by Jacklyn Renz
Out of all of the rooms in the house, your bedroom should be the most personal. It should be your get-away from the chaos, and your sanctuary after a long day. Many folks find the opposite to be true of their bedroom. It may be the catch-all for the things without a place, or be the go-to hideaway for messes from the other part of the home when guests are on their way over. We’ve put together a few tips to help keep your bedroom as stress-free as possible.
The Nose Knows
Although the science behind smells can be very in-depth, the short of the matter is that smells are directly linked to our emotions. The cells for our nose carry the signals of smell to our brain’s limbic system, and directly to the amygdala, which is involved in emotional learning and memory. This means, if there are any smells that you have a positive association with, such as the popular choices of lemon, lavender, or orange, then bring those scents into your room. One option is a diffuser with essential oils. Keep smelly dirty laundry at a minimum.
If you have any harsh lighting in your room, such as a fluorescent light, it has got to go. Curtains are great for helping control your lighting options. Open them in the daytime for a sun-lit look, and close them at night for optimal sleep. As a matter of fact, a good night’s sleep is huge in keeping our stress levels low. The darker the room for sleep, the better.
Organization is Important
If your bedroom looks more like a war-zone than an oasis, then start purging! Clothes should be put away promptly, the bed should be made daily, and anything that could go into a different room in the home should be taken out. If you find the bins and dressers in your room overflowing, then it is time to give away or sell some of the excess clothing or accessories. There are even services out there that offer “closet edits” to help sort through your clothes and keep them organized.
The age of easy access electronics is well in motion. Amidst the buzz of everyday life, your bedroom should be the one place that no phones, laptops, or screens of any kind should reside. Besides being plain old distracting, electronics emit a blue light that literally suppresses the release of melatonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates our sleep wake cycle. We are so often immersed in electronics that we forget the sweet sound of silence and our own thoughts. Make your bedroom the place where you can journal, read, or even stretch.
Make it Uber Personal
Put up those mushy pictures of you and your significant other that no one else wants to see. If you have any inspirational quotes that get you motivated, put them up in your bedroom where you will see them first thing in the morning. Sweet sentimental items could be displayed on shelving and in shadow boxes. Whatever reminds you of your favorite memories should have a place in your bedroom sanctuary.
We all need that one room in our home that we can concentrate on keeping organized. Make that room your bedroom. Stress is one of the top things that can affect us the most, but is often ignored or overlooked. We hope these tips help in keeping your bedroom as stress free as possible.
sources: yalescientific.org, wellnessmama.com, rd.com