Many of us have been working from home for almost a year, and you’d have noticed how the surroundings and décor influence your mood and productivity. With the second wave of Covid hitting is in full force, it’s even more crucial not to panic and have an anxiety attack in your own home. You can make your home comfortable and peaceful to reduce stress and let your work from home with ease.
- Neutral Tones
White can be boring, but off-white, pale cream, dark cream, or taupe have a natural feel and texture. These colors are naturally soothing. You can bring some depth by adding furnishings with shades of gold, tan, soft yellow, or pastels.
- Dim the Harsh Lights
Natural lighting is the best for any home as the sunlight will energize and rejuvenate you. But when you replicate sunlight using harsh lights, it causes discomfort and stress. Invest in bulbs with dimmers so that you can adjust the brightness accordingly.
- Bring in Scented Candles
Candles are popular because of the soft glow they emit, and when combined with natural scents of nature, scented candles help reduce stress. Choose a couple of scents that soothe you but don’t make you drowsy.
- Line Up Family Photos
The pictures of our loved ones never fail to make us smile. Pick your favorites and line up on the mantel, shelves, and walls. Each time you feel stressed, look at the happy smiles and think about some of the best days of your life.
- Soft and Soothing Draping
Be it the curtains, cushion covers, bedsheets, or quilts, pick the softer texture and design ones. Optical design can cause extra stress and should be avoided just as bold colors and sharp patterns also give the same effect. Light colors with smaller prints are a good choice.
- Plants and Greens
Even a couple of houseplants can make you smile, and if maintaining plants is not your forte, buy a batch of succulents. These are super easy to manage and come in tiny pots. A bonsai plant is both artistic and soothing.
- Flowers Can do the Trick
If plants feel like too much work, why not bring some fresh flowers? You can either buy them from a florist or pick some for your garden (or your neighbor’s). Add water to a vase and place the flowers in it, and then put this vase where you can see it when working.
- Aromatherapy with Oil Diffusers
Oil diffusers come in exotic designs. They double up as décor items as well as help spread your favorite fragrance around the room. Turning on the oil differ for a while can reduce your stress and relax your senses.
- Rely on Nature
Nature should be your best friend in stressful times. Set up your workstation close to a window that shows you the best view of the outside world. Highlight the window by contrasting the inside in slightly deeper shades. You can even complement the setup by adding an indoor plant.
- No Electronics in the Bedroom or Kitchen
Many of us make the mistake of taking our gadgets to private spaces like the bedroom and the kitchen to work simultaneously. It results in extra stress. Choose one or two areas in your home and set up the home office. Leave your laptop and work at these places.
Get rid of junk and try to keep your home as clutter-free as possible. Have a bowl of meditation stones by your side. They add beauty to the place and help calm your mind.