In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. We had countries in lockdown for months, the economy struggled and many people suffered with their mental health. Then the world was shocked to hear about the death of George Floyd. This tragedy left the world reeling and desperate for change.
As lockdown eased and businesses began to open their doors back to the public with some conditions and people slowly returning to work, however there are a lot of unpleasant, stressful and upsetting thoughts that have been weighing heavily on the collective consciousness with the constant fear of the unknown and the fear that things could still take a turn for the worst. With all this negativity and uncertainty, you need to focus on the small ways that can keep you afloat. The trick is to have some of those peaceful thoughts on the surface on your mind and have a safe space to come back to everyday to help relieve mental strain.
Here are some ways that you can build an affirming space during times of mental strain:
Declutter your space
Think about what you need. It is important to make sure that you have organisation in your life. During lockdown, I cleaned out my computer, folders and phone. My mind has never felt clearer.
Think about being minimalistic
Minimalism is a popular philosophy that embraces calm and peace through finding a purpose with your possessions. The concept of minimalism focuses on finding items in your home or in your office that bring you joy and if it doesn’t bring you joy in some way or another (this could be through nostalgia, function or entertainment,) it shouldn’t be kept.
Consider your storage options
If your home or your office has an excess of clutter that you can not dispose of then you should find of clever and trendy ways to store your bits and bobs. There are lots of new ways that you can find inspiration for creative storage. I personally think Pinterest has great inspiration for storage.
It is easy to think that you can help your mental strain through meditation or breathing. However, building a safe and positive environment is a great way to feel less stressed and more motivated. Making some small changes to your space can give you a lot more clarity and the ability to feel more relaxed in your surroundings.