The coronavirus pandemic has redefined our new normal and how we live our daily lives. As many of us have been staying at home for the past several weeks, we have all had to learn how to embrace this new way of life. You may feel like you’re “stuck” at home – but you don’t have to feel that way! Your home is your sanctuary, the one true place you can let your guard down and be you. It’s okay to feel so many different emotions during these uncertain times, but try to welcome in the light and find the joy in your home. Here are a few easy suggestions:
Tend Your Garden
Have you ever wished you had extra time to spend digging in your garden? Seize the moment now to venture into the yard and start fixing it up. Plant some of your favorite plants and flowers, add some bird feeders for your feathered friends (they can be such a delight to watch), and get creative with your landscaping. You’ll feel a swell of pride when you see a seed you planted beginning to sprout from the ground!
Relax in Your Favorite Room
Which spot in your home do you love the most? Maybe it’s the kitchen, which is flooded with an abundance of natural light in the morning, or maybe it’s in the library where you’re surrounded by books. Wherever you find your little slice of heaven, spend a little extra time relaxing there every day. Make it even cozier with a mug of your favorite hot beverage and a snuggly blanket!
Give a Room a Much-Needed Makeover
Admit it – you have at least one home project that has been on your to-do list for far too long. Break out the paint and give your guest room a new paint job (even if it’s just an accent wall!). Hang those canvases and wall hangings that have been sitting in your closet for months. Redecorate a room to match the season or a style you really love right now. You may find you’ll want to spend even more time in your newly adorned space!
Bake the Stress Away
Many of us will seek comfort and happiness in food, so whip out your apron and put your thinking cap on! Try baking a dessert you’ve been wanting to make but never had a chance to. Assemble a delectable charcuterie board for game night over Zoom or Skype. Cook up a new meal for your family to enjoy. You never know – what you come up with may wind up being so tasty that you’ll add it to your recipe book!
Sip and Savor a Hot Beverage
Now is the time to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life like a hot cup of tea or coffee. Before your day begins, make pour-over coffee or take the time to steep your favorite loose leaf tea in a teapot. These little rituals can bring you a lasting comfort and can help bring a little ray of sunshine into your life!
Revisit a Favorite Hobby
Do you have a spare room that’s been collecting dust? Make that space your dedicated hobby room! Curl up and re-read your favorite book, break out the scrapbooking material and create an album for a friend, or start sketching again. You can even get your friends involved by putting together your very own at-home paint-and-sip class via Skype or Zoom!
Take the Indoors Outside
Sometimes a breath of fresh air is all you need. Step out into the sunlight once in a while to help lift your spirits. Bring your laptop with you so you can work on your patio and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring around you. Even lounging on a covered deck with a hot drink during a rainy day can be blissful!
It’s true – the simplest things can make us happy, and the things we used to take for granted now hold a special place in our hearts. What are some of the things that have helped you find that spark of joy while you’ve been staying home? Please tell us in the comments below!