The home is where many people spend their time to rest and rejuvenate after long days at work and school.
Because of this, it should be filled with elements that reduce stress and promote the rebuilding of the body and mind. In this article, common home elements that do just these will be discussed.
How much light a home lets in during the day and the type of light that the home uses during the night have a significant impact on the inhabitants’ stress levels.
A 2017 study by the Lighting Research Center found that people who are exposed to daylight or even artificial lights that mimics morning illumination report lower levels of stress and are able to sleep more soundly at night. Given this finding, it’s going to be wise if the home is fitted with windows that let in as much daylight as possible. Not only will this help in reducing stress levels, but this can also help in reducing lighting costs.
Aside from that, a November 2017 study by researchers from the University of Granada in cooperation with people from the School for Special Education San Rafael shows that blue light, as opposed to convention white light, expedites the relaxation process of people who have been through acute stress. With this finding, it might help to have night lamps that emit blue light in bedroom and other places inside the house where inhabitants usually sleep or just relax.
Studies have been consistent in documenting that natural elements such as plants and bodies of water reduce the experience of stress. Because of this, it is advised that actual potted plants or even just pictures of them are placed inside the house. After all, looking at pictures of nature seems to have the same power as seeing actual nature in real time, as affirmed by a 2015 study by researchers at the Vrije University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.
If that is not possible, homeowners can install windows that give the inhabitants unobstructed world of the natural world outside. The lakefront homes in The Colony, Texas are perfect examples of houses that can be improved by adding windows to them because they offer scenic views of lakes and well-manicured lawns that are decorated with lush greenery.
No matter how well-lit or how many plants are placed in it, all effort will still be for naught if your home is in utter disarray or there are just too many unused things lying around. A study cited by the New York Times reported that the amount of clutter inside a house is associated with procrastination and even life dissatisfaction among its adult inhabitants.
The association with procrastination can be explained by the fact that the mere thought of having to move around items just to work is so stressful that people just abandon the thought of working. The association of clutter with life dissatisfaction is a bit more nuanced. It could be because people are so unhappy that they resort to acquiring more and more material items just to compensate for their negative emotions. It could also be because the mere sight of the clutter triggers their stress response, putting the person at a high level of anxiety that hampers their ability to just enjoy life.
Knowing which elements inside a house contribute to stress reduction and happiness is important if appropriate design interventions are sought. Because of this, homeowners should always keep their eyes open for stress-relieving solutions that help make their home lives better.