After a busy day at the office, you just get home and walk in the door. The kids are talking, dinner is almost on the table and your phone rings. Home seems almost as busy as the office. Home is a shelter from weather, privacy, place of family gatherings, and collection of familiar belongings. A restful home can restore mental health and well-being.
People have more stress now in their jobs and family life than in the past. More organizations are implementing wellness environments for their employees as recognization of doubled industry rates from 2015 (3.6%) to 2017 (6.4%), according to Global Wellness Institute (GWI). Wellness does not only include mental rest and self-care, but also includes awareness of how to recharge our minds by pausing and reflecting on the day.
What does a restful, restorative space look like to you?
Is it some place to drop your shoulders and realize
there are no demands on you right now?
From a recent Facebook survey about what restorative
spaces mean to them, most people responded with
views of nature, sunlight or bright light, less clutter,
quiet spaces, bright colors and openness.
Every person has a different idea of what their restful
space looks like. How about you? Below are three
things to consider.
Every home has an area that is private and an area that
is public. Public areas can be game rooms, kitchens or large rooms for gathering. Private spaces can be bedrooms or area one can focus on a hobby or something they enjoy. Do you need a private space? Where is your private space?
All homes have unique and familiar artifacts. Every person has something from their past that they are familiar with. I collect rocks. I gravitate toward all rocks checking them out for uniqueness and color. When a person surrounds themselves with things they are familiar with, they can become more relaxed and enjoy their time. What familiar items do you collect from your favorite hobby?
Humans rely on their visual sense more than any of the other five senses. People see color through light reflecting off the item’s surface. Brighter light bulbs tend to look more blue in color, yet can show truer colors in the space. Some people are effected by less sunlight in the winter, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and can become more depressed. Brighter colors look clean and can make the room look larger. Some people prefer views of nature to help them relax. What is in your restorative space, a color or an image, that you are attracted to that could help you to relax?
Since winter is here and people are spending more time indoors, now is a good time to create a space that you can go to and restore your mind. It can be uniquely yours. Enjoy!