Unfortunatly, stress is an ineviatable factor in everyday modern life.
We all look forward to coming home after a long day, but when your house is messy, unorganised or uninspiring, it can add to the stress and often make us feel worse.
Stress has been linked to disagreeable health effects such as headaches, a loss of energy and focus, lack of appetite and even depression, so it is beneficial to create a space in your home where you can relax, unwind and let go of the stress of the day.
How do I create a stress-free environment at home?
It might not be possible to completely eliminate stress from our lives, however, being able to relax in your home is definitely a step in the right direction. We’ve put together a few tips on how to make your home a more peaceful and inviting space.
What is Feng Shui?
Loosely translating to ‘wind and water’, this ancient Chinese art dates back thousands of years and is thought of as the art of placement. It centres around the idea of ‘Chi’, the lifeforce of the world around us, and how we can allow it to flow through our homes with minimal effort and without any obstructions.
How do you use Feng Shui in your home?
Open up the space
Keep windows open and clean without too much clutter on the windowsill or bulky curtains surrounding them. Sunlight offers us natural energy, instantly brightening up the room to bring us peace and joy. Make sure you clean your windows on a regular basis to maximise their potential!
Mirrors are also an excellent way to open up a room as they help to reflect the light. When decorating smaller rooms with less natural light such as the bathroom, think about the materials that you are using and how they can have a positive effect on the room.
We have a large range of Gloss Tiles that are perfect for achieving this look, as their reflective surface works together with the light to make the space appear larger and more open than it is.
Keep it clear
Removing obstacles is a key part of Feng Shui, and this includes clutter. Try to keep your home organised, tidying up children’s toys after playtime, folding the laundry and storing it neatly away or cleaning the dishes as soon as the meal is done.
These tasks may seem simple but they can have a massive impact on your mood if they are not done. Practice completing tasks as soon as you see them so that you don’t forget about them or put them off for the future. Not only will this make your house feel tidier and more open, but it will also give you a sense of accomplishment.
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In Feng Shui, plants embody life energy. House plants connect us with nature and bring vibrancy into our homes, helping to alleviate stress and bring a calmer feeling to your interior. Make sure you find ones that are appropriate for your home and your lifestyle, for instance, pet-friendly plants or ones that are easy to care for.
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Certain plants will not only look beautiful but will also aid in creating a balanced, peaceful environment by helping to purify the air in your home. Ferns and orchids are great at eliminating airborne toxins and absorbing the dampness in the air and can be easily placed on the side for an instant bathroom boost. English Ivy is one of the top air-purifying plants as this also helps to remove mould from the surrounding air whilst looking particularly striking as it trails down.
Don’t forget the garden
Feng Shui isn’t limited to your indoor spaces. Even if you have a small garden you can create a beautiful space where you can relax and enjoy nature. The garden should feel open and unencumbered, as you want to be able to walk through the space easily, without feeling blocked or unencumbered. Rounded edges and undulating lines help to create a smooth and harmonious look.
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