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Chronically Beautiful ~ 7 Steps To Creating A Peaceful Home Environment For Your Mental Well-Being

7 steps to creating a beautiful home enviroment when your chronically ill

One of the lessons I’ve learned along the way is how important maintaining a beautiful and peaceful home environment is to your mental well-being.  This is especially true now that I am chronically ill. Studies have shown that visual beauty can have profound effects on the mental and physical state of an individual, these may include:

  • reduction in anxiety
  • easing muscle tension
  • lowering blood pressure
  • boosting immune system

7 steps to creating a peaceful home environment for your mental well-being

Chances are, if you have a chronic illness,  you are spending a lot of time in your home.  It makes sense given the information above, that we should make an effort to create tranquil and visually uplifting surroundings in the places where we dwell.

If you have a large cash source available, and can afford to have someone come into your home to work magic, (a’ la Fixer Upper style) it’s a no brainer.  Sadly, this is not the case for most of us. But there are very simple, low exertion, and cheap steps we can take to achieve the results we desire.

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Listed below are a few ideas that help to keep your aesthetic and tranquility cravings satisfied:

1. Make the bed everyday ~ this may sound basic, but it’s a surprisingly simple task that can make a world of difference in how you feel about the productivity of the day.  Even Navy Seals promote this bit of advice!
 2. Keep things picked up ~ like #1, this may seem ridiculously simplistic, but an uncluttered room lends to an uncluttered mind.  If I see something on the ground, I make myself stop to pick it up immediately, even if I don’t feel like it or I’m in pain.  Eat the elephant one bite at a time.
3. Grow something green ~ the color green has a calming, healing effect on the mind and body.  Nature is one of the greatest anxiety relievers available to us.  Even if you have a ‘black thumb’, there are houseplants that are almost impossible to kill.  I always have a few of these thriving around the house at any given time.  You can pick these up at the grocery store for around $5.00, and can even grow new plants in water from the cuttings –
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4. Let the sunshine in ~ open the shades!  Let as much natural light into your rooms as possible.  The mood of an entire space (as well as your own) can be lifted by light streaming through the windows.

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5. Paint ~ if possible, and if desired, paint the room a different color. This is one of the least expensive home improvements you can achieve.
6. Art ~ Find a painting or photograph that illicits a positive reaction inside of you, and let your eyes take it in whenever you need an emotional pick me up.
7. Outdoor Spaces ~ Don’t forget to use some of the above examples on your outside living areas as well.  Outdoor rugs, small little side tables, and fairy lights are just a few items you can use to decorate these spaces with for pennies on the dollar.
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Creating a physical environment around us that contsructs ‘peace of mind’ can be achieved with little to no cost, and can go along way in helping us achieve our goals of not letting chronic illness get the best of us!

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Robin Pack
    March 20 at 4:54 am

    I love these ideas! I am actually getting ready to paint our living room green (and by “I” I mean my hubby! lol) Thank you for sharing!!

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      kristine
      March 20 at 9:34 am

      Oh that’s great Robin! I would LOVE to paint the interior of my house. When we moved in 4 years ago, the person who lived here before put a dark taupe on the walls, which isn’t a bad color, but it has a faint hint of pink in it. It’s also a semi-gloss (ON THE WALLS?!?!?) Drives me crazy, but I have to wait to have it painted over since it’s such a big job.
      Good luck with your living room! I hope it’s everything you wanted 🙂

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    Jenni Raymus
    March 20 at 6:09 pm

    This is SOOOOOOO true!! I feel anxious and upset when my house is a mess and it’s so small that I don’t have anywhere to go to get away from the noise from the other four people I live with (husband and 3 kids). My house is the only space I have and I don’t get out much. So I decided that I am using my 3 years of disability back pay to build an addition to add a new master bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and steam shower (obviously for therapeutic purposes) as well as a new bedroom to include a sun nook and large walk in closet where my washer and dryer will be moved to from the basement so I can at least wash some clothes if I need to and not have to rely on my husband all the time. I am adding some luxurious touches like a double sided fireplace, large vanity and beautiful light fixtures and chandeliers to boost my mood. When I feel bad now I just picture what it will be like when it’s done. Once it’s done I will probably never leave it! I wish everyone with chronic illness could do the same because it really helps your sanity to have nice surroundings.

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      kristine
      March 20 at 8:53 pm

      WOW JENNI!! This sounds absoulutely incredible! How fun for you! I’m so glad you can create such an awesome space for yourself. PLEASE make sure to send pictures when you’re finished, if fact, I’d love to do a post featuring your renovations! Please contact me via email if you would be interseted. Whenever you’re ready, no rush. Don’t forget the ‘before’ pics 😉

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    Chronic Mom
    March 21 at 12:39 pm

    Great suggestions. I’ve definitely learned that my house can stress me out if it’s not where I want it to be. Granted, it’s a balance between preserving energy and preserving my sanity.
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      kristine
      March 22 at 6:24 am

      Ah yes, preservation of sanity, so true! Thanks you 🙂

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    Vicky Warren
    March 23 at 10:56 pm

    This gives me the inspiration to paint a few walls in my house, now just need to do it! Lovely post!

    • Reply
      kristine
      March 23 at 11:09 pm

      UGH! I hate painting 😉 But it does make such a difference! Good luck Vicky! (wanna come do mine when your done?) 🙂

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    Brittany W
    March 24 at 12:43 pm

    We have a windowsill garden in the kitchen and I love it. It’s especially nice during the winter or on rainy grey days that would otherwise get me down.

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      kristine
      March 24 at 1:52 pm

      Me too Brittany. I love plants in the kitchen! Makes a world of difference 🙂

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    Brandi Clevinger
    April 7 at 4:55 am

    These really do help! When I’m feeling tired or out of energy, I sit outside or sit by a window and soak up the sun rays. I’m acquiring more plants for inside because I just love taking care of my little garden outside. I want to bring that peace inside the house.

    Thanks for sharing at Chronic Friday Linkup! I have pinned this to the #ChronicFridayLinkup board at https://www.pinterest.com/beingfib…/chronic-friday-linkup/
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