Creating Mental Health Spaces in Your New Home

Studies have demonstrated that the design and furnishings of your living space can impact your mental health. Because of that, wellness designs and mental health spaces are becoming a trend in new construction real estate. However, your new home doesn’t have to be a new build to be a wellness haven.

If you’re moving into a new home, here are tips for creating a mental health space in any new home.

Bring in Natural Light

Natural light wards off seasonal depression and improves sleep. Some homes, particularly those facing south, tend to have more natural light. However, you can make the most of the natural light by ditching drapes and heavy curtains. Another idea is to position a mirror so that the sunlight bounces off it, brightening the room’s four walls.

Create a Spa-Like Bath

A soak in a hot tub can relieve stress and anxiety and improve your mood. If your new home has a soaking tub or freestanding tub, you’re ahead of the game. Either way, making a few changes in your bathroom can enhance the benefits of a hot bath.

One small change is installing a dimmer switch on your overhead light fixture, turning off the lights, and arranging candles around the tub. Perhaps buy a bath caddy to keep fancy soaps and your favorite beverage handy while you soak. Invest in matching plush towels, decorate the room in neutral tones, and install speakers to listen to soothing music.

Hide all the toiletries away that aren’t pleasing to the eye and install open shelves with artwork and decorative treasures.

Make Space for Hobbies

Research shows that people who spend time on hobbies are less likely to suffer from depression or stress. Creating a private place in your new home to pursue your hobbies can be helpful. Depending upon the pursuit, this might be a basement, a part of a garage, or a room. If you can’t spare a whole room, put a divider in a room to create your space.

Wherever your hobby space is, set up the necessary materials neatly to begin work on your hobby immediately without needing to search. Be sure the lighting is conducive to your needs.

Design a Dedicated Meditation Space

Those who have or hope to have a mindfulness practice will find a dedicated meditation space helpful. While having a whole room is ideal, you can create a meditation space in a corner, closet, or garden. The idea is to pick out and prioritize an area where you can focus.

Comfort is one key to a meditation space. Load the area with meditation cushions, floor pillows, rugs, and throws. Sound baths and other relaxing sounds are helpful. Candles or Himalayan salt lamps can help set the mood.

Another key to a meditation space is simplicity. Avoid cluttering the space with objects; they can lead to a cluttered mind.

Finally, bring in nature. Natural light is essential. Plants, stones, or greenery in your meditation space can also help achieve balance.

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