When we feel ourselves becoming tense, there are many steps we can take to stay calm. A great way to help you when those inevitable stressful situations arise is to design the space around you to have a calming effect.
Color is a major influence on moods, with greens known to be very soothing, yellows shown to be mood-brightening, and blues reminding us of the ocean and the open sky. Adding as much light as possible, whether from windows, daylight-mimicking lamps, or even quiet, softer lights, can add a cozy feel to the space.
Think about scents as well, including those that are known to relax in general, such as peppermint, rose, or lavender, or those that you know relax you personally. Candles, diffusers, or hand lotion and soap can be an easy way to add natural and relaxing scents to your room.
Music can be a powerful tool as well. Make a collection of soothing playlists, and have them at the ready when you know you might be facing a stressful situation.
Lastly, surround yourself with things you enjoy – tools you use regularly for work, photos of loved ones, a very comfortable chair, flowers, or whatever works for you. Feeling at peace in your space will help you feel at peace in your life.
We each add our own calming elements to our spaces too! For more information on how you can face stressful situations, give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click on the button below to make an appointment.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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