It’s 7:15 a.m. on Monday morning and the fifth alarm that you’ve set on your cell phone is chirping. You’re late. After frantically throwing off the sheets and pulling on a red skirt and lime green top (never mind that they don’t match), you take a cup of reheated joe in the car. Coffee is an adequate breakfast, right? Speed bump. A misshapen brown circle now stains your chest.
It’s 8:30 a.m. as you slide into the morning meeting. Glad that you could join us your boss remarks as they close their laptop and the meeting concludes. Is today over yet? After lunching on an old bag of potato chips that you found stashed in your drawer, you scuffle through your purse for the flash drive that holds your 3:30 p.m. presentation. Oh my gosh, I left it on the kitchen table. Email from your supervisor. You open an attachment that contains a list of to-dos that need to be completed by tomorrow morning.
It’s 7:15 p.m. and you add a fifth exclamation mark to the dinner cancellation text you send your best friend. I can’t do dinner tonight. Still at work, I’m so sorry!!!!! After ordering supper at the drive-thru three hours later, you lug your purse, laptop and mayo-drenched hamburger upstairs and turn the key to your apartment.
Complete with highs and lows, life is a flurry of unexpected events. Although we can try with all our might to avoid the negative and duck the hard swings, life is out of our control and we must make every effort to prolong and increase the positive.
At the end of long days at work, in the aftermath of arguments with friends or when experiencing discord with family, it can be vital to our well-being that our home be a place of peace. To lead a healthy life, we need a space for rest and relaxation, with every effort exerted to leave a day’s stresses at the door.
We should want to unplug, unwind, de-stress and thrive in our dwelling places. When you first get home at the end of a long day, put down the phone, ignore the laptop and keep the TV off for awhile. Instead, turn on a favorite playlist, light some candles or peruse your go-to magazine. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, allow your mind to be silent and reflect. Peace is individual, so be mindful of what sets you at ease and put it into practice. Maybe that comes in the form of painting, cooking, Pilates, or simply tidying up. Whatever your hobby is, incorporate that and implement it (along with fun and laughter) into each day so that you learn to associate your home with creativity and leisure as opposed to more chaos and clutter.
The outside world is guaranteed to deliver negativity, so the environments within our control should set the tone of the day from the moment we blink our eyes open. For the sake of ourselves and those around us, it’s critical that the place where the heart is be life-giving, replenishing, joyful and at peace.
For if our homes aren’t that way, then where is?
Is it important for you to keep your home a place of rest? How do you do so?
Images via Emily Reiter