Throughout this past year, you’ve likely tried a lot of different tactics to stay sane and mentally healthy while social distancing at home. From trying new workouts in your living room to Facetiming with a therapist for the first time, many of us got creative to improve our mental health during a tumultuous time in our lives.
And while you may have gotten into a routine that worked well for you, like daily outdoor walks after you sign off work and reading a chapter of your favourite book before bed, your routine might feel boring after a few months. And that’s totally normal! But before you regress back to less healthy habits, consider trying something new to get yourself back in a good groove.
The Connection Between Your Home and Your Mind
Why you may think you have to do something to your body or mind to experience a boost in mental health benefits like lessened anxiety, better sleep and a happier mood, that isn’t always the case. As it turns out, your environment has a lot to do with your mental health. In fact, clutter actually restricts your brain’s ability to focus and can even increase your body’s cortisol levels (the hormone known for causing stress in the body).
While a messy and uncluttered home can seriously affect your mental wellbeing, a clean, organized and beautiful home can actually reverse these negative symptoms. Simple updates like allowing more natural light inside your home or adding a few plants to your bedroom can increase your body’s serotonin levels, allow you to sleep better at night and even boost your creativity.
Which Home Update Is Best For Me?
There are a lot of different updates you can make to your home to improve your mental health. From smaller updates like adding in a light therapy device, to bigger projects like repainting your walls or creating a home gym, which update is best for you has a lot to do with how much work you are willing to put into your home. You will also need to consider what your mental health goals are, as some goals are better than others for things like destressing or lessening depression.
To learn more about the strong connection between your mind and your home, as well as learn just what home improvement project you should take on, check out the infographic below from Hippo.
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