You may be familiar with the concept of a sensory garden. Essentially, it’s a garden that stimulates your senses in a way that promotes wellbeing. You can apply the same concept to help with making home your haven. Here are some tips to help.
The sense of smell may be the most underrated of all human senses. It does, however, play a key role in mental and emotional wellbeing. In fact, it can even play a role in physical wellbeing. There are scents that can make at least some people feel physically unwell.
If you’re forced to use products with unpleasant smells, try to maximize ventilation before, during, and after use. Ideally, you should get fresh air into the area. If you’re stuck with air-con, try to make sure that your air-con unit is actually exchanging the air in your home with the air outside.
Consider putting a reed diffuser in your entryway. This is a safe and convenient way of creating a pleasant, low-level scent. In a hallway, it can act as a “welcome home” and an indication that it’s time to relax. Then put diffusers throughout your home so you can always have your choice of scent whenever you want it.
Touch is often thought of in purely practical terms. In actual fact, however, it can also play a huge role in mental and emotional wellbeing. For example, just thinking about someone you love giving you a hug can make you feel better.
Humans tend to have an affinity with natural materials. That’s another reason to avoid plastic as much as you can, especially single-use plastic! It literally doesn’t feel good. Try to use natural textiles on your seating and your bed, particularly your bed. Bedding from natural textiles has the ability to breathe. This stops you from getting clammy and can help you sleep much better.
Soundproof your home as effectively as you can. This will help to block unwanted sounds and, hence, allow you to focus on your own choice of audio. Soundproofing your home is much healthier than wearing headphones for long periods. This can damage your hearing.
In general, the most effective way to soundproof a home is with textiles. Thick curtains will help block out sound from the street. Carpets will help block out sound from lower floors. If you can’t have or don’t want carpets then at least put down some rugs. If you have problems with noise from through the wall when you sleep, try an upholstered headboard.
There are all kinds of ways you can stimulate your sense of sight in a positive way. If you can paint, then you can use color on your walls. Even if you can’t, you can use color-changing light bulbs to create the effect you want. Use art, photos, and decor, literally anything you love.
Make sure you eat healthily at home (and preferably out of it too). Consider growing some of your own food. Sprouts, herbs, and edible flowers, for example, can all be fitted into the tiniest of spaces.