Have you ever considered how your environment can impact your mood? You probably have without realising it. For instance, if you are feeling down, going on a hike in nature or dipping your toes in the ocean might make you feel better and more present. Putting ourselves in an environment that brings us joy can improve our mood and make us feel happier. Here are seven tips to increase happiness and peace in the home…
With the current lockdown and self-isolation suggestions, our environment has become confined. Those places that you typically go to improve your mood aren’t able to be accessed. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to bring happiness and peace into the environment you do have access to; your home. Take some time to consider how your home environment is being used and how you can improve it so that it makes you happier and more at peace during this unique time.
7 Tips for a Happier and More Peaceful Home
Start the Day Right
How you begin your day will set the tone for the rest of your day. Place a glass of water by your bed the night before and drink it when you wake up. Water regulates the body, bringing balance. It can also cushion your joints and improve allergy symptoms. Before you indulge in your delicious but dehydrating morning coffee, wake your body up and regulate it with a glass of water.
In addition to drinking water, make it a habit to make your bed every morning. Psychology Today found that 71% of people that made their beds considered themselves happy. Making your bed can bring this joy into your life and make the room feel more organised in a matter of minutes.
Now more than ever, we need to be practicing self-care. One self-care option is to try journaling every day. Journaling and expressive writing can improve your health and psychological wellbeing. It allows you to process what is happening. Set aside a specific time of day and location in the home to journal and put pen to paper for at least 10 minutes. Doing this consistently is a simple way to check in with your emotions and practice self-care.
Another way to help clear your mind and calm your nerves is by setting a daily mantra. Mantra meditation is where you chant a phrase repeatedly. The sound vibrations are said to shape the reality around you. By choosing a daily mantra and repeating it throughout the day, you can shape your space.
Display Meaningful Photos
You probably have countless photos on your phone from your adventures. Try printing them out and displaying them in your home. These photos can be a positive reminder of the people, places and activities that bring you joy.
Let in Natural Light
Sunlight contains Vitamin D and can be a major mood booster. Those that aren’t receiving enough sunlight can suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. People are most often affected by this in the winter, when there is less natural light.
Because we have entered into Spring, the sun is peeking it’s head out again. If you are spending a lot of time indoors, be sure you are opening the blinds and letting this natural light in. If your home is small, open the space up by hanging mirrors by the windows. This way more light can reflect inside. If you have a yard, try to spend some time in the sunshine on a daily basis. If you don’t have a yard, opt for outdoor walks throughout the day. Spending time in the natural light can improve your outlook and increase your happiness.
Reduce Your Clutter
Spending time indoors may make you realise how much clutter you’ve accumulated. A cluttered space can trigger feelings of tension and anxiety. Now that you are home more often, this clutter might have a greater impact on your daily mindset. To keep this from happening, purge your home of unused items. Organise boxes to donate or sell at a later date. You will soon start to feel your happiness levels rising.
Limit Screen Time
It’s good to be checking in on the latest COVID-19 updates, but immersing yourself in social media and spending all your time staring at computers and TV screens can lead to depression or increased anxiety.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix for this. Simply be intentional about unplugging from your devices throughout the day. Try designating a specific time in the day where you consistently take a break from these screens. If you’re in the habit of reaching for your phone in a moment of boredom, put your phone in the other room and reach for a book instead.
Sleep is essential for our wellness and peace of mind. Getting enough sleep can improve heart health, reduce stress, reduce inflammation, improve memory and reduce your risk of depression.
To encourage sleep, make your bedroom into a peaceful environment. Use an essential oil diffuser and test out relaxing scents like lavender or sandalwood. If you are in a noisy area, use a sound machine to create a more relaxing sleep soundtrack. If there is light coming into your room as you try to sleep, purchase dark shades to block it out.
These simple changes to your routine and home will help you create a happier and more peaceful environment during this current lockdown. Looking for a few more tricks? Check out Apartment Guide’s tips on 12 ways to increase happiness and peace in your home for more inspiration.
Article kindly contributed by Elsie Weisskoff. Elsie enjoys writing on a variety of topics, from lifestyle to tech. In her free time, you’ll find her soaking up some sunshine at the beach or enjoying a scenic hike.
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