Have you ever thought about whether certain interior is oppressive and depressing? Or noticed when you enter a rather pleasant room, how your mood immediately changes? The daily environment that surrounds us affect us more than we usually tend to admit. Dark, gloomy and overcrowded rooms oppress us, while the ones that are bright, filled with sunlight and are spacious, can immediately raise the mood of anyone who entered them.
According to researches an average 8-12% from the population of every country in the world suffers from depression at least once in their life. Researchers have found out that women have this problem twice more often than men.
There are two theories that could explain the causes for depression. One is biological and is based on the idea that the deficit of some neurotransmitters in the brain is responsible for the individual characteristics of depression.
*Neurotransmitters are chemicals that act as signal agents of the nervous system, these are serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine.
The other hypothesis is psychological and shows the negative attitude of the mind as the main reason for the development of depression after struggling with a difficult time or situation.
The reason to write this article is that over the years I have encountered a variety of housing and jobs, and I noticed that some things in our environment not only reflect our inner nature, but also have a strong influence on it.
These tips are made on the basis of experience and observation, and comparison of different spaces with the character of their owner.
1. Let There be Light
Sunlight is the best friend of a depressed person, so the first thing you need to do is to pull the curtains. If you go somewhere to the north in the Winter, the people there will tell you that they lack mostly the sunlight. The lack of light during the winter months is the reason behind the high rate of suicides in the Nordic countries. And if they do not go for a few weeks in Spain to see the sun, they simply cannot survive the winter.
We in this regard are much more lucky: during the winter months we have fewer sunny days, but never more that a few one after another. Sooner or later the sun manages to break through the clouds and lift up our spirits.
During the day it is absolutely necessary to let as much as possible light in. If you are looking for a new home, look for one with larger windows, or facing south. If you already have one - see if you can expand a window. Use mirrors to reflect the sun and magnify the light that enters. You can repaint the walls in white or yellow, change the dark curtains and furniture with brighter ones.
2. Put Better Light Fixtures
We tend to spend more and more time inside and having better lighting is becoming very important. Unless you intend to look for an interior designer, you will want to buy a lamp for the ceiling that has more bulbs. The room may look overexposed at first, but if you change back to the old lighting you may begin to wonder how you have not noticed how dark it was before. Do not forget that dark surfaces absorb more light, so if you have dark walls or furniture you will need more powerful bulbs.
3. Pay Attention to The Temperature
The temperature is not directly related to the symptoms of depression, but it is essential to the overall condition of the body and hence, indirectly, your mood. Different rooms have different optimal temperature depending on what activities are carried out in them. The considered optimal temperature in the bedroom and the kitchen during the winter is 18-19C, however in the living room the temperature should be at least a couple degrees higher. Always keep a warm blanket on hand.
By the way, knitting has a therapeutic effects, so I recommend you to take a look for an inspiration from these blankets.
4. Organise / Clean
If you happen to never experienced depression, then you will be probably laughing at this. But depressed people, however, tend to cannot deal with this activity. Lack of energy, feeling of helplessness, lack of motivation and difficulty in making decisions interfere with many daily activities and cleaning is one of them. An effective way to deal with this problem is to reduce the cleaning activities to one per day. This way you will eliminate the fear of the huge amount of work that awaits you. If however you decide that you want to eliminate the need for a decision, then you could arrange a home cleaning from a licensed company. Furthermore a clean home will raise your self-confidence and self esteem.
Try to throw away something in the garbage whenever you feel bad. Look around and find something that annoys you, it obstructs the environment, or it is old and not used and remove it from your home. You could even give it to a friend who needs it or sell it. The important thing is to declutter your home from all the things that are piling up and turn this into a regular practice. You will find soon that you feel much better.
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