Written by Guest Blogger, Laurie Larson
At the end of a long day, there’s nothing we want more than to be able to sit back and relax in our homes. Unfortunately, sometimes there are issues that get in the way. While there are some stressors that we cannot control in life, our home is one place that we have total agency over. With a few simple steps, you can turn your home into the stress-free sanctuary of your dreams and give yourself a true haven to come home to each day.
Step 1: Start with the right bones
Choosing the house that you want to call your home is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. When considering which house you’d like to make your forever home, be sure you’re thinking thoughtfully about the future and imagine yourself actually living in it. Avoid getting yourself into any situations that could amplify your stress.
If you’re an introvert who prefers the privacy of a rural landscape, choosing a home in a city or even on a busy street may be enough to drive you over the edge. If large projects cause you to feel a looming anxiety, avoid purchasing an older house that comes with a laundry list of fixer upper tasks needed and causes you problems down the line. Know your comfort zone and stick to it when making a huge decision such as purchasing a home. Without the right foundation, your stress-free sanctuary will be a long-lost dream.
Step 2: Create the atmosphere
The tone of your house starts the minute you stand at the front door and carries the whole way through. Start off on the right foot by creating a warm, inviting, and comfortable atmosphere for your home. One way to do this is by diffusing a calming scent. Aromatherapy has proven benefits for reducing stress, and it won’t put off the toxic chemicals that candles do. Not to mention the fire hazard you avoid with an essential oil diffuser.
Another way you may consider building a positive energy in your home is through music. By using smart home speaker devices, you can lightly project relaxing music anywhere you’d like in your home.
Step 3: Optimize your bedroom
We spend one-third of our lives in our bedrooms, so if they aren’t optimized for our comfort and relaxation, we’ll start to suffer through the effects of sleep deprivation and aggravated stress. Start by taking a toll of your sleeping structure. Be sure you have a bed that’s right for your needs, as mattresses are made with different types of sleepers in mind. The better your bed, the better your sleep will be.
Next, rely on the trusty methods of feng shui to create the bedroom of your dreams. Make sure your bed is positioned where you can see the door, but not so it’s directly in line with the door. Allow room on each side for a nightstand as well. Choose a color on the skin tone spectrum for your paint color and go easy on any decorations. This isn’t the place to show off your love for crazy patterns and flashy colors. Finally, implement several levels of lighting between lamps and other light sources. Make sure it’s easy on your eyes so you have no trouble easing into a calm mindset before bed.
Step 4: Pick up the mess
It’s no secret that a mess causes stress. Science has even backed this point to explain how cluttered physical spaces lead to feelings of overwhelm, guilt, and stress. Instead of allowing items like clothes, dishes, or toys sit around your home, go to the small effort of cleaning up after yourself each day. If you stay on top of it, this should never take more than 15 minutes a day, which is a small ask for reaping a large benefit.
Step 5: Let in the light
Have you ever noticed your mood declining in the winter months when there is less sunlight hours in the day? That’s because being exposed to natural sunlight can actually boost our mood, and without it, we’re likely to experience feelings of anxiety or sadness.
You probably don’t want to go to the hassle of installing new windows. The good news is that there are a few more simple tricks for allowing more sunlight into your home. Start by adding a few mirrors around your home. These reflect light and can help more light reach other areas of your home. You can also choose lighter shades for your paint and furniture colors as light tones reflect light better than darker colors. And most obviously, open the blinds! Ditch the heavy, thick curtains and replace with light, airy ones you can easily leave open.
With all of these simple tips in mind, you’ll be able to take your home from being just a house to an ultimate haven of relaxation!
Laurie Larson is a writer who enjoys writing on home and lifestyle topics to help others make the most of their lives.