We’ve all heard the phrase “your home is your sanctuary.” But what some may not know is that there’s actually scientific evidence behind the sentiment. Creating a relaxing environment at home can work wonders on your physical and mental health. This article will go through tips on how to create a more relaxing home and why it matters.
The living space of modern people has moved from outdoors to indoors - more than 85% of a person’s daily life is spent indoors. With that, there are adjustments we have to make as humans to create an environment both suitable for our natural needs and supportive of our wellbeing.
Obviously, a clean space is a good place to start because it can be hard to fully unwind if you know there is work to be done. When you have dishes piled up in the sink and loads of laundry looming, being at home can feel more like work than leisure.
However, even in the cleanest home with nothing nagging at you, there are ways to create an even more relaxing environment. Once your space is to a place where you feel comfortable, there are a few things you can do to take it to that next level.
Even if you are not a design expert or a believer in the ancient Chinese art of feng shui, you can take the following tips and apply them to your own space. Write to us on Facebook and let us know how you’ve made your home more relaxing and how it’s helped your mental and physical wellness.
Make Your Home Feel Stress-Free
Fresh flowers & plants add beauty
Flowers help create a space that feels fresh and natural. They look excellent on a bedroom nightstand or a kitchen table. Plants, in general, have been known to create a soothing environment and freshen the indoor air.
Studies have also shown that keeping plants in your home decreases symptoms of stress and anxiety. Furthermore, indoor plants enhance cognitive health, improve mood, and can be used in the workplace to enhance job satisfaction.
So, if you're looking for a place to start when it comes to decorating your stress-free home, start by adding indoor plants and fresh flowers!
Clutter creates chaos
There's nothing soothing about too much junk lying about. In the many ways to make your house feel calm, decluttering may be the top of the list. Clutter is the feeling of being crowded and can often be energy-sucking.
Your home should restore your energy and feel light and free. If you're finding your space overcrowded and full, it may be time to consider throwing out things that have accumulated but don't necessarily have a purpose.
Paint calming colors for stress-free living
Color therapy, or chromotherapy, brings balance and health to your mind through the use of color. Colors provoke feeling in humans and when used in large spaces, such as your walls, can heavily impact your mood.
Calming colors for home use include shades of blue, grey, white, violet, light pink, sage green, yellow and neutral beige. Soothing colors don't always mean a lack of color. If you enjoy a bright color or lots of colors, just be knowledgeable about what colors invoke what feelings.
Bring in natural light
Much like plants, bringing nature indoors is going to create a positive impact on your living space. Natural light makes for a peaceful home because direct sunlight is an important part of our overall wellness.
Direct and indirect sunlight can also support the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that boosts your mood. Allowing natural light into your home can make your space feel more open and may increase your energy levels.
More so, lighting is extremely important when it comes to creating a relaxing space. Consider putting your lights on dimmers so you can control the overall feel of your house.
Make your bed
It may sound odd, but making your bed every day is a great way to make your bedroom feel more relaxing. A disheveled bed can make the entire room feel messy which ultimately leads to stress.
Your bedroom is where you retire at the end of the day for your ultimate restoration, sleep. If you're going to start redecorating for a more peaceful environment, the bedroom is a good place to start.
Soft textiles and rugs are soothing
Along with making your bed, adding soft textures can induce feelings of calm. Replacing old throw blankets and pillows with new, softer textiles can certainly help give your space a more relaxing feel.
This rule goes beyond the bedroom, too. Having a basket or trunk full of fluffy throws in the living room or anywhere else you unwind is a great way to add that extra layer of relaxation.
This goes for rugs, too. A plush area rug beneath your feet makes you feel good and can make any room feel more comfortable. Rugs often help create a balance in the room by pulling in colors and making a hard floor feel soft and cozy.
Keep electronics off the bed
Electronics often mean charging cables and tangled cords. To decrease any negative appeal, keep your electronics in one place like a natural woven basket or drawer to keep the mess out of sight.
Also, electronics are the opposite of natural beauty. They can trigger feelings of anxiety because we often use them for work and communication with others. When you want to relax, swap out the electronics on the nightstand for a book and a framed picture instead.
Hang what makes you happy
Art is a great way to express yourself and feature what inspires you in your home. There is no rule when it comes to art other than hang what makes you feel happy!
You want to decorate with photos or pieces of art that you won't get sick of looking at. Making your home a place that reflects your individuality can also help your well-being.
Music sets a mood
Once you have your interior decluttered, softened, and fresh, there's nothing better than putting on soft and subtle background music to enhance your newfound relaxation. It's also great for hosting any company.
Candles create a peaceful home
Dim the lights and light up a scented candle for the ultimate at-home experience. Candles can take any room to the next level with their fresh smell and gentle, relaxing flickering appeal.
Candles are great on the kitchen table for a romantic feel, on a coffee table, nightstand, or bookshelf, and of course in the bathroom for a spa-like feel. The best thing about candles is they are a relatively inexpensive way to elevate your space.
You don't need designer interior or to go buy a bunch of new stuff to create a relaxing space for yourself. Just follow the above tips and you're on your way to mental clarity and inner peace that just might transform your day-to-day.
All the best,