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Mind, Body, and Space: The Triple Boost of a Weekly Home Reset

by Julia Weaver

In the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives, a reset day at home can be a much-needed respite, offering a unique opportunity to recharge and recalibrate. Whether it’s catching up on rest, organizing your living space, or indulging in a hobby, dedicating a day to reset can yield significant benefits for both your mental and physical well-being. This intentional pause not only helps reduce stress and prevent burnout but also enhances productivity and creativity when you return to your daily routine. In this article, we’ll explore how to make the most of a reset day at home and delve into the myriad ways it can positively impact your life.

Whether you live in an apartment in Des Moines, IA, a rental house in Minneapolis, MN, or a home in Columbia, MO, embracing the concept of a reset day can transform your living environment into a haven of tranquility and efficiency. From decluttering your space to practicing mindfulness, this Redfin article uncovers the secrets to a successful reset day and how this simple yet powerful practice can lead to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

  1. Set up a yoga practice at home

Set aside time for gentle yoga, focusing on poses that promote relaxation and relieve tension. Whether following a video or creating your own flow, yoga centers your mind, enhances flexibility, and fosters calm. This practice refreshes both body and mind, preparing you for the week ahead with renewed energy.

Establish a routine that is sustainable

“To establish a consistent yoga practice, choose a time when you can set aside 10 to 20 minutes and treat it as a non-negotiable appointment in your calendar,” advises Pam Peterson, a yoga instructor and owner of Mind Body Spirit Yoga. “Then, create a dedicated space in your home where you can keep your yoga mat permanently laid out. Every time you pass by this spot, take a moment to remind yourself of your upcoming yoga session and the positive feelings it brings. As you begin your daily practice, set a specific intention such as strength, energy, or relaxation.”

Designate a space for practice

“It’s really simple and wonderful to create a sacred space in your home for your practice,” says Lisa Feder, owner of Being Well Yoga in Austin, TX. “You don’t need much, just the space for your mat or a cushion and enough room to stretch your arms out.  Clear furniture or clutter out of your way, light a candle or use an essential oil spray. Gather what you will need for practice and clear away distractions. Let your space reflect your personality, or perhaps your mood. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just clean and clear. If there is a door you can close, even better. If not, be sure to tell anyone else who lives with you to support your practice by minimizing noise and interruption.”

Minimize distractions

“To cultivate your yoga space for a reset day, choose an area free of electronic devices and minimize all other distractions as much as possible,” suggests Cory M. Bryant, PhD, E-RYT 500, founder and teacher at Yoga Shala Nashville. “Place your yoga mat and meditation cushion in a spot that limits your view of household activities. These steps will help reduce the chances of being drawn away from your retreat space. Once there, don’t worry too much about what you do. Instead, focus on how you do it — maintain an even, steady breath and gently focused attention. Simply let go, breathe, move, and then sit.”

  1. Reduce stress by minimizing clutter

Clearing clutter and organizing your home not only creates a brighter, more spacious environment but also lifts your mood and revitalizes your space.

Focus on one area at a time

Krystal Faye, owner, professional organizer, and house manager at The Orderly Method provides a step-by-step process of decluttering your space. “Start by decluttering your space, focusing on one area at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Utilize storage solutions like baskets and shelves to keep items neatly arranged and out of sight. Incorporate calming elements such as soft lighting, plants, and soothing colors to create a serene environment. Regularly maintaining this order will help sustain a peaceful and rejuvenating atmosphere in your home.”

Consider hiring a professional

“Professional organizers see the potential in your home by helping you maximize your space, reduce clutter, and create a more functional living environment,” shares Igo-Organize. “An organizer will streamline your space so that maintaining it becomes a breeze, giving you time to enjoy the things you love. Hiring an organizer will clear your cabinets, which also helps reduce the stress associated with disorganized surroundings, to allow for a more peaceful environment.”

Limit distractions by regularly decluttering

“Your clutter not only distracts but also drains you mentally, disrupting your peace of mind,” explains Denise Sinclair of GoClutterless Home Organizers. “To reverse this, start by letting go of items you don’t like, don’t use, or that simply don’t fit — even gifts. Regularly scan your surroundings for misplaced items and promptly return them to their proper places as soon as you notice them. Utilize bins or baskets to organize and visually refresh your space; reducing visible clutter helps create a lighter, more peaceful atmosphere in any room. By implementing these steps, you can reset and recharge, reclaiming a sense of calm and clarity in your environment.”

  1. Prep your meals ahead of time

Including meal prepping on your reset day can greatly improve your week. Dedicate part of the day to planning and preparing meals for the days ahead.

Begin tracking your food and grocery spending habits

“To meal prep efficiently and economically, start by tracking your current spending habits,” says MealPro. “For instance, if your daily takeout costs average $40, that’s a great starting point for budgeting. Next, prioritize understanding your nutritional needs to properly fuel your body, regardless of whether you’re counting calories or macros. Utilizing a free calorie calculator can be beneficial here. Then, organize your kitchen, compile a list of meal prep recipe ideas along with their corresponding grocery lists, and allocate one day a week dedicated solely to meal prepping and portioning.”

Choose easy and healthy recipes

“Spending hours in the kitchen preparing all your meals for the week is exhausting and unsustainable,” state Nutrition coaches Elaine Miller and Narina Minassian, the co-founders of Healthy Eating at Trader Joe’s. “So when it’s time for a reset, a more efficient use of your time is to create a meal plan with easy, healthy recipes. Look for recipes with just a few ingredients & a few steps so you can quickly whip them up on a busy weeknight. Make your shopping list, get your groceries, and you’ll be set up for a stress-free week of nutritious meals.”

Snack on veggies

“Most of us don’t eat enough vegetables or fiber, and we often snack on junk like chips and cookies,” explains personal trainer JJ at Jonathan Jordan Fitness. “To curb these cravings, try snacking on veggies. Choose any veggies you like — carrots, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, zucchini. It keeps you full and provides essential micronutrients. I do this every day, even though I don’t enjoy it, because it’s good for me. Prepping veggie bags on Sunday makes it easy to grab one each morning. This way, even if I indulge later, I know I’ve already given my body the good stuff.”

Streamline your meal planning for the week ahead

“We all deserve to take some time out and have a reset day, it’s easy to get caught up in busy life and a reset day is much needed and well deserved,” says Gaylene Gomez, Nutritionist, Health Coach, and Owner of Compass Rose Nutrition & Wellness. “Begin by preparing a few staples on the stove: perhaps a straightforward vegetable soup, a batch of black beans, or quinoa — something to streamline your meal planning for the week ahead. Additionally, wash and chop vegetables for easy snacking throughout the week, and take note of what you need to restock in your pantry for upcoming meals. Once these tasks are complete, step outside for some fresh air, take a walk, and treat yourself to a refreshing smoothie.”

Opt for one-pot recipes

“Spending intentional time preparing some food for the week allows you to feel more proactive rather than reactive and dragged along by the day (a feeling I think we all know),” suggests Christina Tidwell, Registered Nurse & Functional Nutrition Coach at Live Well With Christina. “To reduce overwhelm and simplify cooking, I recommend choosing recipes that are ‘one pot’ like soups, stews, and hashes, or sheet pan recipes where protein and veggies are cooked together. I also always make sure I have some protein-forward balanced snacks on hand to avoid big blood sugar crashes and improve energy throughout the day.”

  1. Light some candles to promote relaxation

The gentle fragrance of candles can enhance the ambiance, soothing the mind and elevating the overall sensory experience of your space.

Light a calming candle

“There are a few ways to allow your candle to recenter you in your home and create a calm and relaxing atmosphere,” says Red Elephant Candle Company. “First, ensure you have a calming candle containing lavender, clary sage, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, jasmine, chamomile, or bergamot, known for their relaxation benefits. Next, place the candle in a clear space where you unwind at home — next to a favorite vase, plant, shelf, or near a slightly cracked window to allow open airflow. Finally, burn the candle for a maximum of 3-4 hours to fill your home with relaxation. Like you, the candle needs space to breathe and create a calming atmosphere.”

Discover the scent that sets your desired mood.

“Studies show that scents profoundly influence our emotional state,” says Tiffany Ogunwuyi, owner of Coco&Soy. “Candles create a relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere that transforms the mind, body, and spirit, while evoking powerful sensory experiences. Certain aromas trigger hormones that foster specific feelings and emotions. For instance, ylang-ylang promotes joy and ease, jasmine enhances positivity and energy, and peppermint and spearmint boost mental alertness and memory. Conversely, rosemary, lemon, and chamomile alleviate anxiety. Citrus-scented candles are known to uplift spirits and enhance energy levels. Beyond scent, gazing at a candle’s soft glow aids focus and promotes calmness, inviting tranquility for resetting and unwinding.”

Opt for non-toxic candles

“Non-toxic candles made from clean oils and all-natural plant-based waxes are important for a home as they ensure the air remains free of harmful pollutants, protecting the health of those that call it home,” explains The Scent Queens. “This promotes a healthier living environment, reducing the risk of respiratory issues and allergies, unlike traditional or big-box store candles, which can release toxic chemicals like paraffin and synthetic fragrances. Moreover, non-toxic candles often feature natural, soothing scents that enhance the ambiance, creating a tranquil and inviting atmosphere. Their clean burn also means less soot and smoke, maintaining a cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing home.”

  1. Surround yourself with calming colors

“Blues and greens are psychologically the most conducive colors for relaxation,” says Kasey McStravick owner of Color Clarity Home Consulting. “I highly recommend choosing tones that are muted with a bit of gray so they are not too stimulating. You could even bathe the room in a deeper shade for an environment that encourages you to wind down.”

  1. Improve sleep quality

Quality sleep is crucial for physical health, mental clarity, and emotional resilience. Prioritizing your sleep environment leads to better sleep quality and enhanced overall vitality.

Limit screen time

Transformational Life and Relationship Coach and Certified Yoga Instructor Stephanie Lazzara, emphasizes the importance of creating a sleep-friendly bedroom. “Think of your bedroom as your sanctuary away from the chaos and business of daily life. You can set a calming environment that is more conducive to sleep and relaxation by choosing soothing colors for your room, lighting that is soft and warm as well as investing in bedding and a high-quality mattress for your best sleep. As tempting as it might be to bring in electronic devices or television to wind down before bed, the blue light from devices can keep you awake and stimulated rather than helping to cue your body into a pre-sleep drowsy state. If you need a nightly wind-down, skip the scrolling and pick up a good-old physical book instead.”

  1. Spend time with your pet

“The calming effects of being around one’s pet is something that is no secret – and it’s science,” states Crystal Uys from Catster Magazine. “A pet cat can have a positive impact on their owner’s mental health. Basically, science tells us that owning a cat helps us feel calmer and less anxious. To unwind with my cat, I love going for walks. Watching my kitty stop and sniff every flower and leaf helps me appreciate nature and live in the moment. Another favorite activity is watching TV together. A blanket, a purring kitty on my chest, and some reality shows make for perfect relaxation.”

“Since Milly was a kitten, she loves napping or playing around me during yoga, even nibbling on my hair in downward dog,” shares Isabel Ludick from Hepper.com. “To this day, she runs to the mat when she hears it being rolled out. She enjoys chilling next to me, coming in for kisses and pets, and it seems she picks up on my calm energy, making her relaxed and adding to my zen.”

  1. Boost your mood with a clean house

Tidying up on a reset day helps create a calm, organized environment that reduces stress and enhances focus. It also provides a sense of accomplishment, boosting your mood and setting a positive tone for the week ahead.

Do a sweep 5-10 minutes before bed

“A clean and tidy space is peaceful, inviting, and comfortable,” says Theresa Bedford, money, travel, and lifestyle journalist at Simple is More. “It eliminates the mini bouts of frustration and anxiety that come along with navigating a cluttered room at the end of a long day. Try spending as little as five to ten minutes before bed decluttering and tidying. Clear the nightstands, pick up stuff on the floor, and turn down the bed. This simple routine removes distractions, keeps clutter away, and signals to your body it’s time to wind down.”

Prevent indoor allergens

“Beyond just the restful comfort of knowing you have one less chore for the weekend, cleaning your home has other sleep benefits,” explains SnapMaids, offering professional house cleaning services in Stow and Hudson, OH. “As we move through the spring and summer months, pollen and pet dander can really ruin your rest with sneezing fits or a runny nose. Regular home cleaning can help prevent these issues, giving you a good night’s rest, and an even better start to the day.”

  1. Get lost in a book

“Reading romance novels offers a cozy escape into worlds filled with love, passion, and intrigue, providing a much-needed break from the stresses of everyday life,” shares The Last Chapter Book Shop. “Delving into the lives of captivating characters and their romantic journeys can transport you to a realm of warmth and comfort, allowing you to unwind and rejuvenate in the comfort of your own home. So, curl up with a romance novel, let your imagination roam free, and let the soothing power of love stories whisk you away to a place of tranquility and renewal.”

  1. Calm your nervous system

By practicing techniques such as deep breathing or meditation, you can enhance relaxation and recharge both mentally and physically.

Focus on your breathing

Sabrina Vogler, CPC, CEC, CGSS and owner of Heart in the Moment Mindfulness Coaching, LLC, shares her best tips for shifting stress into calmness during your reset day. “First, give yourself permission to unplug by silencing notifications and informing loved ones you’ll be offline temporarily. Next, calm your nervous system with deep breathing — lengthen your exhale and place a hand on your heart for inner comfort. Lastly, practice mindful savoring by taking a gratitude walk outdoors to restore and uplift your mood. These practices support a rejuvenating day and promote peace and tranquility.”

Try guided hypnosis

McKenzie Riepen, Founder at Connected Mind Body, shares her tips for creating a home practice amidst daily distractions. “First, designate a sacred space — a corner, window nook, or cozy area adorned with lighting, cushions, or images that inspire you. Set the mood with music from your playlist, soothing sound healing videos, or your own instruments. For guidance, consider online platforms offering virtual sessions with teachers who can lead you through practices that suit your home environment. Consider a teacher who offers virtual coaching and guided hypnosis to promote relaxation and ease in your space. These steps help cultivate a fulfilling home practice for nurturing your mind, body, and spirit.”

  1. Reap the benefits of essential oils

Incorporating essential oils into your reset day can create a calming atmosphere, helping to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Their soothing scents can enhance mental clarity and elevate your mood, making the day more rejuvenating.

Create a spa-like environment

Karen Moore, owner and jewelry designer behind ZEN by Karen Moore says, “Essential oils can elevate your energy and bring the essence of nature into your space. For instant stress relief, rub lavender oil between your hands and inhale the calming aroma. Use a diffuser with water and a few drops of orange and lemon oils to energize your environment and infuse it with a sunny, happy vibe. To create a centered atmosphere in your home sanctuary, try diffusing eucalyptus and rosemary oils. You’ll feel as if you’ve just stepped into a spa.”

Combine fragrances

Nature’s Flavors describes inviting fragrance in your home’s entryway and welcoming your guests like a warm embrace. “Craft a unique melody of fragrances by combining 3 to 4 of your favorite essential oils and fragrance oil blends and add them to the diffuser. Infuse something unusual into the mix, like baby’s breath fragrance oil that imparts a delicate scent of a fresh bouquet of flowers. Explore Nature’s Flavors blog on Welcome Home fragrances to create your own distinct blend.”

An essential for promoting well-being in the mind, body, and spirit

“Essential oils offer numerous benefits such as relaxing the body, calming the mind, easing headaches, improving breathing, and more,” says Pam’s Back to Nature. “I strongly advocate for having at least one essential oil diffuser in every home, which disperses a fine mist of natural plant-derived oils into the air. Because they originate from plants, these oils provide a natural scent that isn’t toxic.”

Benefits of a weekly home reset day: Final thoughts

Life coach Angie Ilg sums it up best. “We often think doing more means getting more done, but without rest, we risk burnout and inefficiency. Pushing too hard can lead to poor alignment with goals and subpar results. Taking a day or half-day to reset can boost energy, clarity, and inspiration. To plan a pause day, consider activities like spending time in nature, engaging in a personal project, watching a movie, or connecting with friends. Rest can be both rejuvenating and active, like dancing or socializing. Ask yourself, ‘What do I need to reset?’ Personally, I take several restful days each month, mirroring the natural cycles of the seasons.”

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