7 WAYS YOU CAN MAKE YOUR HOME MORE MINDFUL
Updated: Nov 17, 2020
So here we are, halfway (hopefully!) into our second lockdown. We hope you are all holding up ok? We are finding with this lockdown we are able to work a bit more freely, but the social side of our lives has pretty much ground to a halt, apart from the odd socially distanced walk with a friend. As we are inherently social beings this lack of interaction can have a negative effect on our mental health if we are not careful.
At Owl Design we have always believed your home should make you happy, but this pandemic has made us realise that your home can so much more than that. We wrote a blog on how you can make your home more mindful back in 2018 so we have re-looked at it and added a few more tips that you can start implementing straight away...
According to Psychology Today, mindfulness is a ‘state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future’. It has been proven to make you happier, and even healthier, and is practiced anywhere from primary schools to company retreats.
We have looked at ways you can align your home with this practice, so it feels calm and serene. Here are our tips on how create a more mindful home:
As William Morris so wisely said 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful". So de-clutter and let your favourite statement chair shine:
Photo credit: Owl Design | Veronica Rodriguez
2. LET THERE BE LIGHT
Natural light provides us with Vitamin D, which in turn supports a healthy immune system, helps us sleep better and enhances our mood. If your home is quite dark you can switch bulbs to ones that mimic daylight (avoid fluorescent ones at all costs as they can make you feel depressed and anxious according to studies) and it is a good idea to install dimmers in living areas and bedrooms to help you wind down gently at the end of the day.
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3. NATURAL MATERIALS + MUTED COLOURS
Fill your home with natural materials, tactile textures and muted colours for an overall feeling of calm. Use surfaces such as lime wash walls, unfinished wood, rattan and linen. This dining area by Anthology Creative Studio sums up what we mean perfectly...
Photo credit: Anthology Creative Studio
4. SENSORY DETAILS
A glorious view, some driftwood you found on the beach, a piece of art you love, an artefact that has personal meaning, your favourite song. Psychologist Amy Wood says "your surrounding environment greatly influences your thoughts and feelings. Create your environment consciously to make your interior world as pleasant as possible.” We couldn't agree more.
Photo credit : Felix Forest
Studies have shown that just a few minutes outside can boost someone’s mood, which means that nature is integral to well-being. So why not bring nature in with house plants and fresh flowers. You can even treat caring for a plant as a daily exercise in mindfulness.
Photo credit: Ingredients LDN
6. QUIET SPACE
Try and find a space in your home that you can escape to when needed. Whether you can turn a whole room into a dedicated meditation room or can just about squeeze a chair next to window vista, make sure you have somewhere you can sit and just be for a while. Practising mindfulness has been proven to have many health benefits but even just having an area to have some ‘time out’ to read a book or listen to a podcast is going to make a big difference to your energy levels and mood.
Photo credit: Kennedy Nolan
Spending time in good company is known to be good for your mental health. Why? Humans are social beings by nature, we are supposed to be in support groups. From caring for each other’s young ones, to hunting for food – all these primal activities were done in groups. The world might have moved on from this way of living, but that instinct is still there.
To encourage social interaction in your home first of all look at the layout of your living room and make sure the seating is pointing towards each other rather than at a TV to encourage conversation.
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Also, if in the market for a new one, choose a round dining table over a rectangle one so everyone can see each other equally. And lastly always try to eat your meals at the table. Make it as inviting as possible with beautiful table linen and crockery. Turn it into an event so you want to sit there rather than staring at the latest Netlfix show.
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