Use the power of scent
Studies have shown smell has psychological effects, so use oils or candles to evoke good feelings in your home. “Researchers have learnt that lavender helps people fall asleep so that can be good for the bedroom, and lemon can be good to smell when you’re trying to do cognitive work like in your home office,” Dr Augustin says. Floral scents also elicit positive emotions. But don’t lay it on too strong – scents will continue to have an effect even after your nose gets used to them. “Any smell in too great a concentration is off-putting and stress-generating,” she says.
Fill your home with good memories
Let everything in your house bring up positive memories of things and people you love. “Each time you look at that picture of you and your friends in Paris, or see the painting you did that turned out better than you ever expected, it helps you keep perspective and connect you with what is good and wonderful in your life,” West says. On the other hand, purge the things that remind you of negative experiences and bring you down. “A stuffed animal from an ex-boyfriend, or a piece of furniture that you inherited but have never really liked, can keep you stuck in the past,” she says. “Life is too short to be surrounded by stuff you don’t like.”
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