Arranging Your Home for Good Mental Health

April 24, 2019

By Becca DiCenso

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A major part of being healthy is surrounding yourself with things that make you feel good. Along with other areas of primary food, like exercise, relationships, and career, your home environment plays a huge role in how you feel. It’s important to create positive energy, starting with where you wake up each day!

The way you decorate, the things you keep in your closets and on your shelves, and how you arrange your rooms all matter in your health and happiness.

Here are some simple ways to feel good in your space:

  1. Personalize your place.
    Hang photos of family and friends and display meaningful items and decorations. Adding things around your space that bring a memory to your mind and a smile to your face is a great way to enhance your mood and make you feel truly at home. 

  2. Get inspired.
    Choose colors, artwork, and decorations that make you feel inspired and bring out your creativity. Add pieces that motivate you, like inspirational quotes, or a vision board that expresses your passions and purpose. These are powerful ways to put your vision into action toward achieving your goals!

  3. Fill your space with greenery.
    Houseplants are the perfect way to get outdoor vibes inside your home. Fill your bedroom or living room with plants that not only look beautiful but also make the air around you feel cleaner and clearer. Plants have been shown to improve air quality, increase oxygen, and give off a sense of calm. There are a variety of plants that require minimal maintenance and don’t need constant care, making them the perfect addition to a home.

  4. Let in natural light.
    Not only is natural light an instant mood booster, it can also be beneficial for your bank account. Natural light reduces energy costs and saves you money. Allow light into your home to help ease stress and anxiety and boost your immune system naturally.

  5. Get cozy.
    There is no better feeling than coming home after a stressful day to unwind, put your feet up, and let go of anything that’s creating tension in your body. Making your space cozy and comfortable is an important part of making a house feel like a home and ultimately allowing you to release those stressors. Your home should be a place where relaxation comes naturally, so including comfortable blankets, sheets, pillows, and accents that make you feel an extra dose of calm is vital. 

  6. Clean up your clutter.
    Clutter can cause overstimulation and unnecessary stress. It can become distracting and make you feel overwhelmed. Instead of creating avoidable anxiety in your life, set aside time to declutter your home and reorganize the things that have been on your mind. Anything from the clothes in your closet to the junk drawer in your kitchen can be sitting on your mind, even when you’re not staring at it. If you’re not a fan of cleanup, hire a company that will help you organize your life and take the weight of clutter and mess off your shoulders.

  7. Practice aromatherapy.
    There’s nothing like coming home to the sweet smell of garbage – said no one ever. Instead of walking into a stench that makes your face clench, make your home smell refreshing by including things that offer a relaxing and meditative atmosphere, like incense and candles.

What are your favorite ways to make your home feel good and how has it impacted your life? Tell us in the comments below!

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