How To Destress At Home: Mindfun’s Top 10 Tips
Posted on 06 July 2016
Your home should be your sanctuary. It should be that one place that you can go to in your time of need. When life’s little problems are getting you down, your home should be that place that you can take refuge from the stresses of the outside world. We all need that place where we can switch off and unwind, where we can have a quiet moment without drama, read a book or meditate.
Sometimes our homes may not feel like the haven that we require. Piles of clothes, sticky messes, broken light bulbs and yesterday’s dinner plates don’t exactly scream stress free zone. If you can start to remove the stress out of your home you will start to take it out of your everyday life too. With so many stresses in different aspects of our lives, it is easy to feel as though you have lost control, but luckily we can control our homes!
Instead of running away and escaping to a spa, create your own oasis at home with our top 10 tips to help you to destress at home:
Don’t let little jobs build up
As tempting as it might be to leave that pile of dishes, especially on a Sunday after a full roast dinner, stop yourself from heading out of the kitchen and get them washed up. Getting a job done straight away when compared to leaving it reduces stress levels as the task is no longer on your mind. This will allow you to keep your home and mind tidier then you realise.
Add scented candles
Full bins, damp towels and pets can be just some of the smells that may be getting trapped around your home (Apologies for sounding like a Febreeze advert there). Instead of running around and trying to mask these smells with a generic air freshener, why don’t you light candles in your favourite scents?
Top tip: When running yourself a warm bubble bath dot scented candles around the room. This, to everyone at Mindfun HQ, is the perfect way to destress after a long day and a small glass of wine never goes a miss either!
Add earthly tones
At the end of the day when you are lying in bed trying to get to sleep what colours do you see in your bedroom? If the answer a combination of bold, bright colours then you may need to hit the shops as it has been scientifically proven that earthy tones are the most calming. Now we’re not talking boring brown and beige, mix a variety of soft greens into your décor for an instant unwind.
Plants & fresh flowers
Plants and fresh flowers bring elements of the outdoors inside your home and are a great way to make any room feel tranquil. As long as you are not a serious hay fever sufferer plants and fresh flowers are a guaranteed way to destress your home. They bring in new smells and colours and can be something visually attractive to focus on during your time of meditation and calm.
Let in sunlight
Natural light has been proven to be a stress buster because it impacts your mental and physical health in a positive way. Try to keep your curtains open for as long as possible during the day, if your room is lacking in sources of natural light you should add more mirrors to the room. Mirrors can be used to create depth and space in a room and when positioned correctly can be used to brighten not only your room but your mind too.
Dim lights at night
Darkness may have psychological negative effects on people due to cultural stereotypes but when used correctly darkness can soothe the soul. Using natural light and darkness in balance is the key to a happy home. Keep electrical light to a minimum at night by lighting your favourite scented candles (as mentioned earlier) and get ready to relax.
Frame your favourite moments and memories
Reliving happy moments and memories is a guaranteed stress beater. Who can remain stressed when thinking about that great family day out or weekend away with old friends? What better way to always think about these happy occasions then surrounding yourself with the smiling faces of your loved ones. Reliving these memories will give you the positive lift needed to get on with your day.
Decorate with positive quotes and art
Do you have a positive quote or mantra to get you through the day? Add words of encouragement and positive quotes around your home to remind yourself just how great you really are!
Turn off your phone/tablet
This is something that everyone has been saying for a while now but having your phone or tablet in your hand for too long can have a negative effect on your mind. The glare from the screen can cause headaches and make it difficult for you to fall straight to sleep at night which is one of the biggest causes of stress.
Build a calm space
If you follow the tips above this will create our tenth tip which is to build a calm space. Turn your home into a fortress of relaxation, allow yourself to unwind after a long day and re-energise so that you are ready for what the future may bring.
We want your tips for a stress free home and mind. Tell us your best tips in the comments below and as always don’t forget to show us your completed Mindfun designs on social media by sending your pictures to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.