Your home is your safe place, your haven of relaxation. Or so it should be. However, we totally understand that switching off at the end of the day is not always as easy as it sounds. We can’t take the stress out of day-to-day life, but we can offer some tips to bring the concept of mindfulness into your home through interior design.
So, what is mindfulness?
‘’A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.’’
It’s being at peace with the moment. It’s putting everyday thoughts of weekly food shops, kids’ homework and the next big meeting at work all to one side. It’s you-time. And it is so important.
How to bring mindfulness into your home
Say goodbye to clutter
It’s the end of the working day. You’ve made it home and gladly shut the front door behind you. Leaving the hectic energy of your day on the other side. To truly revel in that sweet feeling of relief and weight being lifted off your shoulders, surround yourself with clear spaces. Scattered worktops are not only a distraction for the eye, but for the mind too. Use handy storage hacks to keep organised. As they say, ‘‘tidy space equals a tidy mind.’’ Not only will you find it easier to unwind, but good organisation can streamline everyday life. No more rushing around in the morning searching for your laptop or house keys.
This principle of clear and open spaces can also apply to your furniture and room layout when aiming to create an anxiety-reducing design. Try to leave open spaces by keeping furniture positioned on the edge of the room to stay free of obstructions.
Tickle your senses
Without even realising it, your environment has a huge subconscious impact on your ability to relax and unwind. Appeal to your sense of touch by making your home perfectly comfortable. You can add soft fluffy blankets and scatter cushions across bedding and sofas to add an extra warm touch. Ensure that you have your perfect choice of firmness for your bed pillows and mattress to maximise your quality of sleep. Use air fresheners and candles to create a comfortable aroma through your sense of smell.
Bring the outside, in
Never underestimate the power of a trusty house plant. Not only a super on-trend accessory, but plants have proven health benefits, both physically and mentally. A touch of greenery in the window can improve productivity, reduce stress and even increase the quality of air you breathe in. If you’re saving floorspace, hanging plants are a great way to inject some life into your home.
Let there be light
Natural light can completely change the ambience of a room and even boost your mood. Don’t over-clutter windowsills and use light coloured blinds and curtains to maximise the light, open feel.
When night falls, bright lights are not so desirable. Use small lamps or a dimmer switch to reduce the light before bedtime, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere that will send you off into a deep sleep.
Create a quiet space
You don’t need to have an entire room dedicated to your down-time, you can easily incorporate your own little corner of bliss into your home. It can be as simple as an armchair next to a window looking over the street or into the garden. The key to a quiet space is to minimise distractions. Keep your space free of clocks and any technology and surround it with things that positively impact you. Whether it’s a notebook to doodle your thoughts in, or a novel that you can completely lose yourself in. This is your space and your time to relax.
If you enjoyed this blog, then make sure to check out Carrie Cotton: 3 Ways to Make Your Space Feel Like Home.