Your bedroom says a lot about you; it’s arguably the room you spend the most time in and you decorate it accordingly. The colours, the wallpaper, the decorations, the furniture… All of it is a reflection of yourself, but does it also work the other way around? Does your room affect the person you are? How does your room affect your mental health? Are there things you can change in your room to improve your mental health? The answer is a hard yes for all of these questions!
Let’s look at some ways you can change up your room in order to improve your mental health:
- Keep colours in mind.
- Pay attention to structure.
- Good light is essential.
- Switch things up.
- Plant some plants.
- Don’t hide yourself away.
- Smell and smile.
“Your mind mimics the chaos of your environment.”
Having a room that is messy and cluttered can make a person feel disorganised and anxious. Taking the small step of picking your clothes up off the floor and taking out the trash can go a long way to decluttering your room and your mind.
An additional step to take is to donate what you decide to throw out; this not only helps you clean out your room, but it also makes you feel good about yourself and can significantly elevate your mental health.
For a quick and painless guide on decluttering, click here.
2. Keep Colours in Mind:
Colours have a way of stimulating the mind and triggering different emotions. Different colours are associated with different moods, different actions and even different stress levels. It is important to note that while some colours do have common connotations, some have personal meaning and won’t be the same for everyone.
A nice, soft blue has been known to have a calming effect. Just think about the ocean and a clear blue sky and you immediately feel at peace… Having a light blue colour decorating your room can have a relaxing effect on your mind; it can help you calm down after a long and anxiety ridden day. There is a link between the colour blue and good mental health that has been made evident through various scientific studies. Finally, some have proven that there is even an association between productivity, as well as a sense of security, and the colour blue.
“Green, which is Nature’s colour, is restful, soothing, cheerful, and health-giving.” – Paul Brunton
This natural colour has a refreshing and serine association. Making use of green in your room can bring an element of peace to your mind. Green is also associated with nature, which most people relate to tranquility.
White creates a sense of openness, lightness and cleanliness that can relieve anxiety. While a white room isn’t incredibly practical, it does lift a heavy mood that may be affecting your mental health.
Red is a bit of a paradoxical colour, as it evokes feelings of strength and passion, but can also lead to aggression. One thing is for sure: red is a very intense colour.
Add this colour to your room in small quantities to energise you and add a sense of passion to your every day life.
Yellow is an incredibly bright colour and too much of it can be tiring to the eye, however, in small amounts, yellow can increase the energy and warmth of a room.
3. Pay Attention to Structure:
Considering how much time you spend in your room, it makes sense to insure that the structure is the most logically and plausibly laid out version that it can be.
You don’t want to feel like you’re trapped and trying to navigate a maze in your own room.
You need a clean, decluttered space to move around to avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed, which could lead to intense feelings of anxiety.
An open room creates a sense of freedom and serenity and helps to improve your mental health.
Make sure you have an allocated area to work and an allocated area to rest. Combining these two areas can create tension and prevent your mind from resting properly when the time comes. Having the association between your bed and rest makes for a transition between thinking and switching off that runs more smoothly.
Furthermore, it has been proven that increasing the amount of round edges (as opposed to rough, sharp ones) can help you relax. Make sure to keep an eye on your “Soft Geometry”!
4. Good Light is Essential:
If your room is always dark, it will start impacting your mood. Consequently, you could become depressed and tired.
Allowing some sunshine into your room will improve your mental state. Furthermore, your daily dose of Vitamin D will improve.
Ensuring good light in your room will guarantee a lighter, more stable mental health.
Some ways to make a room seem lighter:
- Always make sure to open all of the curtains and blinds.
- White walls reflect the light and make a room feel brighter.
- Try and create more open space in your room to create the illusion of light.
- Open some windows.
That being said, ensure that your room is dark enough at night that it doesn’t affect your sleep. Make sure to have heavy curtains or blinds to block out any light coming from outside your room, as bad sleep has an enormous negative impact on your mental health.
5. Switch Things Up:
There’s no better way to stimulate your brain than to switch things up a bit. If your room has looked the same way for ages, changing the layout can make your mind feel refreshed; moving your furniture around can really make you feel like you have a fresh start at life.
6. Plant Some Plants:
“Especially for those who want to boost their mood, their home should feel like spring and summer rather than fall or winter.” – Ken Lauher
Plants have a way of bringing life into a room. Not only do plants in a bedroom have health benefits (including lower blood pressure), but they also reduce anxiety. To add to that, they also filter the air you breathe and provide fresh air in your living space.
Finally, another advantage that having plants in a room brings to the table, is the reminder to practice self-care; watering them serves as a reminder that you need to pay attention to yourself too.
Take care of your mental health, put a plant in your room!
7. Don’t Hide Away:
Showcase your achievements:
- Hang up certificates.
- Display trophies on a shelf.
- Show all the medals you’ve ever won.
No achievement is too small to celebrate; you deserved every single one of them and you deserve to be able to showcase them with pride. This will help you feel more successful and remind you of your worth on days you might have forgotten. Showcase your achievements in your room with pride and see how your self-worth and your mental health skyrockets!
8. Smell and Smile:
Your sense of smell has a bigger impact on your mood than you would think: it can help you relax, keep your mind sharp and even help you fall asleep. Looking after your room’s scent can be as simple as regularly taking out the trash and doing laundry as often as you can.
Furthermore, you can also take it a step further and light a candle or buy a diffuser. Do some research about essential oils and find the one that caters to your needs.
Make sure you walk into your room and smile when the waft of air hits you.
Considering how much time you spend in your room, it’s no surprise that it an influence your mental health.