Nowadays all can be a source of stress: people, news, job loss, family, and even your own phone with social media that can transmit quite unsettling content sometimes. So it is an essential thought to reduce the amount of stress in your life, but how to make it properly? It’s not a secret that your interior has a big influence on your mood and on how you feel daily. That’s why we decided to collect information from psychology and interior design theory in one guide on antistress tips for your home.
First of all, make it clean
When it comes to stressful situations and intense thoughts it’s important to occupy yourself with meditative activity. And when you take off some stains from the table it can help to rearrange thoughts in your mind. And also cleaning gives you feel of control which can be a relieving sensation in hard circumstances.
And it is still not the end of the benefits. When we see clutter and unidentified garbage around us it can increase the level of cortisol, which stands for stress hormone. Therefore order in the house should be done not once at a time, but occasionally. In the best scenario, it should happen every day. Or if you do not have this possibility you should think about organizing a space where there always is at least an appearance of the order. For example, a tray can help create this picture. When you put things in the tray, the vase, or some kind of interesting-looking container it looks ordered.
Don’t fall over the monochrome
The Scandinavian style became so common that white interiors are seen everywhere. White color is a good one cause it visually enlarges space and makes it look lighter. But at the same time, a white total look is not what you apparently should strive for. The diversity of the shades in the natural world played an important role in the evolution process- it is crucial for the perception and orientation of the space. That’s why a multicolor interior is a way to psychological comfort.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that your home should include all shades of the rainbow. Better choose calm hues which are close to the natural ones. Also, consider the room’s purpose. The blue palette can be good for the bedroom- our mind associates it with twilight time. Living room and other rooms where you prefer to rest the best choice will be green hues. These shades can relax and reduce eyestrain.
Don’t forget about the accents
Total neutral ambiance that consists only of natural hues(especially if we are talking here about beige, gray and brown colors) can become boring. Specialists in color therapy think that bright accents can bring bright positive emotions. As a bonus, you can be distracted from anxious thoughts by the process of painting chairs, door handles, and window frames.
Usually, accents take up no more than 10% of the common color palette, so a combo of curtains, a few cushions, and one carpet can be quite enough. Of course, you should like the color you chose for an accent, otherwise, you will not achieve the result you want.
Create cozy nooks
This trend for open space is a good and useful one, but still, you need sometimes peace of solitude and isolation. Especially when you are stressed you feel that you want to hide from everyone. Zoning your space isn’t a complex task: you can use for this purpose high shelves, screening, colors, and light.
Therefore in the spacious living room, you can easily organize a comfy space for reading. Just put a sectional sofa, accent table, and floor lamp or table lamp in the corner near the window. Designers also insist on the moment that walls shouldn’t be flat: it is better when they are separated by niches or ledges.
We cannot live happily and work productively without the natural biological rhythms. Their violations lead to pressure on your psyche and even on your immune system. That’s why psychologists advise sleeping well and establishing sleep hygiene in stressful situations. And that is also a reason why daylight should be in abundance in your ambiance.
Even if the windows are faced north side situations still can be managed. Clean your windows, free your windowsills, change your thick curtains on the translucent ones, and add white color(but don’t forget about diluting it with other colors).
Adjust color temperature
The temperature of the light can be warm, neutral, or cold. It has been proven that warm light contributes to relaxation – it is better to turn it on in the evening hours. Good background for domestic issues will be the light of a neutral temperature, and during working hours you can periodically turn on the cold one – it activates you.
For different functional areas, you can choose lamps of different temperatures, but it is easier to choose a lamp with several modes. So, the special chandelier allows you to smoothly change not only the color temperature but also the intensity of lighting. Make artificial light your ally and life will immediately become more comfortable.
Create your own “places of power”
There are two ways (they are easily combined). The first is to seek support in an invisible connection with older generations. Yes, yes, it’s time to get old family photos, grandmother’s service, and knitted napkins out of the bins. One look at the gallery of ancestors gives support and reminds us that life goes on, and we are not alone. It is better to bring photos in a single style – for example, to arrange them in black and white.
The second option is to feel a connection with nature, to which we all reach out on an instinctive level. A couple of pots with green plants can be easily integrated into the space of a modern kitchen, a living room, or a bedroom. You can go further and organize a mini-garden on the windowsill. The process of caring for a home garden has a therapeutic effect.
In cases of increased anxiety, Anthurium is especially helpful; asparagus, hemigraphis, begonia, ficus, geranium, and thousands of other plants save from stress. Hundreds of them simply improve sleep, and this is already half the battle on the way to a successful fight against stress.