The way we feel in our own homes is more important than we think, at least when it comes to our own well-being. Imagine, we spend most of our time in our homes, so it has to be a welcoming space, where we feel safe and comfortable.
For those who are experiencing mental health issues, happy and comforting home can make the difference. If you want to improve your home, there are a few things to start with: what kind of activities can you do at home, how to adjust the decor, and so on. Let’s have a look and see what changes can we make to feel the best in our homes.
- Your own home gym - Exercise can enhance someone’s mental wellbeing because it brings down anxiety levels, depression and negative moods. When you’re working out, your serotonin levels go up. Even more, it can improve your cognitive function and self-esteem. You don’t need to spend a lot of money in a home gym! All you need is to find a good corner in your household to set up a few gym accessories and that’s it!
- Making bath time a pleasurable experience - As I said before, it is extremely important to feel relaxed when you’re home. The benefits of relaxing at home are endless, but mostly we need to release the feel-good hormones into our system, like serotonin, oxytocin and prolactin, while we reduce the stress hormone. You can add a bubble bath or bath bombs, or try out some forms of aromatherapy. Try out some essential oils or add Epson salt, dim the lights and add candles for a full experience.
- Decluttering - Clutter can aggravate stress and reduce the strength of your memory. If your house is always disorganized, it will be more difficult for you to focus. If you’re already feeling bad, it will only raise your anxiety levels. Clean up your house and throw those things that don’t serve you anymore. Buy more storage units, and donate those you won’t be using anymore. Like this, you will create a space that will make you feel better about yourself. Cleaning your home can be like therapy!
- Changing your flooring - If you suffer from allergies, then changing your floors can be a good starting point. Carpets can be home to dust mites, and other allergens that irritate you. Having flooring that is easier to clean and gives your home a fresh appearance is a good investment.
- Fill your house with plants - Having plants in your home is considered to be a healthy alternative for us. It can reduce stress, and symptoms of depression, while it increases memory retention, creativity and self-esteem. Not only that, but plants also improve oxygen levels, enhancing the air quality and increasing the aesthetics of the room. You can have your own little garden in your living room!
- Change your lightning - Certain lighting in your house can completely change the atmosphere. Artificial lights that are way too bright, for example, can give you headaches. Also, research shows how artificial lights during nighttime can increase the risk of obesity, depression and other sleeping disorders. By using a red spectrum light at night, you can fall asleep easier.
- Make your home cozy and warm - Adjusting the right temperature in the house is more important than you’d think. For example, too much heat can worsen conditions and diseases, but also increase dehydration and exhaustion. On the other hand, a house temperature that is too cold might create health problems, and reduce the strength of our immune systems.
- Create a happy kitchen - When it comes to organizing your kitchen, there are many benefits for your mental well-being. Not only you will cook much easier, knowing that everything is just the way you want, but it will also be more pleasurable.
- Fill empty wall voids - Your walls are empty? There are so many things you can hang to give your home more personality! You can hang works of art with your favorite artists, or positive messages of affirmations on text, to remind yourself how lucky you are to be alive!
- Touch of Color – If you don’t have any touch of color anywhere in the house, it’s time to add some! Go online and search for the best colors you can have in your house, depending on the room. For example, you wouldn’t want to paint the walls in your bedroom the same color you’d use in your kitchen!