Stress and anxiety impact 77% of people in the United States. Psychological symptoms impact 73% of the population, and stress is bad for your health. Everyone has some form of stress, but when the stress starts taking over your life, it can lead to:
- Heart disease
- Accelerated aging
Stress is not good, but there are options that can help you reduce stress. Exercise is a great choice as is meditation, but you can go a step further and create a Zen home. A place of solace has been shown to reduce stress.
If you have anxiety when the dishes are piled up on the side of the sink or you have a mountain of clothes that need to be cleaned, you know how much a home can impact your stress levels. But these quick and easy tips can help change your home into a stress-free zone.
1. Enter an Oasis
You deserve to enter into an oasis. If you walk into your home and find shoes covering the entryway floor and have to hop over a mess, it’s not good for you. An inviting space is ideal, and it helps you start off your day at home a little better.
A few tips for an entryway oasis are:
- Remove all of the shoes and clutter
- Keep the floor clean and open
- Add in a bench to take off your shoes
- Add flowers or other color additions to the space
Analyze your entryway and remove anything that makes it feel stressful.
2. Create a Bathroom of Serenity
A modern bathroom is a bathroom that creates serenity. Parents often want a place to get away from their kids, yet they overlook the bathroom. Your master bathroom should be a place that you go to and enjoy – not a place of chaos.
Natural woods work well along with neutral colors and earth tones.
You’ll also want to add natural scents to the room, which means:
- Essential oils
Scents can provide a calming effect, and they can also be used when waking up to help invigorate you for the day ahead.
3. Revamp Your Space Often
Your space should evolve rather than stay stagnant. You want to create a mindful space no matter how small, and this means doing a few things well:
- Tidy up the space often
- Remove all of the non-essentials
- Clean away the clutter
You want your space to be cozy and comfortable, and that may mean adding a bench today and a beanbag next week. The KonMari method works very well, and it’s a method is one that a lot of interior designers are following.
4. Follow These Basics to Get Started
Basics help you get started on creating a space that you enjoy and can relax in. A few of the must-follow basics are:
- Neutral, soft color palettes open up a space and make it feel airy
- Negative space demands low furniture
- Mirrors should be kept to a minimum because they promote restlessness
- Natural materials are ideal for the minimalistic approach
- Natural light helps you wake up refreshed and maintain a proper sleep rhythm
Stylish storage can also be used to help declutter a space and make it more inviting. These simple yet effective techniques will allow you to enter a home that’s stress-free and relaxes you, too.