Sometimes you need a change of scenery, but you can’t physically go away on vacation, so what can you do? Sometimes, just a simple rearrangement of a room in your house, which doesn’t cost anything, can help.
With everything that has gone on lately, I’m still feeling the effects of my anxiety. I’m doing a lot better, but some days are still hard. I started taking these feelings of anxiety out on my environment. Again, something that I can “control.”
My husband and I live in a spacious two-bedroom apartment, and spend most of our time in the living room / dining room area. Because I’ve been feeling so anxious, I’ve been trying to release these feelings, but instead of doing it in a constructive way (like doing art or yoga), I turned to the negative. I started looking at our house and finding things that I “hated” about it. I hated our couch which is about seven years old and pretty beat up, but still has plenty of life left in it. I hated our carpet because it needs a deep cleaning. I hated basically anything inanimate in my house that I could gaze at. In my head, everything had to go and I was making myself crazy. Not to mention, I didn’t make this situation any better for myself by binge watching the TV Show Tiny House Hunters. All of a sudden I wanted to throw everything out, and live in a tiny house or a yurt. Basically, everything was just getting to me. I was trying to find an outlet for my anxious feelings, but I wasn’t doing it in a positive way, and that only created more chaos in my head. So what to do?
After a few days of my husband listening to me complain about our house and how I wanted to literally throw everything out the window and run away to a tiny house, he came up with an idea. “What about if we rearrange the living room?” He asked me. That made me stop, and pause. Wait? What? Could it be that simple? Would that help? What did I have to lose? Let’s do it!
Monday night, while I was at work, my husband set about his plan and surprised me with the living room transformation when I came home. And you know what? I absolutely LOVED it!!! Just simply moving a few pieces of furniture around (our couch, recliner, coffee table, dog bed, and side table) completely made a difference! The room felt different! It felt more open, bigger! If felt filled with opportunities! And all that anxiety I was having towards our house literally just disappeared!
It’s been three days now and I’m still absolutely loving the new configuration of our living room. The carpet that I hated days ago? It’s awesome, just needs to be cleaned, but it looks good in our room. The couch, which I relegated to the junk pile, is now comfy and cozy and the perfect spot to lounge with my babies, and read and watch tv. Everything that I “hated” about our living room only days ago, I now love! And best of all? My husband even created me a space to do yoga easily!I say this a lot, but it’s true. My husband is amazing, and he always knows what to do to pull me out of whatever funk I’m in. Whereas I just wanted to throw everything out a window, he looked at everything and said let’s change some things around. And tah-dah. A new environment! A change of scenery. A different way of looking at things.
Now I’m looking forward to the Spring because my husband says we can repaint the living room. Currently it is yellow which is a very cheerful color. We are thinking of changing the color of the walls to a sky blue and one wall to a sage color. Oh, it’s going to be fun!
It’s easy to become fed up with what you have. But, like they always say, money doesn’t buy happiness. You don’t need to spend money to sprint yourself away to some tropical destination because you need a change of scenery. Maybe, just rearrange a room in your house. Change some simple things around which will help to change your outlook, and help you to get the change of scenery you are craving without throwing everything out the window and running away to a yurt!
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