Happy At Home: Using Your Home As A Starting Point To A Better You

Learning to be happy in every area of your life is important, but happiness begins at home. If you're not happy at home how can you be happier in every other area of your life? What is the key? It's all about incorporating certain habits and approaches in your home environment.

Look At Your Sleeping Situation

When we don't sleep well we often struggle for most of the day. Many of us have problems sleeping at the moment, with the worries of the world on our shoulders. So let's look at how we can sleep better.  Practical things to do include ensuring you are getting exercise to make you tired, having a milky drink before bedtime, and turning off the technology at least an hour before bed. Don't let the kids or pets share a bed either!

Also create a sanctuary in your bedroom with fresh sheets, soft lighting and natural colours. There is a very handy guide on https://grand-designs.co.uk/5-tips-for-creating-a-sanctuary-in-your-bedroom/ to get you started. Needless to say, if you don't sleep well this can have a devastating impact in every other area of your life, you can lack focus, and even make you ill over time, so do the best o get as much sleep as you can.

Focus On Small Practices

When you start to focus on the little things in life that matter this can give you clarity. Something that everybody should start doing is to exercise gratitude. The world is stressful right now so focus on being grateful for the things that we have, such as good health, people who care, or money in the bank.  A gratitude journal is a very easy thing to start but there is a guide on https://positivepsychology.com/gratitude-journal/ to point you in the right direction. 

Small practices don't have to take over every area of your life. If you can spend a few minutes every day doing things that are good for you you will feel the benefits in every other aspect. This can mean taking some out to spending time every day doing a favourite hobby, going for a walk in the fresh air, or practising mindfulness or meditation. If these little practices, talking time to do things you enjoy, that will spill over into other areas of our lives and give them more meaning.

Cultivating Experiences At Home

We can become complacent in our home environment. After all, we spend a lot of time there, especially at the moment. If we can start to turn our home into something different rather than thinking that it limits us it can become a far richer environment. What about games nights with the family, camping in the front room with the kids, or spend the afternoon creating a spa day with your daughter? 

If we struggle to be happy and confident in various parts of our lives we need to look at the areas that we can control. Being at home in our immediate environment is the perfect start.

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