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De-stress your home and yourself in isolation.

April 29, 2020

We can all agree COVID-19 has flipped our lives upside down, now with more time spent in our homes than ever.
With constant news updates, community unrest, and social isolation measures, the times we live in are far from peaceful. With all this extra time at home, it’s important to create a space that is comforting and peaceful.

De-stress your home (and yourself) in three easy steps:

  1. De-clutter 
  • The excuses of putting off that spring clean are running thin at this point! Don’t let it overwhelm you, write a list of the rooms that need de-cluttering starting with the one you use/ are in the most. Work through a room a week and before you know it the whole house is done! Got kids that can help? Why not assign a room to each.
  • Get rid of clothes you don’t wear, in the wise words of Marie Condo – does it spark joy? No? Then get rid of it! No more sifting through clothes that don’t fit anymore, or that you hoped would come back into fashion! Donate to feel a sense of pride for doing something positive for your community at this trying time.
  • Remove paper piles! Throw out old mail and file away important documents. Or better still, go paperless!
  • Get rid of space takers – those are items you no longer use that take up valuable space in your home. Got a bread maker you haven’t used in a decade? Might be time to give it the flick. Kids grown out of their toy collection? Bookcases overflowing with books? It’s time to donate.

 

2. Go el natural.

Getting in touch with nature is a proven stress relief. So why not bring natural elements into your home to enjoy every day:

  • Let in natural light and fresh air: open the blinds, curtains and windows each day for a sense of calm and freshness.
  • Add plants: add vibrancy to sterile spaces with indoor plants. Look out for air-purifying plants such as a Philodendron that can also reduce toxicity.
  • Use natural colours: The use of colour in your home can have a big impact on your mood. Neutral, softer colours are easier on the eye and mind.
  • Add air fresheners or candles: adding natural aromas to your home can de-stress and uplift your mood. Lavender is particularly well studied as a stress relief.

3. A little work each day 

Creating a peaceful home does require a little work each day, but by doing this you avoid them building up into daunting larger jobs that clutter your mind and your home.

  • Make your bed every day, your future tired self will thank you when you hop into a fresh bed!
  • Make a habit of sorting through and actioning your mail every day to avoid the build-up. You can apply this to your digital mailbox too.
  • Spend 10 minutes at the end of the day putting away items ready to start afresh tomorrow. Make sure there’s no dirty dishes, toys and books scattered around, and put away and plug in all your devices so they’re full charged when you need them next.
  • Limit screen time, particularly watching the never-ending updates on COVID-19. It’s important to be informed but avoid watching hours and hours of it so you can decompress and enjoy your time with your loved ones at home.

We hope these tips to help to de-stress your home will provide a sense of peace during your time in self-isolation.

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