Some caregivers find loved ones are stuck inside all winter long, not even to crack a window due to the chill of winter coming. Here are some quick tips caregivers can do to make a happier, brighter environment for our loved ones- who wouldn't want there mood lifted this winter season?
Improve your view – Let’s face it, it’s no fun staring out your window at bare trees and mounds of snow. Perk up your view with some charming curtains. Choose a pattern that is bold and playful, or a texture that is soft and ethereal.
Indulge in small luxuries – Create a cozy reading nook by adding a good light and soft throw blanket to a comfortable arm chair. Consider perking up your bathroom too by giving it more spa-like qualities. Swap out a boring shower curtain for a beautiful fabric one. And consider adding vintage glass jars filled with handmade soaps to add color.
Don’t be afraid to go outside – It may be tempting to stay inside where it’s nice and warm. But it’s refreshing, and healthy for your mind and body, to spend some time outside. If your apartment has a balcony or patio, place a few seats or a bench outside with a bright outdoor rug. When there’s a mild day, you can sit outside for a little while and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Color your world – One way to liven up your area and improve your mood at the same time is to paint the walls a bright, cheery color. Experts say the exact shade should be based on your personal preference and décor scheme, but it’s wise to stick with clean, crisp colors. Don’t be afraid to go a little brighter than you typically would, since overcast skies and indirect light will tame the vibrancy somewhat. If you don’t want to paint, you can also add color to your walls through art work, interesting fabrics stretched on canvas, or even displaying a collection of vintage clocks.
Add (plant) life to your home – Adding a few plants to your home is a terrific way to make your living space more inviting, colorful and even healthy, especially in the winter. Ask your local nursery for advice on which plants can thrive indoors in low-light winter conditions. Even hanging a single spider plant can help bring a sense of life and nature inside your home.
Plus if anything it can be a nice project you can do with your loved one, so they feel they are involved & spend some meaningful memories with you designing and creating a fresh space they can call their very own.
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.