Design with Wellness in Mind

If there is one word on the back of designers’ minds right now, it’s definitely wellness. 2022 is predicted to be the year of self-care, and wellness is at the forefront.

A year ago, the word wellness meant something completely different. It even felt different. Last year we thought of our own physical health, but more and more we are thinking about the physical environments our minds and bodies are living within. Wellness-oriented spaces are becoming more and more important in our lives.

The pandemic has crystallized the need we all have for mental and physical health, and we have had time to reflect on our pace of life and the impact of technology, both good and bad. his, in turn, means that as designers of interior spaces we need to articulate a response that delivers on not only an aesthetic level but [also] creates an environment to alter moods and assist rejuvenation.”

Jo Littlefair 

Here are ways we can reconnect with ourselves through wellness:

Get a little sunshine

Whether at home or at work, be sure you are getting enough sunshine in your life. Make sure it is in a space that provides relief and comfort. This can be anything from a park bench to a picnic blanket you get out of your car during your lunch break. Consistency is important when you feel the need to connect and breathe. Light therapy is another option!

Create a wellness space

At home find a room or corner that gives you a place to rest and rejuvenate. Place a few items nearby that help brings you relaxation and comfort, like a book or favorite lotion. Noise-canceling headphones may be a necessity if you live in a small space or have little ones!

Connect with nature

Meditation both indoors and outdoors is a great way to connect with yourself. By being outside or listening to the sounds of nature, you can better connect with your surroundings as well. Try to get outside at least once a day for private meditation. Making a hot cup of tea and meditating while it cools is a great way to find 5-10 minutes each day. Taking a deep breath while holding a hot steamy cup of tea near my face is one of my favorite ways to find balance at home.