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7 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Calm Introduction
7 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Calm. Home is supposed to be the place where you feel the most comfortable, safe, and relaxed.
But many people feel more stressed at home and find any excuse to leave. I used to feel this way, and it took me quite a while to break that feeling and create a home that I wanted to be in and felt safe and relaxed.
You likely spend more of your time at home than anywhere else, especially after Covid. This makes it extremely important to make your home a calm and welcoming place. Because the world is big, unpredictable, and sometimes scary. You deserve to come home and relax and find comfort in being home.
My personal favorite part about these tips is they don’t cost any money! Making simple changes to your home to make it a welcoming place where you feel happy without breaking the bank is amazing. Because we all know that simply existing these days feels like it might break the bank. You don’t need more of that.
Here are my favorite 7 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Calm.
7 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Calm
If your home is louder than the first night at the county fair, a sold out last world tour of a band, or a packed college football game, how can you possibly expect to relax and be calm? You can’t. It is just that simple.
Noise is distracting and it keeps your mind engaged constantly, making it impossible to sit back and just breathe. Noisy environments chronically put your body into a natural fight or flight mode, just making things more stressful.
While you can’t silence every noise in your home simply because living is noisy, as I say, you still have control over how much excessive noise there is.
Turn the tv off when you’re not watching it. Do not shout at other people in your home from two rooms away. Walk to them, or make them come to you. If you aren’t in the same room together, you don’t need to be talking. Dampen outside noises by shutting windows and doors.
If noise is a problem in your house, even reducing it by a small amount can be just what you need.
Dim the Lights
Bright lights keep you alert when you don’t need it to be. Constant exposure to bright lights will mess with your sleep hormones and increase stress.
Our bodies depend on the natural sunrise and sunset cycle to produce the right quantity of hormones, so if our mind feels like it is being exposed to constant daylight, it will always want to be active. Because that is what our body is telling us to do.
When you’re at home and you just want to relax, dimming or turning off lights in the evening will help you calm down and relax, just the way it is supposed to happen.
Step Away from Screens
It seems like no matter where we look, everyone is attached to a screen these days. Somehow we can’t get enough of them.
I try to limit my social media time to 30 minutes twice a day. Otherwise I get sucked into the black hole that is social media, especially if a thread has a ton of comments. This can be toxic, unproductive, and even stressful.
But it isn’t just social media. It is mobile games, television, computers, and tablets that all emit a harmful blue light that will affect your sleep cycle, strain your eyes, and make it very hard to relax. I struggle with eye strain often, and I really have to put an emphasis on making my time in front of a screen productive. Otherwise I end up with migraines and that’ll knock me out of pretty much everything for two days.
Instead of staring at a screen, I will read a book. I put a big emphasis in my household on having physical books because of this. I need to be away from screens, and reading is a fun way to relax. Or I will turn on my tv with the Audible app to listen to a book and crochet, as that relaxes me. How do you relax? Think about the things that allow your brain to really settle.
There are lots of ways to relax while staying away from screens. It is up to you to find whatever way works the best for you.
A clean space is a happy space. A clean space is a productive space. Every time you look at a pile of clutter, you have negative thoughts and that is no coincidence. You can’t relax in a messy home. Decluttering is just good for the soul.
Whenever I find that I am unsettled and struggling to sit still, to relax, or even to work, I will clean. I’m not joking when I say this. It isn’t the act of cleaning that means something. I still hate cleaning, I’m not even going to lie. But the end result is what matters. It is that clean, organized, relaxed space that results from my cleaning. It settles me to where I can work or relax, whichever that I choose.
I came from a household where my mother was both a narcissist and a hoarder who had piles of crap everywhere, and barely a walkway through it all. So cleaning isn’t something that came naturally to me. But I started to pay attention to how I felt when I cleaned my own home. How relaxed, how the chaos of a day could sort of melt away and I would relax, and how it changed the energy and vibe I felt in my home. It really does make a difference.
The way that we communicate plays a huge role in how we feel, especially at home. How are you communicating with the people you live with? This may be your husband, your kids, even a roommate. Is it meaningful, productive, and kind? Or is it tense, yelling, accusing?
If you find yourself shouting, accusing, defensive, or even giving silent treatments, it is time to take a step back and evaluate how destructive that is to a calm home.
Learning to communicate effectively will not only serve to create a calm space in your home, it will serve to help you in all other areas of your life as well. That is a win-win in my book!
Taking Care of Important Tasks
Procrastination is not only bad for your goals, it is bad for your mental health. Procrastination creates chronic stress, making it impossible to feel calm and relaxed at home.
I hate having a fear of something unknown. It interferes with my OCD and need to be prepared. I have found that in my own life, even if facing a challenge, I need to face it. When I face it, even if it is stressful, facing it and knowing the answers is a lot less stressful than the unknown.
So it may be time for you to face your fears, deal with important tasks, no matter how scary they are, and keep pushing forward. Trust me when I say that you can handle it, and you’ll handle it with a lot more confidence when you aren’t running from it. You’ll also be able to relax a lot more.
Adopt a Plant
Houseplants not only add a pop of color to your home, they give off added oxygen, can create a focal point when you’re stressed, and can lower your heart rate.
This really is one of the easiest ways to make your home a calmer and more relaxing place to be. If you aren’t
7 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Calm Notes
Your home should be a calm and relaxing place that serves as a respite from the outside world, where you can recharge your batteries and get ready for the next day, next week, and more. A place where great memories are made, and feels happy.
But if it isn’t a calm space, none of these things happen. Which is why it is so essential to make sure that your home feels calm and relaxing for you.
I have found this to be especially true because I work from home, as many of you do too since Covid. You need home to be amazing, and these are my favorite simple ways to make that happen.
None of these 7 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Calm break the bank either! I love simplistic ways to change things without spending money.
7 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Calm Discussion
Have these 7 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Calm helped you make necessary changes in your home? Is this something that you’ve struggled with in the past? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!