When you have a home improvement project to tackle, you’re probably not thinking about how it might impact your health. But, there are actually things you can do to your home to benefit you both physically and mentally.
Not only do renovation and improvement projects give your home more of a personality, but they can actually change the way you feel inside your space.
With that in mind, let’s look at a few home projects you can DIY (even without any renovation skills!) and give your overall health and wellness a boost.
Clear the Clutter
Minimalism is a big trend right now, but for a good reason. In the average American home, there are over 300,000 items. Most people have more televisions in their homes than people who actually live there. On top of it, we’re piling on more waste than ever before, which is a contributing factor to environmental distress.
Getting rid of things you don’t need and clearing the clutter can actually serve as a metaphor for what it does to your mental health. An organized space helps you to stay more focused. It can also reduce your stress levels and help you to feel less anxious. So, before you start any home improvement project, take stock of the things you have, and donate, recycle, or repurpose whatever you can.
Paint a Room – Or Two, Or Three…
Painting is a great physical workout, but the colors you choose to paint with can also have an impact on your mental health. For example, warmer tones like reds and oranges can create an environment of relaxation and comfort, so they’re great for living space. Blues, greens, and other cooler colors are good for the bedroom as they encourage sleeping.
Do your home interiors need a facelift? Head to the paint store and find which colors speak to you. You can completely change the look and feel of any space with a fresh coat of paint. It’s one of the easiest and quickest home improvement projects you can do.
Upgrade Your Lighting
If you want a simple mood booster, or you want a room to feel more inviting, change your lighting source. Lighting has a huge impact on your mental health and moods. Fluorescent lighting can cause migraines, sleep issues, and even lead to depression.
Switching to LED light bulbs, especially those with a warmer, yellower tone can give your home a calmer and more relaxed environment, which can reduce stress levels and help you sleep. As a bonus, LED bulbs will help to lower your energy bills!
You don’t have to have a lot of home improvement skills or know-how to make small changes that can make a big difference. Many of these quick fixes can be done in less than a day, and can completely change the way your own home makes you feel. So, if you’ve been craving a change, or you’ve found that the state of your home has also been impacting your mental state, get started on some of these projects!