• Gemma and Phil

Making use of what you have - rearrange what you've got

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Stay at home orders and quarantine regimens were necessary steps that needed to be taken in order to stop the spread of COVID-19, but spending more time at home than ever before has been psychologically taxing on many people. While we are out of level 4 lockdown some of us are still feeling the effects of this event and now its school holidays in NZ.

What are some ways to beat anxiety and promote self-care when you're at home? Switching up your everyday routine. Rearranging your furniture and décor is a good place to start. You know when you're in a situation like this you still want to see things, you don't want to hide under a blanket and not see what's around you and possibly feel even less psychological control over what's happening.Whether you move furniture and styling items from one room to another or purchase something entirely new to you (second hand or new), rearrange or redecorate your space in a way that reflects what you're longing for. A chair for example with a clean smelling blanket and a nice smell in the room could provide comfort. Colorful details like pillows and vases can boost your mood. Even start with a throw pillow and just add a little color, or a little personality.

Plants are an easy addition to a home, and they also give you something to look after on a regular basis. Something to take care of, something alive, especially a plant where you can see something happening, whether it's regrowing scallions, or herbs… something that you can have a positive impact on.If you are in need of other ideas, we recommend decluttering cabinets and kitchen drawers, changing lighting, or adding splashes of colour to reinvent your everyday spaces. Pick something you like that makes you smile, if yellow makes you smile, paint your front door yellow, it's fine, it's your front door. It's important to find things that bring you a little burst of joy.

In a nutshell - A little pretty goes a long way, you can always reinvent your everyday spaces and do what makes you happy with colour!

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