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Learn How to Cure a Bad Mood By Rearranging Your Room
If you’ve been feeling down, revamping your living space may be all you need to revitalize your mood!
Throughout the last year, people have been spending a lot more time at home than normal. All the extra time in the home may lead to feelings of boredom, depression, or isolation. However, we cannot succumb to our low mood, energy and feelings. Instead, experts suggest we rearrange our furniture to help us feel better, as doing so provides feelings of accomplishment and contentment. Whether you have switched to working remotely in the past year, are staying home with a new baby, or are simply tired of your unchanging environment, these 7 simple tips to rearrange your home may also refresh your mood!
Give yourself a new view.
Sometimes the best thing you can do to boost your mood is to look at things from a new perspective. For example, maybe you could move your couch or favorite chair so you can look out the window. Alternatively, you could swap the photographs, paintings, or other artwork you are currently displaying between rooms, or add in some new picture frames or artwork altogether. Even just looking at your room from a different angle may enhance feelings of happiness and effectiveness.
Rotate items on an axis.
Speaking of different angles, always try to rotate at least some of your items by one full axis. This will help change the energy and feel of your space in a simple way. That said, it may not be practical or attractive to turn every piece of furniture and every single item to that degree. Instead, try being more subtle by turning a few items instead of just sliding them over, and see how it looks.
The changes can be as big or as small as you’d like.
It’s not always practical to take on an extreme home makeover, and starting a big project could feel too overwhelming. Instead, we recommend starting your room rearrangement with the areas in your home where you spend the most time, such as your home office, bedroom, or kitchen. Sometimes, rearranging furniture in just one or two rooms could make a big difference for making you feel better, and ultimately you want to select the spaces where you will enjoy the changes the most. If you are planning to rearrange your entire home, still start with the rooms you spend the most time in so you can feel the positive impact of your changes sooner rather than later.
Expand your space.
If you haven’t had a lot of chances to go out on the town lately, you might be feeling claustrophobic in your home. One solution to this is to rearrange your furniture in a way that expands your space, or at least provides the illusion of more space. For example, adding stripes to your space, such as on a rug or with a couch, can elongate your room. In addition, strategically placing mirrors in your space could make it feel bigger due to the ways mirrors reflect light and color.
If you feel like your ceiling is closing in on you, hanging paintings lower than normal will make it feel like your ceiling is taller than it is in reality. Keeping pathways clear for traffic to move through the room and avoiding putting furniture directly against walls can also promote feelings of openness and space. Depending on the layout of your room, positioning your furniture diagonally looks trendy and can maximize your space.
Let the sunshine in.
If your mood is dark, you should let the light in! Increasing your exposure to sunlight can improve your mood by causing your body to naturally increase the production of serotonin and endorphins, which make you feel good. In addition, letting in natural light may also make you less tired during the work day. When your body is exposed to the sun early in the day, it realizes it should stop producing melatonin, which is a hormone that tells your body it’s time to sleep. Spending some time in the sun in the morning should instantly make you feel more alert, and stay alert throughout the day.
From a design perspective, you always want to pay attention to your windows. The location of your windows may help you choose a focal point for the room, or could be used to create a symmetrically balanced space. When you rearrange your furniture, be careful to avoid blocking your windows, or else your space could feel cramped and you may miss out on the health benefits of sunlight.
Remove clutter from your space.
Removing unnecessary clutter from your space, or organizing so your things take up less space, can often spark feelings of relief and joy. Clearing off the countertops and shelves that have been buried for who knows how long can feel like a fresh start. When possible, repurposing items from what part of your home to use for another is also a great way to save money and feel productive.
Give feng shui a chance.
Feng shui is a Chinese art and science that has been around for thousands of years. The purpose of feng shui is to create balanced living spaces that promote your overall well-being, and can be used to boost your happiness and energy levels. Oftentimes, the changes you would need to make are simple, yet still make a big difference. For example, feng shui encourages adding green plants to your home to promote growth and kindness, putting your office desk in a commanding position, and letting in natural light. That said, there are many more feng shui tips available online, and you can narrow your search to the rules that are most applicable to your home. If you haven’t previously tried to use the principles of feng shui in your home, now would be the perfect time to try.
While it’s easy to get stuck feeling grumpy or sad, we hold the power to take action to make ourselves feel happier. Luckily, rearranging our furniture holds multiple purposes in enhancing both our mood and our living space. Whether you choose to rearrange one room or your whole house, you should find yourself feeling better in no time!
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