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Can Changing Your Home Improve Your Mental Health?

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While long-term mental health maintenance is a complex process that sometimes requires dramatic lifestyle changes, there are also several small alterations you make immediately that will boost your mood and improve clarity and motivation.  If you find yourself stuck in a mental rut and unsure of how to move forward, try making a few upgrades to your environment. We are often unaware of how much our surroundings affect our energy and attitude, and by making some adjustments to your home, you might be able to unburden yourself of excess anxiety and stress. One of the most common but insidious sources of stress is clutter.  Clutter can happen slowly and quietly in the background of your life, until one day you look around and you are surrounded with unnecessary possessions that don’t provide you with an ounce of joy.  One of the most powerful and immediate changes you can make in your home is to declutter and organize. A clean and orderly environment fosters mental clarity and wards of anxiety. This process has the added benefit of allowing you to donate many of your items to people who truly need them, encouraging you practice gratitude and compassion.   After creating a tidy living space, you can take the next step by adding natural and beautiful additions to your home.  Studies have found that having plant life and flowers in the house improves mental health, and even increases energy. You can also invest in an essential oil diffuser and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.  The sense of smell is strongly tied to emotional wellbeing, and a pleasant or nostalgic smell can calm your nervous system and promote relaxation. Additionally, try adding a bit of color and aesthetic touches to your home with a couple new throw pillows for the sofa, or a piece of art that helps you feel at peace.  You don’t need to spend very much money to make profound changes in your home, and these small changes are often the catalyst for more monumental shifts in your future.

Mental illness and addiction can make self-care nearly impossible, and a disheveled environment is often a reflection of internal chaos.  If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help. At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.