Home! After a long day of doing all the things you do, you finally arrive home.
It’s supposed to be your sanctuary, the place you go to de-stress, relax, and recharge for another day of conquering the world.
Instead there’s no place to put your bag because clutter fills the front hall, you trip over the children’s shoes, and oh, my goodness, what is that SMELL? Everyone forgot to put the trash out again, and all you can smell as you enter the house is last week’s salmon dinner.
Stress affects both your physical and emotional well-being, and it’s very important that we have a healing, low-stress environment at home.
Before you laugh too hard at me, and tell me all the reasons that you can’t, let me point out that I have four children who are ten and younger in my home, and we homeschool. And did I mention that three out of the six people who live here have autism, and one (that’s me!) has brain damage from cancer?
I know how important it is to have a healing, low-stress environment at home in order to counteract the hectic busy-ness of our lives, and I also know that it’s not as difficult as you think.
Creating a Healing Environment in Your Home
Let’s face it, a healthy environment makes you feel safe and helps to eliminate feelings of sadness, worry and helplessness.
It’s void of noise and confusion which, over the long term, can lead to issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease and even strokes.
You may not be able to control your environment at work, but the task is certainly achievable at home. Consider the following tips to help you get started.
Your Home Should Be Nurturing
Home is where you go when the world is too much. It should be the place that is filled with the things you love the most.
Your overall goal is to create a nurturing (and therapeutic) space, filled with some of the things you love the most. Doing so promotes spiritual growth and self-healing.
If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. ― William Morris
If you live alone, that’s easy. But if you live with other people, it becomes a bit more difficult. The little ceramic (dime store) elephant my grandmother gave me just before she died is certainly not meaningful to EJ, while I’m not really moved to sighs over his Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca figurines.
The answer is to come to a common agreement about what goes in common areas. Our family room
Ideally, this works best if you have a spare room you can convert into your own special haven. If that’s not a possibility, don’t panic. Simply create multiple “mini spaces” throughout your home.
In the event that money is an issue, you always have the option of buying things secondhand, to utilize when decorating. If you’re a bargain hunter, think of it as your newest (stress-free) adventure.
Everyone would be better off if they took the time to eliminate clutter in their lives.
Have you ever tried to completely relax in a room full of clutter? It’s almost impossible to do, isn’t it?
Get rid of things you no longer use.
Give these things to charity or have a garage sale. Someone else will be happy to give your unwanted belongings a new home.
Certain colors affect the way you feel.
So if you have the time and energy, you might consider repainting your space.
You can either go with a color that automatically makes you happy or choose one known to invoke a positive response. For example, red typically causes an invigorating reaction and blue has the (opposite) calming effect.
There are so many additional things that you can do to create a healing environment in your home.
They include, but are not limited to:
- candles or a fireplace
- aromatherapy (lavender is particularly calming)
- water fountain or aquarium
- live plants and flowers (some of which even cleanse the air)
- natural lighting options
- family photos
Quite honestly, the possibilities are endless. If you find it relaxing to read a good book, think about creating a reading corner. Or a library! With a family of booklovers, we turned the family room into a full-fledged library.
On the other hand, if you love to fix things, the ideal healing environment might be a workspace in the garage. The choice is up to you!
Now that you know more about creating a healthy environment at home, what are you waiting for?
Remember, you don’t have to complete the project overnight. The idea is to reduce stress, not to make it worse.
This is something that can be done on an ongoing basis. There’s nothing wrong with creating a relaxing environment that is forever a “work in progress.”1