Creating a Calm Space

Do you often feel overstimulated and overwhelmed?  Do you find comfort in quiet spaces and calm environments? Not surprising…when we are fatigued and stressed, or struggling with mental health problems, our brains process environmental cues (lights, sounds, etc.) differently.  Creating a comfortable space and minimizing clutter can have a positive effect on our mood, thoughts and behaviors at home, in the classroom or at the office.  

Create a calm space that is as unique as you!  

  1. Sounds – different sounds can promote different moods.
    • nature sounds or instrumental music are soothing background sounds
    • pop or dance music can promote energy and movement
  2. Colors – choose a color palette that works for you.  
    • cool colors can be both soothing and energizing 
    • colors found in nature can be very grounding and peaceful
  3. Smells – consider what smells good to you
    • use candles, aromatherapy or cooking to fill your space with smells
  4. Textures – positive memories can be brought back with how things make us feel
    • wrap yourself in a comfortable blanket
    • fill a bowl with pinecones or smooth stones from outside
  5. Objects – fill your space with things that lift your mood
    • photos of family and friends or favorite places
    • plants 
    • inspirational quotes
    • significant memorablia

Finally, declutter – too much “stuff” can feel overwhelming 

  • pack away what you don’t need; you can always bring it back out later
  • unsubscribe from email lists to reduce the number of messages you get
  • delete emails, recycle or throw out things you don’t need
  • not using it…give it to a friend (you’ll both feel better)
  • get organized; the internet is full of tips and articles about “how to”

 

For more tips, visit the articles below:

For the home

https://www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/expert-advice/10-ways-to-create-a-calming-space/

For your email:

https://medium.com/@schmutzie/11-ways-to-declutter-your-email-inbox-and-keep-it-that-way-for-the-rest-of-your-life-1f9734f20324

For the classroom:

https://www.mentalhealthednys.org/calming-classroom/

For the office:

https://www.simplehomesimplelife.com/blog/8-tips-for-a-healthy-workspace

Written by: Amy Molloy (Director of School Mental Health Resource & Training Center)

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