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How Your Living Space Affects Your Mental Health

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In a sense, your living space is an extension of yourself. It’s where you can showcase your sense of style and create a space that’s truly yours. It’s also meant to be a safe haven, where you can relax, unwind and be yourself.

As it turns out, your living space and environment directly impact your mental health. With that being said, it’s important to personalize your space and make it feel like home — whatever that means for you. Keep reading to find more tips on how to optimize your living space for greater mental health and wellbeing.

Stay Clean and Organized

Physical clutter not only takes up space in your home but in your mind as well. Clean, minimalist living space can help increase positive emotions and alleviate depression.

A simple yet effective way to keep your home clean and clutter-free are to address things such as mail, dishes, or laundry to avoid them from piling up. As a landlord, provide extra storage space so tenants can store unused items out of sight.

Display Items You Value

Surrounding yourself with objects that you love is an important part of making your home feel more comfortable and familiar. It’s what makes a house a home so don’t forget to add personal touches to make your space feel like you.

You could start by displaying your favorite books on a coffee table or a photo gallery of all your favorite memories with family so that you see them every day.

Choose Calming Colors

One of the simplest ways to optimize your space for better mental health is by decorating with the right colors and patterns. There are so many ways you can add your favorite colors and patterns into your space, whether it be wall art, dish towels, curtains, or throw pillows.

Try painting your rental walls a calming color such as a light shade of blue or green. This will help your space feel more bright and relaxing.

Prioritizing your mental health is extremely important, especially with the uncertain times we’ve been living in. If you are looking for more tips, check out this infographic below so you can optimize your living space for better mental health.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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