May is Mental Health Awareness month. It’s a time to acknowledge some of the challenges we, or our loved ones, are facing on a day-to-day basis. It’s a time to recognize that we all have our challenges and that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with us.
In honor of this month, we’d like to give you a few ways to decorate your home to help with anxiety. The way you set up your space impacts how your brain thinks and functions. Here are a few ways you can give yourself some peace and calm in your home.
- Plants, Plants, Plants
According to the Journal of Environmental Psychology, plants around your home decrease stress levels. Not only will having plants in your rooms calm your nerves, but they’ll look and smell nice as well.
- Paint Your Walls Blue
Bright colors can ramp up your anxiety when you’re at home, whereas blue has been proven to reduce blood pressure and make you feel at peace. This can be especially great in the bedroom, as sleepiness and relaxation is also a benefit of blue.
- Half-Empty Bookshelves
Filling up your home with books and knick-knacks creates clutter and clutter in the home causes clutter in the brain and an increased level of cortisol, according to the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Embrace the empty space and allow yourself to feel the difference.
- Limit Patterns
Mix-matched patterns can create the same kind of chaos that clutter can. It overwhelms the brain and causes increased cortisol as well. Limit stripes and polka dots and instead incorporate solids that won’t get your anxiety going.
- Be Wise About Your Bed Placement
The practice of Feng shui is aimed at creating harmony with your spiritual self and physical environment. According to this practice, it’s good to position your bed on the opposite side of the room from your door, but not directly opposite of it, to create that relaxing flow in your room.
- Open Up Your Windows
Natural light improves your mood. According to a University of Pittsburgh study, hospital patients who were exposed to natural light experienced less pain and stress. Instead of covering up the sunshine, remove the curtains and allow the light to shine.
A study from the University of Miami School of Medicine proved that smelling lavender “had a significant transient effect of improving mood, making people feel more relaxed and performing math computations faster.” Stash bundles of this pretty flower in your bedroom and laundry room to ease your anxiety.
- Give Yourself a Mirror Limit
Mirrors in your bathroom are okay, but maybe rethink mirrors throughout the house. Research shows that looking in the mirror can cause extra body-related stress and avoiding them is healthier for the mind in general.
Now that spring has sprung and summer is on its way, it’s a great time to take a look at your home and your space and think about some of these changes that could be made. Head into the busy and active summer with a peaceful and relaxing space waiting for you every evening.