day? Interestingly… not much! Get started today with these 5 simple steps.
Create a mindful space by mastering the art of tidying. Practice non-attachment to anything not serving you and create space for beauty, light and love. Rather than a philosophy of 'minimalism' it's a matter of saying goodbye to the things that are just ‘okay’ and surrounding yourself only with the things that bring you joy.
Bring the Outside, In.
There’s nothing more zen than an indoor garden, so surround yourself with gorgeous greens and breathe in the clean, filtered air they provide. Look for ferns, peace lilies, spider plants and dracaenas to help remove toxins like formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia. Pssst - taking care of plants can become a mindfulness exercise in itself. Pause, breathe and show your plant babies a little love.
Set the mood with zen inducing essential oils and incense to give your space warmth and glow. Reach for grounding oils like patchouli, cedarwood, and pine to help calm your nervous system and use them to create rituals that signal a change of pace in your busy day.
The one piece of advice no one wants to hear, am I right? But limiting electronics can make a big difference in the overall vibe of your home. Of course this can be difficult if you work from home or have a partner who lives for his weekly Netflix marathons, so if nothing else, keep them out of the bedroom to create a mindful space to rest and encourage deep, restful sleep.
Make it a Lifestyle.
Mindfulness means paying closer attention to your surroundings, in and out of the home. Your home is simply a metaphor of the way you experience your life every day, so to truly zen your space it has to start with you. Allow the philosophy of mindfulness to permeate your thoughts, actions and feelings and before long you’ll notice how zen every part of your life has become.