How to make your home ‘stress free’
25 Jul 2014 12:10 PM
Posted by hh's Olivia Mackinnon
Today is Lifeline’s annual Stress Down Day.
A day designed to decrease stress through the power of laughter and raise awareness for Lifeline, an organisation that provides crisis support and focuses on suicide prevention across Australia.
We all know that life comes with its own daily stresses, so on this special day we thought we’d reveal six easy ways you can eliminate the stress in your home. These changes will allow you unwind more easily and turn your space into a calming sanctuary.
How your home smells can play a massive part in how you feel. To feel instantly less stressed, make sure you have a candle or diffuser on hand in a soothing scent. Go for notes of lavender, citrus or cinnamon to feel completely relaxed.
If you want to feel calm and serene in your home, choose shades of blue as the colour symbolises tranquillity and promotes feelings of serenity. Likewise, yellow is the colour of happiness and symbolises optimism and cheerfulness.
Having a clean, pristine space is the ideal way to feel less stressed. To do this, you have to be organised and willing to do small chores regularly, instead of one massive task that is likely to create stress. Having a proper place for items is a great way to start, and getting into the habit of putting things back where they’re meant to go after using them, instead of leaving them for later, will help to do away with unwarranted worry. Get your kids in on the action, too. Reward them for putting their things back in their rightful spot with a crafternoon, or half an hour of telly time.
A space just for you
Whether it’s your bedroom, kitchen or sunroom, it’s important to have a space just for you - a space that you can relax and remain undisturbed in, even if only for 10 minutes. The area should be clutter-free and calming, scented with candles and most of all – quiet. Make sure it is laid out in a way that doesn’t feel constricting and the air can flow through freely – and that you come prepared with comfy socks, a hot drink and a book!
Many people think that the television is suitable background noise. In a bid to feel less stressed, it’s definitely preferable to have soothing sounds playing around the house while you get on with whatever you’re doing. Music has the ability to transform you to a state of serenity and take your mind off all the things that are bothering you. If sounds of the sea or the forest aren’t for you, then a little Norah Jones or Michael Bublé normally does the trick.
Setting the mood with appropriate lighting is integral to your state of mind. Bright, white lights can be considered harsh and can be the culprit behind the onset of a headache. Instead, opt for warm or coloured lighting (except in the kitchen or the bathroom) that will emit a warm, comforting glow into the space. Fairy lights are a whimsical way to brighten up any space, too.
What is your best tip for making your home feel stress free?