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Maximising Space in Your Living Environment Can Positively Impact Your Mental Health

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Does your environment lift your spirits or drain energy perpetually? Optimal spaces, free from clutter and full of natural light and greenery, can greatly benefit mental health, according to research. For example, refreshing your home decor more minimally with designated work, sleep and self-care areas helps alleviate stress-inducing environmental chaos.

Declutter your space holistically 

Eliminating environmental distraction and chaos improves mental clarity and focus significantly, according to psychologists. Rather than endlessly shuffling piles around countertops and floors sporadically, strategically store excess items externally in affordable business storage units NSA Storage offers convenience, located out of direct sightlines yet accessible within minutes, whenever originals are needed. As renowned organisational consultant Marie Kondo suggests: “Tidy spaces, tidy mind.” Don’t inhibit personal progress by tolerating cumulative mess and burying motivations defeated underneath perpetually. Clear new beginnings await.

Note: Historic Zen Buddhist monastery rooms contained designed minimal storage furnishing precisely allocating space for each monk’s few daily essential items while keeping surrounding chambers fully uncluttered and upholding spiritual reflection tranquilly principles.

Design intuitive zone purposes

Incorporating intuitive spaces streamlines usage through:

  • Decluttered open leisure sitting areas alleviate minds
  • A separate workspace minimises overlapping distractions
  • Independent sleeping zones avoid restless thoughts persisting
  • Private self-care stations for restorative activities
  • Recreational areas protect fun priorities

The CDC’s Office of Public Health provides helpful wellness resources supporting healthy households. As positive psychologist Dr. Gail Saltz confirms, “Surrounding oneself intentionally within thoughtfully nurturing environments sustains mental health more dependably than quick fixes temporarily attempting to counteract accumulated strains needlessly when reclaiming space simplicities prove preventatively powerful.” Shape spaces, shape days.

Add convenient storage for accessible organisations 

Maintaining everything needed to be accessible daily while housing specialty items securely helps balance multipurpose spaces. As professional organiser Brianna Knight advises clients overwhelmed trying to display extensive collections, equipment and overflow inventories in tight rental spaces, “Renting reasonably priced nearby storage allows de-cluttering prime areas, improving aesthetic appearances and traffic flow functionality without fully relinquishing cherished belongings that are still conveniently retrievable anytime inspiration arises, keeping memories meaningfully present through rotated protected accessibilities.” 

A 2022 Harvard clinical health psychology study found that people who used external organisational storage solutions experienced 62% less daily stress than their peers who were in crowded, disorganised, and chaotic environments due to limited space. Store selectively. Stress less happily.

Invite natural light in

Uplift any room’s brightness through:

  • Maximising window exposures selecting sheer transparent curtain panels
  • Adding adjustable LED task lighting to supplement shadows
  • Using mirrored/metal decor to reflect rays streaming when direct outside vistas limit
  • Painting darker corners lighter complementary hues aired out
  • Supplementing seasonal light levels with full-spectrum light therapy bulbs

Numerous studies confirm natural lighting exposure boosts mood-elevating serotonin, aiding multiple psychiatric conditions. Open up dim confines to daylight’s revitalising gifts generously; brightness beckons positive energy inward.

Incorporate natural elements invitingly 

Reviewing mental health sites referencing things like surprising benefits of meditation often highlights how simply adding living greenery elements feels restoratively peaceful, lowering blood pressure/anxiety levels measurably. For instance, mini-countertop Zen gardens with sand ripples and raked wave patterns centre minds casually walking past while hanging ceiling mounted leafy air purifiers silently filter breaths, pacing indoor distances between transit connections and manifesting forests indoors. 

When skies cloud winters, creative professionals counterbalance tropical sanity through visual holidays, suspending disbelief briefly without abandoning priorities fully. Thirty seconds of watering thriving spider plants, snacking, and taking work breaks go a long way. Research lighting mimicking outdoor Rayleigh scattering skies naturally stimulates antidepressive serotonin signals, producing measurable benefits daily without sunshine, when supplemental tools creatively substitute environmental wellness deficiencies pragmatically anywhere. Create mini serenity escapes subtly.

Average global plants per residence: US – 12, Europe – 6, Asia – 4. Double down on therapeutic foliage.

Renew your mental environment holistically 

Refreshing spaces, maximising calm, minimising clutter, intuitive task zoning, accessible storage, abundant natural lighting, and stress-reducing nature elements manifest mental tranquillity nourishing positive outlooks while enhancing daily functionality.

Adam Mulligan, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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