We spend a great deal of time in the place we call home -- even more so in the winter. And there is no doubt that humans are greatly affected by their environment. So how might you bring a little extra joy into your home?
Okay, this is the most taxing of the ideas I have to offer, but it’s also the most impactful and deeply affective, so it’s worth mentioning first. Humans crave order. Mentally, emotionally, physically, we truly thrive in an organized and at all predictable environment, and thus cleaning your house is one of the easiest ways to bring some peace into your life. You might not notice how much you're affected by that dog hair piling up in the corner until you vacuum it up and feel the peace and relief brought on by those nice vacuum rows across the carpet.
Get into all the nooks and crannies -- all those places you gloss over in the tidying up you do throughout the week -- and rejoice in the resulting satisfaction.
We all know scent has a strong link to memory, but it also has a strong link to presence. Burn a favorite candle; diffuse a preferred combo of oils; plug in your favorite AirWick. Notice throughout the day how often you note the smell and congratulate yourself on that moment of presence all brought to you courtesy of a simple scentscape.
It’s pretty wild just how much a good song / playlist can improve our moods. So take the time to find / make some good playlists that you can play throughout the day. I personally like to have ones for different moods -- mellow morning mixes, dance-worthy evening tunes, songs to sing to as I clean… you get the idea. Turning around your mood can be as simple as turning on a good song.
Every house has store bought decorations within it, and sometimes those decorations truly do bring a person joy. But so might an item that carries a deeper meaning. Whether it be a painting purchased on a trip or a goofy picture of your dog, find ways to work those joy-inducing elements into spaces you see daily. Staged family photos can be great, but so can slightly blurry candids that evoke specific memories. Indulge yourself.
If you’ve not yet hopped onto the cacti-and-succulent train, this is your sign to make it happen. Plants (living things in general -- pet-owners know this!) have an instant impact on mood, and have even been linked to a higher sense of wellbeing. Caring for something outside of ourselves is always a healthy thing, and adding some green can be a great way to get a reprieve from the brown / white scenes of winter.
Whatever you do, remember that your space truly does have an impact on your mental wellness. Do what you can to nourish yourself by making meaningful adjustments to your home.
Brooke is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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