The world is full of stress, but you need one space that makes you feel calm and relaxed.
Stress is a part of life, and sometimes it can be very overwhelming. However, for the sake of your health and peace of mind, it’s important to have a space that doesn’t add to your stress, so you can feel calm, relaxed and at peace. That place should ideally be your home.
Your stress may not disappear completely when you get home, but your home should at least not be adding to your stress, and in the best-case scenario, it should provide you with the chance to get away from it all for a while. Below are a few ways you can remake your home, so it doesn’t break your inner Zen.
1. Let the Sun In
Limited sun exposure has a host of health benefits, including reducing depression, building white blood cells so you can fight infections, increasing oxygen levels in your blood and lowering cholesterol.
Sunlight has also been shown to kill bacteria, so it reduces the amount of harmful pathogens in your home. Opening your shades and letting the sun shine in will help reduce your stress and impact your health.
2. Add Plants
Having plants in your home can reduce stress in a variety of different ways. Plants naturally remove toxins and carbon dioxide from the air, making the space cleaner and healthier for you to be in.
There are also plants with anti-anxiety benefits you can grow in your home. One such plant is jasmine, which can help you sleep better. If you’re looking for ways to improve your memory, consider growing some rosemary.
3. Remove Clutter and Filth
One of the fastest ways to break your inner Zen is to be stressed out about how dirty your house is. If your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, it needs to inspire peace and relaxation.
You don’t need to spend every free moment cleaning your house to reduce stress — that will add more anxiety than you need. However, taking a few moments each day to clean part of your home will reduce clutter and dust and give you peace of mind.
4. Develop a Quiet Space
Create a spot in your home that is free of distractions and technology. It could either be just one piece of furniture, like a comfy chair, or an entire room — whatever you have space for — but make sure it is dedicated to quiet and peace of mind. This can be especially key if you live in the city or another particularly loud area. Finding a place in your home to get away from the noise is essential — ideally, it would be your bedroom, but it could be whatever area of your house you please.
You should be able to go to this space to meditate, read a book or to just escape the hassles of day-to-day life. There should be nothing in this space that makes you think of any stressors, so decorate it to your tastes and with objects that evoke calmness.
5. Pick Your Color
Different paint colors evoke different emotional responses from you. Figure out what colors make you feel happy and calm and help you express your style, then add those colors to your home. Color will help your home be a place to increase your inner Zen.
There’s no way to completely escape stress, but there are ways to reduce it. Your home should be one of those places. Creating a space where you feel calm, relaxed and safe will contribute to your inner Zen and make you happier and healthier.