As the Pandemic Stretches On: Refresh Your Home to Revive Your Mind

Recent studies show a significant increase in people battling the symptoms of depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic stretches on, things seem to be looking up. However, experts still suggest people stay home and limit contact with non-household members whenever possible. Don’t neglect the importance of the home environment on mental health during this time. You can revive your mind and feel healthier mentally by refreshing your home. 

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Renovate Your Basement

When you’re looking at which home projects you want to tackle, consider those that increase the value of your home. If you plan to sell your home soon, consider what buyers may be looking for. Also, keep receipts and take before-and-after pictures.

For example, you may want to renovate your basement. You can reap the benefits of regular exercise by transforming your basement into a home gym or transforming the space into a wellness area to reap the benefits of meditation and yoga

If you decide to renovate your basement, it’s essential to work with a reliable contractor. Working with a professional eases the stress from the project and helps ensure work is done correctly. Total costs of renovation depend on numerous factors, such as your location and the project’s scope. If you choose to carpet your basement’s new floors, remember to have a subfloor installed to help prevent mold. 

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space

Making the most of your outdoor space can help you and your family feel less cramped while staying at home. Consider having your lawn fertilized to improve your yard’s health and visual aesthetics. Before you meet with local contractors, read online reviews to assess the company’s skills. If costs are an issue, look for local fertilization companies running sales. 

Consider investing in new outdoor furniture for your patio or porch. New weatherproof chairs are a must. You may also consider an outdoor rug, a table, and a locking storage unit. If your outdoor seating area doesn’t already have adequate lighting, consider installing some.

Install Storage Options to Decrease Clutter 

Installing various storage options around your home can decrease clutter and increase usable interior space. A few examples include:

  • Wall cabinets in the bathroom, laundry room, or bedrooms
  • A linen closet for your bathroom or hallway 
  • Hanging pan racks to increase available kitchen cabinet space
  • Spice and can racks to improve organization in the kitchen

Freshen Your Rooms With a Coat of Paint 

A fresh coat of paint can make any room look brand-new, and it’s an affordable, easy project if you enjoy DIY. Consider choosing your room’s new colors using the principles of colorology. 

According to colorology principles, each color has specific effects on your mood and mental wellness. For example, blue is considered calming, so you may want to use it for your new basement yoga studio. Green is a refreshing color that may help you work or study, making it perfect for your home office. 

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You Can Revive Your Mind by Refreshing Your Home

If you’re feeling anxious, depressed, or generally overwhelmed during the pandemic, you’re far from alone. By refreshing your home, you can help revive your mind and generally reduce the stress in your life. 

About The Author

Dorothy Watson has been an advocate for mental wellness after watching her mother struggle throughout her childhood. She created the website

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