How to Brighten Your Home During Quarantine

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Despite the reopening of commerce in some cities, cultural events, concerts, and parties were canceled. The orientation is to stay at home. However, after so many days, this environment can start to get tedious and even depressing. How to brighten the house during social isolation? Let’s give you some tips.

To cook

to cook

The nights of romantic dinners in restaurants and even in the crowded food courts of shopping malls make those people tired of eating only by delivery misses.

Well, know that this can be the perfect time to develop a new skill and even discover a new hobby: cooking.

The kitchen can be your little laboratory, where mixtures of ingredients and flavors can result in wonderful…or horrible dishes. But that doesn’t matter, because cooking isn’t just about the final product, it’s an activity of self-discovery and creativity that can be a lot of fun. Create your own recipes, use cookbooks, over time you will get the hang of it and discover that this is an activity that will yield even more delicious rewards.

Renovate the house

paint a wall at home

How about taking all this time at home to renew it?

You know those scratches and peelings on paint that you never have time to fix? This could be the perfect time for this. If you don’t know what kind of paint to use, we’ve made a guide on how to paint walls for you.

This is also a great time to explore new painting styles, such as geometric painting, and give the house a general revival. For that, check out our complete decorating guide to learn more and get inspired. Yes, we made several guides for you ;).

Grow plants

grow plants at home

Bringing plants into your home is a great way to brighten up the environment, as they bring life and color to the space. Furthermore, caring for a way of life, nurturing, watering, and watching it grow is a refreshing experience.

For this, you don’t need a lot of space. You can create a small conservatory, which can be made into a china cabinet. If you live in an apartment, don’t think that this is an impediment. You just need to choose the right species and we have a list of 10 plants ideal for an apartment, in case you are interested.

Now that you spend more time in the kitchen honing your cooking skills, it’s a great idea to grow a small vegetable garden with spices. There are even smart gardens that make this process much easier.

Adopt a pet

adopt a dog

If you want to bring life and joy into your home, there is certainly no better choice than adopting an animal. These little furry balls are veritable joy factories, although they produce by-products such as mess, eaten slippers and not-so-smelling waste. Despite that, believe me: it’s a small price to pay for happiness.

It is important to remember that adopting an animal is also a great act of responsibility, as they demand care and affection; but you can be sure they return everything double.

If you live in an apartment, as in the previous item, don’t think that this is an impediment. To help you, we have a list of the 11 most suitable dog breeds for apartments.

Meditate

meditate

In times of social isolation, many people report feeling sad and anxious, after all, all of a sudden we had a big change in life: not seeing friends, leaving home, doing new things, which can leave our minds unoccupied and, at the same time, restless.

Meditation, an ancient technique, can help. The best part is that the only thing you need for this is yourself.

Many people report having tried to meditate but not succeeding. This idea comes from a misunderstanding of what it is to meditate. Meditating is just taking a moment to spend with yourself, paying attention to yourself in your own thoughts, your own tastes, the decisions you made, the things you prioritized, it is an experience of self-knowledge.

However, there are, yes, so-called more advanced meditation techniques, which seek to calm the mind through focus. By keeping the thoughts focused on something for a while, the mind calms down and secondary thoughts, worries about the future and hurts about the past cease.

That something to focus on can be anything, your breathing, a mental image, the feeling of gravity pulling your body down, your fingertips, you name it. A recommended technique for beginners is to count your breath, pulling in air for 4 seconds and letting it out for 6 seconds. Try it.

Of course, someone inexperienced in meditation will hardly be able to stay focused for long, as we soon start thinking about the movie we watched, the food we want to eat, among other things. This is something very common, it’s a state called “monkey mind”, where the mind can’t stop and it keeps jumping from thought to thought, just like a monkey jumping from branch to branch. When you find that your focus has strayed, just bring it back and continue with the exercise.

In addition to calming your mind, meditation is a great way to develop your mental focus and can help with many aspects of life. It doesn’t take a lot of time to meditate. The best thing is to start with five minutes a day, and progress as you feel comfortable.

So take five minutes out of your day to get in touch with yourself. In time you will thank you.

Exercise

exercise at home

Just as it is important to take care of the mind, taking care of the body is equally important, not least because they influence and complement each other, as the saying goes “healthy body, healthy mind”.

Also, being in bear mode, lying in bed all day, eating high amounts of fat and sugar, is not good for the body.

The body needs movement to release endorphins that influence its entire functioning. So, look for some form of exercise, whichever you prefer. There are several videos on the internet with tips for exercising at home, in case you are running out of ideas.

Organize the house

organize the house

Taking care of the body and mind is important, but so is taking care of the environment. When spending too much time at home, it’s easy to get careless and let the mess take over, and the mess is a monster that, the more it grows, the more likely we are to feed it; when we realize it, the situation is already so bad that, without moving a finger, it drains our internal energy when we think about solving the situation.

Over time, disorganization begins to compromise other areas of our lives and make things difficult for us to do. As we realize it, the days start to feel more and more equal and more unproductive.

The best trick to keep organized is that everything has its place, because if something doesn’t have a specific location, it will always be out of place. In case you are interested, we made a story with 9 tips from the organization expert Marie Kondo.

Have fun with your family

family

The moment we live in can deprive us of many things, but it also offers us some opportunities, such as spending more time with our family.
To avoid getting bored, how about thinking of activities to have fun with the ones you love? You can buy a video game to play with your kids or board games to promote family game nights and show your kids that there are games outside the screen.