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You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune to Foster Mindfulness at Home

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Are you the type of person who likes to dream about all the fancy ways you’d upgrade your home if you suddenly came into millions of dollars?

I sure am. I’d redo my entire kitchen and build walk-in bedroom closets even if it meant putting an addition on the house.

You know what’s never occurred to me, though? Putting a reflecting pool in the backyard or stringing up a hammock in my own open-air yoga studio.

But those are some of the things Jeny Mathis built into her Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, house in her quest for circumspection and tranquility.

“When you build and design a house, you can design it in a way to cultivate mindfulness,” Mathis told The Wall Street Journal.

Mathis isn’t an outlier in the mindful-housing trend. According to The Wall Street Journal, architects are building similar spaces into luxury homes across the country.

For instance, the article also mentions a group of “wellness residences” under construction in Palm Beach, Florida, that include showers infused with Vitamin C, heated reflexology floors and more.

Other luxury homes around the country come equipped with perks like a meditation studio, bird sanctuary or massage room.

Those are cool amenities if you can afford them, but they’re vastly outside of my meager home- improvement budget.

Of course, if you’re a regular reader of The Penny Hoarder, you know we like to find ways to pamper ourselves and practice mindfulness without emptying our bank accounts in the process.

If you enjoy living like royalty on a provincial budget, give these relaxation and mindfulness ideas a try.

  • Vitamin C-infused shower heads can cost upwards of $100. For that amount of money, I expect it to be made out of hand-forged metal collected from a tiny mining village in the Alps. I’d rather make my own bath bombs for less than seven bucks and climb into the tub.
  • Meditation studios and massage rooms are cool and all, but why spend good money to build space in your house for something you’ll only use once or twice a day? A pair of earbuds and a relaxing adult coloring book will set you back only about $20. Take them into your closet, sit on the floor and you’ve got yourself a sensory-deprivation chamber — only less wet.
  • Fashion your own relaxation grotto for a whole lot less than it costs to hire an interior designer to create an expensive in-home spa. You could even rent it out to friends for a nice little side hustle. That is, if you don’t mind other people wearing your bathrobe.
  • A dedicated yoga studio? Please. All you need to get your down dog on is a yoga mat and six feet of floor space. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you could limber up right next to the tub before you jump in.

We know practicing mindfulness keeps us happy and healthy. And you can’t put a price tag on that.

Peace out.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. If you’re looking for her, she’ll be in her relaxation grotto.

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