Were talking about different ways that you can create calm in your home. Especially right now while we are “stay home, stay safe” or “shelter in place”.
Now more then ever I am craving some calm and peacefulness in my home.
Can I get a yes please?
With fear and anxiety all around us, who isn’t looking for a little normal right now? Since our homes are supposed to be our havens I want to share with you a few ways to bring a calm atmosphere into your home right now.
I don’t think you’ll find any surprises here. You’re probably already familiar with all of these.
You might be surprised at how they can help you out though! So read on for ways to create calm in your home, especially when the outside world has gone crazy.
Create a Routine
If you have been able to stick to your former routine then you’re probably less stressed than a lot of people are right now.
If there’s not a schedule and routine in your house right now then it’s time to create one. Routines create calm by helping us feel in control of our environment and our lives.
Something as simple as a schedule can bring us a sense of calm because we know what to expect and when to expect it. This is especially true if you’re currently homebound with your family.
It’s a great idea to keep the morning routine that you had previously and work out a schedule for the rest of the day.
I always started my day off with a cup of coffee and then headed to the gym to work out. When I got home it was breakfast, shower and then work. Since I can no longer go to the gym we’ve been working out following online programs and trying to continue the rest of our routines as closely as possible.
Cook up Something
This is either a great hobby or a terrible one. I have to admit that we’ve been baking a lot more in our house now that we’re here all day.
The downside of all this baking is that we can’t share it with the neighbors or friends like we’ve been able to in the past. That leaves us eating quite a few cookies around here.
Spending a little extra time on our dinners has been fun and it definitely makes dinner time more enjoyable. We are having a “cocktail party” once a week now. We dress up, set the table with candles and make a production out of our dinner.
Instead of planning a date night out, we’re planning a special meal in. It gives us a little something to look forward to and to plan.
If you’ve been wanting to try a new recipe this is the time to do it!
Learn a New Skill
If you’re finding yourself bored or anxious then it’s time to learn a new skill. There are lots of free classes and video’s right now and it’s a great time to find a new hobby or learn a new craft.
Keeping your mind busy while learning is a great way to focus on something exciting and new.
I’m learning a new software program and it is both frustrating and rewarding at the same time. Bonus – it keeps me from checking all the latest headlines.
Read a Book and Sunbathe
There’s really no pressure at all for you to actually be productive during this time. If you need a break then you should definitely take it. The most important thing is to take care of yourself and your family.
Some days I’m super productive and some days I spend a lot of time reading. This is a good time to take stock of your daily habits and see which ones are better for you and which ones aren’t. Try to spend more time doing those happy chores and less time doing the latter.
This can also lead you back to your routine too. I’ve discovered that doing laundry doesn’t bother me if I do a load each day, but I hate spending an entire day on laundry. This was such an easy thing to change in my life, I just had to pay attention.
Get Some Fresh Air
Spring is finally here in most parts of the country and getting outside for some fresh air and sunshine is good for the soul.
Technically this isn’t a tip to create calm in your home, it’s more of a tip to create calm in your life. Nature is proven to lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress.
If you’re able to get outside and go for walk then try to add that into your daily routine. When the weather, or other circumstances, make it impossible to got outside throw those windows open and get some fresh air into your space.
If you’ve got a yard it’s a great time to work on your landscaping or maybe even add a vegetable garden. In many places you can order plants and pick them up, but if not you can find seeds at Burpee and Park Seed Co.
Clean and Organize
If you’ve been waiting until you had time to tackle some of those closets and the pantry then this is your time to shine!
Now’s a great time to go through those boxes in the attic and get your closet organized and cleared out. There may be someone in your neighborhood looking for new books to read, video’s or some of those games and toys that you don’t want to store anymore.
Of course extra cleaning time means that you can tackle those areas that don’t always get attention. Clean the dust of those ceiling fans, the top of your trim around your doors (when was the last time you even checked that?) and think about cleaning those windows.
If it makes you feel better you can create a list and schedule for this project and check off the items as you get through them. You can tackle a project or a room and feel great about getting it all spic and span.
Give Yourself Grace
This is an unprecedented time in our history. We’ve been thrown into radical life changes quickly and the stresses are real.
The best thing that you can do is give yourself grace. If you can extend it to those around you then do that.
You don’t have to be super productive right now. If you’ve got your family at home and you’re just managing to get through the days that’s okay. I know that this time is confusing for adults, I have a hard time imagining how strange it must seem to kids.
The first few days of this I spent a lot of time watching the news and reading the headlines. The phone calls and stress were hard and it felt like a roller coaster with changes happening fast and furious.
After a few days we gave into the idea that this was going to be our temporary life and we needed to figure out a way to deal with this reality. Turning off the news was at the top of the list. Setting up a routine was the next most important thing.
We’ve had to find a way to create calm in our home and you need to find a way to create it in yours.
How are you coping right now?
Are you using this time to catch up on every Netflix series or are you learning a new skill? Both of these are the right things to do right now.
Take care of your self.
Take care of your family.
I’m hoping that we are able to see our local shops open again soon. That we can meet our friends for lunch or dinner and enjoy this beautiful weather at one of our favorite restaurants.
In the meantime we will keep hoping and praying. For all the people and families that are affected, for our front lines that are working to save lives and keep our grocery stores stocked and for our leaders who are trying to figure out the best way to keep us safe.