After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is walk into a stressful environment. The place where you sleep, eat, socialize and otherwise spend most of your time should bring you joy and a sense of relaxation, not a reminder of things left undone or stress-inducing clutter. There are several things you can do to help alleviate the stress triggers in your home and keep the space a blissful one!
We’ve come up with a checklist you can complete to ensure your home is a stress-free zone, no feng shui required.
- Create a zen zone in your home. It could be a reading corner in your main space or a quiet nook in your bedroom — just choose a space where you can decompress and go undisturbed for a period of time.
- Don’t put off cleaning! Regularly keep your home tidy. Think you’re too busy? We promise you can keep your place spotless in just 20 minutes a day.
- Buy a houseplant or plant a garden. Studies have shown that looking at greenery can help reduce mental and physical strain.
- Set up a place in your home where you can drop things when you enter. Whether you have a basket or a hook for your keys, it’s great to set things down right when you arrive home (and know where they are right before you leave).
- Keep cosy blankets available around the rooms where you lounge the most so you’re always comfortable.
- Have a speaker set up in the kitchen or the main space so you can put on positive playlists or calming white noise when you need to.
- Protect yourself from burglars and practice practical home safety. This includes keeping your doors locked even when you’re home, being cautious with who you share your travel plans with and not posting pictures of your valuables on social media with a geo-tag.
- Opt for translucent window treatments rather than heavy blackout curtains. Natural lighting is known to boost your mood and allows for a more natural, progressive wake up in the morning.
- Throw out things that don’t make you happy or are correlated to bad memories. Keepsakes from bad friendships or failed relationships will only serve as a sad reminder and pollute what could be a safe, happy space.
- Hang photos of happy moments or wonderful places you’ve travelled to.
- Remove any excess clutter. It’s humans’ natural instinct to seek out spacious areas, so extra unnecessary mess tends to add to stress.
- Certain smells have mood-boosting qualities. Pine and mint are known to bust stress, while lavender can help you sleep. Use reed diffusers, candles, oil diffusers or wall plug-ins to help spread pleasant scents throughout your home.
- Keep your décor colour scheme basic. Bold colours tend to be too aggressive, whereas neutrals and lighter colours tend to have calming effects.
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