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4 Elements That Can Make Your Home Spacious Again.

4 Elements That Can Make Your Home Spacious Again.

Decades ago the world used to be the home for approximately 1 billion inhabitants, now we have 6 times the amount it once was. Deaths and births is an everyday ordeal in many parts of the world, while one community decreases another increases. This has led to competition for space and maximizing a space.

While having a home is considered a huge luxury and a great accomplishment, we are constantly having our own battles with space. We aren’t sure on how we can maximize our space and create an ambiance which is welcoming and spacious.

How can you use your space to its maximum potential? Can you make any home transform into a picture for a magazine cover? All these questions have lead us this article, where you can find out how your space can be turned from a drag into a fantasy.

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1. Use The Right Colors

Personally, I recall, the first time I moved into my own apartment; I had a pretty small loft where I had to incorporate my bedroom , dressing, dining and office together. I cracked my head and got myself in a rut trying to figure out how to maximize my space.

Stumbling upon a magazine I realized the one way to make my tiny loft seem like a huge mansion is to choose the right colors to accentuate my space. Off white tones, light green, soft blue and yellow have proven to create wonders in a small space. Painting my loft with off-white tones and shading the trimming in an even lighter color, made my space look larger then it supposed to.

This gave me the motivation to get up in the morning and continue on working, as well as enjoy a good night sleep. Space well maximized is a place that creates productivity as well as peace.

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2. Choose The Right Type Of Doors

We have all seen English movies where the doors are embroidered with amazing architecture as well as made with the finest wood. From Japanese traditions all the way to European heritage, history has exhibited their power and growth through their design and architecture. Doors have played a crucial part in that too.

One of the great hacks that I’ve found out is to incorporate Bi-folding doors in one’s living space. Bi-folding doors are doors that have either two folds or a singular fold. These doors extend when needed and you can easily extend the spaces in your house due to the fact that you aren’t building an extra wall to accommodate a door. Unlike the French doors or the Patio doors, the bi-fold doors consume less space as well as come with an exquisite and intricate design.

On the other hand in this modern world, a multi-purpose home is something to be proud of. If you’re able to extend your space from a small office to a party venue, then you can definitely impress your friends.

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3. Make Use Of The Mirror Elements

If you grew up in an Asian household, you would find mirrors in various corners of the house. It’s used to ward off evil and it’s sometimes used to attract good luck. Hence if you walked into any Asian house you will feel this odd sense of spaciousness and calmness. It’s accentuated by the brightness of their home and the warmth of their color palettes.

How do mirrors create an illusion of space? The reflecting properties of mirrors don’t only reflect what’s in front of you but also reflect the space hence extending it to twice the actual space. Mirrors also reflect light and these elements together create a cohesive yet elegant space for you to function.

A bright and spacious place doesn’t only give you the comfort of a new home but also keeps your mind healthy and your life productive.

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4. Choose The Right Type of Windows

No home is complete without the right type of windows. Windows create the illusion of space as it allows natural light in. Sunlight usually gives a home the ambiance of warmth and comfort. Therefore a home with no windows creates chaos and negativity.

Usually, homes with larger windows create a wider space area, however, depending on the rooms the windows should be catered to them. Bedrooms should have a wider window to allow the maximum amount of sunlight to penetrate the room, giving you the boost you need to wake up.

In the living room, vertical windows help create a welcome and homely room. How you arrange the windows is up to you, however, consulting an interior designer would help you navigate through designing your home.

In Conclusion.

Any space can be made spacious with the right tools. Find out what your home needs and gets to it.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2018

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]

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Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

Looking at images of loved ones

While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.

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In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]

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Exercise

Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.

Meditation

Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.

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In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.

With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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