Few concepts are quite as appealing as a peaceful home and mind, especially after the tumult of 2020. Optimally, the two go hand-in-hand—your home can bring you inner peace while your mindset brings more peace to your home. To create that symbiosis, though, you’ll need to put some effort into making your home a more peaceful place and mimicking that sense of calm in your mind.
Keep your home and work lives separated.
For many people, their job is a primary source of stress. By making your home and work two distinctive parts of your life, you’ll be better able to manage stress in both areas and create more space for peace along the way. If your work is particularly frustrating, consider career counseling to help you reignite your passions and truly make a difference. If you’re content with your career path but just need some mental space to destress and unwind, put your efforts towards enforcing that separation. Even if you work from home, do your best to physically distance yourself from work outside of working hours. Your mental health will thank you!
Be more environmentally friendly.
One of the most effective ways to create a sense of inner peace is to give back to the world around you. You might be surprised to find out just how easily you can do just that from home. For example, rather than trying to remember how to dispose of used cooking oil properly during your next after-dinner grease cleanup, you could arrange for a cooking oil recycling system that will convert that waste to sustainable fuel. Don’t use enough oil for that to be a realistic option? Seek out other ways to be more sustainable or support your community, whether that’s starting a compost pile, embracing biodegradable paper towel alternatives and reaching for a sealable container in place of a Ziploc bag, or even donating a small amount (or a large amount) of time or money to a local cause you’d like to support. The more you’re able to help others, the more you’ll be able to build a sense of inner peace.
Make the improvements your home needs.
If spending time at home makes you stress over the many projects you’ve been meaning to complete, you’ll only be able to find the calm you’re searching for if you cross those tasks off your to-do list. Research the best Hickory replacement window company to increase your comfort and aesthetic appeal at home through the seasons. Hire a professional to install a replacement roof to increase your peace of mind. Work to replace your worn siding, fix your finicky garbage disposal, or take whatever next step your home needs to become the peaceful source of mental strength—rather than yet another source of stress—you need.
Declutter what doesn’t bring you peace.
Similarly to making the repairs and improvements that are keeping you from feeling more peace, take some time to remove the clutter or other items in your home that prey on that same weakness. Consider embracing Marie Kondo’s concept of figuring out what sparks joy, or shift your focus to removing anything that sparks negativity, instead. This can apply to your physical clutter, like the compost pile waiting to be maintained, or mental clutter, like a career path that doesn’t align with your life and values. Remove anything that takes away from your peace so you’re better able to breathe in those that add to your sense of calm.
Fill your space with loved ones.
If you’re filling your space with items that bring you peace and joy, you should do the same with the people you bring into your home. Think through your friends and family and consider who you can welcome into your home for even a short visit to create happy memories set in that space. If your loved ones are far away, or you’re not in a place where you can invite people over right now, look to other ways to let them “visit.” Maybe it’s scheduling a video call with the people you’re closest to or simply printing, framing, and hanging photographs that capture your fondest memories. Even adopting a newly beloved pet can help make your home a more peaceful place.
Find a mindset that speaks to you.
If you’re implementing the KonMari method in your space, for example, you’ll likely find that the same principles come to mind in other areas of your life, like in cultivating a more joyful mindset. But that isn’t the only mental shift you can try in your efforts to find inner peace at home. Consider the Danish concept of hygge to bring a greater sense of coziness to a winter evening. Maybe elegant Parisian chic décor is more your style. Whatever aesthetic helps enhance your peace at home, embrace it.
Embrace peace with all five senses.
If you’re hoping to develop a stronger inner peace at home, you’ll have the best results by utilizing all of your senses. Seek out some white noise or other calming sounds to play as you sit back and unwind after a long day. Spend some time sniffing essential oils to discover what scents stand out to you. Include some cozy, relaxation-worthy details to your space, like a fuzzy blanket or plush pillow. Include some of your favorite snacks in your pantry at all times, whether that’s a bag of dark chocolate or a bag of frozen french fries. Make your home into a place you truly want to be.
Create a sanctuary.
No matter the state of the rest of your home, try to ensure that one spot is focused on nothing but peace, calm, and joy. It might be a clean, comfortable bedroom or a welcoming reading nook in one corner of your living room. No matter what home improvement projects are in progress, messes are being made, or career decisions are lying in wait, you can retreat to this space for a bit of relaxation and, most importantly, peace.
No matter how much of a good job you’re doing at unwinding at the end of a long day, your home can always be a more peaceful place. Spend some time considering how you can improve your home and your own mind to bring you a stronger sense of calm and start enjoying a less stressful space as soon as possible.
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