With more people spending time in the comfort of their homes due to some government mandated quarantines and shutdowns from the 2020 COVID-19 coronavirus scare, it may be best to turn down the lights and turn up the serenity in our humble abodes, ASAP! Here are 7 helpful ways to make your home more serene to keep a peaceful mind.
Stick to Low-Lighting and Blue Lights
Did you know studies have shown that replacing one or two white light bulbs with blue light bulbs can help ease stress? It’s a form of color therapy and the color blue activates calming centers in your brain to help you feel more relaxed. If you can’t get your hands on blue bulbs, be sure to tone down the fluorescents and flood lighting in your home. This type of lighting is designed to illuminate every nook and cranny, every corner and crevice, like the lights used in supermarkets and grocery stores. They can be very stimulating and even daunting when trying to find peace of mind at home.
Buy New Plush Bedding and Comforters
There’s nothing better than curling up in bed with a cozy comforter or a bundle of plush blankets to ease you into a restful slumber. Fleece blankets, down comforters and fur throws will keep you warm and comfy each time you fall asleep at night or while taking a little cat nap during the day. Plus, they make the best cuddle cocoons for you and your loved ones to snuggle up inside of together!
Decorate with Living Houseplants
Consider buying several air-purifying indoor plants and pretty potted flowers to decorate your space with. A splash of color here and a few spots of greenery there, will liven up the place. Be sure they have enough sunlight by placing them in rooms that receive fair amounts of natural light. As much as you appreciate houseplants for their natural beauty, taking care of your new houseplants will give you a new baby to nourish and to love and they will bring a piece of the outdoors inside, so you don’t feel as cooped up!
Create Your Own Bathroom Bliss
The bathroom is where you go to relax…intentionally or unintentionally. You may call it “doing your business,” but of course, the bathroom extends beyond the toilet. Immersing yourself during a warm bubble bath or taking a refreshing shower are not only essential to your physical health, but your mental health as well. Kick things up a notch by adding scented candles to the area. The combination of lighting and scent will create a relaxing ambience. Give epsom salts a try. They are proven to relax muscles and relieve bodily stress. Bath bombs have a combination of essential oil, scent and salt, another great way to achieve bathroom bliss. Aromatherapy can also help give you that calm and blissful feeling. Use essential oils, such as lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint, in a diffuser or by placing a few drops to your bath water. All of these soothing essentials will turn your bathroom into a clean and serene sanctuary.
Take Time to Turn Off Electronics
When you are at work, in school, or doing your weekly routine of spending time with family, meeting up with friends or going to social events, you probably spend a fair amount of time away from your electronics. Even your cellphones, which are practically attached to your hand, go into your pockets and out of eyesight when you are doing your job or hanging out with friends.
Now that you are homebound, it’s beneficial to designate time AWAY from your electronics. This includes the television, computer, laptop, tablet, cellphone, gaming system and even the radio or stereo. Aside from the advertisements, information and continuous news updates that might be influencing your state of mind, studies have shown that the light emitted from some of these electronic devices effects the production of melatonin in the brain, which is necessary to have a restful sleep. Melatonin can also help you achieve rapid eye movement (REM). This state during sleep balances your theta and delta brainwaves. Reaching these brain waves during your sleep cycle, and even throughout your day, such as in the form of meditation, can help you achieve better cognitive functionality during your day; improving memory, speech and even motor function. So put the devices down and take an hour or more to do something different!
An Organized Space is an Organized Mind
This is really the ideal time to get things in order around your home. You can organize your closet, your pantry or even become more diligent in your routine, especially if you are working your office job from home. Getting things neat, tidy and organized will help clear your mind relieving your anxiety and stress. Sometimes you can be so overwhelmed with worry and scattered thoughts, you can’t seem to get anything done you had planned or wanted to accomplish. But, you have to start somewhere! This can be as simple as going through an old box of photos you wanted to put into a scrapbook or rummaging through your old clothes to decide what you want to keep and what you want to donate. There’s a saying that goes “your outer world can be a reflection of your inner world.” Basically, if you are having trouble finding peace within, change your external to match the state of mind you want to achieve. You can repeat this in your head or aloud, similar to a mantra. It will keep you focused and centered on the present moment as you organize your homelife.
Take on a Household Project
You know that leaky faucet, the spare room with too much clutter or the new color you’ve been wanting to paint your bedroom walls for the past year? What better time than right now to get started on one of those household projects you’ve been meaning to get to but never could work into your busy schedule? Give it a shot! It’s therapeutic to keep your mind focused on something positive and beneficial for your life. If you haven’t been able to go to your job, it will give you goals to reach and bring you a sense of accomplishment once you’ve completed it. Not to mention, it will make your home that much more beautiful!
Don’t let the external world take you out of your happy place! Especially don’t allow it to wreck havoc on the cozy sanctuary that you call home. Give these helpful tips a try to overcome the COVID-19 coronavirus blues and turn your homebound life from mean to SERENE!