In addition to a lack of sunshine, Canada's long winters can effect our mental health. We must continue to restrict social contacts with Canadians faced with the COVID-19 pandemic this year.
Since everything we have in our homes can influence our emotion, selecting the right light, colour and atmosphere can help improve mental health," says Nora Bouz, founder of Lucida Well-being Interior Design.
Bring in as much natural light as possible
The more natural light streams through our mood and emotion, the stronger, says Bouz. Light has a big influence.
"The quality of light needs to be ensured so that our circadian rhythm remains in harmony," she says.
In the early morning hours and at dawn the sun gives a warm soft light. As we need to develop serotonin for at least 30 minutes per day of peak sunlight, make sure there's no blocking daylight like furniture, blinds, curtains or dirty windows, adds Bouz.
Use daylight bulbs that replicate the colour temperature of the sun, and plan a clerestory in darker areas of your home – a set of windows above the eyes-on the doorways that face natural light to permit it to penetrate indoors, says Bouz.
Play with colour to boost your energy or calm your mind
Tap the colour power, roll on a fresh colour coat, change your bedding, or add some decorative accessories.
"The colour can improve connectivity, intimacy, belonging, concentration and productivity when used correctly," Bouz says.
"To turn your room into the world you like, the secret is a colour palette of different nuances, depth, balance and harmony.
Utilizing warm tones of red, oranges, yellow or purple if you are looking for more stimulating space. You are looking for peace? Check for soft blues, greens, greys, neutral, silly tones.
Incorporate elements from nature
Since it is important to link us to the natural world for well-being, it is vital to get the exterior into your house, says Bouz. Plant colours and texture are essential, but other natural materials such as wood, soil, water and stone can be added.
"There are components also of patterns, symbols, the sound and smells of nature," she says. "It is not a question of turning our home into a jungle, but rather the subtle details which have been infused into all."
Dedicate a space for meditation or mindfulness
Research has shown that meditation loosens the nervous system, decreases cardiac rate, and also increases energy and brings happiness, according to Bouz. If you do not have a separate space, a dedicated meditation room might be a quiet corner.
"Meditation is part of your self-care, so choose an environment where you feel well and have confidentiality"
Get the space comfortable, keep the pillows and the cosy throws in close proximity and set up the dimmers for soft, warm light. Take a large plant with luxuriant leaves, wildflowers and water or organic soy candles.
"Some smells and sounds increase the experience of meditation, especially for beginners, so explore what's soothing and enjoyable"
Create a spa-like bathroom retreat
You know how tension dissipates when you reach a high-end spa? Bouz says that at home this relaxing feeling can be recreated easily. Warmth and softness, materials and temperature are the main.
"Use moisture-appropriate natural steel or wood or ceramic tiles and boards to imitate them," she says.
Especially comfortable floors are heated. Pull a potted shop, a small robot and a taped chair, or put a living greenery wall if you have the room. Hold warme, middle-toned neutral wise green and green-blues, and soft coral lights on dimming and colour palette.
Using a vitamin C-infused shower head to neutralise the production of chlorine, limescale and bacteria for an even more luxurious touch, adds Bouz.
"Use an inciense diffuser and include speech in the design of your bathroom to have a holistic experience that involves all the senses."
Focus on a calming place to sleep
"The products and materials that enter the bed have a major impact on our health, considering how long we spend sleeping," says Bouz who recommends the purchasing of mattresss made of natural materials, such as wool or natural moulds.
Consider converting the bedroom into a space free of gadgets and having an alarm clock that wakes you out of sunlight.
Bouz also suggests that a negative ion infuser be mounted in the central air system for optimal health.
"Negative ions reduce stress and boost the immunological system, increase energy and kill bacteria and viruses and the mould." "Or, in the bedroom, use a remote spreader."
Make your home reflect who you are
"The only style you can choose is your own," says Bouz. "Self-expression is a fundamental aspect of well-being. "That is what makes your home reflect and attract all."
You can make your home a personal sanctuary by taking the time to discover your authentic sense of style and beauty.