5 ways to restyle your home to reduce anxiety

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5 ways to restyle your home to reduce anxiety

So, what's a girl meant to do when she's got a closet brimming with yoga pants and a masseuse on speed-dial, and she still can't manage to get her anxiety levels under control? Apparently, redecorate!

Studies show that more than 1 in 10 people are likely to experience serious anxiety at some stage in their life. Studies also show that certain home design features can greatly help to alleviate anxiety symptoms.

Homes are meant to provide a calming respite from all the stress-inducing aspects of the outside world… like slow walkers and people doing TikTok dances in public. And much to our dismay, no amount of yoga pants can substitute for that.

So, rather handily, we’ve put together all the ways you can redecorate to seize some peace of mind.

1. Be one with neutral tones

Colour helps create a mood that ties together a space and it operates in obvious ways; bright colours are energising, and muted colours are more relaxing. While the idea of painting your home beige may seem uninspiring, toasty colours often inspire a world of calm.

"Beige brings both a warmth and sense of calm to a space. Used tonally mixed with a little stone, natural wood and linen, interiors feel instantly serene,” says Twig Hutchinson, an Art Director & Design Consultant who runs interiors journal Minford.

2. You can never go wrong with texture

The sensorial elements of a room are just as important as its visual design.  “Texture always helps to create a richer experience of a space – and I think it particularly helps create a relaxing space because it engages our sense of touch and requires our brains to slow down and engage at the scale of the fingertip," says Jennifer Bunsa, founder of Bunsa Studio in Miami.

For the ultimate zen, opt for rounded accessories and soft textures. And remember (though husbands worldwide may disagree) there is no such thing as too many cushions.

3. Dial down the lighting

As much as we love the blinding glow of our TV screens in the dark, we could all do with better lighting – and no, neon lights that read "love" don't count.

Research has shown that fluorescent lights emit blue light which interferes with sleep and might raise stress levels. Go for a warmer light; it is suggested that even installing warm red or pink lights in your bedroom can make for a better night's sleep. Dimmable lights are also quite the gamechanger as they allow you to set brightness to your needs.

4. Set the tone with considered art

It is known that a good piece of art can transform a room. But what about your mood? According to studies, looking at art is proven to decrease stress levels. Our brains are wired to pick out familiar patterns, and little neurons in our heads translate what we see into forms and feelings, which can help soothe stressful thoughts.

A foolproof decor tip on how to choose the right art for your space: go with what you love.

5. Give your green thumb something to do

Aside from ensuring your space is as instaworthy as possible, plants are known to reduce stress and improve mood. If you struggle to keep anything alive, opt for low maintenance houseplants like succulents.

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