“If I am incapable of washing dishes joyfully, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have a cup of tea, then I will be incapable of drinking the tea joyfully.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
You don’t need a meditation room; you don’t need aromatherapy oils; you don’t need a mindfulness guru (though these would be nice!). Mindfulness can be practiced while doing your household chores.
Whether you like housework or if you hate it or if you overwhelmed by housework or if you’ve been keeping on top of it, household chores can bring us to the present moment.
Here are 10 ways to approach housework more mindfully:
- Deflect any thoughts that judge the activity as good or bad.
- Focus on your breath: the deep inhale and the slow exhale.
- Redirect your thoughts back to the task once you notice your mind wandering.
- Slow down the activity (despite the urge to get it done.)
- Notice the details of the task at hand: Look at the weave of your blouse; See the line of dust change as you wipe a surface.
- Mindfully declutter your spaces of things. (A caregiver recommended Marie Kondo‘s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up! )
- Delay your morning to make your bed.
- Appreciate what you hold in your hands, your home, and the effect of your work.
- Make dishes a sensory experience through scented soap and hot water.
- Use environmentally friendly cleaning products for a more mindful footprint.
Did this pique your interest? Read our related post: Single Tasking the To-Do List.
Enjoy your housework!