Ideally, we all want our home to be a place to relax and recharge. But many barely noticeable things in your house can actually contribute to anxiety, and studies have found that these tiny but constant annoyances can sometimes be more draining over time than “bigger” stressful events. Read on to find some small steps you can take to add a much-needed dose of “zen” to your home.
- Remove clutter. Even those of us who aren’t exactly neat freaks can appreciate how much calmer we feel in a clean home. Resist any mild hoarding tendencies (really, do you still need those jeans from college?) and toss, recycle, or donate items you can live without. Then buy containers to organize what’s left. Pretty soon, finding a spatula or that missing blouse will be an easy, stress-free task.
- Improve the view. Research has shown that a window view can affect worker productivity, student learning, and even hospital patient recovery. Scientists and artists also know that color can seriously impact our moods. A quick coat of paint (try a productivity-boosting blue or a calming green) could transform how you feel in a room.
- Invest in the right furniture—we spend long hours in bed or on the computer, so an uncomfortable chair or mattress can put damaging strain on your back.
- Install good lighting—use as much natural light as possible, and try using mirrors to reflect light across windowless rooms.
- Arrange your home for how you live, not how you wish you lived. Why have an elegant formal dining room that sits unused 364 days a year when you can turn it into a room that’ll add enjoyment to your everyday life?
- Dim the lights—small lights from your laptop, alarm clocks, street lights, and so on can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Try light-blocking curtains, an eye mask, or removing electronics from the bedroom.
- Reduce constant background noises and distractions. These can be extremely draining, even if you don’t consciously notice them annoying you. Neurological studies have found that open-plan offices—the epitome of background-noise-filled environments—increase stress, decrease productivity, and even cause illness. A white noise machine, earplugs, or a good pair of headphones might help. For especially sensory-overloaded rooms such as the kitchen, try repainting in a more soothing color and replacing any TVs with soft music.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of good design. Believe it or not, your brain could be stressed by an ugly TV or clunky keyboard. Studies have found that attractive products are actually more pleasant and relaxing to use, and brain scans have shown that looking at an attractive object automatically triggers an instinct to reach out and touch it. So even for something as trivial as a can opener or coffee mug, spending a few extra dollars on the better-designed product can make your brain a little happier every time you use it.
- Eliminate the stress of repairs and maintenance. When you don’t know much about mechanics, unexpected repairs of any sort can be a huge source of anxiety. We’ve all panicked over the potential cost of replacing a refrigerator, wondered if a plumber is ripping us off, or collapsed into a puddle of tears over cryptic furniture assembly instructions. Imagine the stress you could avoid if you knew you always had someone to call for fast, effective, and worry-free electronic and appliance repairs.
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When your home is designed to reduce anxiety, not increase it, you’ll have the perfect place to recharge from all the stressful things that you can’t control. Take just a few of these small steps in your home, and you might notice a surprisingly relaxing difference.