Mental Health, Physical Health, and Your Home

We all know the importance of looking after ourselves both physically and mentally. When we are stressed, not eating well, and overworked we end up in a productivity slump. Feelings of sadness and generally feeling overwhelmed which is not a great way to live. It makes sense that the place we retreat to each day and spend a significant amount of our free time in can either positively or negatively affect the way we feel. So, it is essential that our homes are a place of relaxation. If you know that something needs to change in your life, then this could well be a great place to start. Here is how you can improve your home which in turn can improve both your mental and physical health.

Mental Health, Physical Health, and Your Home

The Living Room

The living room is a space to entertain friends, socialize with family, and relax. Your best bet here is to make sure there is plenty of comfortable seating for everyone, and that you have a good entertainment system. Comfy sofas that you can wrap yourself up in a blanket and enjoy a movie gives you a chance to spend quality time together. You could play games with your friends if you have a big screen tv, computer system, and good sound.

Once you have chosen furniture that is comfortable and suits your style, load up with soft furnishings. Rugs, beautiful curtains, throws, and cushions will all make space feel cozy and inviting. If you go with vertical blackout blinds, these let plenty of light in when you want the room to feel bright and airy, but block out the sun when you are watching a movie on a sleepy Sunday afternoon. Make your living room all for relaxation and socialization. We all need friends and family in our lives. Life can get busy but having a nice space you can invite people back to can certainly make it easier.

Mental Health, Physical Health, and Your Home

The Bedroom

The bedroom should be a place of peace and serenity. It is your own personal space, your retreat from the world. Having somewhere quiet, safe and relaxing you can go to at the end of each day can help you to rejuvenate and unwind which is essential for both your mental and physical health.

Tidy Up

Aim to keep the bedroom very clean and tidy, clutter and mess have been shown by psychologists to influence sleep; a tidy room really can help to maintain a tidy mind. If you have a lot of possessions, have a declutter and then find decent storage to keep whatever is left. Use very soft colors- light neutrals and pastels are good options here. Avoid very bold and bright shades, color has a strong impact on the human brain so make sure you are tapping into the right frame of mind by choosing relaxing colors. Invest in a decent mattress which will support your back and maintain your spines health.

Upgrade the Old

Replace your duvet if it is over five years old and your pillows if they are over two. Not only will new ones feel fresh and fluffy but old bedding can harbor dust mites. If you have any black mold in your room, purchase and antifungal cleaner and get rid of it ASAP. Mold spores can cause respiratory issues and allergy symptoms, and are especially harmful while you are trying to sleep.

Mental Health, Physical Health, and Your Home

The Bathroom

A hot bath or shower when you are exhausted from work or just feeling stressed can work wonders. The hot water can ease tense muscles, and it can even lower blood pressure. Plus it is a pleasant, quiet environment where you can just kick back and unwind. If your bathroom is worse for wear then upgrading it is a worthy renovation. It will add value to your home if you sell. It is also something you can enjoy in the here and now. A new suite, fresh tiles, beautiful flooring, and some decorative accessories can turn the bathroom into a great space.

Upgrade Old Stuff

Buy yourself some new fluffy towels, a nice bath mat and some pampering products that you can treat your hair and skin with. Proper storage to put products and kids toys away will help to maintain a very peaceful and calm looking space. If your current bathroom is not too bad, simply refreshing accessories and grouting the tiles. Either way, a bathroom with a shower or bath you can relax in can help to put you in a calm frame of mind.

Mental Health, Physical Health, and Your Home

The Dining Room

Research has shown that children from families who eat together more than three times a week are less likely to grow up and get pregnant young, take drugs or get involved in crime. This seems like a bizarre connection to make. However, it makes sense. When we eat together it secures family bonds. Eating together can help children to feel closer to their parents, and in turn, they might confess things like peer pressure. Eating together as a family is also linked to children being a healthy weight. It is through positive reinforcement that you can teach children the value of good food. Let them see you fill up on healthy, home-cooked meals, and their attitudes will mirror yours in time.

Invest In Your Dining Room

The dining room is a space for you to enjoy your own delicious, healthy meals, and also somewhere you can entertain guests. A solid dining table is a good investment. You could buy chairs that you like the look of and merely replace these every few years when trends change. If you choose well, your dining table will work well with just about any style of chairs. Good lighting above the table is useful for shorter winter days and later meals, look into lighting that is specifically designed to hang over the dining room table.

Mental Health, Physical Health, and Your Home

The Kitchen

The kitchen is such an essential room in the home. It is somewhere where you are likely to spend a lot of time. From sipping your coffee in the morning to preparing packed lunches, cooking dinners, and entertaining friends, you need a room that is practical and enjoyable.

One of the critical features for doing this is making sure there is enough storage space. Having enough storage space allows you to keep everything organized. In doing this you are not having to rummage or get stressed out looking for what you need. If an entire kitchen renovation is off the cards, look into smart ways to organize. For example, could you turn an old boiler cupboard into a pantry and free up space in your kitchen cupboards? Could you install some shelves to create more space that frees up the worktops? There are tons of great ideas on Pinterest for this.

Mental Health, Physical Health, and Your Home

The Garden

In addition to the house itself, the garden is also an area to focus on, primarily regarding your health. Sitting outside and getting some fresh air, meditating or just soaking up some vitamin D in the sun are all useful. Create an area where you can relax with a drink and a good book, that you could enjoy when the weather is warm.

A decked area makes a lovely patio, you can find decking builders online if you do not have the skills to do this yourself. A comfy outdoor corner sofa, a garden swing or even a swinging pod chair would all be relaxing places to sit. If you purchase a water feature, the sound of trickling water could help you relax, and tonnes of pretty flowers in baskets and bedding make the area aesthetically pleasing.

The act of gardening is good for your health since weeding, digging and even pushing a mower is all good exercise. And once you are done, you have a stunning spot to sit and enjoy all of your hard work.

Conclusion

When you improve your home and make the very most of each room, it allows you to properly enjoy your time there. It allows you to relax and unwind, both of which are good for mental and physical health. Keeping a clean and tidy home that is free of clutter, pests, and danger helps you to avoid health hazards. A home that you love can lead you to be more inclined to invite loved ones over. Being more social is great for your health! Put in the work to transform your home into a relaxing haven, both your mental and physical health will thank you for doing so.

Had you considered improving your home as a way to improve your general well-being? Which rooms do you think are the most important to focus on when it comes to this?

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