It is estimated that over 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older suffer from anxiety disorders. This is based on statistics released by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. While many individuals turn to aids like yoga, meditation, anxiety, etc. to cope with the symptoms associated with these conditions, there are other simple fixes to make them easier to bear. Here is a list of a few easy ways to transform your bedroom to help improve the quality of sleep and combat feelings of anxiousness.
Buy a weighted blanket
A popular weighted blanket is helpful for anxiety for many reasons. Most experts agree that the main reason why it brings such relief is because it offers deep pressure stimulation. This type of stimulation has been proven to induce calmness and relaxation by encouraging a more generous release of serotonin and melatonin in the brain. Other experts claim that weighted blankets lull a person’s automatic nervous system into a quiet, ‘rest’ mode, which can help to alleviate many of the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders.
Remember, not all weighted blankets are created equal, so do plenty of research before ordering one online. Most importantly, ensure that you purchase one that complements your weight. The heavier you are, the heavier the blanket will need to be to provide the full benefits.
Repaint your walls
Everybody associates colors with specific situations and emotions, even if it is subconsciously. Because of this, choosing to paint your bedroom walls in a certain shade can play a role in reducing anxiety. It is generally agreed that the most soothing color is blue, so you can’t really go wrong here unless you opt for a very dark navy, which could have the opposite effect. Other relaxing colors include blush pink, sunny yellow, and soft green.
Introduce some houseplants
There is something about houseplants making it feel as though you can breathe easier. The reality is that not only do they provide a sense of calm by bringing you closer to nature, but they also actively purify the air. Many individuals diagnosed with anxiety disorders will often find it difficult to breathe due to a quickened heart rate or suffering from panic attacks. Houseplants can help a lot with the mental aspect of this.
Embrace ‘soft geometry’
Crisp, clean lines are often linked to stylish, modern, minimalistic bedroom designs. However, they might not be conducive to alleviating symptoms of anxiety. Many therapists are believers in ‘soft geometry’ where you fill your living space with rounded edges and soft, comforting textures and benefit from the sense of calm that often follows as a result.
Place a few aromatherapy candles around your bedroom and light them whenever you are feeling tense. The gentle light paired with an uplifting scent can make a world of difference in your mood. Some of the best scents for combatting anxiety include lavender, jasmine, sweet basil, valerian, and chamomile.
A soothing, welcoming bedroom might not be able to cure your anxiety disorder altogether, but there is no denying that it can be a big help when it comes to managing it. Good luck!