Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. From dealing with pressures in the workplace to money worries, it can be hard to escape sometimes, but our homes can provide one of the strongest forms of support in our busy lives, providing security, comfort and consistency.
From calming tones, oxygen-boosting indoor plants and allowing light to travel, homes are now exploding with wellness opportunities that provide us with the same level of self-care that our mind and body practices do.
Oxygen-boosting indoor plants
On average we spend 90% of our time indoors, where pollutants can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. The humble plant can make all the difference to the air we breathe indoors. They work hard at cleaning our air of these toxins and releasing humidity back into the atmosphere. Some of the best plants to have being Aloe Vera, Spider plant and the Peace Lily, which can also improve sleep!
Calming colour palette
Blue is a well known great colour to incorporate in the home, as it can calm your mind, lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. The colour can be used on the walls or on a key piece of furniture such as a sofa.
Another calming colour to use is Dulux colour of the year for 2020 'Tranquil Dawn'. A cool-tone shade of green which is an antidote for the "increasingly disconnected modern society". Dulux explained, "It reflects a growing desire to understand what it is to be human at a time when advances in technology are making us feel increasingly disconnected from each other". This cool and calming colour works well in both the summer and winter months, helping with those dreaded dark evenings.
A good nights sleep
A bad nights sleep can have a disastrous effect on our bodies, health and happiness. It is important to ensure that a good sleeping environment is created, from selecting the right mattress, making sure the room is dark and at the right temperature.