Essentials for a Zen Home

In a fast paced world in which we are either critiqued or valued by how quickly we can go from point A to point B, it’s easy to forget to take a moment to ourselves to relax and unwind. Our houses become a temporary stop to rest before we return to the daily hustle and bustle rather than being our homes and our sanctuaries. With the help of some technology, we can restore a little peace and tranquility to our homes and thereby, hopefully, bring a little more Zen to our everyday lives.  

Aromatic diffusers are fantastic for adding scent to any room. They are part humidifier, part air fresher, and some can even help to remove impurities from the air, allowing you to breathe better. They’re fairly easy to use –most of them operate in the same manner: fill them with water, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil (make sure that it is free of synthetic additives so that it doesn’t gum up your diffuser, plug in, turn on, and relax as the scent takes over the room. Some higher end diffusers even light up and change colour so that you can watch the dancing display as you unwind.

Himalayan salt lamps have become trendy in the last couple of years for their healing benefits. When the salt in the lamp heats up, the air is filtered through it and is cleansed of negative ions, creating a more positively charged atmosphere. It’s said that when these pink salt lamps are used regularly in a home, the residents have more energy and increased productivity.  Some lamps can be a bit expensive, so you can opt for something simpler like a tea light holder. The effects won’t be as prominent right away but over time you should still feel the benefits.

Growing plants in your home can also help to remove negative energies in from your house and create a calmer environment. If you are the type of person who could kill an air fern, devices such as the Smartpot® will help you by distributing water and nutrients at correct intervals so that your plant will flourish. For a little extra help, you can stick the Parrot Flower Power® into the soil to monitor your plants growth and track its progress.

If nothing else, investing in a portable biofeedback device is an excellent way to monitor your stress levels, muscle tension, anxiety, and various other bodily responses so that you can keep track of how you are feeling on a day to day basis and adjust your behaviours so as to encourage a greater sense of well-being.

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