For many people, the news of going into a second lockdown may feel daunting and overwhelming. With a majority of people spending more time at home than ever before, it is an important time to make sure that you are making your home a happy place.
Even out of lockdown, it can be important to make your home feel tranquil and somewhere you enjoy spending time. With increasing stressful and busy lifestyles, you want your home to be somewhere you feel at peace.
What Is Happiness?
A concept that is hard to define, as each individual will have different values that defines happiness. Simply, it’s when worries and troubles are let go and you do what feels good to you, not what others are doing. It is connected to a wider well-being and making your home a happier place has internal factors affecting the change, so it needs to begin with you.
Decorate Your Home In A Way That You Love
Trends seem to dictate how many of us style our home, but the important part is decorating it how you would like it to look. You see your home everyday, more than anyone else, so make it look how you want, not what others say or do. Use your favourite colours, art work, patterns and make what you love prominent in your home. Sentimental items should be placed where you often see them, so when you do, they will strike an emotion.
Ignore The Pressure Of Your Home Being Perfect
Social media is a great place to share photos of things you are happy or proud of, but don’t let them dictate how you feel about your home. Channels like Instagram and Facebook always show the best side of any individual’s reality, by accepting your home and loving it for how it is you feel a lot happier spending time in it.
Does It Provide A Purpose Or Joy?
This can be a great question to ask when you are buying something new or having a clear out. Clutter has been found to make you feel more stressed and anxious, and the pieces that you want to be more noticeable in your home can get lost if there is too much stuff that doesn’t benefit you surrounding it.
Lockdown can be a great time to do jobs like decluttering your home, redecorating rooms and ensuring you love your home that you are spending time in. If you are looking to transform your home, our range of mid-century products are a great way to discover our teams and customers’ favourite, timeless designs.
Find Your Favourite Spot
This is the place where you find yourself gravitating to in your home, whether it is because it is the comfiest chair in the house, next to your favourite piece of art, provides the best view out the window or it’s next to the fire for those colder evenings. This place that you love, you should make a conscious effort to spend more time here. If you are feeling overwhelmed your favourite spot can be a great place to disconnect and relax, doing whatever makes you happy.
A Design That Is Proven To Have Positive Impacts
One design style that has been proven to benefit your well-being is Biophilic Design, this style incorporates nature into indoor spaces. By trying to stimulate senses this can help you feel happier at home.
Biophilia is an innate biological connection with nature, it helps to explain why individuals find elements like crackling fires, crashing waves and garden views captivate us.
Biophilic design encourages the use of natural materials and organic forms in your home and Biomorphic aesthetics have inspired some of our beloved designers such as Isamu Noguchi with his iconic Coffee Table.
There is no literal way to introduce nature in your home without incorporating plants, the benefits of this can be lowered stress and an improvement in mood.
Keep On Top Of Household Chores
If you only have the time or energy to do one household task during the day then make your bed, many studies have been carried out to find that people who complete this task daily are happier and more successful.
Going back to the negative impact of clutter, trying your best to keep your home looking tidy has been proven to make you feel a lot more calmer. When you are feeling peaceful you can feel more satisfied when you are relaxing.
Many studies have been carried out research to understand how your home or interior can impact your well-being, if you want to find out more read our Can Your Home Be Impacting Your Well-Being blog post.
How To Improve Your Well-Being
Keep in contact with friends and family. Texts and instant messaging are great, but as humans are social beings a phone call to a loved one can make you feel a lot better, even if you don’t feel like it will. You can also try various ways of communicating such as spending time to write letters or cards, this can make a nice change if you aren’t feeling up to video calls or messages.
Spend Money On Things That Make Time At Home Better
This can be from small purchases or games or renting movies, to big purchases like an exercise bike or new accent armchair. Trying to cultivate exciting experiences at home is a great way to spend your money at the moment, even though it is a great time to save it.
Try To Keep A Routine
If you are off work or working from home, it is important to keep a routine. Try to go to bed and get up at similar times, making sure to get plenty of sleep, seven to nine hours is the recommended amount. Make time for exercise, this will help to boost serotonin levels.
Our working from home blog discusses how to set up your home office to be a productive work station and how you can try to adjust to the new norm of remote work.
Ventilate The House
During the winter months, it seems less appealing to spend time outdoors. If you are struggling to find the motivation to go outside, open your windows for 10-15 minutes each day to help ventilate fresh and unpolluted air into your home. Keep your blinds and curtains open during the daytime to let in natural light, this has been proven to uplift your mood and improve general well being by increasing serotonin levels.
Pick Up Old Or New Hobbies
This can be a great way to start something new, maybe starting to learn a new language or picking up a new hobby. Reading a book or completing puzzles and quizzes are easy ways to keep your mind active, which will help you sleep better at night.
As a society, we need to remember it is okay to experience negative emotions from time to time. They are a natural part of life, and instead of making ourselves busy we need to make a conscious effort to make ourselves happy.
If you are struggling with your mental health, the following charities can offer support: