Here is how to reduce anxiety from room to room.
With the world currently on ‘lockdown’ in a bid to beat Covid-19, the concept of forced self-isolation and uncertainty can be daunting for us all. Having to suddenly work from home or not be able to venture out freely can certainly enhance our anxiety.
Our homes or living spaces can have a huge impact on our moods and well-being. But with some savvy, design ideas we can create a calming sanctuary to help restore a sense of peace in our routines. So in this period of indefinite ‘lockdown’, let’s use the time positively to put our homes (and minds) in order.
Colours are not just aesthetically pleasing but can instantly create a mood. A neutral colour scheme and warm tones are generally calming. If you live in a modest space, lighter walls can really open up a space, especially if you have limited natural light. If you already have neutral walls, you can brighten up your space with vibrant, soft furnishings. Plush scatter cushions, a bold rug or warm throw can all provide an inviting setting.
Light up your life
Natural light is essential for our well-being and overall productivity. And now that spring is officially here, that means we get more hours of daylight! For those working from home, re-position your desk or furnishings by a window to make the most of the natural light. This will help to uplift you and offer a pleasant view to gaze at other than four walls! A useful tip is to hang or prop up huge mirrors on one side of the room. They are great for reflecting more light, and does wonders to transform a room – just keep it sparkling and streak-free!
Declutter your space (and mind!)
Cluttered and unorganised spaces feel cramped and messy, which are breeding grounds for stress. Home organise Marie Kondo style, by getting rid of all those unwanted items that no longer brings you joy. You may have your favourite things scattered about, so consider grouping a few essential items. If possible, buy sturdy, transparent, storage boxes and label them. That way you can see the contents, making it much easier to find things. Place your favourite reads or magazines in a stylish rack or rattan basket, and hide things in savvy storage like an ottoman. Ottomans can also double up as extra seating at the end of your bed or a footrest. Stylish touches like luxury hangers when organising your closet (instead of a plastic mish-mash), can make all the difference to your chi. Once you create an uncluttered ‘flow’, this will help relieve stress and ease your mind.
Bring the outdoors in
There’s something calming about decorating with natural elements. Whether they’re huge botanicals, stunning flowers or miniature succulents, these can really transform your space. Also they have huge health benefits. According to experts, if you’re feeling unwell or suffer from headaches, plants will naturally purify the air for you, even if there isn’t any natural air circulation. However, living plants need the right spaces to thrive, and so it’s important to group them in suitable areas. Most people tend to have them either in their living rooms or kitchen windowsill.
Designated spaces for balance
Even though we’re bound to working from home, it’s still important to create designated spaces for ‘downtime’. By creating functional spaces within the home, we can still achieve a work/life balance, so you don’t always feel like you’re constantly on the go. Create a cosy nook or corner in your favourite room, where you can completely relax your mind and unwind. Whether it’s curling up in a plush statement chair, comfortable beanbags or giant cushions to sink into, make it your work free zone. You can also place scented candles or aromatherapy oils around the home to ease anxiety. Studies show that spraying lavender scent on your bedding can help with anxiety and insomnia.
Striking artwork, prints or photographs are great sources of inspiration. If you have an empty wall in your favourite room, use it as a gallery wall to display stunning artwork, prints or posters. Displaying eye-catching photography of your exotic travels, is the perfect opportunity to relive those memorable moments. These should also give you motivation for planning your next holiday destinations once the global ‘lockdown’ is lifted!