When your home is looking a bit rough around the edges, you might decide to decorate it. But you probably haven’t thought about how home improvements impact your mental wellbeing. It’s something you should consider because your home environment makes a big difference to your mental health and decorating can be a very effective form of self care. If you are looking for ways to improve your mental health, these are some of the reasons why you should consider making some home improvements.
It Helps You Reset
When you are going through a tough time and your mental health is suffering, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Finding a way to flip the script and reset your life in some ways can help you break out of that rut and move forward. A lot of people will be decorating in the new year because last year was so tough for so many of us. By upgrading your home, you can reset and start fresh with a positive mindset. This is so important if you are trying to get into good habits like regular exercising or improving your diet, which both help with your mental health.
It Creates A Relaxing Environment
When your home is cluttered and tatty around the edges, it can contribute to your stress levels. If you want to look after your mental health and manage your stress levels, you need a relaxing environment where you feel comfortable. If you don’t have that, it’s very difficult to unwind. By decorating your home and putting thought into the colors and how they affect your mood, you can make a huge difference to your stress levels. This is especially true in rooms like the bedroom where you can go to get away from it all and spend some time alone.
It’s An Opportunity To Move Past Bad Memories
Often, mental health issues are linked to bad experiences in the past and learning to move on from those experiences is vital. There are a lot of ways to do that, but removing things in your home that remind you of bad memories is part of the process. You associate the way that your home is decorated with those bad memories, so changing it is a symbolic gesture that helps you move forward. Although you still need to deal with the emotional aspects of past trauma, making physical changes to your home can help.
It Improves Your Physical Health
Good physical health is key to good mental health and decorating can help you improve both. Decorating with plants, for example, will improve the air quality and boost your health. It’s also an opportunity to deal with potential health hazards, like damp and mold around the home. As you create a healthier environment in your home, you should see an improvement in your mental health too.
Don’t see decorating your home as a chore that you need to deal with from time to time. Instead, think of it as an effective way to improve your mental health.
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