I don't know about you, but the calm and peace in my home is slowly starting to fade. Home used to be a place of relaxation and unwinding. Now, it's the classroom, the office, the gym, the yoga studio, the restaurant and perhaps the zoo?
“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.”
But what happens when you never leave? You don't need to do ALL of these awesome tips, but I encourage you to try them out and see what becomes a fit in your home.
Tips for Creating A Peaceful a Home
1. Create a schedule or routine. Ensure your schedule includes time for work, chores, play time and most importantly down time. By doing so, you are setting each day up with a plan allowing less room for chaos or stress. 2. End your day on a soothing, luxurious note. Meaning, create an evening routine that helps bring in relaxation, meditation, perhaps a hot bath, or a facial, or simply time alone. This will allow your mind, body and soul the opportunity to unwind and come back to it's center. 3. Organize the home. Keep your home tidy and organized. By doing so, you are soothing your visual senses by not having to see clutter, or misplaced items. If possible, include the family in this activity. At the end of every day, put things back where they belong. 4. Create zones in your home. A lot of us are working from home, have the children home from school, perhaps you're now working out at home too. Along with creating your schedule, create zones for each of these in your home (where possible). If the bedroom is part of your evening sanctuary, don't do work in bed. 5. Activate your sense of smell. Begin using essential oils in your home to create uplifting scents throughout the day, or use calming blends for the evening as part of your evening routine. You can also use natural based candles created with essential oils throughout the home. 6. Bring home a plant. The next time you're running in and out of the grocery store, bring home a plant or some flowers. Studies have shown indoor plants:
Boost mood, productivity, concentration and creativity.
Reduce stress, fatigue, sore throats and colds.
Clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen.
7. Play music in the home. Need support in getting your day started? Put on some upbeat tunes and dance! Need to unwind and bring the energy levels back down? Put on some soothing instrument tunes. Music has a way of feed our souls and setting the tone. 8. Plan a digital shutdown. Everyday at the same time, unplug and turn off. Whether it's during the day so you can nap, or finish some work, or to play a game with the kids, or it's in the evening as part of your routine, shutting off your digital item can help bring calm and quiet into the home. 9. Allow for things to not go according to plan. Life happens and even the best laid plans don't always work. Don't stress about it. Allow for the mess to happen from time to time. Allow for items to go off schedule once in a while. It's OK! 10. Practice Gratitude EVERYDAY. One of my favourite quotes reads, "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." I have attached an entry from the My Gratitude Journal that I created as an example to help you really think about all the good in your life.
The "My Gratitude Journal" is available for digital download on my website.
There are 7 days worth of entries followed by a weekly recap entry.
Gratitude Increases Happiness.
It allows you to focus on the present and appreciate what you have now rather than what you don't have and think you need. It also creates positive emotions like joy, love, and contentment which has proven to suppress negative emotions such as fear and anxiety.
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