A home should be a space that helps you unwind, that comforts and relaxes you. The problem is a lot of houses do not help the owners achieve this state of mind. A house that is neglected and needs some TLC can actually cause stress, anxiety, and depression, among other things. So it is essential that you upgrade your home, but doing this with your own well-being and self-care in mind. To help you do this, here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
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If you want a home that is conducive to self-care, then you need to sort out the basics. Clutter is one of those things. An abundance of clutter can over-stimulate your senses, can cause stress and anxiety, can prevent you from sleeping well, it can have the effect of stopping you from living in the present, it can cause trip hazards, make it difficult to find anything, it can also make it difficult to clean properly, which opens the door to dust and other nasties building up and eventually making the air thick and hard to breathe. So, you need to start clearing things out of drawers, cupboards, wardrobes, and everywhere. You don’t need to send everything to a landfill; perhaps you can make some money selling the things you don’t use on.
A home that is a space for self-care has a lot of natural light. Natural light has the effect of giving your more vitamin D, which boosts your immune system, can improve your sleep patterns, it can boost your mood, and decrease instances of depression; it casts more light on your surrounding so you can see better, so it helps avoid eye strain, and a lot more. To increase the light in your home, you may need to change misty windows for new double glazing; you could install a skylight, consider changing doors to ones with windows in, new front doors, and any interior doors to dark rooms. Hanging a few well-placed mirrors is a great way to do this too.
A NEW COLOUR SCHEME
Colour can have a huge impact on your mood. So, that means you should try and plan out the colour schemes of your rooms so that you can use them to generate the mood you want. A light blue or green, for example, is a good one for creating calm or peace. A dark red may make a room feel enclosed and cocooned, making it feel cosier. So, decide how you want to feel in a room and then colour coordinate that.
A few plants dotted about can work wonders too. They have the effect of clearing the air making it purer, giving you better air to breathe. They can also enhance your mood and sense of well-being. ‘Certain plants can even reduce your stress levels, two such as jasmine or lavender. Plants also look great, and you can dress them up with some attractive pots. There is a huge range to choose from, so select a few that suit your idea of self-care.
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