In today’s always connected world, we are expected to be within finger’s reach of each other and able to respond immediately to any problems that might arise at work. Stress is on the rise because we are busier than ever regardless of the technology that promised to make our lives easier. As a result, finding a way to reduce stress in our lives should be important to prevent us all going mad.
An excellent way to reduce stress in your life is to create and cultivate a zen atmosphere in your home. An environment which is by design crafted to allow you to get away and relax as much as possible before jumping back into the maddening fray of modern living. This article will walk you through some of the steps to take to transform your home into a zen atmosphere and hopefully illuminate some of the benefits of taking these simple steps will produce.
Cleanliness is Zenlines
To be zen is to be calm, centered, and focused. To achieve a zen-like state, you should place yourself in a zen environment, and the first step to crafting any environment into a zen one is to clean, declutter, and organize that environment. It’s highly unlikely that you can keep a zen state of mind in an environment that is messy, where your mind is constantly distracted by the environment around you.
You should strive to find a place for everything in your home. When everything has a place, you will find that keeping a zen state of mind is much easier. Additionally, you’ll be far less stressed in general since it becomes easier to find anything you need in an organized environment and tasks become simpler to complete. Keep accessories and ornaments throughout your home to a minimum to help enhance the focused nature of the environment around you. Fewer items throughout the home mean fewer possible distractions for your mind to latch onto and take you out of a beautiful zen moment.
Finally, keep your newly organized and minimized home clean. Create a regular cleaning routine that can keep everything dust free. A healthy body that doesn’t struggle to breathe is a body that can more easily attune with zen. You should strive to get all the smallest details possible if you can.
No home is truly zen without a cool, breezy air flow. Increased temperature can also increase fussiness, and can make any chore that much more frustrating. This can be easily prevented by installing an AC. Since the maintenance of the AC can be a little tricky for the average Joe, you should consider calling in an air conditioning service to clean your filters in order for you to maintain the spick-and-span zen atmosphere in your humble abode.
Now that you have an organized and clean home, it’s time to bring some nature into your home to enhance the zen atmosphere that you’re cultivating. The easiest way to do this is to get some plants and start working on your green thumb. Studies have repeatedly shown that the presence of houseplants in homes reduces stress, and can increase overall life happiness. Aside from looking pretty, plants also help clean the air in any given space, and some plants are natural air filters that can reduce the amount of dust and allergens in the air.
Another natural element to consider besides plant is natural light. Try to arrange your home such that it encourages the entrance of natural light throughout. Natural light has been shown to have positive effects on health, and typically natural light is soft in nature, pouring in through windows that are easier on the eyes and ultimately, the mind.
Cool Colors Are Cool
To further augment the zen atmosphere in your home, we recommend you begin to weave cool colors throughout your home. Cool colors are typically blue and green hues which are relaxing to look at because they’re easy on the eyes. An excellent place to look for inspiration is the inside of spas. Take a trip to one, and you’ll rarely see the presence of bold, brash colors such as bright reds and oranges. Use cool colors to help cool your home to make it more refreshing and more zen.
Remove Electric Distractions
It should almost go without saying, but reducing the number of electronics can only raise the zen quality of your home. In today’s connected world, electronics are an increasing source of distractions and zen. We understand that it’s almost impossible to remove all electronics from your life, so that is why we recommend you create an entirely zen space within your zen home. In this zen space, do your best to remove as many electronics as possible to cultivate a space where your mind can achieve focus, relaxation, and ultimate zen. If you can, keep your phone and computer out of your bedroom. The constant notifications from your phone and having your computer so close to your area of sleep will do no good to your zen mood.
There we have it, a short list of simple tasks that can help create a zen atmosphere in your home. We don’t recommend doing all of this at once, instead, take your time and slowly cultivate your zen atmosphere. You’ll ultimately find it more natural that way and less forced. By taking these steps, you will find your rest more restful and hopefully, your stress less stressful and more manageable in your new zen atmosphere.
Meet the Author
This post was written by Chloe Smith. Chloe is a cycling enthusiast and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success. When she’s not working, she’s probably somewhere cuddled up with a good book, and a cup of lemongrass tea (or more honestly binge-watching the newest Netflix hit show).