There's a reason people say your home should be a reflection of you. You see, your physical environment plays a major role in your mood and mental well-being. So if you're a person who suffers from anxiety, embrace these decor ideas that are proven to ease stressors.
According to the Journal of Environmental Psychology, house plants (especially flowering ones like Anthurium) help decrease stress levels. Now that's something just about every room in your home could use, right?
Even if you typically veer toward bright and eye-catching colors, those hues could ramp up your anxiety at home. Meanwhile, blue has been proven to reduce blood pressure and make you feel sleepy and less stressed, which sounds especially appealing for bedrooms.
This isn't a hard rule, but filling up your home with books and knick knacks creates a cluttered environment, which leads to an increased level of cortisol (a stress hormone), according to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Talk about a good reason to embrace empty space.
Just like clutter can be overwhelming and lead to excessive cortisol, you might want to limit how many patterns you mix and match in your home too. Skip the polka dots and stripes and go with solids to create a calming environment that won't rev up your anxiety.
Did you know excess noise causes excess stress? Now that's not good for someone who already struggles with anxiety. So to help yourself cut the habit of clicking on the TV as soon as you get home, keep it stashed away in a media cabinet.
According to the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture, fresh flowers provide a natural aesthetic beauty that soothes and is known to lower levels of stress and anxiety. So the next time you walk by a flower market, buy a fresh bundle for the sake of your mental health.
Feng shui is a practice aimed at achieving harmony with your spiritual self and physical environment. According to this practice, you should position your bed on the opposite side of the room from your door, but not directly opposite of it, to create a relaxing flow in your room.
University of Pittsburgh researchers found that when hospital patients were exposed to natural light, they experienced less pain and stress. So instead of covering up sunshine with window treatments, why not nix them altogether?
A study from the University of Miami School of Medicine proved that smelling lavender "had a significant transient effect of improving mood, making people feel more relaxed and performing math computations faster." Stash bundles of this pretty flower in your bedroom and laundry room to ease your anxiety.
Sure, the bathroom is one place you probably need a reflective surface (how else are you supposed to expertly apply your eyeliner?). But researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry in London found that looking in the mirror could make people feel extra stress about their appearance, meaning you might want to go mirror-free in other spaces.