Do you finish your day at work, come home ready to chill out and end up feeling stressed the second you open the front door? Do you struggle to find an area in your home to unwind and relax? Here are 6 ways to change your environment at home to help you relax.
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When your environment isn’t in the best state, it can affect your mood. Before you get into bed, try and have 30 minutes to clear up.
Pick up any clutter on the floor and organize yourself for the next morning, preventing an overwhelming feeling of stress from the minute you wake up.
2. Create A Peaceful Area
Whether you have a 9-5 office job or you work from home, try to have an area of your living space where you aren’t answering phone calls and emails. Not knowing when to stop or disconnect is a major reason why you may find your space at home stressful.
Using all the rooms in your home as space to work will prevent you from unwinding. Instead, create a cozy corner of your home where you can relax after a busy day at work.
3. Make Your Bed Every Morning
Your bedroom is your number one place to relax and unplug. If your bed is a mess and you can clearly see this, you won’t be viewing it as the relaxing space it’s meant to be.
It’s really as simple as it sounds, making your bed every morning can actually have a positive impact on your mood.
4. Put Down The Electronics
Social media may seem like a de-stresser, but doing this for hours on end can make you feel more overwhelmed. Instead of scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, give your mind a rest by reading a book or having a bath.
Turn your phone off an hour before going to bed, the white light emitted from digital screens stops your brain from relaxing and getting into a state of relaxation.
This will also stop you checking emails and texts, sabotaging your chance of a good night’s sleep.
5. Invite Natural Light
While being in a dark space can feel cozy, being in a badly lit environment can have a negative impact on your mood. Open up your home by welcoming natural light into your space.
Exposure to natural light allows your body to absorb vitamin D, which can actually make you calmer, happier and help you fall asleep faster.
Open your blinds and curtains first thing in the morning, this will wake you up a lot faster than starting off the first hour of your day in a dark environment.
6. Spring Clean Often
De-cluttering every 3 to 4 months can create more space in your home and prevent it from becoming unmanageable.
Rearrange furniture and donate any clothes you don’t wear. Being surrounded by too many things in your home can be overwhelming, be honest with yourself and throw out all those things you have but know you don’t really need.