As part of my slow living journey, I’ve been thinking of ways to make my new home more mindful. We’ve already made a huge lifestyle change by uprooting our life in the city and moving out to the countryside, but any home can be mindful, regardless of its location, style or size. Some decisions I have made for our new home have been pretty drastic – knocking down a wall to allow natural light to flood into our kitchen – but others have been as simple and replicable as removing unnecessary clutter.
Here, I have outlined ten tips that anyone can follow to help to avoid stress and anxiety and create a more Zen home, where you feel relaxed and inspired.
Bringing plants and flowers into your home seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment. Interior magazines and blogs are awash with tips for caring for your house plants, flower delivery services are quite literally flourishing and it’s suddenly become cool to visit your local garden centre. But for those of us that love bringing the outside into our homes, this is more than a trend. This is a way of life, and we’ll continue to welcome greenery into our lives even when the trend has ebbed.
Long hard winters can ravage skin complexions. Central heating, cold winds and lack of sunlight can make our skin look dull and grey. But what can we do to help combat these? And give skin a glowing boost.
Vitamin C is one of the most important steps in my own skincare regime. This powerful antioxidant fights against pigmentation (dark sun spots), free radicals and can reduce acne scarring and melasma. Just a few drops daily before moisturising, this truly heroic ingredient works wonders. We should all be using it. Here are 3 I’ve used and love…
A last exchange of looks between us, a flash of nervous grins, and then we run in. For a moment, nobody says anything except for a few involuntary whoops and gasps. But then the calmness comes over us, and we take a few long strokes out to where we can swim beyond the breaking waves. We turn around to look back along the coastline and marvel at how different the landscape looks from here; like Alice through the looking glass.