Health and Home: Design Your House to Keep Depression at Bay
I know from working with clients that the design of a home has a profound effect on how they feel from the inside out. Supporting healthy habits with intentional design choices is a passion of mine! I love helping people live their best life in a home they love. If you struggle with depression or changes in mood during the winter, consider some of these design changes to your home!
- Support regular exercise with fun workout clothes and an organized closet! Create a “retail” experience in your closet with shelves at eye level and great lighting, and make sure your workout gear is something you feel good in and enjoy wearing! Designing your closet so seasonal exercise clothes are easy to grab and fun to look at makes getting ready THAT much faster and fun. I sort mine by weather, knowing full well that in Michigan I could need shorts one day and pants the next! Exercise has a significant positive effect on mental health, so design this habit into your home.
- Create space in your night stand for pens, pencils and a journal. Writing in a journal – whether it’s a list of thankful thoughts, goals for the day or a story about your kids is a great way to release emotions and clear your mind. To avoid clutter, designate a drawer or basket next to your bed to keep everything near by.
- Be social and entertain friends and family at your home!! Boost your mood by getting away from your phone and computer and invite people over for drinks and appetizers. You do not need to be a chef or sommelier, head over to Martha’s Vineyard or any specialty wine and gourmet food store and ask for recommendations!
- Design a bedroom that caters to how you sleep best. Sleep is crucial to a good mood! Do you like light or dark walls? Heavy or light blankets? TV or no TV? Room darkening shades or natural light in the morning? These design elements are personal preferences and everyone is different!
How does your home help you exercise, journal, entertain, or get a good sleep?