Would you like to know more about mindfulness and apply it to your home? This article has all the answers.
Mindfulness is a bit of a buzz word these days used in all kinds of settings, from schools to corporate meeting rooms. You have likely heard it a lot, but do you really know what it means? Understanding it can bring really great things to your life. It’s a really great practise and one that also has a true place in the home. Let’s take a closer look:
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is our ability, as humans, to only focus on the present moment. This sounds pretty simple but when you think about it, how much time do you spend dwelling on the past or the future? How aware are you truly about where you are right now, what you are doing and what you are feeling?
Once you start practising it, it becomes apparent really quickly that it is not easy and you will need lots more practise to get it right. For further reading checkout one of the most well known mindfulness experts, Eckhart Tolle.
How To Make Your Home More Mindful
How can you put a state of mind in your home? Well… you can’t. But what you can do is make your home lean into the idea of being more in the moment, enabling your personal space to boost and support your mindfulness efforts. Here are our top tips to help you make your home a healthier space for your mind:
Decluttering is a practise that has many benefits, creating a space that is healthier both physically and mentally. If you don’t have time to sell your things or deliver your items to charity try popping them in cheap self storage. Cheap self storage is also handy for clearing space in the home quickly, like when people come to stay or you need to setup a home office.
Make The Bed
Making the bed when you get up is a little act of self care that you can do in just a few minutes. Leave your phone to the side and straighten out those sheets, fluff up those pillows and take a breath knowing you’ve completed a small act of love for yourself today.
Create Technology Free Zones
Technology can pull us out of the moment, especially items that connect us to social media. You can create technology free zones with blankets and books, binoculars or a paper and pen depending on what you like to do. This will encourage technology free activities which will then encourage you to be more mindful.
Nature is one of the best ways to feel more immersed in the moment which is why bringing it to your home is important. It could be some pot plants on the windowsill, a little herb garden outside, a bird feeding zone on the patio, or clearing window space so that you have a better view of nature outside. Even images of nature can be relaxing and bring that beautiful stripped back feeling into the house.
All too often we can get caught up into the idea that we need to continue to consume more and more. This is bad for the environment, your bank balance and your home. Instead, consider learning more about minimalism and the idea that less really is more in both the things you have, and the way you live your life. Quality over quantity, as they say.
“Having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships. The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” – Tenzin Palmo
Understanding mindfulness is a really great thing for any human because it can bring so much more contentment and a lot less stress. Hopefully, this article has given you a great starting point to work from so that you can start to live a more mindful life both within your home, and within yourself.