Today, individuals are dealing with more stress than ever before. Whether the excess stress comes from an improper work-life balance, the bustle of the city, or a range of other factors, it is important to take the necessary steps to alleviate it
Luckily, there are plenty of things that individuals can do to healthily relieve stress. One of the best ways to do so this is by creating an oasis in the home. Your home is a safe space where you can relax, feel safe, entertain your friends, and get away from the stresses of day to day life.
If your home doesn’t quite feel like that, it could be missing that special something. It takes a little thought and planning to turn your home into a relaxing place where you can feel good and recharge your mental batteries.
While it might sound difficult, simple changes can make all of the difference. Some of the key ways to create a stress-relieving oasis in the home that has the potential to improve your overall health are highlighted below.
Declutter And Organize
Perhaps the most important step to creating an oasis in the home is decluttering and organizing the space. The best way to begin this process is by creating a checklist of everything that you need. By understanding what you must keep in your home, you will be able to identify what you can get rid of.
Letting go of things that simply take up space in the home, can work wonders for creating the perfect space and minimizing stress. In fact, research indicates that excess clutter elevates stress and cortisol levels, something decluttering can prevent.1
Ensure Each Room Serves a Purpose
One common issue with interior design in modern homes is that multipurpose rooms can actually lead to a range of issues for the home’s inhabitants. The National Sleep Foundation, for example, found that electrons in the bedroom can lead to problems sleeping because the light is emitted by the devices promotes wakefulness and mental activity.2
Additionally, chronic exposure to light can result in insomnia, which can lead to tiredness and irritability during the day. The combination of lack of sleep increased irritability, and therefore reduced productivity can leave individuals more stressed, which makes it even harder to sleep.
This cycle of insomnia, stress, and even more insomnia is hard to break, but designing a bedroom that is designed to be slept in, with a comfortable bed, blackout curtains, and little else (no electronics), can really help.
Make the kitchen for cooking, the dining area for dining, and the living room for living in, then sleep in the bedroom. It’s a simple idea, but in the world of open plan living, the idea of each room being designed for a specific purpose is almost revolutionary.
Try it next time you start decluttering and rearranging furniture. You may be amazed at how well things work when you ditch the open plan ideas that you learned at the office and start splitting your home into zones. It makes it easier for the brain to compartmentalize things, resulting in productivity in the office space, relaxation in the living space, and better sleep in the bedroom.
Improve Positive Energy Flow
Feng Shui is an excellent way to optimize your home. Some of the key elements of using Feng Shui to improve positive energy flow in the home are outlined below.
Ensure nothing is blocking the entryway. By keeping the entryway clean, including the welcome mat, windows, doorway, and door, you invite positive energy into the home.
Add Fresh Plants
Adding fresh plants not only improves air quality but also helps maximize the amount of positive energy in the home. Plants are nature, creativity, and growth all in one package. The key is finding plants that are easy to manage and maintain.
Fix Anything That’s Broken
Broken things should not be kept in the home, and if they are broken, they should be fixed as quickly as possible. Doing this not only alleviates stress because everything is functioning properly, but it can help maximize the amount of positive energy throughout the home overall.
Always place two nightstands next to the bed even if you don’t plan on using both of them. Having only one nightstand can promote instability and improper balance, increasing stress.
Keep the Toilet Seat Down
When it comes to the toilet, keep the seat down when not in use. The toilet is seen as a drain from a Feng Shui perspective which means that leaving it open can cause positive energy to disappear through it. Keeping it closed will promote a flow of positive energy in the home.
Aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular among those who are looking to create a peaceful and stress-free environment. The stress-reducing effects of aromatherapy are well documented.
Most studies focus on the benefits of lavender essential oil, specifically as a tool for reducing the physiological symptoms of stress,3 but there are other calming scents, such as chamomile and ylang-ylang.
By using essential oils known for their stress-relieving and healing properties, you can minimize your overall stress levels and boost health overall.
Rose Essential Oil
Whereas, research has also shown that rose oil can reduce anxiety in nulliparous women.4 Rose is particularly helpful in those that might be dealing with anxiety and stress directly related to self-esteem issues as it promotes better feelings of hope and joy.
Create a Meditation Space
Another practice that can improve the atmosphere in the home and decrease overall stress levels is creating a space that can be used for meditation. Introducing meditation into your lifestyle can significantly decrease stress levels.
To create a peaceful space in or around your home, introduce more plants and flowers. Additionally, create a comfortable space that you can use for the meditation sessions. For example, try repainting a room with calming colors or add pillows or candles to a room to give it a more relaxation ambiance.
Overall, there’s a lot that can be done to transform the home into a more relaxing place. Even the most simple changes can make all of the difference when it comes to creating a peaceful oasis in the home.