When things seem to be falling apart and your stress and anxiety are at an all-time high, a happy place that calms your riveting nerves is necessary. Finding the balance between work, family and friendships can intersect on many occasions, and when it happens to collide all at once, it’s common to think to yourself, “I just want to go home.” Here are a couple tips to show you how you can redecorate your living space to make it a healthier, cleaner and positive haven.
Starting with the basics — air and water, two of the most essential elements to our daily life. These two should be treated with the most time and attention since they are crucial to our health, and can make the biggest differences to our wellbeing. Purchase a water purifier and air purifier, and notice the immediate, uplifting aesthetic experience of consuming these purified elements.
Natural light: Even though your mood may call for dark clouds and rainy skies, your home should invite in the natural gift of sunshine in every way possible. Natural light can brighten your mood and increase the productions of endorphins and serotonin (feel-good chemicals in the body), so open your blinds to bring in warm rays from the sun, and feel the positivity vibe through your home.
New resident: Mother Nature. Two researchers in 2008 found that patients in hospital rooms brightened with flowers and potted plants reported to have less pain than usual and were generally in a more positive state. Research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that houseplants are linked to a number of positive benefits including reduced anxiety and reduced fatigue. Plants should adorn many spaces within your living environment to not only create an earthy and happy atmosphere, but to also remind you of the simple and beautiful things in life — which is sometimes all that we need to get out of a negative funk. Click here to read more about the benefits of having houseplants.
Themes: Stay cohesive and classic, regarding your basic home décor. Make sure your matching dinnerware set that you purchased when you first moved into your house is still in good, usable shape (marriage and kids can be tough on them). If you're not as aesthetically inclined, a simple theme of "clean" could work wonders. Keeping your home as clean as possible can help you feel calmer and refreshed after a long and stressful day.
Healthy floors: Although carpets might be the cheaper option, having hardwood floors is a healthier option for your home — this is especially true when you have pets and kids that are bound to leave messes everywhere. Wood floors will help to limit the dust and mold that can build up under carpets, and help give your home a cleaner appearance.
Happy colors: Believe it or not, the colors of your walls have a psychological affect on your mood. The bedroom is one of the most essential rooms to focus on since it is a place for you to relax, unwind, and reconnect with your significant other. Cool colors, such as blues, greens and lavenders, work well in the bedroom because they have a calming effect. Colors in the living room and the foyer should be linked to warm tones like red, yellow and orange, and coordinate with earth tones like brown and beige because they work well to stimulate conversation. The kitchen should continue a similar color scheme to the living room, and bathrooms should maintain whites and warm colors to elicit cleanliness and purity.
Minimize electronics in your bedroom. As tempting as it is to hide in your room and lay on your bed with your phone, laptop, TV and music playing all at once, minimizing electronics will help you get a better night's rest, which is essential for those who need a positive, therapeutical environment. This does not necessarily mean that all electronics are banned from your personal room, just minimizing the excessiveness. (via Everyday Health)
De-clutter. This tip is a no-brainer. A healthy and happy environment is not complete unless all aspects are coordinated with one another. Make time to completely clean your house to start fresh with your new decorating plans. As dreadful and awful as this step may seem, you will be happy you did it and will be able to see the results more clearly later down the road.
Light a candle. At the end of the day, light a candle to uplift your living space. Aromatherapy is surprisingly effective, and high quality candles are sure to do the trick! Click here to see what scents coordinate best with your mood.