Home Decor DIY to help you De-stress



Experiencing high levels of stress? Make your home a stress-free sanctuary.


Your home is your refuge. It’s a little corner in your life where you can feel safe and relaxed when things get overwhelming.


Lately, I have been super intrigued and focusing to bring light to the determinants of health. You see, your physical environment among other environments play a major role in your overall health; mood and mental wellness including stress.


My hubby and I have found a love and hobby we share and practice. We love creating things from scratch and DIY projects are a thing in our home. While in quarantine we have had the time to focus more on our home projects.


Our latest project is this DIY patio furniture where I will be working most of my time this summer enjoying the birds chirping, Vitamin D and fresh air that makes you feel incredible.


Looking to do a DIY and find stress relief routine;


Consider:

  • Redoing a room with simple changes. Less is more and a simple refresh can maximize its comfort level.

  • Emphasize a view with nature.

  • Bring the outdoors in, and vice-versa.

  • Adding house plants; decorating and using specific types of plants offering calm-inducing qualities like lavender, succulent, peperomia etc.

  • Incorporate colors that have been proven to reduce anxiety. For instance, blue is a color that has been proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

According to the Journal of Physiology and Anthropology, house plants help decrease stress levels. [2]


In addition, plants like lavender have been shown in studies its benefits to improving mood. A study found in the Journal of Neuroscience proved that smelling lavender had a significant and positive effect in improving mood and relaxation. [1]


Further, lavender has been suggested as an excellent natural remedy to treat insomnia and improve the sleep quality. [3]


Reference

Koulivand PH, Khaleghi Ghadiri M, Gorji A. Lavender and the nervous system. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:681304. doi:10.1155/2013/681304

Lee MS, Lee J, Park BJ, Miyazaki Y. Interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults: a randomized crossover study. J Physiol Anthropol. 2015;34(1):21. Published 2015 Apr 28. doi:10.1186/s40101-015-0060-8

Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Maria Hernandez-reif, Wendy Cisneros, Larissa Feijo, Yanexy Vera, Karla Gil, Diana Grina & Ging Claire he (2005) Lavender Fragrance Cleansing Gel Effects on Relaxation, International Journal of Neuroscience, 115:2, 207-222, doi: 10.1080/00207450590519175

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