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HOW TO CREATE A CALMING HOME ENVIRONMENT DURING LOCKDOWN

Updated: Mar 30

We hope you are all ok and finding ways to connect with friends and family if you are alone (Zoom, Facetime and Houseparty, we love you!) and ways to get some space and down time if you are in a full-to-the-brim household. We have been working hard this week putting together some various blogs to suit all sorts of needs in this exceptionally strange time. Whether you are bored, anxious, lonely or run off your feet trying to home school and entertain a whole brood we have something for everyone coming to you in the coming weeks so keep an eye out on our Insta stories for info.

First up we share some simple tips on how to make your home as calming as possible and help it help keep your mind and body healthy during these unprecedented times. One thing you can start instantly is try and limit your news intake to once or twice a day (and not as soon as you wake up or just before you go to sleep). Here are some other simple ideas to bring some zen into your home


FENG SHUI

The principle aim of the ancient philosophy of feng shui is to introduce specific positive changes and adjustments into living and working environments so that they are able to support you better, rather than possibly hindering you.


Here are 3 things you can do to improve the feng shui in your home right now...


1. Try and keep your work area separate from your living area. If working from home is new for you and you don’t have the luxury of a home office try and separate the areas somehow with a screen or curtain. This cane screen is from online concept store Smallable*. It will look beautiful and won't block out the light (and at the time of writing this are still delivering).




2. Don't sleep with your head next to the window. Your mind and body should be protected from external forces while you sleep, and during these times of uncertainty you need all the good sleep you can get.



3. Add green houseplants to areas where you will be spending most time to invite more wellness, growth and kindness into your life. While working from home these will probably be the living room, dining room or home office. As we will be spending so much more time than normal indoors look into getting an air purifying plant such as a weeping fig, a golden pothos, or a corn plant delivered to your door. Patch* can deliver anywhere in London and have a great selection.



ORGANISE YOUR POSSESSIONS

Never has Marie Kondo been more needed in our lives. If you haven't seen it, or you watched the series but never got around to organising your drawers and getting rid of items which don’t ‘spark joy’ now is the time to do it. The more time we spend in our homes the more we will notice how much ‘stuff’ we have, how the cupboards seem to be bursting and badly organised our sock drawers are, and how little we actually use most the items we own! The phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ will now be the opposite... ‘in sight and in mind’! Use your isolation time to organise items you want to keep and sort items you wish to donate to charity when it is safe to do so.


TREAT YOUR SENSES

Since you will be looking at the same walls for longer than usual give some of your other senses a treat…


SMELL

Margate based Haeckels produce natural skincare and fragrances using seaweed, with the philosophy ‘From the Ocean, For the Ocean’. Their chalk room diffuser* not only looks gorgeously stylish but it smells divine. They are offering free shipping at the moment.




TOUCH

Give your skin a present by purchasing some 100% Hemp bedding from Soak & Sleep*. Dubbed the ‘eco friendly wonder fibre’, not only is hemp super soft on the skin but it also has excellent temperature regulating properties and the fibre is naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic, so it’s a great choice for allergy sufferers. To help you sleep even easier you’ll be pleased to know that hemp is a ‘fast-growing crop and extremely abundant - producing double the yield of cotton when using the same amount of land’.




SELF-CARE STATION


No matter how small your home, or how many people you live with, it is more important than ever that you take time out for yourself during this stressful time. Having a dedicated place to go to will help detach your self from all the noise from the news and social media.

Try and find a small corner or area to create your own little nook – this can range from a few cushions on the floor to taking over a spare bedroom with candles and blankets depending how much space you have. The idea is to make a comfy, quiet zone where you can retreat to. Here are some things you can use your self-care station for..


READ

Get loads of cushions and blankets and curl up with that book you’ve been meaning to start since you got it for Christmas.


MEDITATE

The Headspace app has something for everyone, and as mediation has many proven health benefits, including managing anxiety and stress, giving it a special area that is away from the rest of the household will mean you are more likely to practice it daily.


LISTEN

There are so many fantastic podcasts out there, there is bound to be something for everyone. Why not start with the queens of self-care, Project Love ?! They have loads of gems in their past recordings to get stuck into, and they also recently uploaded a special EFT/Tapping video on their Instagram feed to help release fear and anxiety related to coronavirus.


PAINT

We have seen a few people giving out art assignments on Instagram and Twitter to keep adults and children alike occupied. We particularly love Noel Fielding’s Art Club, where you can submit art on a subject he suggests and it's (kindly) judged by some of his famous mates and also artist Carson Ellis has started a Quarantine Art Club over on Instagram, which has helpful tips and videos to get you started.




Please do let us know if you have put any of these ideas into practice, or if you have any more ideas or tips to make this strange time more bearable please share by either tagging us in your Instagram story or post.


Lots of love,

Sophie & Simone xx


*At the time of writing this most online companies were still delivering but this may not be the case soon as it may be restricted to essentials only. We are wanting to support businesses as much as we can but also please make sure you follow the guidelines on accepting deliveries to make it safe for you and the person delivering.

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