The world can feel like a pretty stressful, confusing, and overwhelming place sometimes. From the moment we turn on the news or log onto social media, we see how dark, evil, and downright scary everything has become. And quite frankly, it is not entirely sensationalized. 2020 has uncovered and shone a light on so many preexisting issues in our world, including how ill-prepared we were for a global pandemic and the racial injustices that countless people still face daily.

2020 forced us to get uncomfortable by addressing issues that we would not have otherwise. It has forced us to think about the needs and wellbeing of others by acknowledging our shortcomings. It has changed pretty much everything about our day-to-day lives, and that can feel pretty icky and uncomfortable.

Educating ourselves on the current events around the world is crucial for ensuring that we are making well-informed decisions daily. However, we also need to make sure that we are taking time to prioritize and tend to our own needs, too. The longer we neglect our own needs, the more difficult we may find it is to care for the needs of those around us.

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We rely heavily on our five basic senses (touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing) to help us navigate and perceive the world around us. When we surround ourselves with negative or uncomfortable things (a rough texture, a bad taste or smell, unpleasant sights, or unenjoyable sounds), we are more likely to feel a negative or uncomfortable response. However, when we surround ourselves with positive things, we are more likely to feel a positive response. Our world is filled with a lot of negativity and fear right now, and things can quickly feel overwhelming. More than ever, we must focus on creating a comforting and soothing environment at home. We can accomplish this by catering to our five senses in a way that aids us in unwinding and decompressing at the end of the day.

(TW) But before we get too far, we should address the fact that home means something different to everybody. For some, their home is their safe space to escape the scary outside world, but for several people, for several reasons, that may not be the case. Today will share tips and tricks on how to make your home feel cozy and comforting, but the fact of the matter is that these are all surface-level fixes. If your home is not a safe space for you, it is so important to reach out safely to somebody that you can trust to get help (whether that is a friend, family member, or professional). Getting help is not always easy – in fact, for some people, it may feel next to impossible. Everybody deserves to feel safe at home, so if you need help, or you see potential red flags with someone who may need your help, please reach out safely to somebody who you trust.

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozy and Comforting

1. Textures 

For a lot of us, when we think of designing our home, we probably think of colour pallets. Colour pallets are a crucial design element in creating cohesion as it allows us to carry a look into multiple areas of our house. However, an effective way to make your home feel cozier, without the excessive use of blankets and pillows, is through layering textures. For example, if you are interested in adding cushions to your couch to make it feel cozier, try to grab for just a couple with different textures. Similarly, instead of adding throw blankets everywhere, try layering a couple with different textures. Not only will this add visual interest, but it will also make your space feel even cozier. 

2. Lighting

While bright, overhead lighting has its time and place, the harsh light they emit can cause sensitivities that make us feel more awake, less relaxed and cause difficulties unwinding at the end of the day. Where possible, try to add in lamps, candles, or even string lights to help soften your space and create a more relaxing and soothing environment.

3. Warm Food (TW)

Before we get too far, we want you to know that no matter what the scale may be telling you, food is not a punishment. It is here to nourish and fuel your body, and you are allowed to enjoy the food that you eat. Find foods that you genuinely enjoy cooking that make your nose and tastebuds smile. Let the smell of your pasta sauce cooking in your crockpot all day radiate in your home, or enjoy freshly baked chocolate chip cookies on a chilly Sunday afternoon. 

4. Art 

The outside world can be cold, scary, and downright mean. Society tells us that we are too much while simultaneously being not enough. But the truth is that you were always enough, and you matter so much. Our homes should be a visual representation of our worth. Leave yourself notes that remind you that you are amazing. Fill your home with art that makes you feel inspired, loved, valued, beautiful, and good about yourself. Find ways to visually express your individuality and uniqueness in the beauty it deserves. If you are interested in minimalistic digital artwork that you can print off at home that reminds you of your worth, check out our brand new prints here.

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5. Music

Our words, as well as the content we listen to daily, matters more than we may realize. For the most part, our subconscious brain does not know how to take a joke, which means it tends to believe what we tell it. For example, if you walk around all the time, telling jokes about being bad at math, your subconscious brain would take that information as the truth and may seek out to confirm that belief. You may find yourself spending less time working on your homework to learn the materials and may be making more little mistakes without realizing it. Similarly, if we listen to breakup song after breakup song about there being no good single people left, we may start to believe that to be the case. That is not to say that we can never listen to another sad song or make a silly joke again, but rather, it means we should try to focus on the things we want (such as a good grade on a test or our future soulmate), as opposed to the things we don’t want. Try to throw in some songs that make you feel good about yourself, fires you up, and makes you believe in yourself. Listening to feel-good music allows you to focus on the things you want to attract into your life without even realizing it.