Simple things to help lift your mood

The world may be going through a bit of a crazy time right now.

It’s understandable that we are all concerned for our own health and wellbeing and that of our loved ones with the global spread of Coronavirus and for many of us, we may have started thinking about our lives a little differently.

We may have already altered our habits a bit.

Have you thought twice about going to the mall, popping to the supermarket, to a party or to a work social?

Are you choosing to spend more time at home with your family, eating in, staying home to watch a movie?

Have you been asked to work from home?

I’m sure I’m not the only one here.

But let’s try not to let this thing completely get us down.

Let’s try to find a glimmer of positivity even here.

Why not use our time at home to do the things we’ve been putting off? Am I really the only one with a list of mends, of clutter clearing, of spring cleaning and tidying?

Research shows (just ask the university of Google!) that our surroundings affect our health and wellbeing.

So, in these challenging times, what about giving our homes and us a little self love. And get all the family involved. You never know it could be more fun than you thought!

Here are some simple ways that could quickly and easily uplift your home to help uplift you.

Move the furniture around. Even putting a chair in a different place can completely change the dynamics of a room.

Change your arrangement of ornaments. Move them around. Put some into storage even.

Organise your bookshelves differently – into spine colours, or size, or genre, or alphabetically!

Clear out the understairs cupboard/basement/attic/loft. Organise the stuff you want to keep and bag up what you don’t want. Even if you can’t deal with that yet, it’ll be ready to take to the charity shop when the world gets back to normal!

Something I love to do is to have a picture re-hanging session. As mentioned in a previous blog, I have picture rails in my home and this enables me to change the way my art is displayed.

But if you don’t have that versatility, bear with me here. You can still have a change around.

What about swapping the contents of the frames you already have on your walls? You don’t have to get rid of your old pictures you could just ‘rest’ them for a while and put something else in their place.

Like a favourite greetings card or old postcard.

Or one of your child’s pictures. Kids do great abstract as well as figurative art.

Or you could make a collage.

Or find one of the many print at home artworks available in my store here or elsewhere online.

They say a change is as good as a rest…

Keep happy and healthy out there xx

and let’s not forget…

William Morris famously said

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”

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