Your home is the place you return to after a day dealing with all the stresses and strains life can bring. Your home should make you feel safe and ideally it should restore a sense of wellbeing in you as soon as you enter it.
Of course, if your home is cluttered and a source of your stress then it’s unlikely to do that! Here are some small things that you can do to help transform your home into a place that recharges you and promotes happiness.
A lot of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, particularly in the winter. Vitamin D has a huge impact on mood and those who are deficient in it can end up becoming quite depressed. Therefore, as well as trying to make sure you get outside in the sun as often as possible, it’s also a good idea to let as much light into your home as you can.
Ensure you clean your windows regularly so that they can let the light through and make a point of opening your curtains each morning. It’s also a good idea to open your windows from time to time, even when it’s cold outside, to change the air in your home and improve the air quality.
Something as simple as getting yourself a houseplant can benefit your physical and mental health. Taking care of a houseplant can promote a sense of purpose and achievement, but studies have also shown that indoor plants:
- Improve mood
- Lower stress
- Increase reaction times
- Improve concentration
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce fatigue and headaches
These positive changes are thought to come about partly due to the improved air quality that having a plant in your home causes.
It’s pretty tough to feel a sense of wellbeing when you can’t ever find anything you’re looking for and you’re constantly tripping over things.
Investing the time into decluttering your home, getting rid of the things you don’t need and organizing the things you keep so that you can easily find them, will save you time and make you feel much calmer.
If you are decluttering, it’s worth thinking about how you will get rid of the things that you no longer need. Goodwill is a good option, as is selling things on eBay. For the things that you can’t sell or give to charity, you could consider hiring a waste management professional like BrightHouse, who will ensure that your belongings are disposed of legally and safely.
A big part of wellbeing is feeling well-rested, and it’s pretty hard to do that if you’ve spent the last few moments before bed looking at terrifying news stories on your phone.
Banning electronics from your bedroom will help you to wind down and relax before bed – which will promote a better night’s sleep and help you to feel calmer. Plus you could use the time that you would have spent scrolling through Facebook with that book you’ve been meaning to read!