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6 Home Improvement Ideas to Liven the Mood

6 Home Improvement Ideas to Liven the Mood

Feeling a bit under the weather? Looking for a much-needed mood elevator? The walls that surround you can have a major impact on your mood and emotional wellbeing.

Here are five feel-good home improvement ideas to lift your spirits.

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1. Keep it Nice and Clean

Got stuff lying around you hardly ever use or don’t use at all? Free up space by clearing out your garage or closet. Get rid of that old coffee maker if you’re not using it. You’d be amazed at how reducing unnecessary clutter in your home can affect your stress levels.

Make space to move around freely and keep everything well-organized so you don’t work up a frenzy when you’re leaving in a hurry and can’t find your car keys.

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2. Lighten up

Good lighting is something that can instantly lift your spirits. It adds a new dimension of color, warmth, and personality to your home. What atmosphere do you prefer to have in your home? Light and relaxing or exciting and exuberant? Tune your lighting level and place fixtures accordingly. You can use LED lights; they tend to do wonders and also help save energy, hence reducing financial stress. Buying the right quality can also help you save money as they’re durable and can last a lifetime.

A slight shift in lighting is easily one of the most convenient home improvement changes to make, and for a bargain, you can have a highly positive impact on the feel and look of your rooms.

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3. Color Me Happy

You don’t have to paint the entire hall or room. Try painting just one wall in your room – an accent wall – which can affect your mood profoundly. Select a bright and neutral color that stimulates people to have lively conversations when they’re in that room. Some colors that have been proven to affect mood positively are: blue, green, violet, and beige. Just the look of it can help you destress after a taxing day at the office. There’s hardly any cost involved and you’re dramatically changing the look of your room.

4. Go for Upgrades

When we say upgrade, we don’t mean ditch a perfectly good household fixture or item and get a new one entirely. Just like painting walls or changing the lighting, you can transform objects of everyday use to make them all look more pleasing to the eye. Does the dinner table have too many scuffs to count? Drape it with an attractive table cover that invites people to use it more. Maybe the door to your room could use some polish. Feel like the sliding door between your hall and dining room is too restrictive? Trade it in for a nice coffee table or a set of silverware.

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5. Get All Artsy

Want your home to give off more positive, high-energy vibes? Incorporate natural and creative elements into your living space like a floral arrangement, health-promoting plants, or paintings that lead to feelings of calmness and serenity.

Having art present in any form can have therapeutic effects on your mood. Plus, it’s a creative way to up your home in terms of style. Even something as simple as textured wall coverings, ornate rugs, or uniquely framed family photos can add flair to your home and create highly positive vibes.

6. Use Fragrances to Evoke Positive Emotions

Just like the lighting, colors, and the sounds in and around your home, fragrances can significantly affect your emotions. Remember the last time you walked into a flower or perfume shop? How did it make you feel?
Fragrances register in your brain a certain way which affects how you feel. Some even get déjà vu or flashes of good memories from their past when taking in certain fragrances. However, you don’t want them to be overpowering so as to drive people away. A well-maintained home always smells clean and inviting to everyone. Add to that a pleasant fragrance like lilies or lavender and you’re all set. To save yourself the trouble of finding plants or flowers, you can also spray your favourite air freshener in small doses, though nothing beats doing it naturally.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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