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The home can affect our health and well-being, especially anxiety. To find out what makes a home an unhealthy environment and what we can do about it, we chatted with Jessica Helps, founder Wolfe ID, an interior design company. This is what everyone needs to know about coping with anxiety.
What makes an environment unhealthy? It is a layered issue.
The decor expert says: “An unhealthy interior environment is one in which we ultimately don’t feel good spending time in,” says Helps matter-of-factly. “This could be an environment where the air and water quality is poor, there are bad smells, the acoustics are irritating or the lighting design is mismatched for the function of the space. Other design elements, which can have negative effects on our health, are the quality of furniture pieces and their arrangement. Humans feel uneasy in crowded environments, sitting in furniture which is uncomfortable or facing away from areas of high traffic. All these can lead to raised levels of stress and distraction. Lack of natural light, living greenery or natural elements are generally large indicators of unhealthy interiors.” Try these calming phrases to relieve anxiety.