Collectively, we spend a considerable amount of time in our homes. In fact, since the advent of remote work, most of us are surrounded by the same four walls, twenty-four-seven.
For this reason, it’s critical that we find ways to rig our accommodation for happiness. We need surroundings that make us feel content, relaxed, and rested. Our spaces can significantly impact how our days unfold and what we feel like most of the time.
So what can we do to make our homes better places to live? And how can we modify them to support our happiness and wellbeing?
Switch Up Your Bedroom To Promote Sleep
The vast majority of people in this country aren’t getting enough sleep. Given the pressures of work and family, most people are lucky to get six hours, which simply isn’t enough. According to research, seven is the bare minimum. Less than that, and you’re asking for trouble.
On the flipside, getting enough sleep brings all sorts of benefits. These include better heart function, reduced stress, lower inflammation, and improved memory. You’re also far less likely to develop depression.
Here’s how to improve your bedroom for sleep:
Ensure that it is dark at night. If you live in an area with street light pollution, install blackout curtains
Allow natural light to wake you in the morning. Either allow it to stream through the window, or use a synthetic natural light beside your bed and set it to a timer
Add the scent of lavender to the room. This will help you relax
Make sure that your bed is firm enough to provide support
Don’t allow any electronic devices in the bedroom and don’t use the time before you sleep to check emails
Allow Natural Light To Enter Your Home During The Day
Not getting enough light during the day is linked to a host of problems, including poor sleep quality, seasonal-affective disorder, and depression. Therefore, it’s essential to open up your rooms and let sunlight in, particularly during the morning and noon time.
So what can you do? Firstly, you can begin by opening your curtains, allowing as much light in as possible. This is an instant solution that will immediately make you feel better.
Next, you install new windows and doors here and there that will increase the space light has to enter. Large bi-folding doors at the back of your home can illuminate the entire ground floor of your property in the morning, particularly if they are south-facing.
Put Up Photos That Mean Something To You
You can also try putting up photos that have special meaning for you. This way, you can feel like your property is your own. Photos elicit positive memories in your mind which can unconsciously boost happiness in your home.
Sort your photos one at a time and go through each of them. Look at photos on your phone or computer and ask which of them you would like to print out and frame. Choose photos that depict good times.
Set Up A Place Where You Can Meditate
The benefits of meditation are extraordinary, and yet relatively few people actually practice it. It’s only a daily practice for around one percent of the population, with only 15 percent dabbling in it from time to time.
One way to encourage meditation is to set up a space in your home for it. Having a beautiful environment in which to relax is essential for anyone looking to achieve lasting peace of mind in their home.
When you meditate, you bring all sorts of benefits to your life. You can:
Release things that are outside of your control
Feel fiercer and bolder in daily life
Take steps towards your goals or life ambitions
Embrace change and realize that all things are impermanent
Accept negative thinking patterns and allow them to pass by
Realize that there will always be more money in life
Make peace with your personal imperfections
Accept that life is about progress, not perfection
Practice acts of self-compassion
Allow yourself to feel a deep sense of bliss, independent of your circumstances
Make Your Bed
Many internet gurus swear by making your bed. But what’s the reason for this?
According to research, only 27 percent of people make their beds. However, those that do report being happy an astonishing 70 percent of the time (which is pretty good in our society). However, among those who didn’t make their bed, only 38 percent were happy.
Making your bed only takes a few seconds, but it can have a remarkable impact on your day. Try it for yourself and see what happens.
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