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What Is Your Home Doing For Your Stress Levels?

Stress is for many a daily issue, and something which can seem practically endless. This is a normal part of modern living for too many people, and anything which we can do to try and combat it is definitely going to be a wise move. As it happens, one of the first places we should look in that quest is the home, as the home can actually cause you a great deal of stress without you even being aware of it. At the same time, if you know what you are doing, the home can also be used as a way of reducing stress, so that’s why it is clearly worth looking into. What is your home currently doing for your stress levels, and what can you do to improve the situation?

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Comfort

 

The more comfortable a home is, the more easily the occupants can relax and unwind, which in turn will mean far less stress in your life. But if you look around your home, you might find that there are many things which are not actually adding to the comfort levels, and those are the kinds of things you will need to focus on first in order to improve the comfortability in the home. It’s a good idea to start with the living room, as this is where most people will try to unwind after a hard day at work. You should aim to have a variety of comfortable items in the living room, as it is having different kind of comfort which really seals the deal here. Be sure that everyone is likely to find the space comfortable, and you will be doing wonders for everyone’s stress levels.

 

The bedroom is another important place for ensuring comfort, and actually maybe even more so, for if you are not getting much sleep it is unlikely that you will be able to handle stress very well. If you are honest, how comfortable is your bed at the moment? If you think you could probably do with it being a little more comfortable, then you should consider investing in some new bedding, maybe even a new mattress if it comes down to it. You should also make sure that the light levels, sound levels and temperature are at good levels in the bedroom so that sleep is much more likely to come. As long as you are comfortable and getting sleep, you will b much less stressed, and your home will b such a nicer place to live in.

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Temperature

 

One of the more subtle things which affect your stress levels is temperature. If you fail to be able to control the temperature, or it is routinely too hot or too cold, then it will have an effect on how you feel. One of the quickest ways to stress anyone out is to make them too warm without a way of solving the situation, so if you are always finding this happening in your home then you should try to find a way to be able to control the temperature better. Thankfully, modern homes with central heating often make this pretty simple, but you might want to go for something even more specific to each room if it is a particular problem for you. And in warm climates, it is definitely a good idea to try and install some decent air conditioning, especially in communal areas and bedrooms, so that everyone can keep cool when necessary. The temperature can have a surprisingly profound effect on your stress levels, so it’s a good idea to try and get to the bottom of this as early as you can.

 

Air Quality

 

What’s in the air you breathe? It’s no great surprise that what is in your hair at home could be affecting your stress levels, for it is likely that it is also having a larger effect on your overall health. What’s more, this is never going to be one of the first things you think about, simply for the fact that you can’t see it, and it can be hard to fully appreciate what the air quality is actually doing to you. But it’s [pretty simple once you look into it: the less pure and clear the air is, the more toxins you are breathing in, and the more stress you are likely to be experiencing while you are in the home trying to relax.

 

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So the question is: what can you do about air which is not clean and pure? The answer is so simple that it’s amazing more people don’t know about it. You can easily get hold of air purifiers, which work to remove any impurities and dust and other things from the air, leaving you with fresher, easier-breathing air every day. These are easy to come by, more to the point, and you can usually find a great review of the GermGuardian AC4825 or similar to get you started, so that you know you are going for the right model. With an air purifier in your home, you will be able to breathe more easily, and your stress will absolutely reduce significantly – and fast.

 

Screens

There is mounting evidence that using screens for too often each day has a direct effect on your stress levels. Certain websites in particular might even cause more anxiety and stress, in particular social media such as Twitter and Facebook. But what this means in your home is that you should try to reduce the amount of screens you have around the place. Most homes will have at least one television, maybe even more, and a number of computers, tablets and smartphones. If you can keep this number to a bare minimum, you will find it reduces the amount of stress you feel every day of your life. It will be an effective way to make your home much more peaceful and less stressful, and it will enable you to feel happier with your home life on the whole. It’s definitely worth reducing your screens.

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Helping Your Home Meet The Demands of Your Large Family

There’s a lot of love and good times that can come from having a large family, but we can’t pretend that there aren’t some other niggling issues that you have to take care of, too. We could talk about the cost of raising a large family, but there’s not much you can do about that other than to try to minimize your expenses or find a better paying job. There’s also the matter of space; how do you make your home function as well as it can if there are so many people that need to live there? Below, we take a look at how you can make sure everyone’s needs are met, no matter how large or small your home is.

 

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Get Everyone Involved

 

The first thing that everyone with a large family knows is: it can be difficult to keep things neat and tidy. After all, if there are four, five, or more people living under one roof, that’s going to mean a lot of mess. Everyone should know to pick up after themselves, but what about all the dust, dirt, and muck that finds its way into your home? You could spend forever tidying up! As such, make sure you’re dishing out chores; if they’re older than ten or so, then your children can get involved too. It’ll make everything much easier to manage.

 

Keep Things Organised

 

There are certain logistical issues you’ll need to think about, too. For instance, what about in the mornings, when everyone’s trying to get ready? Develop a shower schedule, so it’s not a case of everyone trying to jump in at the last minute before they need to leave home. And everyone knows how frustrating it can be when there’s no hot water left in the tank: instead, take a look at tankless water heaters at tankless.best, and ensure that no-one needs to have a cold shower. Mornings can be difficult enough to manage, but it’ll be all the more straightforward if you’re organised.

 

Outdoor Spaces

 

Your home may be small, but if you have a garden, then you have a lot of extra space to meet the demands of your family. Look at creating a space to relax outside. Nothing overly complicated is required; a covered porch area with comfortable seats will do the job, especially during spring and summer. It’ll essentially create another room so that you don’t all need to cram in the living room when you want to unwind.

 

Invest in Storage Space

 

A couple can have a lot of possessions. A whole family? The house will be filled, and this can seriously make your space seem even smaller. As such, consider taking two approaches: first, have a clearout of the goods you no longer need. Second, invest in extra storage space. It’s easy to tuck things out the way when you have room to do so! Having a home free of clutter makes it appear much bigger – and will give everyone in your house more room.

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What Lies Beneath: The Hidden Dangers In Your Home

When most of us think about home improvement, we tend to consider making things look pretty, stylish and comfortable. But is our desire for making cosmetic changes overriding the need to take a closer look at more important things?

 

Unfortunately, there are many different areas of your home that could be causing you grief – yet are invisible to all but the trained eye. And when it comes to home improvement, it’s these particular areas that are important to fix, rather than the pattern or shade of your drapes.

 

Let’s take a look at the hidden dangers that could be lurking in your home.

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Pests

 

As the old saying goes, you’re never less than a few yards away from a rat. But rodents aren’t your only problem – woodworm, termites and all kinds of other pests could be damaging your home without you realizing.

 

Let’s take termites as the perfect example. They can burrow deep into your walls and timber unnoticed, and spend years eating their way out from the inside. There are a few signs to watch out for, but the reality is that by the time you notice a lot of damage will already be done.

 

With this in mind, make sure you get a pest inspection performed on your home every once in a while – once a year if you live in an old home. And always get an inspection before selling or buying any home.

 

Foundation Disrepair

 

Your foundations are buried deep beneath a few hundred tons of granite, and impossible to see with your eyes. And the first you will know of any foundational issues in your home is when your basement walls start to crack or your home starts to shift and sag.

 

Let’s be clear – the longer you leave foundational problems, the more expensive they are going to be to get fixed. Your best bet is to get a professional home inspector in to check your foundations once every few years or so. You should also do this before selling your home as if there are any problems it’s going to be hard to sell your home to anyone at anything less than a knockdown price.

 

Roof Damage

 

Few of us really know what’s going on above our heads, as roofs are inaccessible and impossible to see from street level. And even if you make occasional visual checks from your attic space, it can be incredibly difficult to spot problems.

 

Damaged shingles, broken tiles, and warped or rotting beams could be letting in small amounts of water that are hard to see and cause big trouble further down the line. Again, it’s important to get a check every once in a while, to spot trouble before it begins to develop into something more serious.

 

Everyone loves to make their homes look beautiful, of course. But the most important home improvements you can make are actually hidden from plain view. It’s vital that you are aware of what can go wrong and take steps to prevent minor issues turning into enormous – and expensive – problems.

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Why Your Bedroom Feels Wrong

It’s not something that’s commonly acknowledged, but sometimes you can just walk into a room and there’s something not quite right about it. It’s a feeling in the back of your mind, and you’re not quite comfortable staying there for too long. Of course a lot of the time we ignore this feeling and just get on with our lives, but sometimes it gets too much. And there’s nowhere else it gets more than you can handle than in your own bedroom!

 

So if you’re constantly feeling like you’re not in the right position when you’re lying down, or you can’t get to sleep for days/weeks on end, or the room layout just isn’t right in general, this post is here to help.

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Place Your Bed Right

 

Your bed is the main point of your bedroom, and everything else in there revolves around it. And that means you need to make sure it’s in the right place, otherwise, there’ll be a significant sense of imbalance about you. As we get older and older, we care a lot more about these things!

 

There’s always the popular move of pushing the bed up against the main wall of the room, usually the one opposite to the doorway. However, if there’s something you can’t move in the way, don’t try this. A radiator can easily lead you to overheat when you’re lying so close, and any pipes leading to or away from one can be extremely loud on your sleepy ears.

 

Don’t Sacrifice Comfort!

 

Comfort is the main thing you need when you’re sleeping, and that means you need something that’s as soft as you need it to be whilst also offering your back and sides some good lumbar support. If you’re not supported by your bed, make sure you cut it out of your life, like you would any other item that didn’t do its job!

 

A memory foam mattress has always been popular for providing a body shape impression for you to crawl into, but they’re not for everyone. Try out something from ChooseMattress if you want value for your money, as you can never be quite sure how well a certain memory foam mattress will work for you. There are so many types out there on the market, you’re not just going to want to grab the cheapest you can get your hands on.

 

You Might Need Some Plants

 

And the right kind of plants! Most plants convert CO2 into oxygen during the day but then switch at night, and that’s not something you want around you when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. Find the types that’ll help you breathe easier.

 

Plants have been proven to make us happier as well. Something bright and healthy in our personal surroundings just puts a jaunt in our step. Feel calmer when you have to get up!

 

There are some tips on making sure your bedroom feels right for your use again. Your bedroom can be changed whenever you need it.

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The Trendiest Home On The Block: New Season Looks For Every Room

Do you spend a decent portion of the day poring over Instagram or Pinterest snaps of impossibly cool interiors? If so, you’re definitely not alone. If you’ve got a flair for design or you’re keen to channel your creativity to ensure your home is always the trendiest pad on the block, here are some new season looks to inspire and enthrall you.

The living room

The living room is an excellent place to start. This is the room where we lounge, loiter and chill out at the end of a busy day. The beauty of interior design trends is the eclectic range of looks that are ticking boxes at any given time. This season, you can choose from stark Scandi vibes, romantic blush pink or a nod to Mother Nature.

Scandinavian minimalism is all about being effortless and adopting a laid-back attitude to styling. This trend is the option for you if you’re not overly concerned with straightening cushions and refolding throws to ensure the edges are perfectly aligned. It’s also an ideal choice for those on a budget, as less is definitely more. Blush could be the trend for you if you like the romantic, vintage vibe, but it can also work well in contemporary homes. Stick to accessories if you’re pushed for space and don’t be afraid to embrace this trend by opting for a single standout piece, such as a head-turning chair. Finally, the natural look. Natural interiors are perfect for spring/summer, and it’s very easy to recreate the stunning images you see in glossy magazines at home. Scatter plants around the room, swap fur rugs for bamboo and stick to wooden furniture. Keep the walls fresh and clean and add subtle botanical prints using cushion covers or patterned candle holders.

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The bedrooms

Your bedroom should be a haven of peace and tranquility. Of course, if you have kids or even a pet, this is not always the case, but you can but try. For achingly cool children’s rooms, opt for functional, modern modular pieces like those from Oliver Furniture matched with neutral walls and accessories that introduce patterns and color. Keeping things simple will increase space and light and you can use a basic template to switch things up as the season’s age and your child gets older. Moving to your room, the sanctuary you long to escape to as night falls, there’s a host of options available. This season, hot designer trends include opulent boutique hotel vibes and minimalist chic. The minimalist look is perfect for bijou bedrooms, and it’s very easy to achieve brilliant results on a budget. Keep your palette clean and simple, maximize natural light and use accessories sparingly. If you’re going for the more lavish look, make your bed the focal point, add flashes of expensive looking jewel tones and mix luxurious materials like satin and velvet.

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The kitchen

If your kitchen is the heart of the home, it makes sense to make it look phenomenal. White has long been the colcolor choice, but this season, it’s all about being a little more audacious and playing around with color. You don’t have to go crazy and invest in yellow units or paint the walls bright blue, but if that kind of eccentricity floats your boat, this is the time to unleash your inner risk-taker. If you don’t want to go the whole hog with bright shades, adopt a more subtle approach and let your accessories do the talking.

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The bathroom

Most people consider the kitchen the most important room in the house, but this is usually closely followed by the bathroom. If your bathroom could do with a makeover, there are some fabulous looks around for spring/summer. Mosaic tiles are all the rage, and there’s also a nod to the return of the his ‘n’ hers bathroom. Tiles are great because you have free reign to choose a style that suits the room and your individual taste, while a his ‘n’ hers setup adds a luxe touch to even the most understated en-suite. If you’re keen to add colour, opt for earthy tones like grey, blue and green.

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Are you planning a mini makeover at home or are you eager to ensure your residence moves with the times and ticks off the trends? If you’re looking for inspiration for the new season or you feel like your interiors could do with a new lease of life, hopefully, these ideas have got you thinking. Experiment with colour, don’t be afraid to try new things and opt for styles, shades and pieces that reflect your personality.

 

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