Your home should be a place in which you can relax, unwind and retreat after a stressful day of work. This is why it is so important that it is a space that is rid of anxiety, stress and worry. The last thing you want after a hard day of work is to go home to a space that is full of clutter, chaos and piles of unwashed laundry strewn all over the place.
Today, we take a look at 5 simple steps toward an anxiety-free home, so read on to find out more!
Lighting is Key
Did you know that morning light can help in reducing anxiety levels? In fact, studies have shown that morning light has the ability to reduce activity in your brain’s “fear centre”. Light also helps the communication between regions of the brain that are pivotal in controlling emotions and feelings such as anxiety and stress.
On the flip side, keeping light out of your bedroom with the aid of block out curtains is a great way to ensure that you get quality sleep. Inadequate amounts of sleep can contribute greatly to overall stress and anxiety levels throughout the day as it fires up areas of the brain that are associated with the processing of emotions.
Get Rid of Clutter
The best thing you can do to rid your home of anxiety and chaos is to get rid of unnecessary clutter. Nothing is more stressful than going home to an apartment or house that has stacks of papers, clothing and mess strewn all over the place. We highly encourage that everyone takes a weekend to get rid of unwanted items around the home or come up with a storage solution that keeps the mess out of sight.
Do you have clothing or items that are collecting dust? Why not donate them, sell them or give them away to friends and family. Focus on what you need, and minimize the number of unnecessary items you have around the house. A messy space can exacerbate an already anxious state of mind, making it all that more important that you ensure your home is as clutter-free as possible.
Add a Touch of Greenery
Did you know that having plants in your home can lower your levels of stress and anxiety? This is why so many offices in 2020 now include a wide variety of indoor plants in the office space. Adding a touch of greenery to your home with some pot plants, succulents and other easy-to-maintain indoor plants is a fantastic way to not just brighten your home but also transform it into a zen haven for you to relax in.
Decorate with Intention
When it comes to decorating your home, it is so important that you do it with intention. What does this mean? Well, simply put, one should always decorate in accordance with how you want to feel in your space. If you are looking to transform your living room into a zen oasis, chances are you would avoid bright and garish colors such as red and yellow.
What colors help you feel at ease? What textures help you feel relaxed and comfortable? Keeping these aspects of home decor in mind is key when it comes to transforming your home into an anxiety-free retreat.
Engage Your Sense of Smell
Did you know the scents you breathe in can have a large effect on your mood? Smell is one of the most sensitive senses, so it only makes sense that it has such an influence on our state of mind. This is why we always recommend investing in scented candles, essential oil diffusers or natural sources of scent such as flowers, herbs or even organic air fresheners that can perfume your home with incredibly sweet and comforting scents.
Creating a stress-free environment at home is a lot easier than one would imagine. By changing a few things, getting rid of clutter and decorating with intention, you’ll soon be going home to your very own personal oasis. We hope that this article has given you a few ideas on how you can transform your home into an anxiety-free space for all.