There is nothing that quite compares to going home. Wherever that might be for you.
It’s generally a feeling of comfort.
But of course it’s a feeling that generally takes time to develop.
It comes with familiarity with your surroundings (which is why even a city can feel just as much ‘home’ as a house.
There are of course many reasons you might be without that lovely feeling and oftentimes that’s when you feel you need it most. Whether you have just moved house, you’re heading off on an adventure, you’re having to spend some time in a hospital or you’ve just had some big changes in your life you can still make your new environment feel like home. Sometime it just takes some time and thought.
So I’ve put together a few tips on how you can take that feeling of ‘home’ with you.
First things first, decorate your space.
If it’s a matter of moving house make sure you don’t pack all your decorative items. Whether is pictures, posters, fairy lights, plants, etc, make sure you have a few items on hand to put up straight away.
When I’m heading to hospital (or traveling for a while) opt for more portable Items like my favorite lap rug and a stuffed toy. You heard me. I take my stuffed toy and blankie to hospital. Perhaps a small framed picture would work in this situation as well.
ultimately you’re going for Items that say home to you. Whether because they are really representative of your style or add comfort to your environment.
For most people routines = equal comfort. I am definitely one of those people. They don’t have to be long or complicated. It can be as simple as watching your favorite movie when you’re going to bed or having the same breakfast every morning. Sometimes it’s the little things that will bring you the most comfort.
Have something to do with some spare time. Knitting, Cooking, Reading, Sport… whatever it is pick something. Preferably something requiring limited gear if you’re traveling. Whatever it is make it something you are familiar with. This is not the time to learn a new skill.
Sometimes a little bit of positive reinforcement will do the trick. Stock up on some snacks and treat yourself when you really need the comfort.
So that’s my tips. Hopefully if you are in the situation of needing to re-establish the feeling of home they will help you on your way.
If you have any of your own tips please let me know.
Until next time,