You hustle every single day at work. You take on deadline after deadline after deadline. You deal with pressure and stress constantly, which, unfortunately, can take a toll on your health and well-being if left unaddressed. At the end of the day, you just want to slow things down, breathe, and let it all go.
This is why it’s important that you consider your home a haven free from stress, negativity, and bad vibes. It should be a place you can’t wait to come to after a hard day’s work. In this article, we’ll share simple strategies you can do to turn your casa into a calming, relaxing, inspiring, and no-stress environment.
1. Clean up.
Clutter is a notorious trigger of stress. It gives us that anxious feeling, as if we have a zillion things to do but don’t even know where to begin.
“The inside of a house or apartment after decluttering has much in common with a Shinto shrine ... a place where there are no unnecessary things, and our thoughts become clear,” says Marie Kondo, Japanese organizing expert and the author of the international bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising.
Some tips we love from the phenomenal KonMarie Method are:
- Tidy all at once NOW. Who doesn’t love binge-cleaning every now and then?
- Get rid of everything, EVERYTHING, except for items that sparks joy in you. Oh, this is an absolute clutter-buster.
- FOLD your clothes, not hang. Check out the video above. It’s a must-try!
2. Fill your home with plants.
We can’t stress enough how plants affect us positively emotionally, physically, and mentally. Study after study after study continue to prove that we’re not just imagining it when we feel wonderful whenever we’re around plants and flowers.
For the have been shown to provide astounding benefits such as:
- Improving systolic blood pressure
- Reducing levels of anxiety
- Encouraging optimism, productivity, and creativity
Clueless about what plants or flower plants to pick? Here are some suggestions:
- Indoor plants and succulents
Put indoor plants like peace lily, snake plants, Chinese evergreen, vinca vines in decorative pots and scatter them all over your living and dining room. These greens not only freshen up the look of your space but work as natural bug repellents too. Succulents and terrariums make charming centerpieces.
Orchid plants are an excellent choice too. Aside from disarming you with their beauty and all the positive benefits any plant can give, orchid is also one of the plants that feng shui consider as a magnet for positive energy.
How about a little herb garden right on your kitchen window? Sage, holy basil, and rosemary would make fabulous for starters. Some sources say these herbs’ unique properties and distinct aroma can purify the air and rid it of fussy, unpleasant moods and conditions, such as anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, anger, and fear. Add that to the bragging rights you’ll have, because now you have better-seasoned meals, thanks to your very own garden.
These are just suggestions that have worked for us. But generally, what we’re saying is get rid of all things that stress you out and replace it with stuff that inspire you and make you smile. That’s the plan.