We spend a significant amount of times in our homes. It’s where we start our day off and end our day. It’s where we connect with family members. It’s where we share meals and stories after a long day. Some of my clients have shared that their household is a source of stress and anxiety for them. They know their home can be a source of relaxation and calm for them, but are not sure how to create a stress-free environment. Below are some simple strategies you can utilize in your home to create harmony, balance and calm.

Add symbols around your house that you associate calmness with
One way to increase calm immediately is through the usage of symbols that you associate calmness with and then adding them to various parts of your house. Some people find items for the ocean to be calming for them, while some people might like to put statues of Buddhas around the house. Go look at your local home goods store and find what speaks to you. You can also find items in nature, such as flowers, that help bring calming energy to your home. Put them strategically around your house, in places that have either been a source of stress for you or prominent places in your house where you will see the symbol often.

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Incorporate the usage of essential oils
Adding essential oils into your household can help bring a relief from anxiety. Lavender has a calming effect when used. You can use a diffuser to get the full effects around the house. You can also purchase everyday items with your favorite calming scent in them. In my household, I use lavender scented cleaning products. You can pick a scent that works for you and can use it in your shower, in your cleaning routine and topically.

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Declutter space that is a source of anxiety
Do you have a pile of mail you see when you first walk into your house? Is your living room filled with toys or other items that just lead you to feel stressed? One surefire way to feel less stressed in the house is to remove these items. Clean up the bills and mail. Find a permanent home for those toys. Tackle your overflowing closet that you have been putting off. Clean out the garage and have a sale. Use the money you earned to buy your relaxation symbols and calming oils.

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Put up positive affirmations around your house
Make a list of positive affirmations that you want to live by and then put them up in various locations in your house. One of the most popular places is in on the mirror in your bathroom. What a great way to be reminded, at least twice a day, that you are beautiful or that you can achieve your dreams. You can put them on doors, the fridge, mirrors in the house or anywhere you walk by and see on a regular basis. Ask your children what they want their positive affirmations to be so they are actively involved in the process.

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Use meals as an anchor for connection
Use meal time as a way to connect with yourself and your family. Use meal time to talk about things that will get conversation flowing and people opening up. It’s not a time to talk about those bills, school grades or work stressors. It can be used as a time to find out how a person is feeling or what they appreciate about each other. When there is harmony around meals, family members will be more engaged and excited for family time. If you live alone, take meal times to connect with yourself and review how you are feeling. Take a walk after dinner to continue to connect with each other and with yourself. Remember, the goal is to increase connection and harmony within yourself and with others.

What will you commit to in order to decrease stress and increase harmony into your household? What other suggestions do you have to begin calmness into your life? What obstacles do you face with your family or in your house?

Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP decided to become a therapist while attending Nova Southeastern University. She saw the need to help people achieve the life they wanted to live, while creating a life of her own. She completed her master’s in Mental Health Counseling and started a career in the juvenile justice arena. Since then, she has started a private practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida, specializing in depression, anxiety relationship issues, and substance abuse. Amanda is a believer in holistic treatment and she practices veganism, meditation and yoga in her life. Find out more about her practice here. For a free 15-minute consultation, call or text Amanda at 954-258-8845 or email her at amanda@amandapattersonlmhc.com.