The home is where we spend the majority of our time.
It is supposed to be a place to relax and kick back and enjoy our free time. Did you know that the home itself can have a huge impact on the way we feel? The sights, sounds, smells textures, associated with the home all contribute to changing your mood. That means that if your home is not well-kempt and disordered, it could be negatively affecting your mood. Perhaps you feel depressed quite often, and you don’t know why, well, your home could be the reason. If you feel like this, you can be sure you’re not the only one affected. In fact, everyone living in the space will have their mood affected by the home. That means it is so important to create a home to enhance your sense of well-being:
A dark and uninviting home will have a negative impact on your well-being. If any of your rooms have dodgy lighting and don’t illuminate when you flick the switch, you need to get this fixed. A home needs light. First off, it needs as much natural light as possible. Natural light is a mood enhancer as it increases serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the happy chemical that makes you calmer and focused. It also improves your sleep patterns which enhances your quality of life. Ways you can increase natural light into the home include buying less heavy curtains, moving any large pieces of furniture out of the way of the window, putting up a mirror strategically to rebound the light. This also helps make a room appear larger as well as brightening large rooms when you turn the light on. You could also install a skylight if you have the ability and the budget. In large rooms, at night, think about uplighting, or spotlights, and lampshades that are not completely covered, pendant lighting is great for bending and refracting light, not to mention they look beautiful too.
This is an especially good idea for a home with no outside space. Potted plants, like natural light, can increase your sense of well-being and decrease any pain you may have they also detoxify and purify the air. So, plants are a great way to make a room look better and clean the air in the process.
If you can, decluttering is a great way to make the home a less stressed environment. By removing rubbish and useless things, you increase airflow and energy can move around the room more easily.
A few beautiful and personal things in a home makes it feel like it is yours. Whatever your individual tastes, no matter how quirky they seem, you should embrace them. The personal effects will remind you of your interests and values and boost your levels of self-esteem. You will feel as if it is more like your home rather than something for everyone else. If you love colour, place a few throws, rugs and scatter cushions about. Think about painting old tired furniture to demonstrate your likes. It is your home, so be as adventurous as you like.
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