If there’s one place on earth you should be able to achieve relaxation – it’s at home. You can’t control anxiety created by conditions on roadways, highways, while traveling or at the office. But your home is your castle and that’s the one place you should be able to achieve a reprieve from stress.
Here are some tips that can help create a more calming living space
What is visual stress? It can be a number of things:
Visual clutter is one of them. Visual clutter is having too many things to look at. It’s a visual busyness. Now think of the word solitude and what it means. It’s associated with the words “peace” and the word “uninhabited.” If you want to achieve a feeling of peace and solitude, then visual clutter is the opposite of these. Visual noise is the opposite of peace. Having an abundance of things is the opposite of “uninhabited.”
An object that provokes uneasy feelings is another component of visual stress. This could be a photo, a piece of art, or some other item that brings up past feelings. It evokes reminders that can increase your stress levels.
Solution: Store the item away and don’t display it somewhere you’ll have to look at it every day. When you are in the frame of mind to look at the object, you can – but don’t force yourself to deal with it daily if it makes you uneasy.
Oppositely of visual stress, you can use decor to stimulate a positive feeling. Looking at objects that create happy memories and good vibes can shift your mindset every time you come home. Having pleasant objects in every room creates an overall living space designed to promote happiness and relaxation.
Many people habitually draw the blinds, closed curtains, and rarely open their windows. There’s a downside to this – it can make one feel isolated. Research has shown that sunlight is a powerful anti-depressant.
Secondly, never opening your windows can trap stale air, germs, and bacteria in your home making you sick.
Designate a part of your house as a technology quarter, that is an area where your technology stays and will be used. Having technology all over your house may seem convenient on one hand, but it can be very detrimental on another.
Having technology everywhere can not only become a distraction, but an interruption. It can prevent you from achieving a quiet, peaceful space and intrude on your attempts to wind down, rejuvenate and relax. Keeping technology in its place, keeps it out of your relaxation zone.
Clutter is both a visual distraction, as well as, an intrusive element in your home. It can make you feel crowded or boxed in. You can create mental anxiety. Part of the anxiety can arise from the overwhelming feeling of knowing it needs to be eliminated, while at the same time, it may feel like a monumental or impossible task.
A good rule of thumb is to work on a very small area at a time. Achieving the removal of clutter in small steps will make the task less daunting, while at the same time, helping you feel satisfaction and accomplishment through small, progressive victories.