Sep 26, 2010

6 ways to de-stress your home

Your home is your sanctuary and must be treated as such. A place of safety to decompress, escape and recharge. No matter the size, the condition, the location, or the style, your home can easily be utilized to reduce both your physical and emotional stress.

1. Bring the Outdoors In
Nature has a natural calming effect on the body. Sounds, scents, colors and textures has a healing impact simply by being in your presence. House plants, fresh flower or running fountains can easily sooth. Or even selecting natural fibers for furniture, flooring, and textiles can change the environment of any space.

2. Paint Rooms to Suggest Desired Mood
Choosing paint colors to express the intention of a room can immediately change the mood of any space. Joyful yellows in the kitchen for uplifting spirits and sparking conversation. Cool blues in the bedroom to inspire relaxation. Energetic reds in the dining room for excitement and entertaining.

3. Surround your Senses with Beauty
Inspiring your senses with beautiful things can immediately enhance your feelings of calm. Fill your spaces with things your love and/or enjoy such as art, books, pillows, music, sounds and scents.

4. Set Aside a Room for Peace & Calm
Setting aside a space in your home for reflection, meditation, or just a little peace and quiet, can be one of the greatest influences in reducing stress. By eliminating distractions you are allowing a peaceful internal connection to dissolve any heavy baggage of daily stress.

5. Clear Out Clutter
Keeping your home clear of any additional stresses is a must. Clutter, disorganization and mess only add to the hectic environment of the outside world. Keeping your home clean and refreshing ensures a welcomed and calm arrival to your sanctuary.

6. Display Meaningful Treasures
The sense of a comfortable space is created by adding personal touches throughout your home. Family treasures, heirlooms, meaningful gifts, photos of family or friends, handmade crafts or art, anything that add a personal sense of connection to the ones you cherish.