Are you looking for ways to bring mindfulness into your home? Our home is one of the only environments we have direct control over. If you’re looking to create an area to practice mindfulness effectively, start by looking at your home. Just a few tweaks could give you the space and freedom to open up to calm, and feel less stress.
We spoke to counselling kinesiologist Joy Li from Joyfulli, about how to make your home into a place where you can recharge, be inspired and feel happy.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about turning your attention to one thing; what’s happening right now, what you’re doing, and the space you’re moving through. It’s easy for us to be lost in our thoughts, planning ahead or even worrying about issues from the past. With mindfulness we’re practicing being fully present. Some ways we can do this is through meditation, or simply being conscious about the space around us.
Keep Your Home Tidy
Are you looking to find calm and order amidst the chaos? Give yourself a head start and bring mindfulness into your home by keeping your room tidy. Our living space is a reflection of our mind, mood and the care we take for ourselves. By putting things away at the end of the day you’re being present to creating a grounding and calming space for yourself.
It’s a good idea to declutter once in a while, and sort through the items you actually love or need in your home. Take a look on your shelves; those books and pieces of decor all accumulate dust which can play havoc with your allergies, or pick up mold which is terrible for your health. Moving forward, be mindful of the items you’re bringing into your home — Do you really need it? Can you avoid items with excess packaging?
Li recommends that you “donate what you no longer need. There are many amazing charities out there that could benefit from your generosity.”
Create A Relaxing Bedroom Space
Let your bedroom be one of the simplest spaces in your house. Cutting down on clutter means you go to sleep and wake up in a calm environment. Remember to make your bed in the morning, as it’s a simple way to create a calm space and set your day up with good intentions.
“When working with clients with sleep issues,” explains Li, “I always emphasize the importance of sleep hygiene. If your bedroom is cluttered with work related things like computers, phones and documents, subconsciously, you have not switched off from work mode to sleep mode. Inevitably, you end up tossing and turning, because you are distracted by things you haven’t done.” As well as switching off from computers and phones, leave the television in the living room and go tech free in the bedroom.
One of the ways that we can concentrate on mindfulness is by breaking routine, for example, making a conscious decision not to sit on the same part of the sofa every day. You could consider rearranging your furniture to have adaptable seating arrangements.
Choose an area you feel comfortable in for meditation by assigning a quiet space were you can relax. For variation, pick another spot with a good view out of the window.
Bring Nature Indoors
“Our connection to nature can really uplift your spirit so why not exercise your green thumb?” recommends Li. It’s amazing what a difference greenery can make to your space.”
Plants are a soothing way to create calm in your space, but as well as visual stimuli did you know that many plants remove pollutants from the air? From ferns to peace lilies, and ivies in between, houseplants are a great way to remove formaldehyde and other irritants released from paint, dry wall or flooring.
During the day, welcome in as much natural light as you can. However at night, you’re better off reducing exposure to bright lights before bedtime.
We’ve all heard that the screens and devices we play with emit blue light, this can be bad news for our eyesight and our sleep habits. So create a space for yourself where you’re switched off. Li recommends creating an evening ritual an hour or two before bed that involves switching off the television and opening up a book to help you unwind. “Books don’t interest you? How about taking a bubble bath, do some light stretching, journaling or meditation before bed? It really sets the tone to wind down and prepare you for a good night’s rest.”
With mindful intention for bedtime, you may consider installing blackout curtains in the bedroom. Street lights that flicker through the night are one thing that can keep you from good sleep, and thicker curtains can reduce noise too!
There are a range of different ways you can bring mindfulness to your home, so start by thinking about which of the above tips could help bring positive change to your space.