How Space Is Good for Mental Health
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by … well, everything? Maybe you’re feeling anxious and stressed on a frequent basis? When you’re constantly in “go” mode and you’re making commitments and chasing deadlines, it can be easy to get overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. But this mindset is a drain on your mental health. Sometimes, just getting away and making time for yourself is all you need to reset and feel better.
Although spending time with your friends and loved ones is good for your overall well-being, alone time and having your own personal space to unwind is also key to maintaining good mental health. Luckily, you can achieve this from the comfort of your own home by designing a space that reduces stress and anxiety.
Today, we’re discussing the need to get away from it all and make space for self-care. Here’s why you should make your mental health a priority and how personal space can help:
Take Time for Yourself
If you’re the type of person who gives your all except when it comes to yourself — listen up. Taking personal time for yourself can:
- Give your brain a chance to reboot
- Improve concentration
- Increase productivity
- Help you rediscover your own voice
- Give you a chance to think deeply
- Help you solve complex problems
- Promote better balance, self-awareness, and understanding of yourself
All of these benefits can add up to a better relationship with yourself and with the rest of the world around you. So there’s no reason to put off your needs or feel guilty for making self-care a priority.
If you’re a student or a professional in an emotionally taxing field, you know it’s not so easy to make yourself a priority over your work and your clients’ needs. But if you work in a field such as social service, you know you’re better equipped to care for your clients when you’ve taken care of yourself first. Like any profession that entails caring for another person’s well-being, your work can be emotionally draining, making alone time and personal space even more essential.
Find Your Space at Home
Even if you’re not a busy student, a social worker, or a physician, your self-care routine is essential for good mental health. You don’t have to work a high-stress job to encounter common social pressures. We are constantly going, constantly producing, always pushing for more, and people are always asking for more from us.
But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious, you can find a space to relax and unwind in your own home. You might encounter obstacles like kids or roommates. Or maybe you’ve outgrown your home to the point that there’s not a single empty space where you can find some peace and quiet.
An entirely new home might be a good option for you if you’re raising a growing family or you’ve finally decided it’s time to part with your roommates and find a space of your own. But a new home is a big decision and might not be an option right now. Not to worry — here are some creative ideas for whatever space you’re currently working with:
Create a Backyard Oasis
One way to get around the cramped space in your home is to go outside. A tiny house, barn or cabin kit, or even a shed can be turned into your own personal backyard oasis. DIY it if you’re handy or get a builders kit; either way, the building process is only half the fun. Decorate your space however you like, add some string lights and comfy chairs, and you’re set. Soon you’ll be ready to retreat.
Create a Personal Zen Den
A zen den is a relaxing space dedicated to meditation, yoga, or just zenning out. No chaos allowed. You can repurpose a spare room or convert a corner of another space, it doesn’t have to take up much, it just has to feel comfortable. Put down a yoga mat, meditation cushion, or just some blankets and pillows. Add a stick of incense, a candle, or an essential oils diffuser and you’re ready to zen.
But you don’t always have to build something or create an entirely new space to get some alone time. A relaxing soak in the bath or shutting the door to your room can be an easy, quick fix. Whatever you choose to do, remember that the important part is setting time, making space for yourself, and focusing on self-care, relaxation, and peace.
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