Guest Blog by Lucy Crawford
Most productive people have special areas set aside for productive activity. Writers have desks, artists have studios, crafters have crafting rooms. Making wellness part of your day-to-day practice is no different. When you designate a space for wellness, chances are you’ll be more likely to maintain a daily practice. Here are a few simple tips for how to create a wellness space in your home to get you started.
Find Your Space
Each of us has different wellness goals, which means there is no one-size-fits-all type of space. Sit down and make a list of what you want to do in your wellness space. Yoga, meditation, journaling, and pilates are all activities that you may wish to make routine. If you want a space for yoga, figure out how much room you need and figure out where you have the floor space. For journaling, you may want to invest in a desk that you use exclusively for that purpose.
Keep your space visually uncluttered. If you’re in an apartment near a busy road, you may want to invest in a small water feature or white noise generator to help drown out background noise. For small spaces such as studios, consider putting up a curtain or a movable screen that partitions you off from the rest of the room. This has the advantage of making your space feel more private.
An aspect of eliminating distractions is to only use your wellness space for wellness activities. Resist the urge to sit at your journaling desk scrolling mindlessly on your phone. Making a habit of putting your phone or other distractions in a small box when you enter the space will help to foster and maintain the positive intentions of the space.
Personalize your Space
Create a look and feel in your space that supports your wellness goals. This might mean hanging pictures of peaceful places or inspirational quotes. Put down a rug, use scented candles, or build a small altar with meaningful, beautiful objects. The goal is for your space to get you into your wellness zone — whatever that may be.
Take It Outside
The simple act of stepping outside is often enough to mentally shift gears. If your home has a nice porch or patio and you’re lucky enough to have good weather most of the time, why not create an outdoor wellness space? The fresh air and vitamin D from the sun will give you is an added bonus. According to some studies, putting your bare feet on the ground is good for your health. If nothing else, there’s evidence that time spent sans shoes is good for your feet.
Taking the time to create a space dedicated to wellness will pay off in the long term. This space will encourage you to make a daily practice of wellness activities. No matter how much or how little space you have to work with, setting aside a place just for your wellbeing is an investment in the most important person in your life — you.
Lucy Crawford is a home design and DIY writer and lover of herbal tea. She is always rearranging her home office and challenging herself with a new DIY project. She enjoys designing spaces where she can be the most productive.