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Six Tips to Create a Calming Home Environment You Won't Want to Leave

You see them all over the internet, home decor magazines, and Pinterest. The living room with the perfect soft, cozy sofa or chair, fuzzy wool socks, a crackling fire, lots of warm blankets, and maybe a cup of hot cocoa topped with marshmallows. These spaces have the perfect window view, just the right amount of natural light, and it all looks so perfect. Are you starting to feel cozy yet? Is it possible to create this in your home? Of course it is, and you should.

A calm home environment is so important in helping to keep a healthy mind. It helps children feel relaxed and focused. It encourages wellness and healing and lends itself to living an intentional, slow lifestyle. When our homes are harried, unkempt, and disorganized with no place for quiet reflection or comfort, it leaves us feeling anxious and out of control.

As Maria sang in the Sound of Music, this only requires a few of your favorite things to create a calming home environment. Begin with a few good quality furniture pieces, add soft, cozy textiles, and okay, maybe that perfect hot beverage to top it off. The Danish culture has a word that defines this calm space called Hygge. It is a quality of coziness and comfortable warmth that inspires a feeling of contentment or well-being. In my opinion, Hygge is the practice of self-care. It's an integral part of the slow living way of life.

Practice these six tips to achieve a calm relaxing space that you'll never want to leave:

1. Invest in a good quality armchair or sofa. Look for sturdy wood frames, sinuous springs, and cushions made from high-density foam. For an upgrade, look for down or down alternative wrapped foam and select the best quality upholstery fabric.

2. Add high-quality throws because they provide warmth, comfort and style and are a great addition to any home. They are versatile and can be used in most rooms in the house. There are several types of throws that cater to different seasons of the year. Some of the best are: cashmere, cotton and cotton blends, berber fleece, flannel, down, and various types of wool.

3. The right lighting is the key to a well-functioning, comfortable space. A warm white light (approximately 2700 Kelvin) is ideal for creating a soft, calming effect.

4. Research has shown that scent therapy or aromatherapy can have good health benefits like easing stress, anxiety, and depression and boost feelings of relaxation. Opt for essential oils, potpourri or natural beeswax candles. (Avoid the artificially scented candles as these are toxic and harmful to your health.).

5. Adding plants and flowers can make people feel less stressed and calm. Everyone loves nature and green is a soothing color that can diffuse anxiety and invite harmony.

6. Clearing any clutter and removing unnecessary items is key when trying to create a calmer environment. Clutter has negative effects on your mental and physical health.

It's fairly easy to create a calm environment in your home. Look for ways to add some of these elements to create a calming, comfortable space for you and your family. Focus and notice how you feel, When we carve out time in our schedule for self-care, slowing down, and restful contemplation, you'll find that the benefits are numerous. Pour that cup of hot cocoa, tea, or your favorite beverage, then settle in to enjoy your cozy new space. You may never want to leave.