Home improvement projects have been on the rise in 2020 since more people are forced to stay at home. Since the implementation of anti-COVID-19 lockdown measures, 90 percent of homeowners and 78 percent of renters have been rolling their sleeves and improving their homes themselves, according to a recent study.
These projects did more than improve the respondents’ homes during the pandemic. According to the researcher, the respondents claimed these projects helped them cope with the isolation and social distancing associated with COVID-19.
So, if you’re feeling stuck or down, installing static epoxy flooring or even changing the bathroom tiles can help you manage your mental health. Busying yourself with the planning, purchasing of materials and building takes your mind off the world’s current situation, which is a plus for your mental well-being.
Instead of binge-watching the Disney Princess movies in order or the latest Netflix films, busy your mind and your hands with home improvement projects.
Start with something simple as getting rid of the clutter in your home. Clutter increases your stress levels and reduces the strength of your memory. The pressing presence of chaos and disorganization makes it difficult for you to focus. Plus, the increased anxiety levels due to the current situation make you more likely to consume unhealthy food (which is also bad for your mental health). By reducing the clutter around your home, you reduce your stress levels and feel more relaxed.
A good first step is general house cleaning. Put away the things you don’t need. Buying more storage units, using up wall space and finding newer ways to put things out of sight may also help. Give your excess belongings away or you can sell or recycle them.
By de-cluttering your home, you create a relaxing space that gives you a calming feeling. Remember: less stress, more rest = good for your mental health.
Install a Home Gym
Exercise boosts your mental health by helping you manage depression, anxiety and other negative moods. It also promotes better self-esteem and cognitive function. With the gyms closed, however, working outside is not an option. Fortunately, you can build your exercise pad at home.
Home gyms need not be expensive. All you need is to find an ideal spot in your home to set up your gym and find the necessary equipment.
The basic elements of a home gym include weight plates, squat racks, barbells, a jump rope and a flat bench. Some of these things you can improvise at home, especially if you don’t have the budget for them. But if your budget has more room, obtain an exercise mat, punching bag, resistance loop bands or a punching ball.
In terms of space, there are many spaces at home that can be transformed into a home gym. A spare room, office space or your office space are good candidates for a home gym.
Change the Lighting
Certain lighting may not be good for your health since some artificial lights are too bright, which causes you to squint or have a headache. Research points to artificial light increases your risk for depression, sleeping disorders and obesity.
LED lights are the best options for other rooms but there are also safety and health risks associated with them. The best way to improve lighting at home is to increase natural light during the day. Open up the blinds and allow as much natural light into your house so you can increase your absorption of Vitamin D, which is also good for your mental health.
Create a Happier Kitchen
A happy kitchen promises many benefits to your mental and physical health. Cooking and eating nutritious foods promotes weight loss, as well as strengthens your bones and reduces your risks for diabetes, stroke and cancer.
These physical health benefits can indirectly boost your mental health. Some foods can also increase your mood and reduce your chances of developing depression and other mental health concerns
When it comes to organizing your kitchen, you’re also organizing your mind. Apart from making cooking easier with a cleaner kitchen, you’ll reduce your anxiety and stress levels while improving your memory. Some ways you can improve your kitchen are by adding storage, arranging items in the kitchen and minimizing empty spaces between food items.
Home improvement projects hit two goals with one stone: you enjoy a better home and a relaxed state of mind. Apart from busying your mind with movies and TV series, get up and get moving by improving your house with these home improvement projects.