5 Inexpensive Decorating Hacks to Reduce Your Anxiety
For years, I’ve lived my life trying to control my long-standing battle with anxiety. In a recent post, I shared 3 of my favorite holistic methods to coping with anxiety. I had a client who reached out to me recently and explained that certain spaces in her home make her anxious. As I was working on some options to provide her solutions, I hadn’t even realized that for YEARS, I had been decorating the spaces in my home to help support my anxiety.
Suffering with chronic anxiety is something you can’t hit the switch on and it all gets better. It’s a very debilitating mental illness. There are many holistic solutions that most medical professionals don’t recommend. For me, I’ve tried many different methods, some being successful and some not. What I have discovered is that decorative changes in my home, especially my commonly most used spaces really make a difference. Here are five effective decorating hacks that you can inexpensively incorporate into your home to support your anxiety.
Think Solid Not Print.
One thing I noticed that was throwing me off a lot and sending me in a state of constant anxiousness was too many different patterns throughout my space. A subtler approach to a space really helps to bring a calming vibe. The key is to focus on selecting wall colorings and décor pieces that are solid colors. A room that focuses a lot on bold prints such as stripes or pulka dots can really heighten the stress in a room.
During the time I worked at a commercial furniture dealer, the open concept for business had just started to bloom. When I’d curate health and wellness content for the company’s blog, a huge disadvantage a lot of employees complained about was a lack of natural lighting. If lack of natural lighting effects one’s productivity in the workplace, just imagine the impact it can have on you in your own home. Natural elements such as lighting have been known to increase energy levels and support mental health. Lack of sunlight has been linked to seasonal affective disorder. Get rid of those dark drapes and let the sun shine through.
Too much clutter in one space is a guaranteed trigger for anxious feelings. And feeling like you must rid yourself of every item in your home or re-design every single space all at once will certainly increase your anxiety levels. Keep in mind that when there is too much going on in one room it can cause claustrophobic feelings. The key is to create a more minimalistic vibe and feel, but do so in ways that best support you. Where to begin? If you’re hanging onto old furniture, documents etc. that are no longer in use, find a new home for them by recycling or donating any unwanted items. Less is more. Adopting this mindset gives you the mobility you need to transform your most commonly used spaces into a more airy, open concept room in order to cultivate a calmer, more relaxing living environment.
Fresh Flowers and Plants
In 2014, I was coming out of a really depressive period in my life. One Sunday morning I woke up and went to buy myself a dozen yellow roses. It was a simple act of self-care that changed my life forever. I committed to buying fresh flowers to live on my nightstand and around the house every other week. Flowers and plants are vibrant and provide visual stimulation. Having these sorts of elements indoors is said to have a similar effect as to what we as human’s experience outdoors. Greenery, vibrant color schemes, art, and furniture with natural elements have been known to increase energy levels and support mental health.
I LIVE for a comfortable bed. Everyone who gets to experience the joy of my bed constantly compliments me on how relaxing it is. I invested in comfortable bedding because I knew that being able to relax and unwind in comfortability will have a great impact on my mood overall. Try focusing heavily on solid colored bedding. I opt for white or more neutral tones because it helps to soothe me. Also, consider investing in quality bedding that isn’t just about the look. How do you feel when it touches your body? Is it lightweight and comfortable? You want bedding that isn’t too harsh on your skin which can result in lack of sleep.
How are you all decorating and designing to reduce your anxiety? I’d love to hear all about it. Comment below or shoot me an email about the methods you’re using or if the methods I provided were a good resource for you.