4 Ways Your Home Could Be Stressing You Out… And You Don’t Even Know It!
Most of us face a constant battle against stress. The economy is rigged in favor of your employers and against you. It can feel as though no matter how long or how hard you work, you’re always on the back foot- financially speaking. Add to this, the inevitable pressures of juggling work and family, and you have a recipe for chronic stress. And when we live in a constant state of anxiety all day, every day it can wreak havoc with our health. Stress triggers the body’s inflammatory response. While this is a common reaction to injury and illness, and a natural part of the healing process, when we have inflammation without these things it can contribute to some of our most dangerous chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. This is a partnered guest post.
Our homes should be a place where we can relieve ourselves of stress and relax in the company of those who mean the most to us. But there are many ways in which your home’s decor can actually add to your stress in ways you’re not even aware of. Here’s how…
It’s too hard to keep clean
Does it ever feel as though you’re constantly scrubbing, wiping or dabbing at something? When we make decorative choices, we can often overlook their practical implications. For instance, our carpets can quickly lose their luster when dirt, dust, pet dander and even tiny insects get ground deep into the fibers.
Instead try the cool, soothing tones of Grey Laminate Flooring combined with carefully positioned rugs. It’s a look that is inherently calming, yet easy to wipe clean.
You have too many bold colors
You should be able to express yourself however you like in your decor. And if you love bold colors, far be it for this blog to tell you to tone down your tastes. However, while a brightly colored feature wall can inject a sense of energy and cheer into a room, too many bold colors can create visual discord which may actually prevent you from being able to relax.
You don’t have enough natural material in the right places
Speaking of things that prevent you from being able to relax, your home decor should embrace natural materials wherever possible. This means eschewing synthetic fibers, chrome and plastic for wood, stone, cotton, paper and clay. And lots and lots of house plants to improve the quality of your air and imbue your home with a sense of calm and serenity.
Synthetic materials are less comfortable than their natural counterparts, and can prevent our skin from being able to breathe. This can make us cranky, irritable and uncomfortable. When they’re used in our bedding, they can also prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep.
You don’t have enough storage space
Finally, if you fail to invest in proper storage solutions, it’s inevitable that your belongings will be put on display… and it’s only a matter of time until formerly precious belongings become so much clutter. And clutter can prevent you from being able to focus and relax, potentially adding to your stress levels and even causing you anxiety in your own home. Invest in proper storage and clear away your clutter!