Feeling stressed in your own home? Make your home more zen with these five easy steps:
Ensure your house only has the essential items on display and place all unnecessary objects in cupboards out of sight. Clutter is a visual distraction that inhibits relaxation. While you don’t want to think about everything in front of you that you need to do (like put the clothes away, file papers, pay bills), in the back of your mind you know they’re there. A clutter-free house will make you productive.
2. Add some greenery
Plants have a calming effect, so adding greenery to your home is an excellent way to create a Zen look. Not only do plants brighten a space, they also purify the air. Make sure you select suitable indoor plants like a Peace Lily or Heartleaf Philodendron.
3. Use earthy colours
Earth colours are soft tones like grey, white and shades of beige. These colours have been found to make people feel more relaxed. You can work by selecting one dominate colour to use and then add additional colours to match in the form of carpet and fabrics.
4. Natural light
Try to allow as much natural daylight into your house as you can. Open up your curtains and enjoy the sun’s rays lighting up your home. Replace harsh fluorescent lights with warmer lights and avoid ceiling lights as much as possible, using more indirect lights such as floor or table lamps instead.
5. Put electronics away
When you aren’t using your technology, put it out of sight. Hide you television or computer behind a cabinet and keep your tablet and phone in a draw or bag. Time without technology will leave you feeling calmer as you won’t need to be “switched on” the whole time.
About the author
Caitlin Reid is a unique health professional with qualifications as an accredited nutritionist, accredited exercise physiologist and yoga teacher. Caitlin is passionate about all things health and wellness, and keeps up-to-date with the latest health research, which she uses when contributing expert advice to health, fitness, lifestyle and food companies. She is also the nutrition expert for the Women’s Fitness magazine, the dietitian for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ambassador for Papaya Australia. Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinareid or visit her website.