The home is where most of us spend the majority of our time. That means that the home has a huge effect on our mental health. Our surroundings can affect us both consciously and subconsciously, and if you are not entirely happy with the home, you can begin to feel depressed and downcast. If you want to enhance how you feel, then you should start in the home. There are so many ways you can spruce up your home that will have a huge effect on your mental well-being. To give you some ideas consider the list below:
If you want to stop feeling a certain way, then you need to think about purging your life of the things that make you feel that way. Often objects can transport us back through time to a pace when we were happier or sadder, and that prevents us from living our best lives now. Minimalism is about freeing yourself of attachments and only holding on to things that still hold value in your life. In the home, this can be created by decluttering the home of everything you no longer need. All items of various sizes, including furniture, need to go if they are no longer fit for purpose. Be ruthless, and the better you will feel for it.
Most homes have something that needs to be repaired, and if you have more than a few, it is about time you fixed them. Create a list of things that are in need of repair or simply just need to be sorted. That can range from annoying drafts to requiring Pest Control services. Write an exhaustive list and then prioritize them. Once you start ticking things off the list, you will feel a lot better about it. If you need a lot of things fixed, then actually seeing progress can have a positive effect on your well-being as you can see things are being sorted.
Introducing a little bit of nature into your home is a great way to enhance your well-being. This can be especially true if you live in the city and do not have much access to nature. Plants can have a lot of beneficial effects, and different plants have different effects. They can lower your stress levels. They can help you develop better concentration. They can even boost creativity. Moreover, they physically clean the air that you breathe, taking in CO2 and toxins and breathing out fresh oxygen.
The outside world can be overly stimulating. There is an abundance of images, videos, ideas, etc., all designed to get you to buy this and that, and a lot of it can have a negative effect on your well-being. To counteract that, you will want a place inside your home that is devoid of outside stimulus. The ideal space would be a spare room where you can create a space of meditation and relaxation. Ensure that there are no electronic devices such as televisions or laptops. You should ban phones from there too. It is a place where you can sit a meditate or read and let the stresses and strains of the world melt away. If a spare room is not feasible, you can create a quiet corner, where perhaps you have an easy chair, where this may be cordoned off from the rest of the room with a privacy screen or something. Perhaps some large plants may do the trick nicely.
You cannot physically make the space larger, but you can make it appear larger. If you have already decluttered and got rid of old furniture, then you probably have already created some space. However, think about rearranging the rest of the furniture to see if there is a better way of placing things. Ensure that no large objects are in the way of the windows, too, as natural light is key in creating the illusion of space. If your walls are dark, paint them a light color which automatically opens the room up. You can also add mirrors which also give the illusion of more space. Space makes you feel freer, reduces stress, and allows your mind and body to breathe more easily.
Inject Your Personality
Having items around that embrace your quirky side and allow you to feel as if you are somewhere that connects with your soul is a great way to enhance your mental well-being. Feeling free to feel how you want to feel is a great way to spark creativity and inspiration.