Since many of us are spending more time at home than usual these days, we wanted to share some ways we’re creating a sense of calm in our homes.
Create a routine and try to stick to it, this helps us maintain a sense of normalcy and keeps the days from blurring together. It reminds us that even though these days are different than we expected, there’s still much joy and beauty to be found in our “new normal”.
- Wake up and go to bed at the same times every day. Lack of sleep (less than 6 hours a night) is linked to an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cognitive decline. Following a set sleep schedule not only helps us keep a routine, but according to Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, Professor of Women’s Health at Harvard, it makes it easier for our bodies to fall into a restful rhythm.
- Get dressed everyday. Staying in pajamas can be often a recipe for laying on the couch and binge watching Netflix all day (not that there’s anything wrong with that - we all need those days!) Getting dressed in the morning helps us feel ready to start the day and take on whatever needs to be accomplished.
- If you’re working from home, create set times to start and end work each day. This makes it easier to “shut off” and relax when work time is over.
Create a tranquil space in your home where you can relax. Be intentional about what you bring into this space.
- Declutter your calm space. Clutter subconsciously reminds us of all the things we need to accomplish and can make it difficult to fully disconnect and unwind.
- Choose durable products for your home since they’ll be getting extra use while you’re spending more time at home.
- The colors you bring into your space can help shift your mood, so choose colors based on your intention for the space. Use blues and blacks to create a sense of calm, greens and browns to bring energies of vitality and growth, or light earth tones to cultivate feelings of stability and inner balance.