Our homes should be our haven after a long day, but does your home actually have the elements needed to create a peaceful ambiance? Peaceful home environments don’t just happen on their own. They are created. We don’t really have to tell you why you need a peaceful home for both you and your family, but for the record, it will make you feel relaxed and energized at the same time. A peaceful environment will remove the stress of the disorder around you. The disorder tends to produce its own kind of noise — chaos, and people aren’t always aware of the toll it takes on our health.
Here are some ways you can create that peaceful environment we all need in our homes.
You’d be surprised just how much noise there is around us that we filter out. Your home might be peaceful, but ambient noise such as traffic can wreak havoc on your peaceful home. Whether the culprit is the crowds of people or the wind, there are some things you can do to reduce this noise. For instance, a thick curtain can be very helpful in blocking outside noise. Sometimes the noise comes from within your apartment building and not the outside. You can increase the thickness of your ceiling if you have to deal with noisy upstairs neighbors. You can give your ceiling an extra layer of soundproofing by adding another layer to its material. Did you know that there are soundproof paint also available, as well as soundproof foam panels? If space allows, you can also have a hanging, ceiling, which is basically another ceiling below your original ceiling. A full bookcase pushed up against the wall can help block noise coming from adjacent neighbors, as well.
There cannot be enough emphasis on ridding of clutter. Clutter around your home is a daily energy drainer and stresses people out. Even the clutter you don’t see, like under the bed, can cause stress simply knowing it’s there. The act of decluttering is a calming technique within itself. You should have a place for everything and know where everything is. Clutter is also a constant reminder that you have to clean, and cleaning with clutter, just makes the chore all the more unpleasant.
Create a stress relieving space
Any house or apartment is partitioned for reasons. Ideally, whatever activity you have designated and designed a room for should only be used for that activity. Your bedroom needs to be for sleep, your dining room for eating and so on. If you’re used to your bedroom also being the dining room and the TV room being where you get some work done, neither your body or your brain will identify it as the room to sleep in. When you have a spot that is just meant for stress relieving activities, you will subconsciously identify that area being the place to relax, and relaxation will then actually happen.
There are endless products that give a soothing smell to any room. The smell of a scented candle can go a long way. The smell of lavender, for instance, is helpful in promoting better sleep, while lemon can be a mood enhancer.
Your home can either nurture you or drain you. There are many things you can do to make your home nurturing, including incorporating natural, earthy pieces into the furniture, or adding house plants. Despite the loud ambient noise, you can work tranquility and calmness in your home.