At times, we aren’t aware of the impact the environment and atmosphere in our home is having on our quality of living. If your spaces at home are chaotic, noisy, and distracting, it could negatively affect you and your kids. However, a calm environment can have a lasting positive impact on how we move forward in life.
So how can you create an environment that is calming to help your family thrive? Here are some of the things to try.
Create Happy Spaces in Your Home
One of the first things you can do is create spaces in your home that inspire happiness. Start with a place that you feel at your calmest and happiest. Maybe it is a chair by the window or a particular room. Once you know what that spot is, make it a place you can go to if you feel stressed, anxious, or worried. Add a blanket, cushions, and other things like books that will help relax you. You can do the same for your children. Create a spot in their room they can go to if they feel overwhelmed; a tent with fairy lights, a chair with lots of cushions, and blankets with their favourite soft toys. It can be a great way to encourage them to start being aware of their thoughts and feelings.
How You Decorate Can Make a Difference
Would you believe that how you decorate and keep your home can make a big difference to how it feels? We have all heard the saying ‘a tidy home equals a tidy mind.’ The same could apply to how you feel in your home. A chaotic and messy house can leave you feeling flustered and more stressed than you would be if everything had its place and it felt clean and tidy. It might be time to start decluttering your home and getting a little more organized. Something else to consider would be how you decorate your home. Bright and busy patterns can play havoc on your mind. A great tip would be to consider calming colors for the spots you want to relax in. Neutrals and pastel shades, especially in bedrooms, can help you to feel calmer and more relaxed.
Foster a Healthy Balance With Use of Technology
We all know that technology has become such a big part of our lives, but it can often cause us issues with our mental health if we are not careful. Adults and children are spending more and more time in front of their screens. Time away from tech is vital. For a tech break, put all the phones in a box for an evening. Do something together, such as play a game, go for a walk, or bake cookies. Make it a rule there is no tech at mealtimes and try to limit time spent in front of screens before bed. When you create an atmosphere of balance with technology use, it encourages a feeling of calm. There is a time and purpose for tech, but it’s important to create value on other experiences like reading, family time, writing, drawing, time outdoors, friendships, and imaginative play.
Encourage Calming Activities
Finally, try and incorporate more ways that you can feel calm and relaxed at home. Meditate together or encourage exercise such as yoga. It could be that you talk more openly about your feelings and thoughts and whether you are having a good or bad day. Normalizing frustration and stress can make for a calmer environment, because feelings aren’t bottled up and exploding at random.
These tips are a starting point to help you create a calm environment at home to help you and your family thrive. Being mindful of your spaces within your home and how they affect you or your children can change your day-to-day life for the better.