I hope you’re all doing well. What have you been up to? The sun has been blazing here recently – it’s been so pleasant to wake up to a clear blue blanket in the sky and spend some time outside. I’ve also been eating a copious amount of cookies and cakes due to all the baking I’ve been doing!
Since this whole situation, many of us have had to adjust to the change of new living environments. From finding routines which fit around your family to adjusting to new living dynamics, having such a change in living can be tough. Everything seems a little more intense given the situation we are going through, and it’s so natural to feel overwhelmed by this. A few weeks ago, I put a poll on my Instagram asking which blog topic should be posted next. The majority of votes were in favour of writing about adjusting to new home and living environments – so here we are! Grab a cup of tea and I hope this helps some of you.
Moved back home from University? Different living dynamics? Experiencing family arguments? Tension? Stressed? We’re all feeling these from time to time. Having to adjust to new living environments can be difficult, particularly if you have moved from an environment which had a secured routine, and your independence was thriving. I have had to move from living independently at University to back home with my family. So, I thought I would share with you some tips, which I have used during this period of adjustment and change, in order to create a less stressful environment at home.
- Find your own routine
Having your own routine can help with feeling independent as well as keeping busy throughout the day. I find that having a daily routine provides a nice distraction from the current situation and allows me to spend time alone when dynamics can feel overwhelming.
- Help around the house
With full households, it’s natural for families to feel ‘on top’ of each other. The environment in the house can feel stressful from time to time, so helping out with chores and cleaning would 1) pass the time and 2) create a happier environment. I always find that sharing daily household tasks with my family/housemates really improves the atmosphere at home and increases the harmony.
- Give yourself some space
Yes – it’s natural to feel overwhelmed living with the same people constantly, especially during a time where there are limited places to go. Give yourself some alone time and space in order to breathe. Whether it being a walk or watching a film alone, engaging in different tasks alone helps with overload burnout, creating a much calmer inner-feeling and encouraging happiness and relaxation.
- Make your room a ‘safe haven’
Having a clean and cosy room would be a great space to escape to when in need of privacy and alone time at home. Spend a day or two rearranging the furniture, cleaning and freshening the walls. Create a place of comfort which you can resort to if ever needed. I have made my bedroom really cosy: placed with candles, cushions and photographs which creates a really pleasant environment to chill in – I never want to leave it!
So, I hope these suggestions have helped provide some ideas about coping with the change of living environments at home. Don’t worry if you are finding this difficult – it’s an unknown time for us all. Let me know how you get on with the tips, I look forward to hearing about it!
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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx