Did you wake up today feeling tired, irritated, and uninspired?
Did you wake up the same way yesterday and the day before that?
Now before you get out of bed, take a good look around your room. Does what you see make you want to get up and start your day, or does it make you want to snooze the alarm and get back under the covers? Take a short walk to your living room or your kitchen. Does what you see make you feel relaxed or does it only add to your stress?
Consider this – part of the reason why you might be hitting a mental wall or a creative block, is because you have an unhealthy home environment. Believe it or not, our living conditions have a significant impact on our mental health.
A healthy home fosters a healthy mind.
What steps can you take today to cultivate a better living space for your mental well-being?
Take the first step towards a healthy home by decluttering. Your birthday cards from 5th grade tied up inside a shoebox have to go. So does the clothes that used to fit you 2 years ago. If you need help deciding what to throw and what to keep, buying Marie Kondo’s crowd-favorite book on minimalism ‘Spark Joy: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” might be able to point you to the right direction.
- Process the Paperwork
One healthy habit to form is to process your paperwork as soon as you open them. Don’t just take them out of the envelopes and pin them on a corkboard to get back to them later. Or, don’t open them until you’re ready to sort through them. A good rule of thumb is to keep paperwork from the last 3 months, and anything older than that must be chucked to the bin, or shredded mercilessly. Find a permanent, organized home for your important documents and IDs so you can easily access them. Not only will these efforts make more space on your countertop, but will also free up your mind.
- Paint and Decorate
Colors have a significant, science-proven effect on our mood and behavior. This is the time to put your Pinterest scrolling skills to work as you look for that perfect ambiance that would create an entirely new and improved living experience. Brighten up your room with softer shades and avoid painting large areas with dark colors as they have the tendency to make spaces feel smaller and more cramped. Hang up a favorite artwork to match your new wall color. Change your sheets to a brighter pattern. Open up your windows to let in some more natural light, which is more calming than artificial light. Bright, open spaces are more favorable to let your creative juices flowing and your mind working sharp.
- Grow some plants
Plants are great pick-me-uppers! If you don’t have a green thumb, start with low-maintenance greens like succulents or start a small herb garden by your windowsill.
These are just 4 of the many ways you can promote a healthy home for a healthy mind.
Read more concrete steps for a tidier home at Pickthebrain.com.
Let us know in the comments below which of the 4 strategies you have already done and how it has helped you build a healthy home to foster a healthy mind. We’re excited to hear your stories.