Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you can kick off your shoes after a long day of work, throwing them across the room. Home is where your quirky hobbies are accepted. Here, you can be yourself. You can listen to your favorite music while dancing in your pajamas. Or you can put up that embarrassing yet gorgeous photo from your childhood.
When Covid-19 hit, for most of us, home became our office too. For some,the house or apartment turned into the school. Which means that we had to recreate our space and to adapt it. We had to find our workplace and to build a cozy yet productive vibe.
With more lockdowns, restrictions, and work from home, we are (still) staying home. What does this year bring? These are the 2021 trends for home and decor.
Tech solutions for your wellbeing
The risk of being a remote worker is not finding time for yourself. Research has shown that people are working more than ever. Even on Sunday or late in the evening, when the physical office would be already closed. We are over-working and missing human contact. Hence, tech and smart solutions for our wellbeing.
It starts from the mind. Thanks to online therapy, people aren’t alone. Companies such as Talkspace offer a safe and professional platform, with real therapists. For busy bees, the network features services such as unlimited text, video, and audio messaging. No video chats, if you don’t want to.
If you are having a hard day, you can also turn to motivational podcasts to give a boost and support. The Oprah Magazine compiled a list with the best options, which include:
- The Michelle Obama podcast, to listen to inspiring interviews and take on life.
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin, the author of the bestseller “The Happiness Project.”
- Ted Talks Daily, to hear stories and tips from unique personalities.
Another tech home trend is the development of user-friendly devices and innovations. For example, sensory input. You are engaging your senses to keep up and create wellbeing. It’s not toys for kids. On the contrary.
It includes compression clothing, to soothe you or rocking chairs to make you doze off. Or you might prefer a white noise machine, which provides calming sounds by blocking out the environmental ones. You can also engage your sight with coloring books or your smell with essential oils and fragrances.
Find your reasons
Find your purpose, your contribution to the people and space around you. Being at home gives you the chance to think. Especially about our planet. As you see images of nature taking over and pollution dropping, you realize humanity’s impact.
In 2021, it’s time to bring sustainability into your home. How? The website Medium has some ideas.
- Choose biodegradable and plastic-free packaging
- Start your own vegetable garden or grow your lemon tree
- Buy what you consume to be waste-free
- Compost your waste, which can be useful in your garden
- Reuse. Your water too, for your house plants, for example
These are just a few ways in which you can be more eco-friendly. It’s called eco living and it’s not about your home. Not only, at least. It’s about your community. As we are not connected in person, we can connect with our purpose.
Ok, we can’t travel to Spain. But we can take an online tour, turning off all distraction as a local guide shows us the Sagrada Familia. And you won’t need to wear any masks.
With the Coronavirus, there was a boom in Airbnb Experiences. There is truly something for every taste, from cooking classes to knitting. And there is something for any wallet, from $10 experiences to more expensive choices. When you get tired of your home office, you can travel the world.
- Mexico City, Mexico: World’s Top Coffee Masterclass
- Lisbon, Portugal: Sangria and Secrets With Drag Queens
- Paris: One Day in Paris With a Parisian
- Happiness Meditation with Chocolate
- Korean Food Revolution
According to uses, some of the most popular travel-related options include:
If you don’t feel like sorting through Airbnb’s website, there are tons of online tours on Facebook and Instagram too. One of the most beloved ones is the Remote Tour by Visit Faroe Islands on IG. The organization explains how it works.
“The local [guide] is equipped with a live video camera, allowing people to not only see views from an on-the-spot perspective, but also to control where and how they explored using a joypad to turn, walk, run or even jump.” It’s a virtual and interactive tour, perfect to discover a gorgeous and mysterious part of the world.
“We hope that visiting our remote islands through the eyes and body of a local would bring joy and inspiration during the challenging times.”
Building supportive networks
The numbers and stats of Covid-19 speak of isolation and discouragement. A study by the American Psychological Association puts it into perspective.
- 78 % of American adults say that the pandemic is a significant source of stress in their lives.
- 19 % believe their mental health is worse than it was at the same time in 2019.
- 81 % of teenagers (aged 13-17), say that they have experienced negative impacts of pandemic-related school closures
Coronavirus impacted all ages, genders, and locations. So, what can you do? Build a supportive network. Aka, help people who need it. The elderly who live alone might be afraid of going grocery shopping, so go for them.
In Italy, the association Leidaa defends and takes care of animals. During the lockdowns, pet owners have been hospitalized with the Coronavirus and the elderly couldn’t go out for a walk. The volunteers of Leidaa stepped up, all over the country. They’ve been taking the dogs out for walks and they’ve been feeding cats when the owners are in the hospital.
We are still living in a Covid-19 world. There are no hugs, going to the movies, or traveling. We might be stuck at home but that doesn’t mean giving up. You have to take care of yourself, your community, and your planet.
The pandemic is not an excuse to let go. It’s an opportunity to step up.