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How harmonious does your home feel? Do you feel pleased to get home after a long day, returning to a sanctuary that nurtures you? Or do you feel stressed by all the clutter and the closed-in feeling you get there?
If so, here are some simple tips, that don’t cost a fortune and will help you introduce more harmony into your home. See how many will work well for you.
INCREASE NATURAL LIGHT
Do you ever notice how opening the curtains or blinds on a sunny day makes you feel better? Cosy, dark evenings are for the winter months, so open those curtains, shades, and blinds early, and let the natural light flow through your home.
If a room in your home is filled with clutter, you probably don’t like going anywhere near it. Clutter can drain energy from you. I understand that tackling it is a tough job, but you’ll be amazed at the feeling of harmony and peace you get from doing so. If your home needs a good de-clutter, set aside a weekend to tackle one room and move on from there if you need to.
MORE FRESH AIR
There is nothing I love more than opening the windows at the start of every day. Even in the colder months, it feels good to air a room by leaving a window open and letting the fresh air flow through your home. Try it and see how much better your space feels for doing it.
FIND A FEW QUIET MOMENTS
How often do you feel overwhelmed or anxious? Most of us experience these feelings often during the day. Yet if you can find a few quiet moments here and there to pause and appreciate a quiet moment (without interruption) then you’ll feel so much better for it. It helps to bring clarity and perspective back to your day – give it a try especially before bed to help calm your mind before a good night’s rest.
USE AROMATHERAPY OILS AND CANDLES
The wonderful thing about aromatherapy oils is there is one for every mood you want to create. Frankincense is known to perk up our mood and aid in relaxation. Just what you need when you want to bring harmony into your home. If you are feeling stressed, try some lavender oil to calm fraught emotions and reduce your anxiety levels. Orange is also another of my favourite oils to help raise a smile and calm a busy mind.
There are candles too, that create a comforting feel while filling our homes with beautiful scent. If you want to feel the natural benefits of aromatherapy then choose a high quality soy candle made with essential oils. Our very own Peace Meditation Candle is made with lavender essential oil and brings a sense of harmony and peace to your home (and mood).
PRACTISE FENG SHUI
Feng Shui is all about the flow of chi, or energy, through your home. By positioning items in your home to aid in the flow of chi, you can feel more in tune with your home and your outlook on life. If your mind is cluttered, your home is likely to be the same. It’s a subject that’s fascinated me for years, if you get chance find a beginner’s guide and see what you think!
PLAY SOOTHING MUSIC
It might be a babbling brook, sounds of nature, or even some gentle music that calms the mind and soul. Music is a personal thing to many of us. Find what works for you, what makes you feel harmonious and calm, and play it often. Keep the volume down, so you can hear the music but not be overwhelmed by it.
INTRODUCE MORE NATURE
There are so many ways you can do this. I love to have indoor plants in as many rooms as I can. In the spring, I start growing my tomato plants from seed on the sunny kitchen windowsill. It brings me joy to check on them each day, to water them and nurture them. But you don’t need to be green-fingered to introduce nature. You could introduce a wooden bowl or ornament, or another natural element that will help balance a room and bring the outdoors indoors.
Even one or two of these tips will make a difference in your home when you put them into practice. Our homes are often a reflection of who we are and how we feel. If yours reflects harmony, you will undoubtedly feel this in yourself as well. Try some and see.
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.