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True peace comes from within, but a peaceful space around us is just as important. Creating such a space is not hard at all and requires little effort and money; just a bit of motivation. The benefit is a stress-free zone in which you can really relax from everyday pressures.
In this blog I am going to share some ideas you can implement as quickly or slowly as you like to improve your mindset and the space around you.
It would be impossible to adopt a peaceful lifestyle without first acknowledging the ever-increasing presence of so much technology. Many of us cling to technology tightly because they have become dependent on instant gratification they get from social media and online interactions. Increased dependence on social media is not a good thing for any of us, but with more people feeling isolated, it is a way to communicate with the outside world. Limit your time for technology, allocate a time slot in your day, if you have other things planned to keep you busy you are less likely to spend hours on social media.
Why not have a technology free day?
Tell all your close contacts this is what you are doing, so not to worry them. Turn your phone off the night before and put it in a draw out of sight, unplug all your devices including your TV. Plan your day beforehand and fill your day with ‘me’ time – baking, reading, meditation, a workout, a long hot bath, a shower with all your favourite natural products (don’t forget to body brush before getting under the water) Put on fresh bedding and new PJS and enjoy the best night’s sleep ever! Now that sounds better than 10 hours looking at a screen
Tips to create a peaceful room
Light and air
Try to have as much natural light as possible, if you have larger windows make sure to use that feature to your advantage. Install see-through curtains of mellow colours that will let plenty of natural light in. Stay away from artificial light forms during daytime as much as possible. Spend most of your daytime hours in the room that has the most natural light.
In the evening do not use strong lights, dim them or place lamps and aromatherapy candles in your room. Also, all rooms should have plenty of air in them, open windows regularly.
There is nothing wrong with parquet or concrete floor but It’s just that stepping across a hard surface cannot be associated with the feeling of relaxation, quite the contrary. Therefore, you need to cushion your steps by introducing carpets and mats, but not just any, aim for the feeling of natural softness. Such as cotton rugs which are soft and soothe the feet. Choose neutral colours such as crème, beige and light earthy colours.
Why you need plants in your home
Not only do indoor plants enhance the overall appearance of a space, but they have been shown to:
Choose your colours wisely
It is so important to choose natural colours. Shades of light green are associated with relaxation. Green is the colour of plants, so when we look at it, our eyes automatically go into “calm mode.” White is another desirable colour, especially for furniture, carpets, and curtains. These shades should fit into the existing colours of your furniture and other items inside the house. If your sofa is grey, then place a greyish mat in front of it. All in all, the floor, walls, and the furniture should match well together when it comes to their respective colour.
The sound of water relaxes you. In nature, it is associated with rivers and streams which are the source of life and are naturally soothing. Having running water inside the house (other than the sink and the shower of course) is beneficial to creating your peaceful environment. By placing a small fountain on the coffee table or on the fireplace, you create the focal point of your natural living space.
Fill your home with ethically crafted décor
To create a more compassionate home, you cannot stop with just adopting a cruelty-free diet. You can do more by choosing ethically crafted items around your home. Read labels and be mindful of where the products you buy are made and that they were produced in a Fairtrade environment. Create a plastic-free home introducing more reusable items to replace plastic throw away products. You may need to do this slowly as these items cost a little more initially but will save you money in the long term due to their durability and of course, you are being kind to our planet.
Your home workspace
The workplace can be highly stressful, especially for those who work in high-stake and high-pressure jobs. What can you do to make work more peaceful?
There are quite a few ways to create a more calming experience; they are easy to implement once you know what they are.
Improve your posture
Taking measures to improve your posture, especially when working at home, can work wonders on your peace and comfort. This is particularly the case if you sit at a desk that is not set up to help you be as comfortable as possible. If you can, find ways to adjust your desk or workspace in a manner that allows you to sit with good posture and align your body in a healthy way. Take regular small breaks and stretch your arms and legs.
Aromatherapy is the practise of using specific scents to evoke certain emotions and feelings. Peppermint, lemon balm, frankincense, and rosemary are all great scents that you can add to your work desk to lift your spirits. Try an oil diffuser as it will disperse it throughout your work area.
Mindfulness is better for productivity than multitasking, which is really an impossible feat to master, as the human brain is not designed to handle multiple tasks at once. Besides helping achieve more, mindfulness can help you experience greater peace and allow you to keep an open mind where new points of view and information are concerned. There are many apps and websites that guide you through mindfulness exercises, you could also read a book on mindfulness on your technology-free day.
Clean and organise your space
Clearing the clutter from your workspace can add clarity and peace to your everyday life. Organise your paperwork and put away everything you are not using. Use a natural cleaner to wipe your desk and work surfaces.
We mentioned natural light above, this is vital in the room you choose to work from home.
How to stop worrying
Now that we have created a calm and peaceful space to be in, we need our minds to match this.
To stop worrying is tough, but it is not impossible. If we adopt a few notions on worrying from the Buddhists, an astounding change can take place. Here is how to do it!
Understand the mind
Our minds jump from one thought to another. When something attention-grabbing comes up, the mind naturally wants to think about; the only problem is that it easily slides into worrying. This requires awareness to stop it.
The more you worry the more you become agitated. We get wrapped up in something that may not even necessarily exist! Take a step back and walk away, clear your head of thoughts then take a fresh look, try to see the issue from a different angle and with more reasoning.
Knowing that worrying doesn’t help
Worrying does not help or solve anything. Think of all the times you worried about things in the past. Did it help in any way? Notice how you are in the present moment with your current worry and ask yourself if it will be any different.
Stop searching for a solution
We worry because we feel out of control in certain situations. We are searching for a way to feel in control again. The uncertainty can be hard for the ego to accept. Instead of fighting that uncertainty, learn to embrace it. The bottom line is you cannot control everything, the universe operates on change. It is a hard truth, one that defines our life…whether we want it to or not.
When we practice mindfulness, we allow things to fall into place. We are in the present moment, a part of us deep inside is detached from the outcome. It gives us a sense of peace and contentment. Things flow easier when we do not push them to happen.
Let things go that you cannot control. Only use your energy on things you can control, this brings happiness and calm to you and those around you.
Sharon Hemming Co-founder of MettaLife