Sep 3, 2022

7 Tips for Making Your Home a Soothing Oasis

 A sign with a home sweet home written on it. 

Having a home where we feel calm and safe is very important, especially if you're going through challenging times. Struggling with psychological hardships such as battling addiction, for example, requires both support from friends and family and a safe haven to go to and weather the emotional storm. Achieving mental balance and keeping it, particularly while dealing with serious issues, is a process with many ups and downs. Experts in psychology say that our surroundings significantly impact our mental stability and strength. This refers to both our relationships with other people and our interaction with the environment we spend time in. Making your home a soothing oasis can help you stay balanced and happy. Without further ado, here are some tips on how to do that. 

Declutter your home, and you will declutter your thoughts

This one is simple. The chaos around you disturbs your mind. Regardless of whether something is troubling you or not, too much unnecessary stuff randomly thrown around the house is unsettling for everyone. The process of decluttering will not only liberate your home and make your life easier, but it will also be good physical exercise. Being active is an integral part of mental recovery, so decluttering will help you in multiple ways.

Making your home a soothing oasis requires plants

The importance of nature for a human being is often overlooked. Nature has a unique and subdued method of returning the balance where there is none. Fill your home with various plants and watch how their presence soothes you. Caring about these silent and green roommates will also be therapeutic. You may even find it pleasurable and continue doing it more elaborately as a hobby. Apart from the mentioned benefits, plants are both a beautiful addition to any home from the interior design point of view. They also produce oxygen and make your home healthier, so there is no reason not to arrange some of them around your home.

A corner of a room with many different potted houseplants
Plants are extremely useful for making your home a soothing oasis

Design a comfortable area for socializing with friends and family

Whenever people go through difficult moments, whether physical or psychological, the first reaction of most is to shut themselves away from everyone. The experts on battling addiction from say this is the wrong approach. No one should try to go through any hardships alone, especially those related to health. For that reason, make an effort to create a socializing area in your home that you will frequently use. A relaxing setting in your backyard involving candles, cozy chairs, cushions, and glasses of the same color would make you and your friends feel as if you were at some exciting location somewhere. Your friends and family will love to visit you and spend time in your little sanctuary, and you will feel better while having company. The investment is much smaller than the reward. 

A woman sitting by the window feeling sad, which is something that can be reduced by making your home a soothing oasis.
Avoiding people is worse when dealing with emotional troubles, so create a space great for socializing with friends and use it for that purpose

Use the colors that promote pleasant feelings

Colors have a powerful role in the forming of your emotions. Although there are various theories about what colors exactly invoke certain feelings, it is best to do some practical research of your own. There are many showrooms where you can view various colors on the walls and decide how you feel about each one. The general rule is that brighter and neutral colors are soothing and bring good energy. But you might feel very serene when looking at a bright red wall each day. Do a bit of theoretical research online and then do some practical sampling. Surely you will find a combination of colors that will make your house a relaxing haven for your eyes.

Put out of sight bad times memorabilia

Items that bring back memories can be tricky. Some can be used as an abstract anchor that brings us gound us after an agitated fit. Yet, there are items we keep on display even though they cause us pain whenever we look at them, even for a moment. Such are the wedding photos after the divorce. An item from our past that brings back memories of the days we are not proud of is detrimental to a person in a painful stage of the healing process. Our advice is to carefully filter through all that you own and see around your home often and remove those things that do not positively affect you. This can be temporary or permanent, which you will decide once you are fully healed and ready to revisit the past.

Create a corner for your hobby and relaxation

The time you spend alone with yourself is of utmost importance. Letting your thoughts wander uncontrollably is not a good idea if you still haven't reached the mental balance you seek. Instead, fill your alone time with things you enjoy doing. Make sure you channel your thoughts in the right direction. Arrange a quiet area that is secluded, such as an attic, a corner of your bedroom, or a spot under the tree in your yard. Put comfy pillows and a chair and heal your thoughts. Meditation is a great way to unwind, for example, and so is listening to relaxing music or painting. It's also a great way to help you if you're struggling to find an anchor, like during addiction treatment. You can try numerous activities, such as reading or putting together a ship model. Whatever your favorite may be, arrange this relaxation corner by it and let go of all worries there.

A woman sitting at a table in a garden reading a book, having coffee with a computer next to her.
Create a cozy corner of your home or yard where you can spend quality time alone.

Introduce more light

Finally, to bring more light into your soul, introduce more light into your home. Just like with colors, light has a quiet yet powerful way of impacting your emotions. The amount and intensity of light can affect your sleeping as well as your overall energy levels. Too much darkness can summon depression which is never a good thing. This is especially true for people recovering from a psychological and physical rollercoaster. Some individuals may find spending time in shadier areas soothing, but most people brighten up when the space is brighter. 

To bring more light into your home, you could replace the more opaque curtains with fully transparent ones. The furniture pieces blocking the light may have to be relocated too. Where these solutions are not applicable, install more light fixtures. So if you are set on making your home a soothing oasis, the rule related to light is – the more, the merrier.

Final thoughts

Everyone should feel safe in their home, both literally and figuratively. If you are going through difficulties, this is all the more important. With just a bit of effort put into making your home a soothing oasis, you may significantly improve the chance of success of your journey to recovery. Therefore, it's an effort worth making. 

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