During the COVID-19 pandemic, we were all stuck inside our houses. For many of us, it became incredibly apparent how our home environment impacts our mental health. If you took on a DIY or home improvement project during that time, you are definitely not the only one, and there is a good reason for it. Did you know that your environment is one of the many dimensions of wellness?
Julio Licinio is a Physician Leader, Scientist, and Editor-in-Chief of world-renowned scientific journal, Molecular Psychiatry. Focused on the ‘now’, Licinio’s upcoming showcase shines a spotlight on time relevant issues, such as the psychological impact of the COVID pandemic. Today, he shares how your home impacts your well-being.
Your home is a space that you should feel calm and relaxed in. It is your escape from the world. Clutter and lack of space in the home can cause significant amounts of stress, confusion, and tension. Even seemingly small things such as color and lighting can have an impact on your mood.
If your house doesn’t feel like that calm and relaxing space, try spending small chunks of time each day to improve it. Declutter, donate items you don’t have space for anymore, and clean. Start by making small, simple changes to your home that make you feel excited and happy to be there. You could paint a wall or even add some plants to your space.