Embracing Hygge at Home to Live a Mindful Life

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As the weather continues to get colder and less pleasant, we look toward our homes as a haven. Here we can barricade ourselves from the elements and find some much needed peace of mind. What you’ve included in your home and have chosen to be a part of your daily surroundings plays a major role in your mood. You can either let the darkness outside influence your home’s interior, or you can choose to seek comfort and coziness inside. With those principles in mind, there is no better home decor trend than hygge to look toward. Hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) is a Scandinavian way of living that promotes personal happiness and contentment through being comfortable and cozy. Here are ways you can embrace a hygge lifestyle in your home to beat the winter blues and live mindfully. 

COZY UP YOUR FURNITURE

The furniture you include in your space says a lot about you and your home’s personality. For example, a leather sofa can communicate that you like things sleek and polished, while a soft sofa with lots of pillows says that comfort is your top priority. What accessories you choose to include in tandem with your furniture also speaks volumes. These extra decor pieces give you the perfect opportunity to not only add more personality, but also easily incorporate hygge.

With the chill in the winter air, a soft blanket offers a dual purpose. It’ll keep you warm during those times you want to curl up and cuddle, while also cozying up the space when draped on the back of the sofa. Add in some plush throw pillows and you’ll be all set! Your coffee and end tables can also be cozied up with the addition of a few candles for soft lighting — candles are very hyggelig. These minor additions can transform a space from a bland room to one that promotes comfort and relaxation. 

LOOK FOR CALMNESS IN COLORS

Color is extremely important in any space you spend time in, as it has the ability to impact your mood. With this in mind, you want to ensure you’re using calming colors on the walls of specific rooms. The most important places to create this sense of tranquility through paint color are your bedroom, bathroom, living room and home office. Neutrals or muted tones of blue and green are some of your best options when trying to create a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere. 

Once you have the wall color decided on, work shades of that color throughout the rest of the room to spread its calming nature. Rugs, throw pillows, blankets and small decor pieces are all great places to expand the color through any room. Loud, boisterous colors like bright reds, oranges and yellows, can have an adverse effect and agitate you instead of calming. It’s alright to use these colors if they speak to you, just use them sparingly. 

FIND COMFORT IN BED

One place we can always rely on for comfort is our beds. But what about when you start tossing and turning or waking up with back pain? If your bed is no longer a source of comfort, it’s probably time to get a new mattress that can satisfy your needs. Then once that’s under control, you can make sure the rest of your bed/bedroom accessories are helping you get the best, most comforting night’s sleep possible. 

Consider what type of sleeper you are. If you tend to get overly hot at night, look for moisture wicking sheets, a lighter comforter and some cooling pillows to help keep you from waking up drenched in sweat. Being able to look toward your bed as a reliable source of comfort is essential, especially in getting the rest you need every night. Without the comfort you should be finding in bed allowing you to sleep well, you’re putting your overall health and wellness at risk. 

INCLUDE SENTIMENTAL TOUCHES

Nothing will provide your home with comforting and calming touches quite like personal items that have special meaning to you. Whether it’s an heirloom or an item that evokes a fond memory, using them as decor in your house will help make the space feel like home. That old sewing machine that belonged to your great-grandmother, for example, might make a great statement piece in your living room. 

Photos are another easy way to add a sentimental touch to your decor. Make a hanging canvas print to hang in your entryway and greet you with fond memories every time you enter your home. You can also include old family photographs from past generations in with your more current images to show off your personal history and keep you always surrounded by the comfort of family. 

CREATE A BATHROOM OASIS

If there is any place in your home where you should feel comforted and pampered, it’s your bathroom. Take the space from bland to spa-like with only a few minor adjustments! Start with color. As mentioned previously, this is one of the places where you’re going to want to use calming tones, both on the walls and in your accent decor like rugs. 

Hygge is all about finding comfort in your space, so light some candles in the bathroom and take a hot bath with epsom salt to warm up before you go cozy up on the couch.

While you’re focusing on the bathroom, consider if you want to upgrade your bathroom’s metal features, like rods and faucets, if you haven’t done so before or are just in need of a simple change. This quick makeover isn’t required for your hygge transformation but it can make a big impact on how you think about your space. Copper is a great choice when you want to give a chic and spa-esque impression. You can also upgrade the inside of your shower with a new showerhead that mimics rainfall. That way every time you shower, it’ll be a peaceful and relaxing experience that allows you to escape even just for twenty minutes. 

Adding hygge into your home’s decor provides you with the perfect tools to live more mindfully and focus on your personal wellbeing. Taking the time to include comfort and coziness into a few key areas can truly make all the difference in your happiness. 

How Your Surrounding Space Can Help Improve Your Mental Health

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Whenever there’s an opportunity to make yourself feel better, seize it! The world is a hectic place, but your life doesn’t have to be.

Therapy isn’t the only way to improve mental health. There are some things you can do on your own to make yourself feel better – the space around you plays a big role in that. 

Do you know that feeling after cleaning up the house or decluttering your desk? That’s exactly what we mean by making yourself feel better. That feeling of motivation and positivity proves to what extent our surrounding space impacts our mental health. 

Here are some tips that can inspire you to improve your well-being and make meaningful changes to your space (and hopefully your inner and outer peace). 

Declutter regularly

“When my house is not in order, I don’t feel in order.”

Clutter can feel like your worst enemy. Picture yourself at the happiest you’ve ever been. Now imagine entering into a cluttered apartment. That feeling of disappointment that you are feeling only at the thought of clutter is proof that your surroundings play an enormous role in your life. The good news is that it doesn’t take that much effort to bring a positive change and to make yourself feel better. Decluttering requires a little will power and a couple of hours of your life (weekly or monthly depending on your desired level of decluttering).

Redecorate

Everybody enjoys a change here and there. Redecorating and changing your space can have a positive impact on your mental health. Those changes don’t have to be immense. Even the slightest update in your living room can put a smile on your face.

Why don’t you consider adding more plants to your space? You probably already know how healthy they are for their air-purifying elements, but they have some healing powers too. Plants will create a more natural atmosphere that will be more pleasant to be in.

(Caitlin’s note: I recommend Wild Interiors and Just Add Ice for indoor plants!)

Apart from adding green to your surroundings, you can bring more colors to your life by painting the walls. Colors can influence moods, so you should choose them carefully. For example, the blue color is known for its calming and soothing power, while yellow can boost your energy and put you in a better mood. 

Rearrange the furniture

While redecorating might require some time and money investment, rearranging the furniture definitely takes less effort but has a big role in elevating your mood.

My mum used to do this a lot when I was a kid, especially when she was feeling blue. A different living room set-up would always brighten up the house. Since my childhood, this was my go-to method for making myself feel happier.

Eventually, which furniture set-up works the best for you and your family depends on, well, you and your family. Try more options until you settle for the one that fits you the most and supports your daily activities in the most productive way.

Spruce up your workplace

“We are defined by where we spend our time.”

For most of us, our workplace is where we spend the majority of our time. There’s no denying that our job and office highly impact our mental health. So how do we turn this to our advantage? 

1) Add more plants

Plants are a must-have for every office space for health reasons and productivity. Even if you’re not working from home, but in a shared office space, there’s no way your colleagues or managers will object to having plants in the office. 

2) Clean and organize your desk 

Your desk needs to be taken care of regularly. Try to tidy up your office desk as soon as you are done for the day. Avoid keeping unnecessary documents or paper on it, that’s what file cabinets are for. Your desk should be fully optimized and free of clutter. Office tools like binders can also be very practical and can help you keep your space organized.

3) Let there be light and air

Good lighting and fresh air are crucial for every workspace. Nothing like those sun rays to make you feel productive and alive! 

Bonus tip: Leave the window open while you are on your lunch break. There is less chance that you will feel sleepy after eating if your office is well-aired. High temperatures can also cause you to feel sleepy, hence not productive, which is another reason to let air circulate.

4) Get a pet

A pet-friendly atmosphere will lift the mood of any workplace. If you are working from home, why don’t you consider getting a pet? If you are managing a workplace, definitely consider getting a pet for your employees. Not only that you will have a beautiful distraction from work, but you will also give and receive so much love, which will eventually make your work blossom.

5) Get inspired

Different people get inspired by different things. Your office space should reflect your personality, your desires, and your goals. You’ve surely noticed how some parents put framed photos of their children on their desks. It is what keeps them going, what makes them feel good and productive. It can be anything, from photos of your close ones to vision boards, places you’d like to visit, anything. What makes you good at your job? What’s your goal? Feel free to frame it and put it in a visible place so that you can get daily reminders of your path.

6) Add some colors

You will hear quite often that employees complain about the lack of color in their workplace. If you are one of them, share this constructive feedback with your managers so that they can consider adding some colors to your office. 

If you are lucky enough to be working from home, you should definitely do some research on colors that would fit you the best – not only can the right colors do wonders for your productivity, they can also improve your well-being and lift your mood. No need to paint your home office walls if that’s not your cup of tea; there are other ways to add color – rugs, paintings, photos, ornaments, etc.

The most important advice I’ve ever received was to always listen to myself. You should do the same. If it makes you feel bad, get rid of it. Experiment with your home, office space, walls, and furniture as much as you want until you get it right. Create a space where you will feel peaceful and happy – what more could a person ask for?

About the author

tess

 

Tess Cain loves being organized. If she is not working at office.eco, then she’s dedicating her time to staying clean, clutter-free and organized. She also likes the outdoors, working out and volunteering.