Improve your home environment and your mental health
As the latest wave of Covid restrictions continue to disrupt daily life and travel plans, many are feeling worn down. The constant movement of the finish line can leave us feeling frustrated and powerless. Taking back some control through small changes to our home environment can be greatly beneficial to our mental health:
One challenge is the monotony of the day, where each activity bleeds into the next. There can be little to distinguish work from play when everything happens in the same environment. Adding some routine and structure will add some contrast. Adding time blocks of work and leisure into your schedule can add motivation and energy. Then that fun activity can become a reward instead of a default. Have a ring tone or ritual that signals the transition from one activity to another to help you make the mental shift.
It’s not just the what but the where that needs some life injected into it. Even if you only have one room, consider the accessories you can add to change the mood. For your exercise time, take out your mat and water bottle and surround yourself with the vitality of plants. Consider taking some activities outside if weather permits, even a balcony or an open window can add freshness. Separate your work calls from your family calls by creating a connection zone for all relational conversations. Fill it with pictures and memories of your loved ones. Or avoid Zoom altogether and find some fun games that you can play as a group online. Add more pillows or Hollywood-themed posters to movie night with fancy snacks. Don’t be afraid to go over the top to nurture yourself!