It feels claustrophobic to think that we spend 90% of our time indoors. Today, careers, home living and everyday demands hold us hostage from the great outdoors. So why not be more mindful about how we choose to organise our homes and workspaces instead?
MAKE MORE OXYGEN - PLANTS, PLANTS, PLANTS.
The unsurprising effect of indoor environments on mental and physical wellbeing isn’t a new discovery. From centuries old feng shui in the East, to Eighteenth Century Kirkbride mental asylums in the West, mindful architecture and interior have been long recognised for creating feelings of ease, serenity and comfort.
Today mental health awareness further evolves the use of mindful interior design; corporate spaces, fitness studios and everyday homes are transforming into mind-kind spaces where we’re happy to bide our time. The indoor wellness revolution is truly upon us.
Bring positive energy, good health and tranquility into your home by creating your very own mindful oasis, with these tips below:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER – THE ENTRANCE
When it comes to the laws of feng shui, first impressions matter. The entrance to any home is the place where good feng shui energy can flow. When a house has good energy circulating throughout, the people who live in the house experience higher levels of well-being . The front entrance is also the place where important intentions for the rest of the home are set.
Here’s what to do:
1) On approaching your house, ensure the route is clear and energy is able to flow straight into your front door.
2) Add bright, vibrant colours to the entrance – including the doormat, front door and selected plants.
3) Place two large plants on either side of your front door.
Don’t forget to apply the same declutter technique inside your home too.
Not only do they make any space look beautiful, plants are also an optimum source of oxygen and purify the air around us. The positive health implications are through the roof. When Kamal Meatlle stored specific air-purifying plants (see below) in his office, he noticed that compared to other buildings there was a reduced rate of eye irritation by 52%, respiratory systems by 34%, headaches by 24%, lung repairment by 12% and asthma by 9%. Plus, it helped improve concentration by up to 20% and even helped reduce stress.(3) Employers take note.
Here’s what you can do at home:
From the choices below, pick two plants for every 100 square feet of interior space in your home, for optimum oxygen generation:
– removes C02 and converts it into oxygen. It is one of NASA’s top 10 air-purifying plants for space missions.
– considered a bedroom plant as it converts C02 into oxygen at nighttime.
– removes formaldehydes and other volatile chemicals, known to cause cancer.
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CHOOSE THE RIGHT COLOUR TO SUIT YOUR DESIRED ENERGY CHARACTERISITCS
Colour plays a fundamental role in feng shui and can help encourage different changes within our lives, impacting positively on our health. It’s important to pick the right colour that suits desired energy characteristics when decorating your own wellness sanctuary. Set your intentions clear and pick your palette perfectly with these energy characteristic colours below:
GET THE SCENT RIGHT
Aromatherapy has been used ever since the Egyptians, for one very good reason – it works. Our sense of smell – olfaction - is the most primal of our six senses. Throughout human life, our sense of smell has been key to our survival, as it is often the first warning of safety or danger. Smells have the ability to drive your behaviour on both an instinctive and subconscious level. Fragrances have the ability to evoke both positive and negative psychological states of mind and reactions in milliseconds. It’s ironic that people undervalue the power of the scent in their own home. (4)
Try wafting one of these three calming scents around your home:
one the most favourite and widely used essential oils in aromatherapy. Many studies have demonstrated its functions in calming and assisting sleep.
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