Protecting mental health is more important than ever since the pandemic and our efforts should begin at home – the place we start and end every day. It can be easy to let our mental wellness slip by falling into harmful habits and routines. If you have noticed that you are not at your best lately, are feeling stressed, anxious, or negative, there are patterns and behaviours regarding our life at home that can be altered. In this guide, we offer some top tips for remedying poor wellness at home, helping you to get back on track towards good health.
Get some more sleep
Not many of us would say no to more sleep. Sadly, a good night’s sleep is not something that everyone is able to master. But quality sleep and plenty of rest play a key role in our overall wellness. Plenty of sleep boosts energy levels and helps us to feel more positive, having the energy to go about our daily tasks. That’s not all, poor sleep patterns can have significant negative ramifications, as World Sleep Day – a sleep awareness activity of World Sleep Society – explain:
“Because sleep is involved with many physiologic systems, insufficient sleep duration and poor sleep quality have been associated with several adverse health outcomes… mortality, weight gain and obesity, diabetes and metabolism, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, neurocognitive functioning, mental health.”
So, what can we do to get more and better sleep? The team behind the Sleep Space app, share a simple tip that can help: “Many people complain that they can’t get to sleep at night or have trouble waking up in the morning. One tip to fall asleep is to keep a consistent sleep schedule. This is key to addressing these problems. Make sure that you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.”
Create a calm living environment
If your home is a place of chaos, your mental wellness isn’t going to benefit. Our homes should be spaces of calm and peace, places where we can relax and enjoy our free time. If you are looking to shake things up at home, perhaps making a few modifications such as choosing to install a domestic house lift, why not also consider what ways you can turn your home into a bastion of serenity to improve your mental wellness? Our surroundings have a big impact on us and our mental state, so taking steps to promote calm is advised.
Ingrid, from the interior and lifestyle blog That Scandinavian Feeling, says that keeping things tidy and decluttering is just one great avenue to go down: “If you enter your home and immediately see mess it will affect your mind. Take a few extra minutes each day to make sure all your things are placed back where they should be and try to keep a minimal home.”
Embrace outdoor spaces
Getting outdoors and enjoying some fresh air is a well-known way of relieving stress and improving mental wellness. It has become accepted that time spent in green spaces can reduce your cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Nature has also been found to boost endorphin levels which will promote happiness. As a result, spending time outside, even in our gardens, is a great way to promote wellness. This can be a great incentive to get our gardens looking their best, so we actually want to sit out in the sun with a cup of tea, do some gardening, or have lunch on the patio.
Natalie Gisborne, an interior designer and blogger, has the following tip for creating an appealing and relaxing outdoor space: “Your personal oasis should be an inviting spot to relax and take your mind off of work and worries. Whether you retreat to a rattan sofa or garden lounger, the key is to have comfortable furniture that provides the perfect place to get cosy.”
Get regular exercise
Getting regular exercise and becoming more physically fit is intrinsically linked to mental wellness. Exercise can improve your mood, increase blood flow to the brain, enhance cognitive functions, and help with self-esteem. So, fitness certainly shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to promoting mental health. You don’t have to be a gym-fanatic or even leave the house; by doing some simple exercises at home each day or getting out into the garden, you can receive plenty of physical and mental benefits.
The team at the online resource When They Get Older, has plenty of tips for those advancing in years and who might not want to do anything too vigorous: “Getting outside for a walk is great for aerobic conditioning and an opportunity to see the world outside the home. But even at home, there are plenty of opportunities to get the joints moving by walking around the house or apartment. Experts suggest walking around the home while on the phone, getting up from your seat during every ad break on television, and practising stair climbing as some good places to start.”
Exorcise negativity from your home
The world can be a really negative place and life will naturally throw plenty of obstacles at us so there is no reason to make things any harder than they have to be. In your quest to promote mental wellness, exorcise as much negativity as you can from your home. Our homes are spaces we control so why let the negative energy and harmful thoughts in?
Being present in the here and now and focusing on the world around you are very effective ways to turn your negative home life into something more positive. Mindfulness teacher Melli O’Brien explains the dangers posed by negative thinking and a possible solution:
“When lost in negative thinking, we tend to be so engrossed in thoughts that we completely lose touch with what is actually happening in the present moments of our lives. We miss the little pleasures of living each day. The sunlight on your skin, the taste of the food we’re eating, a real connection with someone we love while they are talking. When we’re lost in our heads, we lose touch with the world around us…. and we lose touch with ourselves.”
What can be done to exorcise negativity from our homes? Consider reducing your news intake, perhaps. The news has so much negativity that simply reducing how much of it you consume can help you think about the positive things around you instead of being anxious about events beyond your control.
You could also try to remove politics from your life. Instead of being obsessed with every political race, perhaps even in countries you don’t live in, work on being a positive influence on your family and the local community. Social media is another culprit for negativity, with so much toxicity and negative thinking being projected into our lives. Turn it off and focus on those around you.
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Tips for promoting mental wellness at home
- Get some more sleep
- Create a calm living environment
- Embrace outdoor spaces
- Get regular exercise
- Exorcise negativity from your home
We hope the above tips prove useful in your mission to achieve greater mental wellness. Our homes are so central to our lives that it makes great sense to start here in order to become happier, less anxious, and more positive people.
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