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We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of controlling your environment 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. Color and music can make a big impact in helping you to create a calm and soothing space. Let’s take a look at how it works.

Calming Surroundings

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. Paint and décor are relatively easy to change to create the effect you desire, and music is something you can use to enhance your environment immediately. 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. 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. For now, I’d 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 feels out of control. Violet is a lovely 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 affect 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. 

Try using color and music to affect your mood directly. Perhaps a weekend project might be to paint your bedroom walls a calming bluish-gray while listening to your favorite soothing tunes? 

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