Our environments are a reflection of ourselves. We are in our homes and offices for huge portions of our time, and the way they're designed and decorated have a big influence on our lives. At Spa Sophia we know this all too well, which is why we've put a lot of thought into the interior design of our treatment rooms and lobby. Want to make your home and office a calming place as well? Here are 8 tips to make your home and office stress-free...
1. Add A Touch of Nature
Plants and flowers aren't just pretty, they're calming too. The addition of plants and flowers has been proven to ease recovery in hospital rooms, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and increase positive feelings. In offices they have even lead to reduced absence rates, lower noise levels, decreased room temperature and lower humidity. So go get that extra oxygen flowing in your home or office and add some greens.
When it's messy in your home or office, it's messy in your head. You unconsciously - or even consciously - carry that clutter with you throughout the day. So start decluttering to make your home stress free, or your office. Go through them and ask yourself: Do I really love this object? Does it add anything to my life? Do I use it? If you hesitate, it's likely time to get rid of it.
3. Get Rid of Things That Bring Negativity
That artwork a lost friend made you, those linen you bought with your ex: Some objects carry negative energy. Wether pictures or objects, if things invoke negative feelings or bring back unhappy memories, it's good to let them go. Don't do it to avoid facing problems though, and don't throw things out in an emotional moment. Clean up only when you're calm and have made peace with the associated memories.
Some stuff you just can't get rid of, even if you'd like to. Bills, anyone? That's why it's important to have ways to organize them, so they don't pile up all around. Get a binder for your important paperwork, a mail sorter for mail, boxes for small things like rubber bands and paperclips...Make sure you get organization systems that look nice though. There are many cool, creative organization systems available these days, just have a look at these and these. Who knew it could be fun to make your home stress free?
5. Use Calming Colors
Colors can have a big influence on your mood, so put some thought into which ones you use for your home or office. The walls are of course the most important, but if you can't change those, think of the colors of your artwork and functional items. Purples, greens, blues and neutral colors reduce stress, while yellows and reds have been found to raise blood pressure.
6. Let The Light In
Light is one of the most important things for wellbeing; It influences your sleeping patterns and moods, and studies have shown that the presence of natural light indoors has a very positive effect on health and stress.We're lucky here in Los Angeles where sunshine is a given, so make good use of it. Let natural light into your bedroom so you can wake up naturally, and make sure there's plenty of natural light in your living room and office.
7. Add a Personal Touch
Let your environment be a reflection of who you are and what you love, so you feel more at home. Even if you work in a cubicle there's room for photos, artwork and other decor. Having pictures of loved ones and other objects that evoke positive feelings around reminds you of the good things in life, even when you have an off day.
8. Try Some Feng Shui
Feng Shui is an ancient Chine philosophy that occupies itself with harmonizing human beings with their environment. While sometimes shrouded by somewhat extreme superstitions, the essentials of Feng Shui are quite rational. We've already mentioned a couple tips that could be considered feng shui, but here are some more:
- Make sure your workplace is set up so you have an overview of the room
- Do not work with your back towards a door
- Try to achieve some symmetry in the way you set up a space
- Create walkways that are obstacle free
- Fix things: sticking drawers and doors may be little annoyances but they accumulate in a big way