It’s easy sometimes to let the symptoms of mental health conditions get in your way of engaging in daily tasks like housecleaning, paying bills, and cooking healthy meals. The more these things get put off and begin to build up, the more your mental health will begin to suffer. Here are five signs that your home isn’t supporting your mental health, and what you can do about it.
Jarring Paint Colors
It turns out there is psychology to color. Certain colors evoke specific emotions and states of mind. Drab or stressful colors, for example, can induce or worsen symptoms of depression or anxiety. Opt for soothing options instead. Repainting every room in your house is a big endeavor, of course, so start small with the room you hang out in the most and ask a friend to help you as you take this step to improve your mental health.
Having a cluttered home can have a significant negative impact on your mental health, and you might be surprised at what exactly “cluttered” means. It does not have to mean you’ve reached hoarder status, for example, but rather have piles of paper on your desk, an overwhelming amount of Post-It note reminders, and even an email inbox that’s overflowing. Excessive clutter not only makes it hard to find things you need, but also makes it hard to think and get things accomplished. Recent research on life satisfaction, stress, and physical and mental health all support the idea that an ordered environment equals a calm and ordered mind.
Disrepair and Improperly Functioning Appliances
Living in a home where things don’t work properly has a similar effect on mental health that clutter does. If your kitchen appliances aren’t working properly, it affects your ability to make healthy meals for yourself. Leaky faucets can keep you up at night, and moldy carpet and woodwork can make you sick. All of these things will start to wear on you mentally and emotionally. It’s important to stay on top of home repairs, not only so that disrepair doesn’t negatively affect your productivity, but also to promote a sense of pride in your home. That pride can lead to a more uplifted mood.
Bedroom Not Conducive to Quality Sleep
Even a high-quality bed won’t give you the quality sleep you need to support your mental health if your bedroom isn’t peaceful and relaxing. Consider investing in some high-quality pillows that support your neck and spine in addition to a good mattress. You can also sleep with an essential oil diffuser running for calming scents and white noise. Reserve your bedroom for sleep, the occasional nap, and intimacy only. Remove all technology that emits blue light and use warm lighting from lamps and candles instead.
Lack of Inspiring Decor
One of the most important things to do to make your house feel like a home is to display items that are meaningful and inspirational to you. Things like photos of friends and family will remind you that you’re loved when you feel depressed. If there are themes that inspire you, like botanical images or houseplants, add elements of this inspiration to your decor.
If your home isn’t promoting your health and happiness, it’s time to make a change. Take a look at the tips above and start small. Remember – one step at a time!
- By Amanda Turner