Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
The world can be a whole lot of fun, but it’s also true that it can be somewhat chaotic from time to time. From commutes to beeping cars and the noise of society, it just isn’t always as peaceful a place as it should or could be. As such, it’s important that we have a personal space that allows us to unwind and relax fully. And of course, the best place to do this is in your home. Below, we take a look at a few tried and tested ways to up your home’s zen levels, in the process creating a space that’ll allow you to restore your energy, and be ready to face the outside world.
Let There Be Light
Step out of the darkness and into the light. Metaphorically, and literally. If your house is dark and dingy, as some homes are, then you’ll find it difficult to find that zen state of mind, which is always connected with light and airy spaces. There are always ways to get more natural light into your home. For example, you can move anything bulky away from the windows, and add mirrors — they’ll bounce the light that comes in around the home.
Our surroundings have a big impact on our state of mind. If you were in, say, a tranquil Japanese garden, then you’d be much more likely to have a calm state of mind compared to, say, if you were in a car park. So take a look at your home: what will the vibe of the property be doing for your state of mind? If it’s overly cluttered, then so will your mind. Perhaps it’s time for a clear out? Skips can be useful for this task. Hire one, and throw in anything that’s no longer needed. There’s a reason why the minimalist route has been so celebrated: it’s more than a design choice, it’s a look that feeds into a calm state of mind.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with technology — indeed, it has done a lot of good for the world. However, it’s hard to deny that it’s not exactly relaxing. It keeps your mind in a constant state of alertness: not good for those people who want to switch off. While it’s hard to escape tech altogether, you can limit how much time you spend on it by creating tech-free zones in your home. Imagine how relaxed you’ll be after spending a few hours in a room, just you, a book, and some comfortable pillows? Lovely
In the Yard
We mentioned a Japanese garden before, and, yes, achieving the tranquility of those spaces is probably going to be difficult. But you can still do a little to nudge your garden in the right direction! Some comfortable seating, some easy to manage plants, a bird feeder to attract wildlife, and a water feature will all help to put you in a calm state of mind, be it early morning or in the evening.