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How your home may unintentionally be causing you stress

Your home is your castle. It’s a haven where you must feel you can relax. To not be able to unwind in your home isn’t good for your wellbeing. If you find yourself in the grip of constant agitation, anxiety or in some other negative state and can’t quite understand what’s causing it, the items you have in your home could be the trigger. Below is a look at some of the ways your home may be causing stress to stealthily creep up on you.

Clutter

Researchers have found there is a correlation between a high density of household objects and high stress hormone levels. Stacks of papers, piles of toys and even a sink full of dirty dishes can be enough to push them up, so if you’ve got lots of clutter in your home, you should set aside some time to clear it. Then stay on top of it. If you’re not sure how to go about decluttering your home, you can consult the website of Marie Kondo, the queen of decluttering. 

Poor lighting

How is the lighting in each room? If the levels of light are too low in a room, it can become harder to complete certain tasks there, whereas if they’re artificially bright, you’ll find it more difficult to relax or sleep, if you wish to, in the room.

 

Consider the purpose of each room and invest in lighting that will help you to accomplish it. Neutral tones can help you to feel calm(er) and more centred. Opening doors and windows where possible, letting the fresh air flood in, will also allow you to make the most of natural light.

Tired-looking furniture

A home should feel inviting. If the décor and the furniture are worn or look dated, they can lower your spirits, rather than uplift them. You won’t feel as relaxed in the space or spend as much time there. 

 

Take a good look at your home and ask how certain items make you feel. Then get refurnishing, whether it’s an overhaul of the décor or investment in a new couch, dining table or other items of furniture that can start to look tired in time. 

 

You can get started on feeling better today, too. A quick look online and you’ll see that some furniture delivery services will deliver your items to you on the same day you order it. All you have to worry about is choosing the furniture and then the logistics service will take care of the rest. 

Mirrors

Speaking of furniture, you may not realise it, but the mirrors in your home may be contributing to your higher stress levels. Research by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, in London, found that looking in the mirror can eventually stress you out about your looks. That doesn’t mean you should banish all mirrors from your home, but rather that you may find it helpful to confine mirrors to the bathroom alone and make the rest of the home a mirror-free zone.

The home as an office space

As a result of the pandemic, a lot more people have had to work from home. This transformation of the home into not just a personal space, but also one into a working one can bring about its fair share of stress. There may be more folders, paperwork or other reminders of work around, keeping work on your mind even when you’re trying to relax.

 

Ideally, you should try to work in separate spaces. That’s ideally, of course, but if you’re living in a small space, this is much more difficult to do. If you’re the type of person who has a favourite chair for relaxing in, work in a different one to help draw that line between work life and home life.

 

Making some simple changes in your home can create changes for the better in how you feel while you’re at home. Your home should inspire wellbeing, not detract from it, and if you notice it’s doing the latter, waste no time in implementing some changes. The sooner you can improve your wellbeing, the better.

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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