Your home is the one place in the world that you have the most control over, and thus it should be your oasis between the stresses and challenges life throws at you. However, many people struggle to figure out how to achieve that oasis—especially when so many of them have brought their work home to operate remotely. Here’s how to make your home a stress-free environment to help you achieve some serenity and tranquility.
Feng Shui, or the “Art of Placement,” is a traditional Chinese philosophy that believes you should organize your home in a way that maximizes the flow of “Chi.” This practice has made its way to the West and has become a popular philosophy to help design rooms and create a comfortable environment. The key pieces to Feng Shui are as follows.
According to Feng Shui, clutter absorbs positive energy. This belief likely stems from the fact that a cluttered and claustrophobic environment causes stress hormones to spike.
Reflective surfaces like mirrors reflect energy, and this is because mirrors help light up a room and make a space seem much larger.
Balance the Room
Feng Shui aims to balance the room by incorporating the five elements: fire, water, Earth, metal, and wood. However, it doesn’t have to be quite so literal. Making use of warm colors could represent fire, plants and greenery represent Earth, and so on.
Form a Routine
While it may seem like a drag, creating a routine is a great way to make your home a stress-free environment. Make a list of simple tasks and chores, such as making the bed or washing the dishes, and commit to them every day. These small accomplishments build up and help you feel more productive. Your efforts will also reward you with a tidier home.
The Power of Color
Color has a surprisingly profound effect on our mood and mental state. So it may be a good idea to repaint your walls with colors that promote serenity—colors that are easy on the eyes and don’t make you feel stressed. For example, a red room can be stressful because it’s so bright and energetic. In contrast, neutral colors are more calming because they’re less intrusive.