How Can Your Home Help Reduce Anxiety?
Almost two years ago I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety and have been doing my best since then to better understand it and create a safe space. My home is a huge part of that, today’s a post that covers a few things to help make home a place that doesn’t heighten those emotions.
Anxiety is such an unpleasant emotion. Feeling on edge, nervous, anticipating that something bad can happen (real or imagined) can really take it out of you. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, or perhaps it’s just the odd bout that you get here and there due to regular stressful life events. Either way, your home should be your little sanctuary, a place that you can rest, relax and recuperate so you’re ready to get back out there and handle whatever is thrown your way. Here are some of the ways you can change your home to reduce anxiety.
Clean and declutter
Mess and clutter can add to your stress levels, research even shown that sleeping in a messy bedroom can affect your ability to fall asleep at night. You might think that you’re not that bothered by a bit of disorder but it will be affecting you on a subconscious level. Make time to clear your home, get rid of clutter and find good organisation systems that enable you to neatly store the things that you own. Tidy home, tidy mind.
Paint in calming colors
According to color psychology, as humans we are influenced by the colors around us. Green for example is found in nature and is something we find innately calming. Blue can help boost productivity, and red can inspire anger or passion. Calming colors tend to be fairly light, pastels and light neutrals work well. Avoid bold colors or patterns which can feel overwhelming, as well as make the room appear smaller.
Upgrade your bathroom
A hot bath is much more than a place to get clean. It can lower your blood pressure, ease tense muscles and give you a quiet place to relax and clear your mind. If you own your home and your bathroom is worse for wear, why not consider renovating it? If not, a few simple changes like a new bath mat, fresh towels, luxurious bath products and a few decorative accessories can make all the difference. Some nice scented candles will give the room a soft glow, and fragrances like lavender can help you to relax further.
Invest in a good bed
Finally, we all know the importance of sleep. Not only in the short term does a lack of it make us feel sleepy, irritable and generally rubbish but in the long term it can lead to health conditions such as diabetes, heart attack and stroke. It will most definitely make any mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety worse. Invest in a good mattress that will support your body and stop you from tossing and turning all night. You could even go a step further and get a weighted blanket from a company like Hush Blankets. These have been shown to help reduce anxiety and improve sleep by reducing the cortisol (stress hormone) your brain releases.
Have you made any changes to your home to improve your well-being?