By Amanda Turner,
You spend the majority of your time on this Earth at home, so why not make sure that it is a retreat? After dealing with the chaos of the day, you want to be able to come home to a space that allows you to relax and unwind, as opposed to bringing out more stress and anxiety. While the day-to-day grind can keep us from wanting to do any type of an overhaul on our home, consider some of these easy tips to create a space that supports your well-being.
Design for Comfort
Do you look forward to being home, or do you feel like you’re jumping from one mess to another? Think about what brings you comfort and how to add that into your home. This could be plush pillows, a welcoming couch, or inspiring artwork. Even the layout of your furniture can change your mood and leave you feeling more relaxed. Discover what works for you and add it in.
Consider Your Senses
Think about how your mind responds to the surroundings of your home. Do you think the walls are a little bland? Consider adding artwork or vibrant curtains to your walls and windows, or try and different wall color to change the feel of the entire space. You may even want to add more greenery into your home to clean the air and help clear your mind. Put some thought into what you respond best to.
Lose the Extra Noise
On a day-to-day basis, we are bombarded with phones ringing, cars speeding past us, horns honking, people shouting, planes overhead – you get the picture. When we are home, we want to find retreat from the noise. Try and get rid of any extra and unnecessary noises, such as a noisy HVAC system or a television that nobody is watching.
Get Rid of the Clutter
Clutter has been long known to create stress, anxiety, and depression. So if your home is prone to clutter, take a weekend to get rid of as much as you can. Depending on the amount of clutter in your home, this may take several weekends and that’s ok! Don’t stress yourself out from the project itself but try and take one step at a time to get rid of anything that isn’t “bringing you joy”.
Use Light Strategically
Did you know that light directly affects our energy levels? Use that to your advantage in your home. If you work from home during the day, make sure you open up your blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible, this will give you more energy and boost your overall mood. Then, as the day goes on and it gets closer to bed time, let the lighting in your home match that. Close the curtains or blinds, dim the lights, and allow your mind and body to get ready for bed.
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