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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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