Summer can be a season filled of bucket lists, family vacations, sport camps and an endless list of activities to keep you and your family moving non-stop! It is easy to get wrapped up in the busy, summer vibe but here are some helpful tips to creating some calm in your home when you find those moments that aren't blocked off on the calendar.
I normally get excited for summer, but this year felt extra special since last summer was not what any of us expected...Instead of planning our usual vacations, we were taking on home projects and visiting families through scheduled Zoom dates.
This time of year can be equal parts relaxing and chaotic. Leading up to summer, I get so excited thinking about sitting next to the pool, reading a good book on the deck, and sipping some fun cocktails with friends and family.
Somehow, I always forget that summer comes with some stress too. Planning trips, having family come into town, and trying to pack in all of the fun summer activities can be taxing on our physical and mental well-being.
I know summer tends to be a time of year when we feel the need to go, go, go, and I don’t want to stop you from crossing everything off of your summer bucket list, but I do want to remind you to take some opportunities to slow down.
We definitely need to enjoy the fast-paced fun, but we also have to remember to enjoy the slower moments so that you can catch your breath and reset. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the time and space to enjoy a quiet moment to yourself. “Calm” isn’t always right there when we need it. It is important to practice creating calm! Here are a few must haves for your calm space.
Our sense of smell is a powerful tool. Use it to your advantage! If you don’t know what kind of scent to start with, try something light and soothing. Lavender, vanilla, tea tree, sea breeze, and ylang ylang are all common scents known for their calming properties. Try a lotion, a candle, or essential oils to set the tone in your calm space.
Different textures can help shift our focus from whatever chaos is ensuing in the house to instead focusing on our body’s sensations. You don’t have to stick with just one texture! Try to incorporate multiple textures, like fuzzy blankets, smooth stones, and squishy pillows, into your calm space.
Soothing sounds have the power to transport us to a calm state of mind. Whether you prefer acoustic music or soundscapes, there is a Spotify playlist for you! Pop in your headphones or connect to your speaker, and let the sounds sink in as you unwind.
Don’t be afraid to add color! Color psychologists tell us that color really does impact our mind and behavior. Try adding some blues, greens, pinks, greys, and light purples to your space to add to the calm ambiance. This is a perfect way to transition your color palette for each season.
5. Tidy Routine
Clutter makes our brains feel chaotic and overwhelmed, so it might be pretty difficult to relax and unwind in a cluttered space. Try to keep your calm space clutter-free by putting away things that you don’t need and keeping décor at a minimum. The less stuff you have in your calm space, the less you will have to think about tidying.