Let’s Stay Home: 10 Tips for Making Your Home Self-Care Friendly

 
What Is Self-Care and How Can You Make Your Home Self-Care Friendly?

What is self-care? While self-care is different for every person, it is usually more than just face masks and bubble baths. Self-care is about taking the time to reflect on your well-being in all aspects - physical, spiritual, and emotional. If you have been feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious lately, self-care practices can help you in pinpointing potential underlying causes and determining methods for alleviating stress.

We spend a lot of time at home without realizing that certain variables within our homes, or certain at-home habits we have developed, could affect our well-being. Luckily, there are many ways to ensure that home is a haven to mentally, physically, and spiritually recharge. Turn your home into a self-care sanctuary with these 10 tips!

 
10 Tips For Making Your Home Self-Care Friendly
 
  1. Declutter.  
    Clutter can be overwhelming. If you have clothes stacking up you rarely wear or a pile of products under the bathroom sink that hardly gets used, it could be time to get rid of those unused items adding clutter to your home. Tricia Fidler, a KonMari Method™ Platinum Certified Consultant of Heywood Park Collective, suggests that as you sift through your items, ask yourself “does this spark joy?” If not, it’s time to let go of these items taking up space in both your home and your mind.
     

  2. Leverage Natural Light.
    Natural light has been shown to boost your mood and reinvigorate your energy levels throughout the day. If you are not optimizing the window areas in your home, consider rearranging your bed or seating areas, so that you can absorb more natural light when relaxing in at home.

  3.  Use Feng Shui To Let Energy Flow.
    Feng Shui is more than a pop-culture phenomenon. Rooted in the Chinese philosophy of Chi, or “positive energy,” Feng Shui helps dictate the design of your home to help create a welcoming environment for you and your guests. There are simple tips for increasing Chi in your home, from incorporating earth tones to arranging your bedroom in a certain fashion.
     
    Want more details on Feng Shui?  Check out our full list of feng shui tips for your home.
     

  4.  Make Sure Your Kitchen Aligns With Your Morning Routine.
    We have all had those mornings that start on the wrong foot. Maybe you can’t find your coffee pods, or you spend time fumbling through the cabinet looking for a breakfast bar. An important part of self-care is setting yourself up for positivity and productivity at the start of your day.
     
    Consider having a section of kitchen counter space or specific cabinets organized for your morning routine. Some tips include storing your coffee supplies in one area or re-arranging shelves, so breakfast items are distinctly and easy to reach.
     

  5.  Make Your Work From Home Space Distinct.
    Working from home has become more necessary in today’s world. The ease of not having to spend hours getting ready in the morning or traveling to work makes working from home appealing to many people. However, it’s important to keep a balance between work life and home life, so that your home doesn’t end up becoming oriented around work.
     
    Here are some simple tips for creating work and home boundaries:

    - Dedicate a flex room, or corner of your home, to your work area.

    - Once your work is over for the day, close your laptop and shut the door to simulate leaving work. This helps to keep stress from work from getting carried into the rest of your home.

    - Stick to a routine. Make your bed, grab a cup of coffee, or read the newspaper. Ensure you are following your morning routine instead of just diving into work.

    home office next to a big window.

  6. Consider Creating A Spot For Journaling.
    Computers, smartwatches, phones, smart homes. So much of daily life is consumed with technology, which can sometimes take a toll on mental well-being. Consider creating technology-free zones in your home so that you can disconnect from work emails or group texts.  A digital detox can help relax your mind and allow you to mentally recharge.
     

  7. Design A Bedroom Lounge Area.
    Your bedroom can be the most personal space in your home. For that reason, it’s important to create a calm and balanced bedroom that makes you feel at ease as soon as you step through the threshold. Some easy tips for enhancing Chi in your bedroom include centering the bed, adding a solid headboard, and incorporating artwork that evokes relaxation.
     
    Check out more bedroom Feng Shui ideas.
     

  8. Have A Spa Day In Your Bathroom.
    We’re trading FOMO (fear of missing out) for JOMO (joy of missing out).  It’s okay to say ’no’ to plans (either in-person or virtually) with friends and opting for an at-home spa day. To do this, focus on transforming your bathroom into an at-home spa.
     
    How can you bring the spa to your home? Ease into a relaxing night at home by lighting candles, dimming the lights, and running a bubble bath in a tub. Don’t have a bathtub? You can create an at-home steam room by creating a steamy shower. If you need some inspiration, check out these Shea Homes communities, which feature spa-worthy bathrooms in each home. You can also check out these tips to turn your house into a home sanctuary.



    Retreat at The Canyons, Shea Homes Colorado


    bathroom with bathtub
    Ocean Place, Shea Homes Southern California


    Lark Hill, Shea Homes Northern California

  9. Create A Welcoming Entryway.
    First impressions matter, even if the person who needs impressing is yourself. A beautiful, organized, and welcoming entryway can immediately signal that you are entering a safe and relaxing space. Optimize your entryway with these helpful tips:
     
    - A large mirror will give the illusion of more space.

    - Storage containers can help manage clutter like shoes, umbrellas, jackets, etc.

    - Rugs can create a cozier atmosphere for your home.
     

  10. Add A Touch Of Life To Every Room.
    Add life (literally) to your home by adding indoor plants! If you’re thinking of adding some indoor greenery to your home, keep in mind that not every plant is suited for indoors.
     
    Some of the most popular indoor plants include:

    - Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

    - Snake Plant

    - ZZ Plant

    - Bamboo Palm

    Check out our blog for more popular indoor plants.
     

Find A Home That Makes You Say “Let's Stay Home” 

Your home should be a haven that can help enhance your overall well-being. At Shea Homes, we understand the need for comfortable and relaxed living, which is why we design our homes with features such as resort-style bathrooms, tons of natural light, and open-concept kitchens with room for storage. Check out our homes to see which would be perfect for your self-care routine.

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