What is wellbeing?
Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” It’s the complex combination of our emotional, mental, physical and also social health. When the needs of each of these are met, it can promote life satisfaction, resilience to difficulties and overall happiness.
Our environment can also play a huge factor in our well beingness. Recent studies have shown how pleasant surroundings can help to improve your mood and also affect your immune system.
So does your home environment improve your wellbeing and, if so, how can you help to improve it?
De-clutter the mess, so that you can de-stress
Stress is a proven factor against contributing to your overall wellbeing. It can cause physical health problems such as hypertension and irritable bowel syndrome. Therefore, managing your stress levels is a key factor to consider when developing your home environment.
An eyesore such as an untidy, dirty, or overwhelming environment can cause us to feel down, worried, or even helpless. As opposed to a well-organised, clean living space, which gives us a feeling of calm and contentedness. Free up space by having a spring clean and getting rid of things that you no longer need or enjoy
Lighten up the place
Studies show that natural daylight is associated with improved moods and energy levels. Therefore, it’s really important to make the most of the natural light available. Try to have light curtains or blinds in dark rooms and ensure that you don’t block the window space with bulky furniture. Using mirrors, opposite sources of light can also help to spread natural sunlight into the other corners of the room. To help assist your body clock, try using dimmable lighting prior to going to bed. This has been shown to also improve the quality of sleep itself.
Be comfortable in your surroundings
We all possess a strong desire to feel safe and secure, especially within our home environment. Physical comforts, such as the right temperature, are key to helping us feel relaxed and comfortable. Optimising home accessories such as bed linen and throws for example, can help us with this. During colder climates, you may want to consider having some small carpets and rugs over any cold floors, which you can then store away throughout the warmer months of the year, so that you can feel the coolness under your feet.
Don’t neglect the senses
When considering what to do with your space at home, it’s often quite tempting to just consider the visual aspects, such as colour combinations. But while colour is still a key factor in creating a relaxing space to enjoy, your other senses should also be put into consideration. For example, having fresh flowers and scented candles in your home can help to bring brightness and create a sense of wellness. Likewise, consider texture within your space. Large cushions and fluffy blankets can bring about good vibes which help you to feel more relaxed and cosier within your home.
Studies have shown that even just short contact with nature can significantly reduce stress levels. If you are lucky enough to have a view of nature, then make the most of it; plan your furniture layout so that you can enjoy it. If not, you could use indoor plants, terrariums, and artistic scenes of nature to help to create the effect of bringing the outside in.
By creating a space that helps you to feel positive, peaceful and tidy, will help you to reflect those same values within your current mindset. Try it - have a look around you to see what you could change within your home environment, which you’d also like to change within yourself.