I came across this article the other day and thought the information was worthy of sharing. (You can read original Article here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/57269/7-scientific-tricks-making-your-home-more-comfortable)
- Smells can affect your mood.
Scent your home with scents like vanilla or lavender to relax or use orange and lemon for a stimulating scent.
- Keep electronics out of the bedroom.
Or stash them away at night. The ambient light emitted by most cell phones, televisions, tablets, and laptops can suppress the body’s ability to produce melatonin, which is a hormone that helps control your sleep and wake cycles.
- Make your bed!
Even if no one sees it, studies have shown that making your bed increases your productivity for the rest of the day and can even make you happier overall.
- Avoid artificial light.
Artificial light makes people sleepier and more stressed than natural daylight, so if you are home during the day, throw open the curtains and try to position your workspace near a window.
- Paint your bedroom blue.
Studies show that people who sleep in bedrooms with blue walls report longer, more relaxing nights of sleep.
- Get a “green thumb”
House plants such as Aloe, Snake Plants, Spider Plants, Chinese evergreen, Bamboo, Peace Lily, sand Azaleas not only make your home feel more inviting, they can help improve your home’s air quality.
- Listen to classical music.
Classical music has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure and even decrease levels of stress hormones.