These Are The Home Accessories I Swear By For Soothing Anxiety – Forbes
I have long believed that our homes should be our sanctuaries and safe havens in a frequently stormy world. In fact, as someone who’s dealt with anxiety for pretty much all of her life, I can remember trying to beautify and optimize my surroundings from an early age. These days, in the pandemic era, I don’t think my home has ever been more dear to me. I’ve tried to turn it into even more of an oasis lately, hanging art, installing ambiance-changing smart light bulbs, layering on weighted blankets and generally creating real coziness—the kind that makes me feel good down to my toes.
These are just a few of the simple-but-essential items that I believe have an astoundingly positive … [+]
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Of course, I’m not the only one trying to use my home as a salve for my anxiety. “Wellness home design” has never been more popular—and it makes sense. Studies have shown that even the smallest details, such as the colors in a space, can have an impact on mood. What’s more, a 2015 research paper in Perspectives on Psychological Science concluded that a space’s general ambiance can affect the psychology of those residing within it.
I consider myself living proof that home accessories really do have the power to soothe tangled nerves and make us feel better when nothing outside of our walls seems to make sense. Ahead, find a few of the anxiety-relieving home products I’d recommend to just about anyone.
An Affordable Weighted Blanket With Excellent Reviews
Weighted blankets have grown in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason. Filled with weighted pellets or glass beads, these blankets rest heavily on the body and have been proven to help with sleeplessness, general anxiety and that sometimes overwhelming fight-or-flight response. When shopping, aim for one that’s about 10 percent of your body weight. (If you’re 150 pounds, for instance, you should purchase a 15-pound blanket in order to really feel its effects.)
Most weighted blankets are attractive enough to display in a home. For a touch of extra style, you could go with a chunky knit. Just be sure to put them in a spot where small pets can’t get to them (it might not be safe for a cat or dog to make their way underneath).
A Color-Changing Diffuser With A Sleek Design
A diffuser is a great way to enjoy some aromatherapy, particularly if you work at a desk all day. You’ll be able to soak up the fragrant benefits, and you can get one that’s eye-pleasing to boot. The cut-outs in the Opalhouse diffuser above allow the soothing light to peek through, and the device can even change colors. One reviewer notes that the light lasts for a long time, and adds: “It is very pretty, the light is even calming… It’s by far my favorite diffuser.”