Self care is a huge part of staying present and living life to the fullest. Sounds cheesy – I know. But it’s so true.
Self care can be anything:
- buying a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store to warm your home
- making the bed with purpose every morning
- taking a hike in nature
- doing laundry
- practicing meditation
- consuming a good self-help book
- continuing professional development
- cleaning your home
- walking your dogs
- washing your face
- eating whole, nutritious foods
- …you get the point.
For me, when my home is clean, refreshing and pretty, I feel on top of the world. It’s been proven that your home can give off positive or negative energy that directly reflects your well-being – mentally, physically and spiritually. If there’s bad energy running through your home, it’s going to effect anything from your…
- personal wellness – maybe that’s eating habits, sleeping routines, weight loss or gain, skin issues, etc.
- relationship health – tension, stress, resentment, conflict
- hygiene – if your home is unorganized, messy and dirty, you are likely to feel the same way
- everyday life – your day starts and ends at home. In between, your job and social life may take a beating if you’re feeling off balance or unfocused
- …and the list goes on.
For example, when I moved in with my husband, we combined fur families and ended up with 4 animals and 6 fish. Guess what we also adopted? FLEAS. How awful, right? It was. But not why you think. Yes, the usual process to rid your home of fleas was traumitizing – the extra chores (after a 9-hour day at work), constant cleaning and laundry, every-other-day animal baths and stacks of cash used to get top-of-the-line flea meds. However, the worst part, was the effect it had on the energy or emotional state of our home, our relationship and ourselves. The filth I felt knowing our home was infested with insects, the humiliation from friends getting bit while visiting, the stress of extra chores after a long day’s work, the hurt my heart felt knowing our animals were suffering, the anger towards my husband for who know’s what (it’s easy to blame others during frustrating times, which was wrong!) and the frustration with each other as we constantly had to team up to tackle the cleaning necessary to detoxify our home for good. The conflict I felt internally led to me not even wanting to be in the home or at times, in the relationship. And why? Because of FLEAS.
It sounds silly, but it’s not. Your home can make or break how you feel about yourself, the ones you live with and essentially how you live your life. Your home has the power to either support or cripple the life around you. Make sure your home’s energy is positively supporting you, your spouse, your animals and your world.
How do you do that, you ask? You practice SELF CARE, and you practice it passionately, day in and day out. Whatever you do, do it with purpose. Make your bed every morning, not sloppily, but clean and neat. Make your bed in a way that will make you feel calm, peaceful and grateful at the end of the day. If pretty things make you smile, outfit your home with the season’s prettiest flowers. Put mason jars with baby’s breath, white roses or pink lilies in your bedroom, bathroom, living room and dining room table. One look at or smell of these eating dinner, enjoying company or dozing off will completely transform how you feel. If your every day outlook is tied [unfortunately] to food or external appearance, help negate those negative feelings by turning to your kitchen for positive experiences. Make a new, nutritious recipe. Keep fresh fruits & vegetables in a hanging basket [if healthy is in your face all the time, it will reinforce your healthy goals and feelings about yourself that you are yearning for]. Garden with your husband out front in the sunshine. Go on a hike in nature [exercise + nature is fantastic for your serotonin levels!]. You get the point. Without a ton of money or maintenance, you can make a simple shift in how you perceive yourself and the world around you.
I needed an energy fix this week. I just felt off balance, mentally, and I knew that making something better, prettier and more put-together in my house would do the trick. For some reason, nurturing my home fulfills my heart more than anything else [who would’ve thunk I would say that in my early twenties…guess that means I’m getting old ;)]. It makes my hubby happy too, which makes us happy.
So what did I do? I painted my front door! Even a little tweak can have a revolutionary impact on your inner spirit. And let me tell you, it did for me! I’ve been wanting to revitalize the outer look of our house for a long time, but haven’t wanted to take on a complete overhaul – budget and work-wise. So I grabbed a quart of paint and got to work. And guess what? It had the same effect as a complete makeover. In a change of color, I was not only able to re-energize the look of our house from the outside, but completely transform the energy I was feeling internally.
Kyle jokes that we don’t need a front porch light anymore since our door is so bright, but that’s why I LOVE it! It brings brightness and sunshine into our home and our lives! What could be better? He would say otherwise, but happy wife, happy life, right? 😉
Check out the before and after’s!
Well there you have it! My new front porch 🙂 What do you think? Are you Team Kyle or Team Me? [Pick carefully…;)]
What are some projects you have taken on at home that have completely changed your life [you think I’m joking, but energy doesn’t lie!]?
Until next time,