How to Make Your Home Work Toward Your Wellbeing

How to Make Your Home Work Toward Your Wellbeing

The following contribution is from another author.

The home has a significant influence on our mental and physical wellbeing. In the mental sphere, this can occur both consciously and subconsciously, it can cause stress and anxiety, and it can definitely lower our mood and make us more prone to bouts of depression. The good news is that there are a lot of ways you can manage your home to make it more conducive to your overall sense of wellbeing. By being proactive in your approach, you can make your home a place of calm and relaxation that it should be. The last thing you want is a home that is as overwhelming and confusing as the outside world. So, let’s take a look at some ways you can adjust your home to cater to your wellbeing:

Natural Light

If your home is on the dark side, then you may want to discover ways to allow more light into your home. Natural light is a great way to naturally enhance your mood. It actually has the effect of staving off things like seasonal depression. It can also help you recover and maintain a good circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm is your sleepy cycle, and this means that you can sleep correctly, which enhances your mood and helps keep your immune system healthy. Natural light also increases the amount of vitamin D you are absorbing, and this is important in terms of your immune system too. First, look at the windows. Are they clean and free from condensation? Maybe you need to invest in a window cleaning service, especially if your windows are dirty and you live near a main road meaning they are likely to get dirty very quickly. Look at your curtains, can you invest in lighter ones to allow in more light. Could you install a skylight? What about painting your walls a lighter color and putting up mirrors? This is a great way to not only enhance the light but to make your home appear larger too.

Decluttering

If your home is filled with a lot of clutter, then you are going to be feeling the effects of this in terms of stress, anxiety, and depression. A lot of objects filling up your space is not conducive to the calm you need. By removing items, you are removing objects of stress, and the more you remove, the more freeing it will be. Objects also have the effect of causing memories to arise. This means that you are not living in the present. By decluttering, you can free yourself from that attachment to the past, which may drag you down and affect your ability to live now. It is important to live for the moment, and decluttering can help you achieve this.

Plants

Indoor plants may be especially important if you have no outside space, such as in a city apartment. Plants have such as calming effect on the mind as well as being fantastic natural air purifiers, which is important for every home. Plants also are a way of having a little company which can be great for those who live alone and don’t want pets.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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