Reduce anxiety with these 7 simple changes to your home

Lori Jones
Lori Jones
Published on September 10, 2019

If you’ve ever had anxiety, you will know that it’s a complex illness that can have a debilitating effect on every day life.

It’s important to seek help to manage anxiety. While there are many effective psychological and medical therapies to help treat anxiety, it’s also important to establish a therapeutic home environment, free from unhelpful emotional triggers.

Here are seven design changes you can make at home to improve your sense of wellbeing.

1.

Organisation

Clutter and disorganisation can make you feel like you’ve lost control, contributing to stress and anxiety. Keep a clean and ordered space and regularly cull unnecessary items, while ensuring you have adequate storage for everything.

2.

Open and Airy

Give yourself room to breathe at home. If you have small rooms, consider removing internal walls to create a bigger living space. Otherwise, swap dark and bulky furniture for light and streamlined designs. Keep doors open to other rooms to create the sense of open space.

3.

Light and bright

Exposure to natural daylight can help improve our mood by regulating our natural body clock. Pull up the blinds in the morning and allow fresh air into your home. If you don’t have direct sunlight, use a higher wattage in your lighting to brighten a gloomy space. Combine several forms of lights to create a warm ambience, such as down lights, floor lights and table lights

4.

Plants

The therapeutic benefit of plants to your wellbeing has been well established, so bring the outdoors in and fill every room with plenty of greenery.

5.

Comfortable bedding

Having a relaxing and inviting bed is vital to your overall health, so don’t scrimp on a high quality mattress and bed linen. Research has found that weighted blankets can help reduce insomnia and anxiety.

6.

Subdued colours

Soft and serene colours have a relaxing and soothing effect, so replace bold or dark walls and drapes with pale blues, lilacs and pinks.

7.

Flower power

Research has found that fresh flowers can trigger positive emotions and improve your sense of wellbeing. Pick a bloom from your garden and pop it in a vase for an instant lift.

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