It isn’t always easy taking care of yourself or your mental health. Obstacles get in the way, and you sometimes have to prioritize things over your well-being.
You can’t always control what happens outside of your home, but you can optimize your home in a way that helps you improve your mental health. Even doing small things can go a long way and set you up for a better day ahead.
Here are five easy ways to improve your mental health in your home:
1. Personalize Your Space
Whether you are moving and need to know what to do in a new place or want to improve your overall living situation, personalizing your space to make it yours will help you feel more relaxed and happy.
Small changes such as changing around or adding different decor can give a whole new feel to your place without changing too much. Hanging up pictures of your family, friends, or pets can give you a sense of joy and allow you to feel happier overall.
If you want something more drastic, change the color of your rooms. Using colors such as light blues, greens, or pinks helps create a calming environment. If you’re renting and can’t get permission to paint rooms, try using LED lights to gain a similar effect.
2. Open the Curtains
As simple as it sounds, adding light to your bedroom or living room automatically boosts your level of serotonin. Pulling back those curtains and letting the light in allows you to get some vitamin d and creates a more welcoming environment.
When daylight savings comes around or if you don’t have a lot of natural light coming into your home, sun lamps are a great alternative to ensuring you have a bright and soothing space.
3. Make Your Space Green
With the added light in your room, you can easily fill your space with plants. Plants can add a sense of calm and improve your air quality as well. If you happen to have a green thumb, try making your garden. Planting things such as bell peppers, plant peas, and other nutritional vegetables will not only help improve your mental health but also save you some money on groceries.
If gardening isn’t your thing, you can always buy low-maintenance plants. These can still create that calming environment, but with less work to upkeep them.
Some low maintenance plants include:
- Spider plants
- Snake plant
- Cast-iron plant
4. Improve Designated Spaces
Creating boundaries is crucial to improving your mental health. Whether that’s relationship boundaries or the boundaries you create in your home, it’s important to recognize and respect them. Separating the different parts of your life such as work, the gym, and relaxing can help you be more productive in those areas.
If you have multiple rooms available, creating or remodeling an office area away from your bedroom or home gym will trick your mind into knowing what you are meant to be doing in each of those rooms.
With less space, even creating a designated desk for work or not letting yourself sit on your bed until you’re going to sleep can help set those small boundaries and trick your mind into being productive.
5. Keep Your Space Clean
Adding each of these ideas into your living space can seem overwhelming. Keeping your house clean is one of the most important parts of improving your mental health, but also can be one of the hardest.
This being said, your place doesn’t have to be spotless. But little things such as making your bed every morning or keeping your desk organized can quickly and easily help boost your mood.
Improving your mental health is different for everyone. Finding small ways to create change in your everyday life is something that everyone can try to do. It doesn’t need to be drastic, but using these techniques in your home, can set your day upon a better foot and improve your overall well-being.
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