You don’t need us to tell you that the world can feel pretty stressful, especially at the moment. With many of us quarantining ourselves, either by choice or requirement, during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s the perfect opportunity to work on cultivating an interior that promotes a sense of peace and well-being. And it’s much easier to do that than you might think.
From clearing your clutter to creating a peaceful reading nook, the following tips will transform your home into the calming, wellness retreat you deserve.
Clear the Clutter
Followers of Marie Kondo are already aware of the life-changing magic of tidying up, and so is science. Studies have found a direct link between the stress hormone, cortisol, and clutter, with people who live in cluttered homes generally experiencing higher levels of stress. Being stuck at home is the perfect opportunity to finally tackle those areas that can use some decluttering. If the prospect of decluttering makes you feel even more stressed, then starting small, with a drawer or cupboard, is a great way to slowly work up the motivation to do more. Both your mind and your home will thank you.
Bring in Botanicals
Plants do a lot more than improve your aesthetic. Research suggests that they can also improve your overall mood, reduce the negative effects of stress, enhance your cognition, reduce aggression, and encourage you to move your body. Not to mention, plants also purify the air you breathe, so there’s truly no reason not to add as many as you can to your interior, especially when you’re feeling extra stressed.
Play with Color
The color palette you choose for your space can have a major impact on how you feel each day. While the ways that each of us responds to color vary from person to person, generally, cooler color palettes, including shades of gray, blue, and purple, create a calming and soothing feel, perfect for the bedroom. Meanwhile, warmer color palettes, particularly those comprised of bolds hues, like red and yellow, typically feel more energizing, making them a good option for the office or living room.
Soothe with Scents
Studies suggest that aromatherapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression while promoting better sleep and feelings of well-being. Scents like lavender and chamomile are particularly great at combatting stress, and you can infuse your home with them through incense, essential oil diffusers, or candles, which will bring the added benefit of calming candlelight to your space.
In times of stress, it helps to do everything you can to increase your daily comfort. This might mean adding extra-soft blankets and pillows to your couch for Netflix binges, investing in an ergonomic work-from-home chair, or treating yourself to a new set of bedding that will promote a good night’s sleep.
Create a Peaceful Nook
Consider carving out a space in your home that’s specifically for relaxation, such as a meditation room or a reading nook—whatever it is that helps you unplug and recharge. Whether you only have an empty corner or an entire room dedicated to this intention, you can optimize it by adding some of the aforementioned calming essentials, like plants, comfy pillows, and soothing scents, to ensure you have a zen-like retreat from any chaos that the day brings.
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