As they say, "a healthy home = a healthy mind"
Have you ever woken up and instantly felt anxiety simply because of the state of your house?
Or maybe you’re feeling so overstimulated and can’t focus on one thing at a time.
Did you know that where you’re waking up and preparing your body and meals for the day ahead, or where you’re “trying” to relax at night is playing a huge role in how you’re feeling within?
A major part of being healthy is surrounding yourself with things that make you FEEL good.
Along with other areas of your life such as exercise, your relationships and your day job, your home environment plays a huge role in how you are feeling. It is SO important to create positive energy, starting with where you wake up each day!
That’s right, the way you decorate, the things you keep in your closets and on your shelves, and how you arrange your rooms ALL matter in your health and happiness.
Here are some of my favourite ways to making sure you are feeling good in your space:
Clean up the clutter.
Clutter can cause overstimulation and unnecessary stress for you and the family. Without you even realising this is that cause, it can cause you to become distracted and make you feel overwhelmed. Instead of creating avoidable anxiety in your life, set aside time every month (or week) to declutter your home and reorganize the things that have been on your mind.
Anything from the clothes in your closet to the junk drawer in your kitchen can be sitting on your mind, even when you’re not staring at it.
If you’re not a fan of cleaning up, hire a company that will help you organize your life and take the weight of clutter and mess off your shoulders.
*My biggest tip here - do one small thing every single day and this will help ease the burden of one big clean up. Once you’re in the rhythm of it being a part of your day - you will grow to LOVE it (and the way it makes you feel),
Personalize your home.
Make it YOU. Hang photos of family and friends and display meaningful items and decorations. Adding things around your space that bring back a memory to your mind and a smile to your face is a great way to enhance your mood and make you feel truly at home. PLUS when people walk through your door, sit on your couch while enjoying a coffee with you or laughing with you around the kitchen bench, you want them to FEEL the warmth of your home and creating a unique and inviting space that has bits of YOU everywhere is exactly what will help create this.
Choose colors, artwork, and decorations that make you feel inspired and bring out your creativity. Add pieces that motivate you, like nice sayings, or a vision board that expresses your passions and purpose. Place these where you can see them often.. the fridge, framed on the wall or hung in the bedroom. These are each powerful ways to put your visions into action toward achieving your goals!
Let in natural light.
OPEN the home. Not only is natural light an instant mood booster, it can also be beneficial for your health AND bank account. Allowing light into your home helps ease stress and anxiety and naturally boosts your immune system. Natural light also reduces energy costs and saves you money in the meantime.
Fill your space with greenery.
Houseplants are the perfect way to let the outdoor vibes in. Fill your bedroom, living areas and bathrooms with plants that not only look beautiful but also make the air around you feel cleaner and clearer. Plants are a natural air purifier which help reduce common pollutants, including mold and carbon monoxide, increase oxygen, and give off a sense of calm.
The NASA Clean Air Study showed that in addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through photosynthesis, certain common indoor plants may also provide a natural way of removing toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air.
By adding plants to the home, you’re more likely to breathe in fresher air, which is beneficial to both your immune system and mental health.
There are a variety of plants that require minimal maintenance and don’t need constant care, making them the perfect addition to any home.
There is no better feeling than coming home after a stressful day to unwind, put your feet up and let go of anything that’s creating tension in your body. Making your space cozy and comfortable is an important part of making a house feel like a home and ultimately allowing you to release those stressors. Your home should be a place where relaxation comes naturally as soon as you step in the door, so including comfortable blankets, pillows, lighting and inviting scents that make you feel an extra dose of calm is vital.
Use inviting scents.
There’s nothing like coming home to a smell that arouses your scences AND lifts your mood instantly. Instead of walking into a stench that makes your face clench, make your home refreshing by including things that offer a relaxing and meditative atmosphere, like incense, essential oils and natural soy candles.
My favourite way of keeping the home smelling incredible while also benefiting our health is diffusing essential oils throughout the day and night. This is a simple, safe and cost effective way of adding an extra element to the tranquility of the home.
Next time you’re feeling flat, can’t shake the mental fog or wish you were anywhere but home, have a read through this post to inspire and motivate you to create a home you deserve to enjoy and look forward to coming home to at the end of that crappy day.
Do you have other ways that uplift your spirits when at home? Share them below. x