Setting Up Your Space to Eliminate and Relieve Stress

So I have a confession, I have been binging The Home Edit recently, anyone else? It has really made me evaluate the connection between our physical space and our mental wellbeing and clarity. It has given me a better appreciation of how much our environment can either add to or alleviate our stress levels.

I'm sure you can relate. Think about that overwhelming feeling you get when you walk into your kitchen after preparing a big meal and there is food and cooking equipment sprawled everywhere. Or how about that calming feeling you get after you take a few minutes to tidy up your desk, remove the old coffee cups and recycle unnecessary papers. The impact is quite powerful and quite immediate.

The impact our environment has on our mental wellbeing and clarity is undeniable. Cluttered spaces can create feelings of overwhelm and anxiety, while tidy spaces can invoke a sense of calm.

What if we were able to use our spaces to eliminate unnecessary stress and to actually evoke a sense of calm. The thing is, it is quite easy to do, it just might mean we might need to change our routine and way of doing things or add a few touches to our environment. The great thing is, once we make these subtle changes, it can have a lasting impact.

Here are a few tips to remove the necessary clutter in your space to give you more mental clarity:

  • Remove the clutter in your environment. I get it, things just seem to accumulate in our homes without us realizing it. But what if you went around and consciously decided whether you want each item in your space, based on their usefulness, sentiment or simply aesthetic. I might have watched too much of The Home Edit recently, but I do not think we realize the negative impact visual clutter has in our home.

  • Find a place for everything. Similar to being intentional about what we have in our home, it is essential to be intentional about where things belong. When everything has a function and tidy place, it prevents unnecessary clutter from piling up, if we put them away that is.

  • End your day with a mini-clean. The simply joy of taking a few minutes at the end of the day to tidy up the couch, filing away unnecessary papers and. It only takes a few moments and minimal effort, but it is guaranteed to start your day in a much more positive manner.

Other helpful stress-relieving tips include:

  • Let the sunlight in. I don’t think anyone would deny the positive effects of sunlight on our mood. Letting the sunlight in our homes not only releases serotonin, our happy hormone, but it also helps to regulate our melatonin, our sleep hormone and cortisol levels, our stress hormone.

  • Add in some greenery. Nature, whether that means you are in the middle of a forest or surrounded by a few house plants, has an instantaneous mood boosting effect. Not only do house plants boost our mood, they also help us feel more comfortable and soothed in our space.

  • Choose uplifting scents. I personally don’t think we give enough credit to the power of scent. Within seconds of smelling a specific scent it can evoke powerful emotions and memories. You can easily use natural scents to boost your mood. Scents that are known to be energizing and uplifting include citrus scents (like sweet orange, bergamot and lemon), mint (like peppermint and spearmint), cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus. If you are in need of a more calming and relaxing environment, choose scents like lavender, jasmine, ylang ylang and rose.

  • Choose the right colours. Similar to scents, certain colours can evoke certain emotions. We can be intentional with what colours we have in our home, whether it be through paint, artwork or furniture. Bright, warm colours, like yellow, orange, red and pink, have an uplifting effect on your mood. For a more calming and relaxing space, choose cool colours like blue, green and purple.

I hope you use these strategies to reflect on how you can create a space that is more calming than stress-inducing. These small changes are worth the long lasting relaxing effects.

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