Feeling anxious? If your wellbeing has been suffering of late, creating a calm and peaceful environment at home is more important than ever
When we think of wellness destinations, it’s usually a weekend-long unplugged yoga refuge or luxury spa retreat that comes to mind. But right now, our homes are the safest spaces to be, meaning there’s no better time to readdress our living spaces and transform them into a calming haven of healing. Not only can such spaces minimise stress, but our surroundings can directly influence our wellbeing, too. Luckily, creating the ultimate wellness sanctuary you may never want to leave is simpler than you think.
Cut The Clutter
Whether you’re an avid follower of the KonMari method or a die-hard maximalist, there’s no denying clutter produces both physical and mental chaos. “If you have clutter in your house and it doesn’t seem inviting when you walk in, you may actually be falling ill due to it,” explains Soniyaa Kiran Punjabi, founder of premier wellbeing centre Illuminations Dubai. “Clearing spaces is actually an ancient healing practice, and follows the principles of dispelling negativity, unnecessary energies, and lingering clutter in the same way one would rid one’s house of dust and dirt on the outside.” Be it clearing out unused items for donation, or investing in appealing organisational tools like woven baskets, drawer inserts and clear storage jars, you’ll feel the tension immediately leave the room.
The Power Of Plants
If your favourite way to recharge after a stressful week is to head out into nature, why not bring the restorative qualities of those emerald escapes indoors? “Researchers have found that exposure to nature can lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, reduce cortisol levels, and balance the sympathetic nervous system activity in the body,” explains Soniyaa. “You don’t really need a green thumb to make indoor plants thrive, either – you can choose ferns, succulents, and aloe as they require little attention.” Lavender is also known for its stress-relieving qualities, which is why the scent is often found in lotions and sprays. The snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata) is also believed to reduce anxiety.
Let There Be Light
“A beautiful sunlit room can do wonders to lift your spirits, and research backs this too,” explains Soniyaa. “One study found that letting natural light in can act as a natural mood enhancer and energy booster, while helping reduce tiredness and eye strain.” A naturally lit room boosts productivity, improves mood, and creates an overall tranquil atmosphere better than an artificially lit environment does. To make the most of your space, Soniyaa recommends adding more mirrors and shiny accessories, using skylights, installing large windows and keeping them clean. “Well-placed furniture that does not block natural light-streams can also work wonders to enhance the light in a dark room,” she says
Colour Me Happy
While choosing the right colour scheme is entirely personal, try experimenting with cooler shades. Dubai-based interior designer Liza De Luna swears by the hues Gray Owl, Raindance and Ice Breaker by Benjamin Moore, as well as simple wallpapers in natural textures. Keep in mind though that a calm and amicable home doesn’t have to be bland and monotonous – simply add gentle accent colours to add depth and interest.
Create The Calm
From aromatherapy candles to essential-oil diffusers, a few small investments can make all the difference when transforming your home into a soothing sanctuary. Explore our picks above for inspiration.
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