These are unprecedented times, when everyone in the world is being encouraged to stay home as much as possible. This can create anxiety for everyone in the home, so it’s important that you create a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere, whether you’re on lock-down, or if you’re practising self-quarantine.
- Think About Lighting
- Get Green Fingered
- Remove Clutter
- Create A Dedicated Area For Exercise and Meditation
- Make Your Bedroom A Safe Space
- Layer Textures
- Paint A Wall
1. Think About Lighting
Natural light can do wonders to improve mood for the whole family. So throw open those curtains and wind up your blinds to let the light inside during the day time. You might even want to consider setting up a cosy ‘spot’ for reading right in the sunlight.
In the evening, lighting can really contribute to how well you wind down before sleeping – sleep is a really important factor in reducing stress. Rather than turning on your main lights, consider using table and floor lamps to create that low-lighting style. Floor lamps should be pointed to the wall to keep light levels low.
2. Get Green Fingered
Adults and kids alike will get a lot out of bringing plants into the home. If you’re new to having plants indoors, start with something easy like a large, statement cactus, a stunning trailing Pothos or air-purifying Snake Plant. These plants only need watering when they feel dry, which is around every 10-14 days and enjoy bright, indirect sunlight.
3. Remove Clutter
Have you read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying yet? If you have the time and brain-space (I know anxiety can stop this!) to tackle a messy closet or cluttered bookshelves, you’ll find that a lot of tension you might have been feeling will dissipate. A cluttered home produces physical, and therefore unconscious chaos. By removing the clutter, you’ll be able to think more clearly about this crazy situation, remain calm and plan the next steps. Plus, you’ll have completed a task which you’ve probably been meaning to do for ages!
4. Create a Dedicated Area For Exercise and Relaxation
Indoor exercise has suddenly become a vital part of our every day lives. It’s important for keeping stress levels down and maintaining a clear mind, whether you’re home-schooling kids or working from home. Have you downloaded an exercise app yet, or even tried Zoom Zumba (it’s amazing, honestly!)? By creating a dedicated space in your home for exercise, you’ll have a subtle reminder that you need to take a little time for yourself every day.
This area doesn’t just need to be for exercise. You can make it into a meditation or Yoga area too – there are lots of apps online which provide guided meditation for everyone.
5. Make Your Bedroom A Safe Space
I don’t think I can emphasise enough how important sleep is at this time, so it’s important you have a bedroom where you feel you’re safe from the outside world. Simple pre-bedtime routines like not watching TV, not engaging with the news and reading instead will help you feel relaxed in your bedroom.
You may even want to consider updating your overall bedroom aesthetic at this time, and creating the bedroom you’ve always wanted. Choose a tranquil colour palette which really resonates with you, or invest in new lighting so you can unwind before bed.
6. Layer Textures
By adding a beautiful rug to a hardwood floor, you can easily add a sense of homeliness and relaxation to key rooms like your living room and bedroom. Any space will look and feel softer, which can create a similar effect as fireplaces.
This can also be achieved with well-placed cushions on chairs and throws across sofas. Consider colour when layering soft furnishings – I’d advise using clean, block-colours to avoid a space looking cluttered.
7. Paint A Wall
Simply painting a statement wall, or indeed, an entire room can transform the atmosphere of a space. Serene blues can create a coastal elegance in a bedroom, and coral whites can create a relaxing mood in a living room. Choosing the right colour which works with an existing room can be a challenge, so make sure you experiment with lots of samples in different lights before starting work.