Last updated on June 5th, 2021 at 02:41 am
Now that we’re hopefully over the worst of the pandemic, and life seems to be returning to normal, the stresses that we were used to dealing with will creep back into our lives without us even noticing. Worrying about money, organizing social events, rushing to meetings, being late for swim practice – these are all regular occurrences that can create havoc in a home. If this sounds all too familiar, and you’d like to preserve the calm and peace that you’ve enjoyed over the last year, the following are some tips to keep in mind.
Creating a Peaceful Home
Curtailing Financial Stress
Ensuring your home is at its most tranquil can be difficult to achieve, but one important way to get there is by making sure your financial stressors are realigned. Check your credit scores, speak to private lenders, free up extra money in your budget by refinancing existing student loans, and make your money work for you. Sit down with your partner and family members, and talk openly about finances and what steps can be taken to limit the stress of making repayments and paying bills.
Work on the Sensory Experience of Your Home
Sometimes you can create a cozier feeling in your home by adding in fluffier cushions and nicer curtains, or you might want to add a plant or two, and sometimes a redesign after a year of everyone using the living room as their workplace/educational facility/playground is necessary. Bring in that warm, homey feeling by making your living space an experience for all the senses. You can do this by including incense or aromatic flowers, calming music that plays using a smart home device, and by opening up the space to allow for meditation and relaxation.
Put Down the Tech
We mentioned using home tech devices but sometimes it is just as beneficial to put down the technology, and step away from your smartphone. Think about designating an hour each day when all the family can put down their phones and talk, read books, or ensure that homework is being completed away from the overhanging burden of a digital existence. Your kids may rebel at first, but they will be thankful to have the personal interaction in the long run.
If you aren’t a nature lover, you can fake it with plastic alternatives but having live plants around the home is better for you and your family. It can teach children the value of keeping a living thing alive (making it easier to prolong the inevitable “can we have a dog” debate). There is also something satisfying about looking after plants, so don’t overlook the benefits of learning how to care for them, and maybe even developoing a “green thumb.” Most houseplants only need to be watered two or three times a week depending on soil consistency; and, once a year when they bloom – even cacti have blossoming periods – you get a reward of a bit of color that you wouldn’t normally have.
The concept of meditation differs culturally and across generations. Some people find peace in listening to white noise machines, others from listening to podcasts, and we all have that one friend that is obsessed with yoga. The truth is that catching up with yourself is hugely beneficial, and it doesn’t need to be a long and complicated process of putting on special clothes and getting hot and sweaty – it can be as simple as taking some deep breaths in your calm surroundings while listening to the birds outside.
Creating a peaceful home is well worth your time. Which of these five tips will you try?