If you have anxiety, the sheer thought of decorating your home — especially if you just dealt with the stress of moving like me and David did! — can feel overwhelming, or even impossible. But did you know that you can actually reduce your anxiety by carefully choosing your home decor?
The way we decorate our spaces says a lot about us. Likewise, the space we live in greatly influences our mood. Clutter in our home can reflect mental clutter, meaning that periods of high anxiety can create a messy environment — and that our messy environment can create a vicious cycle of more anxiety.
These are just a few reasons why you should consider your anxiety while decorating your house. Here are my favorite tips to hack your home for reduced anxiety, as well as some of my favorite pieces of adorable home decor to lessen your anxiety. (I promise it’s not just a weighted blanket!)
Decorating Tips for Reducing Anxiety
Beyond choosing the right items to reduce anxiety, you can also follow a few simple ground rules when it comes to decorating with your anxiety in mind. Here are some of my favorite home decorating tips for enjoying less anxiety at home:
- Use color psychology. Color psychology explains how different colors influence our emotions. Take a nod from color psychology and choose calming colors like blue, green and white when painting or decorating your room.
- Minimize clutter. As I mentioned previously, a cluttered space can reflect a cluttered mind. Keeping bookshelves and surfaces as clear as possible will minimize the space that your stuff takes up in your already-busy brain.
- Get inspired by nature. Natural elements like plants and running water reduce anxiety and clear the home of negative energy, according to the ancient Chinese philosophy of feng-shui.
- Light it up! Maximizing natural light in your home will elevate your mood, especially if you live in a part of the world that doesn’t get much sunshine. A study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh found that hospital patients exposed to natural light were far less stressed than those who were not.
My Favorite Anti-Anxiety Home Decor
Here’s another thing to add to your constantly-full Target cart: these three-wick ceramic candles by Project 62 cost just $13 and feature calming scents like eucalyptus and ylang-ylang.
If you haven’t already hopped on the aromatherapy train, now is your chance! This $119 stone diffuser by Vitruvi is an elegant way to fill your room with soothing essential oil scents.
20-30 minutes of deep breathing per day can drastically reduce anxiety and stress. Elevate your breathing practice with a cozy cushion reserved especially for deep breathing, like this $59 meditation pillow from Crystal Cove.
Parents use white noise machines in their nurseries for a reason: their sounds are incredibly soothing and encourage better sleep! Take a nod from my therapist’s office and opt for the Marpac Dohm Elite White Noise Machine, available for $50 at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Love the sound of falling rain? Then you might want to consider a ceramic fountain in your home. The sound of running water can be incredibly calming, so check out this $45 fountain featuring the koi fish from Foreside Home & Garden.
Like color, lighting has the power to transform our mood. There’s a reason why dim lights are called “mood lighting:” they put us in a relaxed state that’s not just great for sex, but also for reducing anxiety! Catch these simple string lights for $39 from west elm while they’re still on sale.
Studies have shown that active interaction with house plants — like touching and smelling them — can reduce stress and anxiety. Go ahead and channel your green thumb with these $54 ceramic planters from World Market.
You knew it was coming! We all know that weighted blankets feel like being wrapped in a warm hug — but this one from Tranql is also infused with the soothing scent of lavender to take those anxiety-reducing benefits up a notch. Get it in an adorable lilac shade for $159.