As we enter our second lockdown in the UK, it’s more important than ever to consider our wellbeing and environment, especially in areas such as the kitchen. The hub of the home is a space where it is likely to become more busy than normal and if not managed well, this perfect multi-functional space can become cluttered and uninviting.
Organising your way of living that encourages healthy habits can turn the kitchen space into a stress-free oasis. Below we have put together a few tips to help you eat healthier and well live your lives a whole lot easier.
Start your morning with lots of natural light
Waking up to natural daylight instantly lifts your mood and makes you feel more alert. High ceilings and large windows are perfect in flooding your room with natural light if you are planning to renovate. Even on those gloomy days, you won’t need to rely on electric lighting, saving you on costs too.
Create a space for wellbeing activities
Creating a separate area for a wellbeing zone can maintain a calm and relaxing place for you and your family and bring a sense of mindfulness to overwhelming days and the next few months, as we enter the ‘new norm’.
It may be a cosy nook in the corner with a sofa or banquette or lots of floor space to roll out a mat for yoga. Whether you choose to read a book, enjoy a cup of tea or partake in physical activity, this little corner will help you to relax and maintain a calm relaxed feel.
Kitchen yoga makes you move more often and feel great afterwards. There are many yoga poses that you can do whilst cooking. It’s a playful way to exhale at the end of a stressful day looking after your mental wellbeing and enjoying that delicious meal you just prepared and cooked.
Divide the kitchen into multiple zones
Does everyone in the house love to get stuck into the cooking? Consider ways in how to create multiple work zones. Cooking together as a family helps everyone to bond and improves the appreciation of good food. Encourage younger members of the family to help prep the food, helping them to understand the importance of it, trying new flavours and making healthier choices.
Don’t let distractions get in the way
If your kitchen has lots of distractions, it makes it harder to pay attention to cooking and eating. Limit phone usage at the dinner table and encourage conversations instead about how your day went. During mealtimes switch of the TV to promote family bonding, this can also help with mental health. According to research, it’s thought that when you aren’t focusing on what you are eating, it makes it harder for the body to stop when it’s full, avoiding these distractions could prevent overeating.
Different ways of styling
Make a room feel uncluttered with well-organised shelving. This can create an illusion of more space in your kitchen ss well as it feeling more inviting. Many kitchen design ideas nowadays feature open-shelving that makes it easier in finding kitchen essentials but also using the space to display items that create an ambience to the room like fresh flowers, potted plants, cookbooks and scented candles.
Declutter and organise
These times that we are going through at the moment is the perfect time to declutter and organise the kitchen space.
- Create places in the kitchen that are perfect for everything. Decide what you use on a regular basis and the items that are for occasional use and store them accordingly. Create high shelves for hardly used items but everyday essentials at waist height. The kitchen pantry is a perfect idea!
- Maximise your storage where possible with bespoke dividers, drawers, racks and baskets.
- Use the ‘kitchen triangle‘ layout to zone areas. Pots and pans near the cooker for example.
Add greenery to the space creating a zen garden
Houseplants serve as beautiful natural decor, that promotes wellbeing, purifies the air and creates a sense of calm. They make the surrounding area and environment a lot healthier for you and your family and create a style that’s attractive and colourful. You can also grow some delicious herbs to add to a healthy dish.
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