I love watching the birds at this time of year. Blackbirds, blue tits and robins grappling with twigs and long strands of grass as they fly off to build their nests, making a safe place to raise their young. I think that our “nests” are also really important, not just for those of us with families, but for all of us. Sometimes we may not fully account how important the space where we live is to our psychological well-being.
We recently had an extension built to our house. The builders did a great job, in spite of this, it was still a disruptive and unsettling experience for me as our space was filled with noise, dust and dirt. So I’ve been thinking a lot about how important our own “nests” are, not so much in terms of expensive decor or labour saving gadgets, more about the connection we have to ourselves and the space around us. How we can be impacted and unsettled by a disturbance in our environment, whether at work or at home. And of course the opposite is also true – having a space that is nourishing, that helps in the process of feeling connected to ourselves and our environment can be an important element in feeling well and being peaceful.
In the hectic busy activity of our lives we don’t always see this link and perhaps where we live is just somewhere to eat and sleep. Yet my recent experience showed me how much more significant the place where we live can be. So an invitation to reflect: the next time you walk through your front door pause for a moment on the impact coming home has on you. Is this how you want to feel? If not, what can you do that might make a difference and make coming home a positive and nourishing experience that supports you and your well being.