· By Andrea B
Improve your mood at home - Quick tips
Whether your day calls for being productive, inspired, creative or social, the way you set up your environment can significantly impact on your state of mind.
Here are 3 quick and easy tips:
1. Introduce a lovely scent into your home.
Smells have a strong impact on your disposition. Lavender, for instance, is known as a calming and relaxing herb and has frequently been used for insomnia, anxiety, depression and natural stress relief. Try selecting design objects that integrate the scent and spread it around your space for a relaxing feel as well as a wonderful smell. Diptyque candles have both smoothing smells and a beautiful look that can easily be incorporated throughout the home to provide the full benefit of the fragrance. Any fragrances with which you associate pleasant and positive experiences will evoke similar feelings - so spread the good smells!
- Introduce a colorful stem or two of fresh flowers in your entry foyer or dining room table.
Seeing an alive and vibrant part of nature as you walk into your home will evoke thoughts of freshness and liveliness. According to a study by the State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health - by living with fresh flowers, which tend to trigger happy emotions and heighten feelings of life's satisfaction. People express "true" or "excited" smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. In addition, a beautifully sculpted and cheerfully colored selected vase can serve as a gorgeous art piece and further enhance a pretty arrangement of flowers.
- Maintain a clean and organized home.
Neatness gives a strong sense of structure and order. If your day has been chaotic, returning to a neat and clean place can put things in reverse. For example, coming home to piles of papers scattered throughout your home tends to add to a more confused environment, unless those piles are purposely planned to add to the aesthetics of your room, such as a selection of books. Returning to a clean home is like returning home to a clean slate - it is a fresh start, leaving the day's chaos behind. As far as the overall design of your home is concerned; implementing the idea that "less is more" is ideal. Simplicity is key. Too many items clutters both the home and your state of mind.
Okay, this tip may not relate directly to interior design, but we couldn't resist! To be greeted by a furry family member waiting desperately for you once you open the door, will immediately remind you about how wonderful life really is! The mind can only hold one thought at the time, and we are pretty sure that the furry little friend wins the battle against any negative, frustrating thoughts…