Many of us think of our home environment as an afterthought when analyzing why our mood, emotions, productivity at work or even familial relationships suffer. The truth is your home plays a major role in how you show up everywhere else. Along with that, your home should tell the story of who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going, so that you walk out the door everyday feeling inspired instead of overwhelmed.
The psychology of interior design
According to the Mental Health Foundation, anxiety and depression are the most common mental health complaints, however many interior design techniques, such as color therapy, have been proven to reduce stress and promote wellbeing.
And if that isn’t enough, even clutter can elevate cortisol, the stress hormone, sending your mind and body into a frenzy. So interior design is more than a one time thing when you move into a new space, but a consistent re-evaluation of your needs and lifestyle. Additionally, things like maintaining a clean home environment can go a long way in protecting your inner peace.
3 things to consider for a more peaceful home
If you know your home design needs some TLC but don’t know where to start, that’s okay! Follow this guide to understand your needs, assess your current environment and adjust accordingly.
What is your lifestyle and how can your home support who you are?
If you work in a highly stressful, busy office environment, you want to consider that as you incorporate design elements that promote peace and relaxation. Conversely, if you work from home, boundaries between work and home areas are probably more important. Think about the lifestyle you have, as well as where you are going, and plan your space from there. Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a reflection of your hopes, dreams and experiences. It should inspire you to want to show up in the world as your best self, and minister to you in a way that no other space can because it’s yours.
In what areas does your home currently serve your lifestyle? Where is it lacking?
This is the time to get real and be honest with yourself. If, for example, you are sleeping on bedding that is low quality, but often grumble and complain about trouble falling asleep and getting adequate rest, an upgrade is in order. Or, if you’ve lived in the same space for a while and now it just feels stale, explore why internally before making a change. Don’t just follow the latest trends, rather, understand what you need and how home can provide it.
The main thing to remember here is that home is a haven, not a space that makes you feel uncomfortable or sluggish.
What adjustments can you make to bridge the gap between your current lifestyle and home environment?
This will take time, and if you feel overwhelmed just thinking about where to start, try the areas in your home where you spend the most time. So, if you work long hours and are only home for dinner then bedtime, start in the bedroom. Or if you work from home but your home office is in disarray, start there. Decluttering and getting rid of dust can also go a long way in providing clarity.
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