Is Your Home Supporting Your Mental Health? Guest blog by Amanda Turner

Did you know that something as simple as your surroundings can positively or negatively affect your mental health? If you feel like you are experiencing negative mental health such as anxiety, stress, and depression, take a look at some of these tips about changing your home to help support your mental health.

First Consider Your Basics

If you experience stress and anxiety for no apparent reason, consider why you might be feeling that way and start with the basics. Are you hangry? Are you tired or too hot or too cold? Think about your schedule and what needs to happen and when to try and mitigate moments of stress and anxiety to help prevent it by taking care of your basic needs. Make sure your home is stocked up with healthy treats and make your bedroom conducive to a healthy eight hours of sleep each day.

Explore Lighting and Clutter

Dark, dingy, and cluttered homes have been proven to promote anxiety and depression. While you’re at home, make sure you take advantage of as much natural lighting as possible and get rid of any unnecessary items that are creating clutter in your home. Decluttering is a long project—don’t feel the need to take it on and complete it in one day, especially if your home has a lot of clutter. Try taking care of one room every weekend until you feel like you have gotten rid of all the clutter in your home.

Create a Routine That Works Well for You

Routines are great ways to help get rid of stress by having certain tasks to look forward to and get rid of unexpected occurrences that cause stress. This is also a great way to start to pinpoint moments of stress during the day to discover the cause or to find the perfect time to meditate. This is also a great way to take care of tasks that tend to pop up at unexpected times. For instance, if you’re constantly stressed out about something not working around your home, it’s not doing anything for your mental health. Consider investing in a home repair plan so that you can be proactive about getting things fixed at home.

Discover Colors You Respond To

Neutral colors tend to promote a sense of calm and mitigate depression but if you have a favorite color that makes you happy, go with it! Consider having most of your walls neutral colors with a couple of accent walls that feature a color you gravitate towards. You may also consider doing something smaller, such as surrounding your home with plush blankets and pillow with soft fabrics and colors to make your home feel cozy and inviting after a long day of work.

Communicate with Your Family

If you live with your family, make sure you keep them in the loop of how you’re feeling. The negative emotions you’re feeling not only impact you. They impact your friends and family, as well. Create an open line of communication to keep your relationships happy and healthy and allow them to be there for you when you need them.

Of course, PoetsIN provide a safe and supportive platform within which to share how you are feeling if you should feel unable to speak openly in your family, friend or other environments. Join our closed group here.

Huge thanks to Amanda for submitting this interesting article to us. It just goes to show the many ways in which we can help ourselves.

If you would like to submit your own blog piece on writing, mental health, recovery or anything relevant to what it is that PoetsIN is all about – mental wellbeing – then get in touch at paul@poetsin.com

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