Creating a Peaceful and Happy Home
A lot of times we are out at work, shopping or doing other things. At some point, we look forward to leaving and being in the comfort of our home. Home is important to our sense of well-being. It should allow us to unplug from the stresses of the outside world – A serene space. This can be achieved in many ways.
Inside the House
Fresh / Natural Smells
Freshly cut flowers or scented houseplants such as Jasmine or Hyacinth make the inside of a home smell as sweet as the garden. Alternatively, a burner with a few drops of Essential oils. You could experiment with them to see which one you like. (Lavender, vanilla, lemon, orange etc) See Link below for more. Air fresheners are fine but have chemicals, which coat nasal passages.
Candles offer a wonderful source of mood lighting. You might also want to fit Dimmer Switches, which increase your range of lighting options.
Keep the middle of a room clear. This creates a sense of spaciousness and energy. In Vastu Vidya. It’s a principle that furniture placed in the centre of a room impedes the flow of energy. (Vastu Vidya is the ancient Indian spiritual tradition of architecture and placement)
The concentration of Toxins can be more inside buildings than outside. Keep your home well ventilated – open windows regularly. It also reduces the likelihood of getting the flu or a cold.
Make the most of Colours e.g. Change your cushions to a colour that suits your mood.
Red – associated with fire.
Orange - spirituality, transcendence and is also good for meditation.
Yellow - linked with sunlight, promotes optimism.
Green – connect us with nature and gives a sense of harmony.
Blue – suggests openness, freedom and tranquillity.
Indigo – reminiscent of ocean depths and adds mystery to an interior.
Violet – symbolic of “the inner eye”, the centre of spiritual vision.
The silent world of an aquarium can be soothing to watch. If you can not afford one, you could start with a bowl with a few Goldfish.
These bring a refreshing openness to a room.
Clear out Clutter
Sort out wardrobes, drawers, cupboards and throw out any accumulated rubbish. Be neat. Make the bed, hang up your towels, and put the dishes in the dishwasher. Put things back in the right place so the house stays tidy.
Take a few minutes each day to wipe off counters. You could do more at weekends. If that is not possible, hire cleaning help.
NB. For safety, ensure you have a smoke alarm and test it often.
Outside the House
The physical exercise and the involvement with nature help release tension. Enjoy the garden’s beauties while you work.
Grow your own Vegetable
Its nice to see something of your own making grow. You could also plant your own Christmas tree if you have the space. Talk to your plants. It sounds funny but a lot of people believe that plants respond to the human voice by growing healthier.
Install a water feature in the garden, maybe a small pond. Water naturally has a calming effect.
** If you don’t have a Garden, you might consider buying flowerpots and put them outside the door or the balcony if you have one. You could also buy houseplants.
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