As the holidays are approaching, we’re slowly nearing the time of New Year’s resolutions, reflection upon our habits, and a general vibe of everyone wishing the next year will bring us good things.
Well, the best place to start when wanting improvement has always been with ourselves. Many people are dissatisfied with the habits that form their everyday lives, or simply know that constant self-improvement is the key to a healthy person, both physically and mentally.
True, change comes from within, but did you know that the way you decorate your home can actually play an enormous role in forming your habits? Since your home is the place where you will truly be yourself and look for inner peace, after a while, it is emotionally perceived as a reflection of you, and in the same way, you can be a reflection of your home. So let’s make use of this fact to inspire some general positive habits, shall we?
This is the one that most people are struggling with, considering the long working hours, chaotic lifestyles, and overall availability of quick-to-grab junk food. The way you organize your kitchen can make all the difference. For starters, it wouldn’t be bad to invest in some kitchen appliances that you can use to make healthy smoothies and snacks, such as blenders, food processors or juicers, and leave them visible on the counter to remind you to always use them.
Also, empty out your fridge and cabinets of the unhealthy stuff – you’re much less likely to crave it if it’s not there. You can positively affect your eating habits even beyond the kitchen – put bowls of fresh fruit in the hallway, living room, and wherever else you like. They’re great as decorations and always having fruit within reach will get you to eat it. Another great healthy-food-decoration is herb plants, which you can also put anywhere.
Inner Peace and Positivity
Although it doesn’t sound like a habit at first, your attitude towards yourself and life is something that takes practice, routine work, and taking care of – just like a habit. And the kind of space you live in actually has a huge effect on this. That’s why you need a living space that holds a vibe of positivity and freshness – plenty of natural light and calm, light colours for walls, such as pastel or white. Also, a decluttered home means a decluttered mind.
Get rid of objects that have no functional value, and it doesn’t have to be as dramatic as it sounds – there are companies, such as Supereasystorage, that offer practical options with which you can store your things away safely and take them out whenever necessary. Once you’ve got the unnecessary stuff out of the way, get some plants in – they are beautiful, they produce oxygen, and they get you to be gentle and nourishing.
Most people want to start getting fit, but they don’t even have a designated space for throwing in a couple of stretches at home. Make a place in your home that will inspire you to exercise – just some free space with a yoga mat is enough, and you can start doing stretches every morning.
If you’re working from home, this little space is of huge importance, and it should inspire you to get up from your desk and get your blood flowing every once in a while. It would be good to put in some exercising props and a pilates ball which you can also use to sit on when working. Or, if you want to get into yoga, add some candles and incense sticks around the mat and make this your little yoga and meditation haven.
If you’re struggling with insomnia and fatigue, there’s plenty of little things involving your sleeping space that can help you solve this problem. First thing, obviously – you’ll have to invest in a quality mattress. It may cost you a lot, but it is definitely worth it.
Next, get cozy bedsheets and covers that are made from natural materials and make sure you air your bedroom often. Although many people have gotten used to some streetlights in their bedrooms, avoid this at all costs and get thick drapes if necessary. Even though you may fall asleep, sources of light significantly ruin the quality of your sleep, so turn off all electronics and don’t leave anything blinking behind, however tiny.
The space you live in indeed becomes like a living organism with time. It changes as you change and it needs to be constantly cared for. Establish a loving attitude towards your home, let it motivate you, and be proud of your continuous personal growth.
Guest post by Nina Simons
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Nina is a digital nomad, yoga aficionado and a travel enthusiast with a distinctive taste for home decor and fashion design. She's passionate about learning new things and sharing meaningful ideas. If you wanna see what she's up to, you can find her on Twitter
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