Jenisha Shah

Creating a restful zone at home can boost your mental wellbeing.

With the rise in working from home and flexible company policies, our homes need to be our humble abode. When work-from-home has become a constant, the lines have become increasingly blurred between personal and professional spaces. Homes, as they say, are where the heart is, and are safe havens where one can de-stress, feel loved, be peaceful, and mindful of their being.

So, what is a mindful space? It is a space which has been created resonating with your own idea of calm. It’s how we can connect to the space around us with our senses and nurture contentment in ourselves. Introducing mindful spaces in our homes is a great place to begin with. Here’s why we need to create a space of our own that promotes mindfulness:

Helps declutter and re-organise our mind: Mindful spaces create a positive impact on our productivity and our mindset. A cluttered space is synonymous with a cluttered mind; something which doesn’t bode well when working from home; having a mindful space helps with clearing our mind and organising our thoughts.

Improves concentration: Having a dedicated space that allows us to be mindful of our happenings can greatly improve concentration and reduce ruminative thinking. By understanding our emotions in healthy ways, we will be able to think clearly and focus on the tasks at hand in a calmer manner. Mindful spaces help block out other distractions and focus on the details.

Makes us calm and comfortable: Hygge is a Danish word meaning ‘creating cosiness’ in the space around us. There is certain mindfulness to hygge, it is about being present in the moment and brings a sense of wellbeing. It’s an atmosphere and an experience. We feel relaxed when we have that hygge space; it gives us the feeling that we have control over our situation. Creating the hygge space is not only about how the environment looks, but also how it makes us feel.

Elevates our mood and stimulates our senses: Mindful spaces get replaced with memories. The areas of space and wellbeing are becoming more integrally interwoven. It is important to make our surroundings as relaxing and soothing as possible. It should be a safe space for thinking, feeling, doing or just being in it without any judgements.

At the end of the day, our mindful space is what we make it to be. Whether it is an indoor space or a garden or a terrace. They are designed to help us engage in activities which are rewarding, satisfying and train our mind to be more present and engaged when it’s time to step away from our work.