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How to Create a Calm and Relaxing Home Environment

By Genevieve Cunningham

Our environment is everything. We don't often consciously think about it, but what we're surrounded by makes a huge difference in the way that we feel. And since so many of us are walking around with anxiety or a feeling of the blues, it makes you wonder: Are our environments to blame? While the problem is likely multi-faceted, the environment almost surely plays a role. If you would like to improve your environment to create a life of calm, take a look at these tips to help you do it. 

Add Green

Green is good. It's calming. It's natural. It's really good for our subconscious mind. Invest in a few plants for your home. The green color and the addition of life to your space are thought to be natural stress reducers. If you're not much of a green thumb, choose plants that are hardy -- like ivy or cactus. If you're good with plants, then choose whatever you like. Just add one plant at a time and see if it makes a difference in how you feel in your own home.

Lower the Noise

Noise is distracting and frustrating. When we can't get a break from noise, we may find that our blood pressure is raised and our stress levels rise. We might experience headaches or insomnia. For some people, getting away from noise is difficult. There's not much we can do about road noise or the sounds of the city. But we can do our best. We can buy noise blocking curtains. We can lower the noise in our own home. The less noise that you're constantly around, the easier it is to feel and stay calm through the ups and downs of daily life.

Cut Down on Technology

Technology is good. It makes life easier. But it can also make your body and mind feel chaotic and worked up. If you need an environment that is more calm, you have to ditch the technology. Use it, but not all day every day. Don't come home from a desk job just to watch Netflix binges all night. Cut back on technology use -- especially social media -- and you may notice that your body and mind feel more calm no matter where you are.

It's important to have a calm place to retreat at the end of the day. It's important to have a place where we can unwind and relax. And it's so great if the place to do that is your own home! Use these tips to create a calm and peaceful environment, and you'll improve your home, your health, and your life like never before.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Monica, Calif.

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