Your home needs to be a place of nourishment and a sanctuary for your soul. There’s nothing more relaxing and refreshing than coming to a tranquil and stress-free environment that maintains personal peace and positivity.
It’s no secret that your surroundings have a profound effect on how you feel every day.
That said, this would be a good time to take an inventory of your living space. Do you see a safe haven and refuge or a space that’s no different from the stressful world out there? How does your current space make you feel?
Now, think about how you would like to feel in your own space. Perhaps you’re wondering what went wrong. What was supposed to be a peaceful sanctuary has become a space that overwhelms you with stress.
It’s not too late to get your sanctuary back. And you don’t have to keep living in a space that makes you feel more stressed every minute. Here are five things you can do to de-stress your home:
De-clutter and Organize your Space
You probably already know that clutter attracts dust, which can cause respiratory complications to you and your family.
On a psychological level, a disorganized space can be irritating to the mind as you subconsciously worry about the piles of stuff all over the place. Clutter at home has been shown to be a cause of stress and anxiety. You shouldn’t underestimate the power of a tidy and organized home.
Decluttering and staying organized is the first step to dealing with the feeling of discontent and stress in your home. Create time to tidy your living space often. It’s a good idea to tackle each room at a time since organizing the whole house at once can be overwhelming. Consider getting rid of unnecessary belongings you might have accumulated over time as well.
Did you know that seeing greenery and nature improves your mood and makes you feel calm and more relaxed? If you thought you don’t need houseplants, you might want to reconsider your decision.
According to a recent study, actively interacting with houseplants can help reduce physiological and psychological stress. When interacting with nature and plants, the body releases cytokines that enhance the production of serotonin in the brain, thereby improving your mood.
Indoor plants have also been shown to substantially improve your problem-solving and cognitive skills. These are just some of the studies that highlight the benefits of incorporating plants in your home. Make sure you choose the right plants and know which ones are best for what room.
Paint Your Walls with Calming Colors
Color is the ultimate in shifting your mood and emotions at home. It’s important that you consider colors that draw you in. If you’re looking to instill a sense of calmness and peace in your home, opt for neutral colors on your walls. Yellow can be a great choice if you’re looking to raise your energy levels. Consider using it in your home study room.
Green is the color of nature and can help ease stress and overload in the living room. Blue is the color of the sky and a great stress reliever as well. It’s recommended you use pale shades of green and blue. Make sure you ground these colors using shades of grey or brown as this will help balance the energy in your rooms.
Allow for as Much Natural Light as Possible
You already know the physical and mental health benefits of natural lighting. Studies have shown that natural sunlight reduces stress and anxiety, boosts your immune system, and is a vital source of vitamin D. Sunlight also causes your brain to produce more serotonin and endorphins, thereby improving your mood and increasing happiness.
A poorly lit home environment will negatively impact your mood. Here’s what you can do to allow as much natural light as possible into your home:
- Clean your glass doors and windows
- Install larger windows
- Opt for blinds that make indoor light control seamless
- Add extra glass panels or windows
- Use Reflective surfaces
- Consider getting Light Furniture
- Replace solid internal doors with glass doors
- Cut back shrubs and trees that could be obstructing natural lighting.
- Install skylights and solar tubes
- Opt for white curtains
Decorate with Positive Art
Artwork can be a great decorating tool as it helps spruce up your walls while creating a flow to your home’s décor. However, displaying significant keepsakes and positive art at home help you feel content, relaxed, and happy.
Now, imagine returning home and looking at some of the mementos hanging in your bedroom and living room.
It could be some peaceful art from a special holiday, prints of your favorite phrase or quote, framed family silhouettes, some positive affirmations, a group photo with your friends, or a collection of artifacts in shadow boxes. The bottom line is that you consider decorating your walls with positive art and mementos that will make your heart happy.