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6 Steps To Turn Your Home Into A Zen Paradise.

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Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to go and buy a tabletop water fountain or fill your home with beautiful Bonsai plants. I am not even going to ask you to have meditation music playing in the background all day long. I want to share with you 6 practical steps that you can easily put into practice that will have your home feeling peaceful, tranquil and a more stimulating place to enjoy living in.

When some people think of Zen, they associate it with relaxation, calmness and perhaps being more Mindful. Wouldn’t this be a wonderful atmosphere to create and come home to every evening? Imagine how much more relaxed you would be to come home to a Zen paradise like this. Imagine how more productive, stimulated and less stressed you would feel! Now, look around at your home as it is now. When you enter your home are you greeted in semi darkness by shoes, umbrellas and a pile of letters? Or perhaps you come home to a TV that takes over the house both in size and by noise? Would you give the Smithsonian museum a run for its money for the amount of ‘stuff’ that you have stored away in boxes and in drawers? Have you been promising yourself forever that you really must tidy up your home? Maybe now is a great time to consider these six simple steps to turn your home into a Zen paradise.

Entrance into Zen

Most home entrances suffer from either one extreme or another. As you enter, the light either almost blinds you or else you feel like you need a flash lamp to see where you are going. Why not change your entrance lighting to a combination of ambient and overhead. To stimulate all of our senses in a positive way, why not have a comfy rug on the floor as you enter your home. The first sound that you make should not be the click of the TV remote, instead, why not individually greet all of your family members. This wonderful yet simple gesture can cause a positive ripple effect for the rest of the evening.

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Bring Nature Inside

We all know the positive effects that plants can have on our health. Having some beautiful house plants in every room can filter the air, add colour to your home and help to keep you calm. We all know how good it feels when we are outside surrounded by nature. By bringing a few plants into your home you can have this same great feeling in your home every day.

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The Smell Of Zen

To positively stimulate your sense of smell in your home, try using scented candles or some wonderful reed diffusers. Pick scents that you are attracted to. Some great scents are Citrus which can be energizing, Lavender which is a great stress reliever and can promote relaxation and peacefulness, Jasmine can be soothing, Rosemary and Sandalwood can energize you, and Bergamot which is wonderful for helping you to wind down after a hard day. Some fresh flowers will always brighten up any room with their vibrant colour and their beautiful smell. The smells that you choose to fill you home can have the positive effect of filling you full of calm when you need to relax and invigorate you when it is time for you to wake up.

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Keep Light Soft And Natural

In order to create a Zen paradise in your home, replace harsh lighting with more calming and nature-inspired lights. Try to avoid projecting strong direct light from the ceiling. Instead, have a mixture of a floor lamp, natural light, and a lamp set. It is important to fill your home with task lamps like a desk lamp and table lamp. The general rule is to have three sources of light in every room. You should keep in mind that light is a stimulating element, and the brighter it is, the more stimulating it can be. The lower the light, the calmer you will be. When it comes to the bedroom area, some wall-mounted reading lights are extremely practical. If you would like a more romantic and intimate light, you can always try some nice, scented candles. Don’t forget to invest in a wonderful Himalayan lamp, which has so many benefits for both your health and for your mood.

Eliminate Clutter

It is vital that you eliminate clutter in your home in order to achieve your Zen paradise. This is one of the biggest changes that you can make to your home without spending any money. You should start by going through your home and getting rid of all the unused things. We all know that clutter can be super stress inducing, so you should take as much time as you need initially to do a full clean of your home. Set aside five to ten minutes each day to put things away. Keep accessories and ornaments to a minimum or eliminate them altogether, as clutter can inhibit relaxation. Clear your room of as many items as possible and keep only the essentials, feel free to add items that will bring you extra comfort and calm. Learn to keep a clean and tidy home in order to achieve a wonderful Zen ambiance.

Minimize Electronics

We all know that electronic devices are a huge source of distraction. Items such as the TV, the computer and your cell phone can all be distractions and have a negative effect on both you and your Zen paradise. Keep your TV set in a more discrete area and keep the cables tidy and out of sight. It is almost impossible to be in a Zen state of mind if your phone is buzzing with notifications, texts, and e-mails. The same is true when it comes to the distractions from your computer, TV and other electronic devices. It is recommended to keep electronic devices out of your Zen space in order to find more peace and relaxation. Two of the most important things to keep away from your bedroom are your phone and your computer. These devices can keep you from having a great nights sleep. Do yourself a favor and put down your tablet or phone at least 1 hour before you go to bed, it could help you get a more restful night of sleep in your new Zen paradise.

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Why not start today and create a wonderful atmosphere that will offset the stress and hassle of your daily routine. Your home should be a place to relax, chill out and shut out the world. Now that you know the six steps to creating a Zen paradise, you can now go and enjoy incorporating them into your home.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

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4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

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6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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