It’s that time of year again when we start to make new year’s resolutions. And if wellness is going to be a priority, supporting this lifestyle change at home is key. Whether it’s a home gym, a dedicated room or even just a meditation corner, making space at home for these practices is key.
You can also do a soft refresh of furnishings and accents to create a more calming environment, as part of a holistic approach. When it comes to both wellness and redecorating, it’s important to be realistic about what you can do, as opposed to what you cannot. Here’s how several entrepreneurs and media personalities create calm despite their very stressful lifestyles.
Devote A Space Entirely To Wellness
Running one of San Diego’s premier holistic spas can be anything but relaxing. This is exactly why Tracy Younger who is the founder of Alcheme, has an entire room in her home dedicated to both her mind and body. “It gives me immediate access to a sanctuary at my disposal day or night. I love to get massages, meditate and be in a space that makes me feel invigorated,” she says.
However, it might be surprising to learn that Younger built out this room before launching her current business. “As a former hospital executive, I was constantly in a state of stress and I needed my own space to decompress. It inspired me to open Alcheme, which is a modern wellness space. It’s a place where like-minded people can come to feel inspired and improve their overall wellbeing, both internally and externally,” she shares.
Carve Out Space At Home For Fitness
“My self-care routine is all about cardio and keeping my energy up. Boxing is one of the most high-intensity workouts you can do in my opinion, and really gives me the energy I need to conquer the day ahead and stay in my best shape—both mentally and physically,” he says.
So he built an indoor/outdoor boxing gym, where he can bring in his trainer Glenn Holmes every morning. Home gyms don’t need to be cold or stark. They can be decorated with anything that holds meaning, including original artwork.
“We threw up a Shepard Fairy piece on the wall because I had nowhere else to put it. The piece showed up at my house twice the size that I thought it was going to be,” Gross says. It turned out that he had the perfect spot all along.
Add Wellness-Centered Accents
But for those who can’t devote large spaces to their lifestyle, even little things can have a big impact. This is the exact approach for fashion stylist and entrepreneur, Lisa Landers, who is the owner of Swirl, a popular chain of boutiques in Southern California.
It’s not easy to dress some of the biggest names in reality television including Amanda Stanton from The Bachelor (her thriving fashion line, Lani The Label also happens to be sold at Swirl) and Emily Simpson from Real Housewives of Orange County, among many others. So, Landers minimizes stress through the careful addition of calming accents such as her aromatherapy diffuser. “It is the first smell that greets me from a long day of work and the first scent that welcomes guests,” she says.
Landers’ current favorite is the Aura Radiant Reed. “It’s the perfect balance of sweet and citrus with notes of grapefruit, goji berry and bergamot.”
Use Mirrors For Positive Energy Flow
Landers is a believer in increasing positive energy flow with mirrors. For example, she keeps a mirror by her dining room window to reflect natural light outside.
But, she notes that it’s important to be mindful of their power. “Mirrors can expand a space but it is important to be aware of what the mirror is actually reflecting,” Landers says. “For example, I don’t have a mirror above my home desk because that would double my workload.”
Create Calm With Texture
Landers also approaches fashion and home design in a similar way, focusing on how fabrics make her feel. “I love adding texture and soft elements to a space. This could be a rug and lush pillows that combat loud home acoustics or calming colors such as white, blues and green,” she says.
Anther calming element she likes is a waterfall to soften noise pollution, especially in a large city where her home is close to other properties.
Bring In High Vibes With Crystals
Media personality and mom influencer Ali Levine is a big proponent of the powerful energy that crystals can bring in. Her obsession began several years ago with LoveThirteen jewelry, which has since expanded to offer a custom home line. Now, she has different crystals in the various rooms of her home. “I want to bring in that calming energy, love and peace to different rooms,” she says. “I think we as the crystal owner bring the change in our intention and thought.”
Levine keeps both quartz and obsidian on her nightstands. “Quartz promotes clarity of mind and obsidian helps to clear tension and stress.”
She also has agate and heart-shaped rose quartz stones on her dresser near a photo of her beloved late grandmother. There’s also rose quartz stones in her daughter, Amelia Rei’s nursery.
A large amethyst sits on Levine’s living room fireplace mantle to promote tranquility. This purple stone also adds a great to pop of color to the contemporary space.
Choosing crystals for your home is quite simple. There isn’t a right one so much as finding a stone to connect to. Aesthetics are not nearly as important as emotions, which is a principal to keep in mind for any wellness routine or practice.