I promised a little while back to talk more about the ways that I cope with stress and anxiety. Over the past few months, I’ve been focused on creating a safe, comfortable space at home – quiet, zen, natural, tranquil… all the good stuff that makes for a happy home. These small changes have taken me away from the chaos of life, and have helped me to calm down. It has honestly been – for me – one of the best ways for me to cope. There’s something about shifting the ambiance that can work wonders on your mood. I don’t expect this to work for everyone, because it’s important to find what works for your individual needs, but I’d like to share my experience. If anything at all, you’ll develop a newfound love for your home. That alone is worth it.
Scent is a strong sense, and the right essential oils can have a positive effect on your mood. In the past, I discussed my essential oil diffuser. Lavender is my favorite for a calm night in, and this diffuser is definitely worth the investment. If you are not into a diffuser, how about a candle? Find your favorite scent to relax to.
Music sets the mood better than most things. Turn on your favorite relaxing playlist and let go of the thoughts in your mind. Music can take you to a new place.
Himalayan Salt Lamp
My favorite. Himalayan salt lamps are a natural air purifier, and produce a beautiful glow when on. There are also himalayan salt candle holders, which I also stock up on. I have one in every room of the house! It exudes negative ions, which can help promote positive energy. I definitely recommend.
Keep the TV off (hence why I have a playlist running for background noise) and put your laptop or tablet away. Just let yourself be – even for just an hour or so. I’ve found that keeping TV to a minimum each night (1-2 episodes) has been good for my soul. I am much more productive when I pass on too much TV.
I’m talking about both natural and man-made. First, natural. Natural lighting stimulates the production of vitamin D, which is responsible for making people feel happier. Open up those windows and let the natural rays in. Your room will feel brighter and have a positive effect on you. Once the sun goes down, reset the mood. I like to do this to unwind. Man-made lighting, such as lamps or even string-lights can ease your mind. Actually, the himalayan salt lamp doubles as lighting! It generates a warm orange glow.
Consider healing crystals. This isn’t for everyone, but I truly love the idea of crystals removing negative energy. They are also a natural touch to any room. I placed a few raw crystals in a bowl close by. Whether or not they absorb unwanted energies, I think they are beautiful.
Soft blankets, fluffy pillows… really create a welcoming, comfortable space. Joe thinks I am crazy for having so many throw pillows, but they all add personality and color to the room, which makes me happy. If it makes you happy, go for it.
What I am trying to say here is that your space should be 100% you. Create a relaxing and soft environment, and let its ambiance comfort you. Personally, I have really taken comfort in these changes at home, and I hope that they will do the same for you.
As always, please share your experiences in the comment below. If you have a secret, I’d love to know. xx bianca