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Beat the Blues with These Bright Ideas

Posted March 7, 2018 by Sue Prichard

Everybody has days where the best thing to do seems to be going back to bed, where everything seems to go wrong especially your mood, and when you can’t find anything worth smiling about. Sad days happen. But when they become your routine, you need to look for solutions to beat the blues out of your home sweet home. You can’t stop terrible things from happening in life, so inevitably you will get hurt. However, while you can’t diminish the pain of losing someone or the shock of struggling with sudden health issues, you can choose to make your home a happy and relaxing sanctuary. Indeed, home is the place where you feel safe and protected. It doesn’t stop things from happening, but it should provide you with a place to rest and recharge your energies to face the obstacles that life throws at you. Yes, as unbelievable as it might sound, you can actively prepare your home against the negative impact of depression. Can your home make you happy? The answer is yes if you know how to maximise its qualities to support your mood.

Get plenty of light

A dark home is a depressing home. Everything looks worse in the dark. It can turn a welcoming living room into a cave of horrors, by casting the unrecognisable shadows of your fears on the walls, by taking away all the colours in the room, by making everything looks grey and unpleasant. It’s hard to imagine when you pull the curtains or the blinds open that it is the same room. Light can transform your perception of space. For instance, one of the first tip of interior designers to deal with a small room is to bring more natural light. Ultimately, you might not notice it, but dark rooms can affect your mood and make your home feel uncomfortable. In other words, if you’re worried about your depressed mood, all it takes, sometimes, is a quality blind that protects your privacy while letting the light in to feel better. Let it be known, though, that nothing can replace the positive way in which direct sunlight affects your mood. Indeed, your body is able to boost the production of serotonin, also referred to as the happy hormone, when exposed to direct sunlight. However, here’s a hint to avoid health issue: You don’t need more than 20 to 30 minutes of direct exposure a day to feel its positive benefits. No need to burn in the sun to boost your mood!


Are you taking your vitamins?

How you feel is the result of a chemical reaction. It doesn’t mean that your emotions are not real. But it means that the minerals and vitamins you consume can help protect unexpected mood swings to a certain extent. Let’s get things clear: You can’t cure depression with a box of vitamin supplements. But you can certainly ensure that your body receives all the nutrients it needs to perform its natural functions. Contrary to the common belief, health supplements in the form of vitamins and minerals are not dangerous unless you take too much of it. But if you’re struggling to absorb calcium, for instance, which is essential for your bones but also for the neurotransmitters in your brain, using vitamin D and Ca supplements can help to protect your bones and your mood.


A healthy sweat boost your morale

Did you know that exercise can boost your mood? This is the promise of Andia Winslow, a personal trainer that proposes to use a home workout to reset your mood. Exercising, even at home, can help you to practice mindfulness and calm down your nerves, intentions and tensions. There is a deep connection between body control and mind control. Indeed as you improve the link you have with your body and can perform more complex tasks – whether it is yoga, running longer distances, lifting heavy weights or simply getting through your HIIT workout – you also improve the power you have on your mind.

Food that makes you happy

Do we need to say it? There are certain types of food that can significantly improve your mood. Dark chocolate is renowned for its boost in mood and concentration, but have you ever considered the benefits of a glass of blueberry juice or red wine? Chocolate is not the only food that can make you happy! Red wine, for instance, in small quantities can help you to reduce belly fat and improve your happiness levels. If you’re not a wine drinker, try the blueberry version, as the effects are very similar. Eating food that brings a smile on your face doesn’t have to feel like you’re indulging in unhealthy snacks.


Happy decor for your living room

A well-balanced decor can create a welcoming room that soothes your feelings. That’s precisely what the Feng Shui philosophy for the home interior is about! Harmonising the energies in your home marks the creation of a happy household. Thankfully, it’s easier to master than you might think. The keyword with Feng Shui is decluttering. Open spaces emphasise freedom of movement and help the mind to let go of worries. Additionally, the focus is to make the room practical with the use of the best-suited furniture, and beautiful through neutral and natural colour schemes. Finally, the Chinese school of thought insists on using the all the Feng Shui elements in relation to the orientation of each room.


Spend time with those you cherish

Finally, a happy home is a home filled with positive memories. Don’t just think of hanging your favourite pictures on the wall. You can also create new memories regularly as you invite your relatives and friends over. It doesn’t take much preparation to throw a relaxing and friendly party at home. Focus on the company. Your friends make the party perfect, so it doesn’t matter if the room doesn’t look perfect – as long as it isn’t too messy, of course! Laugh and have fun in your home if you want it to be a place of happiness.

Relax, you’ve found your happy place. There is no better place than your home to boost your mood if you know how to make it work.


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