Our homes should be a place to retreat and recharge. But, during these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re now doing everything at home: working, eating, exercising, sleeping. So it’s become more challenging to relax, properly manage stress, and find time for ourselves.
One solution, however, is to practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness has increasingly become a practice that adults incorporate into their daily lives, whether through meditation, yoga, or breath work.
A report from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey found that the number of adults in the United States who meditated in the past 12 months tripled between 2012 and 2017.
With the added stresses brought on by the pandemic, this number is likely even higher now.
In fact, the
While mindfulness is something you can practice on a daily basis, regardless of location, it helps to carve out space in your home that’s dedicated to mindful activities.
“Being within a space that generally feels good to you and has limited distractions, especially technological ones, is a great place to start,” says Nina Lawrin, an ethnobotanist student and yoga instructor.
Lawrin suggests connecting to nature, whether that means setting up your mindfulness corner near a window that offers natural light and outdoor views or being near houseplants.
You want to make sure you have a quiet, safe space in order to be fully present. So it’s also a good idea to choose a spot in your house that doesn’t get a lot of traffic, like your bedroom. This will help reduce the chances of someone walking in and disrupting your mindfulness session.
Additionally, your mindfulness corner should be free of clutter and distractions. To reduce clutter, limit the items to what’s absolutely necessary to facilitate your session.
The items in your mindfulness space should stimulate your senses — they should promote calmness, allow you to center yourself, and help tune out any outside distractions.
To help you find the best pieces to include in your mindfulness corner at home, we researched highly-rated items with positive customer reviews to determine our selection.
These items are praised for their calming abilities, simple functionalities, and overall comfort.
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1. Small rug
Ashler Home Soft Faux Sheepskin Fur Rug
Whether you want to practice meditation or just sit peacefully in your mindfulness corner, it helps to have some sort of rug or mat to sit on.
Consider opting for a rug that’s textured, like this faux fur rug, as it can add tactile stimulation and help you focus on being present.
2. Table lamp
AUKEY Table Lamp
Good lighting can make a huge difference when it comes to the overall feeling of a space. If you don’t have access to an area with…