April showers bring May flowers. Having a beautiful environment in your home can go a long way in boosting your mental health and the mental health of your family. Luckily spring is a great time to deep clean your space and usher in change.
Aesthetically your house should put you in a pleasant headspace and be catered to what you like to do. If you like spending time alone or with your family it should be cozy and uplifting, if having people over and entertaining is more your thing, then you should have a space that is comfortable for everyone that visits. While there are essentially infinite ways to lay out your house there are some overarching tips that will enable you to feel comfortable in your home.
As we mentioned above you should cater the furniture and layout of your space to work for you. Whatever you like to do most should be easy and comfortable to do in your house. If you cook a lot you should prioritize your kitchen, if you entertain you should have a lot of open space and seating, and if you prioritize quiet evenings you should have a cozy space with excessively comfortable furniture.
Keep it Clean
Regardless of how you set up your house you should always keep it clean. Minimizing clutter will help you keep a clear mind and make it easy to stay organized and focused on a daily basis. Clutter can remind you of tasks you haven’t done and really start to weigh on your mind.
This added stress is never beneficial. Instead of letting things pile up it is good to get in a new habit of cleaning more frequently, opening your mail as soon as you get it, and not leaving dirty dishes in the sink.
Lighting has a huge affect on mood, which has a dramatic effect on your mental health. Having the right lighting around your house will keep you in a better mood and help you keep the place clean and optimized for your happiness.
Natural light is usually the best for your mood because the lighting in your house matches the mood of the day outside. Unfortunately this is not always possible, but having ample lighting with varying brightness can help you pump the room full of light and energy midday while eliminating harsh bright light in the morning and evening. As with anything it is important to experiment and see what works best for you.
At our core we are animals, so having nature be an ever present in your life will help put your mind at ease. Large windows and indoor plants not only add a pleasing aesthetic effect but help you stay in touch with nature. Studies have shown that being in nature for just 3 to 5 minutes a day is proven to minimize stress, reduce anger, and boost positive feelings. While there is no real substitute to getting outside, indoor plants and large windows will make nature feel closure and will even simulate the feelings you get when in nature.
Lightly stimulating your senses while around your home is yet another way to boost your mood and mental health. Sprucing up dull-white walls with curtains, photos, or even a fresh coat of paint can go a long way in making your space feel better. Colors like blue and green can have a calming effect on people so think about adding an accent wall or simply hanging some photos of nature.
Along the same lines having too much stimulation can actually add to stress and anxiety. When you are feeling stressed out consider turning off the television, muting your music, and just opening a window for a light breeze. This calmer environment will help you stay focused and finish your task, or help you unwind after a stressful day of work.
Ensuring your space always reminds you and your loved ones of joyful times and experiences will help everyone have a clearer headspace. Family photos on walls and space to partake in hobbies and pastimes will be sure to bring joy into your home.
Cultivating a Positive Emotional Environment
While setting up your space to provide function and joy does a good job of boosting morale and mental health you must also consider relationships between people inside of that house. Whether you share your space with a spouse, kids, parents, or roommates there are steps you must take to ensure everyone is comfortable and happy while at home.
Promote Good Practices
When interacting with housemates of any relation it is key to promote and enforce good practices. These practices vary from house to house but eliminating abusive language, limiting vices around the house, and maintaining open communication are all great places to start.
Once these rules are in effect it is also vitally important to have consistent reactions to times when rules are broken. No one is perfect so considering personal feelings is huge when discussing what you didn’t like about someone’s actions. Make sure to work to a solution, not compound the issue.
Assign Specific Roles
Assigning specific roles around the house is a great way to ensure all important aspects of upkeep get done. This works very well in households with children and in roommate situations where people have different schedules.
Assigning roles like cleaning the kitchen or taking out the trash will lead to less arguments and miscommunications while also promoting a feeling of inclusion, especially in children. While this assignment is important it is also vital to be open and flexible about the roles. Life is full of rules and obligation so it is important to practice having them, but it is equally important to have a break from them. This delicate balance will enable everyone to feel safe and happy in the home.
Participate in Activities
Spending leisure time with those closest to you will help you get to know and understand them better while boosting your relationship through shared experiences. Everything from family dinners to activities in the park will do a great job of building these bridges between people.
No matter how you choose to lay out your home physically and emotionally it is vital that you stay focused on promoting positive feelings of joy and comfort.