Winter might be considered one of the cosiest seasons of all in the home, but with the holidays fast approaching, it can also be a pretty stressful time, as well. For that reason, you want to think about what you can do to de-stress your home and turn it into a place where you can relax and let all your worries slip away, however momentarily. As such, we’re going to look at some tips to make your home the stress-free haven that you need in time for winter. You should also consider these ways to manage stress all year round!
Don’t give yourself the cold to worry about
If there’s one thing that’s going to draw your attention to the reasons to be miserable in winter, it’s the cold. If you can’t get away from the cold, it’s only natural that it’s going to affect your mood. However, if you’re able to stay warm, then you can better appreciate the cosy side of the season. Keeping the home warm in the winter can demand some work, depending on the state of the home. Ensuring that it is insulated should be the first step, after which, you have your heating appliances checked to make sure that it’s working efficiently and effectively. After that, be sure to check for air gaps in the windows and doors to make sure there are no spots where the heat can easily escape.
You also want to make sure you have plenty of equipment ready to tackle the cold in case it snows, this would include considering whether you’ll need winter tyres or tyre chains, a car snow shovel to help you clear the driveway in case of snowfall, de-icing salt or grit and don’t forget a reflective jacket which can help other cars see you in any situation where you might have to get out of the car to clear some snow.
Give yourself plenty of light
One of the parts of winter that can genuinely affect a lot of peoples’ moods is the relative lack of light compared to the rest of the year. The sun is going to rise later and is going to set sooner, meaning we don’t get as much sun throughout the day. This can contribute to changes in your emotional health, including causing depressive moods and deepening your response to stress. You can do what you can to maximize natural light or add more accent and ambient lighting to help create a warm light throughout the home throughout the day, but you can also look at the kind of light boxes that can help better emulate brighter lighting and are typically used by those who experience the seasonal affective disorder.
Keep fond memories around you
Mantras are a self-affirming practice, a saying or phrase that we repeat to ourselves to reinforce positive emotions, beliefs, and to manage our mood. There are things that you can decorate the home with that can have much the same effect. This can include photos of your, friends, family, places you love, and memories you cherish. For other people, using their hobby in their decor can create similarly positive moods. Creating a focal point out of these personal decor items can help you use them as something of a mantra, giving you a little mood boost whenever you look at it.
Speak to all of your senses
The kind of atmosphere that home provides and its ability to help you beat back stress is not just about how it looks. It’s about how it appeals to all of your senses. One of the senses that is most powerful at affecting your mood and mental state is your sense of smell. Aromatherapy is so widely used for just that reason. Scented candles are popular in winter for just that reason, but if you prefer to have a longer lingering scent without as much of a fire risk then homemade wax melts might be the better option for you. Find a scent that helps you to relax, whether it’s lavender, ylang-ylang, dark cherry, or something else entirely and make sure that your home provides it.
A touch of softness can make a big difference
Of course, when we talk about ensuring that your home can cater to all of your senses, then we have to talk about your sense of touch, as well. Even if you typically love the minimalist approach with all of its smooth surfaces, the touch of softness can help you better sink into the cosy side of winter. A good placement of area rugs to help your feet stay warm, a nice throw for your couch, and a few more cushions to cuddle up to can help you easily get the touch of comfort that you need every now and then.
But don’t let it cluttered up
You might follow the tip above to start adding some soft furnishings around the home, but the minimalist rule of “less is more” applies when it comes to the effectiveness of battling stress. Clutter is a well-known cause of stress, affecting the ambience of the home in ways that aren’t good for your mind. Clutter is distracting, it can make a room feel claustrophobic and, especially in the lower light conditions of winter, it creates more shadows around the room, which certainly isn’t going to feel comfortable. For that reason, look at ways that you can declutter your home. You don’t need to get rid of the personal items as mentioned above that help keep warm memories and positive thoughts in your mind, but it’s likely that you can find some unnecessary clutter to do away with.