In order to be on toes in this fast, pacy world, it’s important to find time to slow down, sit back and relax. If you are constantly on the go-getting everyone out the door in the morning, dropping kids off at school, working late, cooking the three meals, facing maid sorrows – then you are definitely longing for the 15 minutes relaxation. If you can create a creative environment at home, you do not have to go out to take a breather. You can do it in comfort of your own home.
Art therapy is a broad term used to refer to the practice of creating as a way to heal wounds of the mind or spirit. The way you create an environment in your home with the help of art therapy results in enhanced mood, less stress and better sleep.
1. Redecorate a room: It is often said that healing occurs at even more speed and intensity when the external environment is adapted to facilitate and reflect healing. Re-arrange furniture from time to time and keep shifting your wall hanging from one room to another or from one wall to other every two months to get in some freshness.
2. Create a feel good focal point: The first thing you see when you enter your home should be something you love, whether a piece of art, a flower vase, a painting or a special souvenir. After a day’s long work, everybody needs to relax. A beautiful first impression helps you relax from the get-go.
3. Light up locations but not whole room: Bright overhead light can make it difficult to wind down at the end of the day. Use spot lighting for the areas where you need brightness, such as next to the sofa where you read, and put overhead lights on dimmers. Also, switch to full spectrum bulbs, which mimic natural light better than standard ones do. They cost a bit more but they are a worth it because they create a more soothing natural atmosphere.
4. Color scheme: Different colors produce different psychological, emotional and physical effects. Some colors are calming and can help you relax and release your worries; some colors are stimulating. Surrounding yourself with right colors can be an excellent stress management tool. If you’re suffering from stress or depression, consider changing the colors of your house or room. For example, a pink is soft and tranquil. Its peacefulness promotes a better balance of energy. Green is also a soothing color that invites harmonious feelings that diffuses anxiety.
5. Make a creative collage
Not sure what to do with those advertisements and circulars scattered around the house? Take a pair o scissors and cut them creatively. If you are seeking encouragement in a particular area like love, finances, career and so on zero in on images that cause you to feel uplifted and positive. Use them as pieces of the larger puzzle of both your collage and healing.