Mental health is not black and white. There are so many different factors and things that effect different people. Some things that affect my mental health might not affect yours and vice vice versa. One thing that really has an effect on my mental health is my living space. I have spoken about this before in a previous post, where I talked about how to create a calm space in your home. To me, my living space is a reflection on how im feeling and doing mentally. If its a mess then usually my head is also a mess. Today were going to be talking about how the design of your home can affect your mental health and what we can do to combat this.
TOO MUCH CLUTTER CAN CLUTTER YOUR MIND
Are you the same? If your space is cluttered then so is your mind? I gets so overwhelmed when my space is cluttered and things aren’t in their places. Which is funny because as a kid I couldn’t care less whether my room was a mess or not, but as I have gotten older I always want things to be where they were intended.
How we can combat clutter:
1. Clean up as you go – When cooking or getting ready in the morning
2. Have a specific place for things – Don’t just leave things lying around. Create dedicated places for your stuff. It helps for when you need it at a later point too
3. Get rid of it – Don’t use it anymore? Why are you holding onto it? Be ruthless in throwing or donating the stuff you don’t use anymore
SAY NO TO DARK ROOMS
For me if a room is too dark it really doesn’t help me feel comfortable or want to be in that space. I don’t find it very inviting! Of course we are all different, some really love dark rooms and some don’t, It’s about what’s best for you.
How we can combat dark spaces:
1. Add plants and other decor – If you love dark spaces but find its not good for your mental health then add small touches to make it less dark and scary.
2. Set mood lighting – Dim the light in the room or add some lamps. This can make a dark room into a more cosy one.
3. Change the colour – As simple as that! Add other colours to the walls, have half dark and half light!
THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU PLACE YOUR STUFF
Have you ever heard of Feng Shui? ‘The philosophy of feng shui is a practice of looking at our living spaces and working environment and striking a balance with the natural world’ – Source: The Spruce.com. Have you ever moved furniture in your home and it just hasn’t felt right? That can be Feng Shui. Its about how placing the furniture in your home can have an affect on you and your mood and how you feel. It sounds confusing when you first hear about it, but once you understand it makes so much sense. Here is an example taken from thespruce.com website.
What are your thoughts on the points mentioned? Do you find that the way your home is designed can affect you mentally too? What do you have in your home that makes you feel at peace?
A different topic today, but one thats so important to consider when doing any type of living space design. I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for being here!