Sometimes it can feel like the winter is just dragging on and on and on…and on. Being cooped up indoors can really start to bring you down—and these feelings can affect your overall health and well-being. If you’re feeling a bit bummed, there are some little tricks and tips you can make at home that may give you the boost you need to get through this last leg of winter.
Many people spend quite a bit of time at home, especially down time—and the way your space feels can have a direct impact on your mood and how you feel. Ever felt really stressed and then walked into a cluttered room? For some people, the chaos of the room can perpetuate the stressful feelings they’re experiencing—and this dates back to some ancient practices.
Feng Shui & Vastu Shastra
Many Americans have heard of feng shui—the ancient Chinese philosophy that started to gain popularity in the United States toward the end of the 20th century. This art or practice is based on the concept that a room or space carries energy—this energy can influence how you feel and there are ways you can create a space that creates harmony and balance. Feng shui isn’t one of a kind either; in ancient India, dating back at least 5,500 years, Indians would practice “vastu shastra” which translates as “building science.”
These practices are complex—and people study for years on mastering these arts, but there are some methods out there you can try. These methods may or may not work for you and your home, but if you’re up to it, it’s worth a shot. Sometimes a little bit of change is just what the doctor ordered to get you feeling recharged.
5 Ways to Create Harmony & Balance
Get rid of the excess. Most of us have plenty of stuff around the house that we’re hanging onto for no reason. Ditch it! Go through closets, drawers and shelves and donate things you never use or haven’t touched in the past 12 months.
Declutter your space. The last tip will help with this—once you’ve cleared out some stuff, take stock of what you’ve kept. Find some ways to organize items (think: containers, shelves, attractive boxes) and move seldom-used possessions out of sight. This will not only free up some space, but it will decrease your cleaning routine.
Go natural. There is all sorts of research out there on the positive effects nature and natural elements can have on the psyche. Pick up a new houseplant or purchase a small, trickling water fountain. You can also find some great ideas online for growing an indoor herb garden.
Create a room with a view. “But I don’t have any views!” We bet you do and you don’t realize it. Find beauty in your view by paying attention to the little details you can see from your window or focusing on the sky and the clouds.If these don’t work for you, find a picture or painting you love and hang it on the wall where you can see it.
Add sensory comforts. Your home should be your sanctuary—make it that way! Find an all-natural candle with a scent you love, cuddle up with a cozy blanket on the couch, listen to soothing music, adjust your lighting with a new lamp or a different watt light bulb. Play with your space to find what’s comforting to you.