Everyday Should be Homecoming
Feeling at home is a basic human need. Most of us look to the places that we live in to provide us with a sense of security and belonging. A home is much more than four walls – it’s the atmosphere that creates a sense of welcome. Try these ideas to create a homecoming welcome every day.
- When a loved one returns home, stop what you are doing and greet them. Go to the door or entrance way as they arrive. If it is you who are coming home, then go and find your loved one to say hello - don't forget the fur babies. And if you live alone, you can "greet" your home with a little ritual like Marie Kondo does in her show. This involves kneeling down on the floor, closing your eyes, then pressing your hands palms down into the floor, as you rock forward in a little bow.
- Make sure your home has pleasant smells. The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses so you want something that makes you happy. Create a home aroma that is positive and pleasurable. Lighting a candle as soon as you come in for the evening can be both a pleasurable ritual and a sensual way of improving your space.
- Slow, calming music is known to have a relaxing effect on us, so have it on in the background when your loved ones come home. Studies show that listening to classical music promotes the release of the happy hormone dopamine in the brain.
- And the most important tip - save the negatives. If you have had a bad day, try to wait a while before you offload. Have a cup of tea, get changed – do whatever you need in order to arrive home emotionally as well as physically.