10 Things to do at Home to Feel Better
“Home is a shelter from storms – all sorts of storms”
Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our mood, affects our productivity and influences our outlook on life. Scientific studies have shown that we can have an impact on our happiness by adjusting the tiny little habits and routines that constitute our daily lives—we are, in fact, in control of our outlook on life.
Staying in the house can quickly start to feel repetitive or mundane. When you find productive things to do at home and you’re purposeful with your time, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish. You will feel amazing as to how a few tweaks to our daily habits can become a catalyst for a meaningful and positive change in our lives.
Here are a few simple remedies you can do every day to feel happier at home and heal bad feelings:
Appreciate the beauty that surrounds you
In our expeditious lives, with never-ending workload, hustle, and struggle, we tend to forget the magnificent beauty that surrounds us. We are so pre-occupied with our jobs, that we fail to adore the little things around us. So why not take a break from that hectic schedule and feel happy about your life, family, friends, and divine nature.
“Look at the world with the child’s eye- it is very beautiful”.
Appreciate the beauty of the blue sky, chirping birds, blooming flowers, alluring flora and fauna, and the lovely weather that never fails to cheer us. And along with this, be grateful for the people around you who always make you feel motivated, supported, and cared for. You may also share such kind of appreciation posts publicly using platforms like Now&Me, where you can share your feelings, problems, and experiences. This appreciation will also make you more susceptible to positive emotions such as awe, wonder, admiration, and elevation.
The more time you take to appreciate the beauty around you, the more beauty you’ll see and the happier you’ll be.
Talk to your friends
“Sometimes talking to your best friend is all the therapy you need”.
Giving a call to your friend and talking to them is the best cure for your stress and grief. Sharing your thoughts, discussing your problems, reminiscing the past memories, sharing pictures, or even a healthy gossip session with your near and dear ones and become the best way to content and stress-free mind.
Even if you’re an introvert and you need time alone to recharge, too much isolation is bad for you. Even if you don’t feel like talking to anyone, you could be surprised. That sense of closeness and camaraderie may be just what you need, and you never know what new perspective someone else can bring. If you wish to share your ideas with people and talk to new people, you can use platforms like Now&Me and connect with people, have real meaningful conversations, and feel better.
It has been proven by scientific researches that reading makes people more feel more relaxed, happy, peaceful, and accomplished. While you’re stuck at home, reading can transport you to another world filled with adventure and joy and get lost in an imaginary world. Not only books but also giving a few minutes to read a good blog on any topic of your interest can also boost your mood. It also helps you to expand your perspective beyond your own circumstances.
Be it your favorite guilty-pleasure celeb gossip mag, rushing to the shelf to experience the fun-filled imaginary world or nerding out on your favorite blog, taking a few moments to indulge in something you truly enjoy will give you a burst of positive energy.
“Reading literary fiction can help people understand others’ mental states, a crucial skill in building relationships”.
Give your house a makeover
One reason that experiences make us happier than the material stuff is due to the entire cycle of enjoyment that experiences provide: planning the experience, looking forward to the experience, enjoying the experience, and then remembering the experience. Make your home a gallery of positive memories by placing small cute stuff on shelves, photo frames, paintings, soft toys, and self-made decorative items.
Also, a habit of daily bed-making can positively impact your happiness. Spending three minutes to bring each room to ready, refreshing bookcases, cleaning kitchen cabinet and furniture can also give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Making a small garden at your house or placing a few self-made colorful flower pots can also make your place so appealing and the bright flowers in your garden can be an instant cheer to you.
Listen to music
Music has a direct impact on our mood, our memory, performance, and wellbeing. While noise is a stressor to the brain, music that we like will boost our mood, keeping the brain in a more relaxed state that is open to learning, new ideas, and greater insight. Music connects us at a deeper level with each other, which is why we love going to concerts, dance parties, and singing together. We collectively synchronize our beating hearts and brain waves.
Listening to music can bring instant pleasure, cheer, and relaxation to your body, mind, and soul. It has been scientifically proven that listening to helps your work faster and more effectively. So, hop on to any new hit or any blast from the past, music just makes you feel better and alive.
You may even make our own music and start playing any musical instrument. This too adds on to your creativity and well-being.
Connect with something greater than yourself
Are you feeling a nudge from deep within to become more connected to your spiritual self, but constantly distracted by the stress in your life?
Practicing meditation is the answer to this.
Over the last 50 years, meditation practices-generally inherited from various religious traditions-have become widely accepted as beneficial for the management of stress and have been increasingly adopted by the mental health community as a treatment modality.
Becoming in tune, and connected with a higher realm of spirituality can be achieved through the practice of meditation. And when you engage in it regularly, you’ll not just create an opportunity for your mind to gain clarity from the quietness, but you’ll be able to detach from your ego, and uncover the veil of what’s beyond your self - and connect with your highest self.
Sweat, smile and repeat
“Exercise not only changes your body, but it also changes your mind, attitude and mood”.
You know that feeling when you just finished a workout and you feel so much better than before?
There's nothing like an exercise-induced endorphin rush. You don’t need to do a lot of exercises to brighten your mood—even just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference. When you work out, your body releases endorphins. Endorphins are natural painkillers and create a sense of euphoria. According to health psychologist, the endorphins only explain a small part. There are many other ways exercise makes us happier -- by lowering stress levels, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation, and helping people relieve anxiety and depression. As a bonus, if you lose a few unwanted pounds along the way, you can look in the mirror and feel better about your self-image.
So, push yourself, work out, sweat now, and shine later!
Live, Love and Cook
“Real cooking is more about following your heart than following recipes”.
Take mindfulness, creativity, and a dash of focus. Fold together gently, bake in a slow oven, and watch your spirits rise. Yes, your time spent in the kitchen can enhance your mood and mental wellbeing. While cooking is a means to satisfy the body’s need for food, it’s now being recognized as a way of nurturing the mind.
A study in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science looked at the therapeutic qualities of cooking as a hobby, including its reported ability to cause a dimmed sense of time and an altered sense of consciousness. The researchers found that the act of cooking improves a person’s wellbeing and is associated with life satisfaction. Additionally, they discovered that cooking was the best predictor of subjective happiness. For some, time spent in the kitchen engrossed in baking and cooking may be exactly the recipe needed for greater happiness and joy.
Keep calm and play games
“Video games foster the mindset, that allows creativity to grow”.
Recent studies have shown that adults who play video games have higher levels of happiness, and in some cases relaxation, as a result of their gaming. Unlike adults who don’t play video games, however, gaming adults have a daily chance to engage in playful behavior, similarly to how many of us used to play when we were younger. This stronger connection to your inner child can help you be happier and enjoy life more fully.
So be it super Mario, subway surfers or online ludo, games work as an instant mood lighting and cheering sources for all children, teens, and adults.
You may also want to read: Gaming As a Stress Reliever
Spending your ‘me’ time
Taking out some time for your own self is extremely important. Indulge yourself in activities that give you a sense of delight. Practice a good skincare routine and instantly rejuvenate your skin, take up a dry marker and write positive quotes on your mirrors, have a look at the old photo albums and remind yourself of those moments of glee, remind yourself that you are loved by people, make a mood board for yourself, send a hand made birthday cards and thankyou notes to all your near and dear ones, count your blessings and be grateful for them.
“No medicine cures what happiness cannot”.
So, practice these measures, enjoy the little things in life and be as happy as you can because your happiness depends upon yourself, and don’t forget that if you cannot find a reason to be happy then you can always create one!
Edited by Annanya Chaturvedi