We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of controlling your environment in order to reduce stress. Whether it’s reducing clutter or adding scents to the room, there are things you can do to make your immediate space more soothing. Today, I’d like to focus specifically on two of these things and go into greater detail about their benefits. Peaceful colors and music can make a big impact in helping you to create a calm and soothing space. Let’s take a look at how these work.
How peaceful colors reduce stress
What you see in your surroundings each day plays a huge role in how you feel. If you’re surrounded by visual chaos and mess, you’re going to feel wound up. That’s why removing clutter is important in your journey to feeling calmer. However, you can take it even further by intentionally creating a relaxing area in your most loved spaces. Painting the rooms in peaceful colors and décor are relatively easy to change in order to create the effect you desire. It can be a fun weekend project for your family if your children are old enough to help. In addition, music is something you can use to immediately enhance your environment. The impact of such things is greater than many of us realize.
Effects of Color
There’s a whole area of study revolving around the psychology of color. It’s big business, actually. Marketers, advertisers, and designers use color all the time to influence the decisions of the public. Different colors have been shown to create corresponding moods. You can use that knowledge to set the tone for your beloved space. In my house, I use bright colors in most of the rooms to give my home a fun, happy, warm feel to it. Maybe that’s not your style, though, and you’re not sure if you even want to do this.
For now, I’d just like to share a few colors that are known to promote calm. Shades of blue are known to promote a cleansing effect for the mind. Choose soft and neutral hues for the best effect. If you want to bring a touch of nature to your room, go for a yellowish or beige green. A clean, bright white may be a good choice if you seek to provide structure to a space that’s feeling out of control. Violet is a nice shade for promoting balance and peace, while pink tones are tranquil and soothing.
Music and Mood
There’s a reason they say, “Music soothes the savage beast.” It truly can have a remarkably calming effect when you’re feeling cranky or stressed out. One of the reasons music is so powerful is its connection to our emotions. The right music can instill feelings in us simply through a song. It’s also been shown to have an effect on physiological functions. Music can influence our heart rate, pulse, and blood pressure. It can lower levels of stress hormones in our bodies. Slow, quiet music is usually best for inspiring a calm mood, but you can experiment to find what works for you. This is even true for worship music. Try different styles and genres to see how it affects your sense of calming peace.
Try using color and music to directly affect your mood. Perhaps a weekend project might be to paint your bedroom walls a calming bluish gray while listening to your favorite soothing tunes?