5 Simple Ways To Increase Mindfulness In Your Home

Increasing mindfulness at home will bring more peace and reduce stress

“Mindfulness” is more than a trendy buzzword. It’s a state of awareness that focuses on your present thoughts and surroundings. And while the concept has turned into a hot topic only recently, mindfulness has been a Buddhist practice for almost 3,000 years.

These days, we need mindfulness more than ever! We’re constantly connected to the world. For many of us, technology is the center of work and entertainment.1 To get into a better habit, start by focussing on your home. This is, after all, the space where you fall asleep and wake up. Your home is where you return to after a long day at work. Why make it stressful? With these tips, your home will be a place where mindfulness thrives.

Why Is Mindfulness Important?

The perks of being mindful range far and wide. Studies have found that it improves working memory, cognition, and focus.2 3 Anxiety and stress will also take a nosedive, helping you get through those rough patches.4

Physically, mindfulness enhances immune function.5 Trying to lose weight? Being mindful limits appetite and impulsive food choices, making it easier to eat well.6 You’ll even find it easier to quit smoking with this practice.7

How To Make Your Home More Mindful

1. Disconnect

Disconnect from gadgets more often to be in the present moment

Electronics can really fog up your home and mind. As it is, your days are probably flooded with notifications, messages, and newsfeeds. So, it’s just digital clutter getting in the way of the present moment. And then there’s blue light released by electronics and absorbed by our eyes. This disrupts the internal body clock, making it hard to fall asleep.8

Find moments to disconnect, for example, just when you wake up or before you fall asleep. Experts recommend turning off electronics at least 1 hour before bedtime.9 Have a friend over for lunch? Turn

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off notifications and just enjoy the company.

2. Hang Up Fewer Mirrors

Use fewer mirrors to reduce anxiety and stress

Mirrors might make a room look bigger, but it’ll only harm mindfulness. In fact, research has found that mirror gazing increases stress and anxiety, even in mentally healthy patients. It can increase self-awareness but not of the good kind. Mirrors make awareness turn into self-criticism.10 And when you’re trying to be more mindful, this will work against you.

Limit the number of mirrors at home. For many people, ideally, one is more than enough.

3. Decorate With Houseplants

Grow houseplants to be inspired by nature and reduce stress

Mother Nature is the best tool for

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self-reflection. Now, if only we had the ocean or mountains at our fingertips! The next best thing? Bring the outdoors in by growing houseplants. It’ll encourage a connection with nature and, most importantly, your surroundings.

Gardening can even relieve stress, according to a study in the Journal of Health Psychology.11 You don’t need a full-blown farm. Even a modest windowsill garden will do you much good.

4. Practice Minimalism

Owning only those objects that bring value brings peace of mind

Minimalism and mindfulness go hand in hand. The less you have, the more you can develop peace of mind. This doesn’t mean you toss out everything you own. Instead, minimalism is about owning what brings you value. Everything else – the useless clutter – goes out the door.

Minimalism is different for everyone. The common thread, however, is that happiness isn’t

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dependent on things. “Trim the fat” and focus on what’s most important.

5. Clean Regularly

Clean regularly to be hygienic and make room for mindfulness

De-cluttering won’t matter if your home is dirty. Dust and grime, after all, can be a huge distraction. A mindful home prioritizes cleanliness. This means doing the dishes, making the bed, and vacuuming, which will help you feel your best. It’s the best way to improve hygiene and control allergens like dust mites.12 Your home doesn’t have to look like a museum! But in order to make room for mindfulness, cleaning is key.

To actively practice mindfulness, meditate every day. Even 1 or 2 minutes of this peace and quiet will make a huge difference.

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