As we practice social distancing many find themselves cooped up inside their homes most days. There are occasional visits to the grocery store but these are not the most relaxing outings.
Typically our homes are a retreat, a place to unwind, after being gone all day; now we find ourselves trying to balance work, home, family and responsibilities, and trying to stay calm through it all - while being at home. Our surroundings have such a profound effect on how we feel from day to day and making a few changes can lift your spirits and bring a little peace to your home during this transitional time.
1. Unclutter your space-unclutter your mind
A little organization can go a long way to a serene home, especially when there are multiple people sharing it. By tidying up the bedroom or simply clearing the pile of mail off the kitchen counter, we give ourselves a way to focus when we are feeling more overwhelmed. With less clutter around us, settling our minds is much easier. An uncluttered home can translate to a more clear and calm state of mind.
If you have a diffuser, filling a room with one of your favorite essential oil scents can give you an immediate boost. Candles are also a great way to add a calming or invigorating fragrance to your home and the candlelight evokes a sense of calm. The sense of smell is a powerful thing - A fresh, woodsy scent can transport your mind to a soothing walk in the woods.
3. Bring the outside in
Besides being beautiful, indoor plants add a touch of life wherever they are. On their own, plants help purify the air but beyond that, the act of tending to plants can calm your mind. Every new sprout or flower bud gives a reason to appreciate the little things that spark joy.
4. Let the sunshine in
Spring has sprung and with it, longer daylight hours so let in some natural light. Always choose warm light over fluorescent light when you can. In the evenings and on rainy days, lighting a candle or turning on a small lamp creates a cozy feeling. Adding candlelight to the dinner table can have a calming effect on you and the kids as well.
We all need a place to unwind and decompress. In the midst of chaos, you can feel peace knowing this retreat awaits you whenever you need it. Whether yours is the bathroom as a makeshift spa, a porch swing, or a cozy reading nook, this is where you go to rest your mind and body.
6. Sentimental decorations
Our memories are incredible at influencing how we feel so surround yourself with items that have meaning to you and good memories attached to them. Surround yourself with joy. Small changes to our living spaces can make a big difference.
Take care of yourself and take care of others.