May is a great month here in the Memphis and Midsouth area of northern Mississippi and Arkansas. Beautiful weather has finally started to replace spring storms, and The Tub Pros wish everyone a happy Memorial Day on May 29th, which marks the unofficial beginning of summer—which means more time spent with family and friends, and more time doing the things you love. 

May is also the awareness month for a wide variety of causes. It marks Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, and Deaf Awareness Week, along with days celebrating neurodiversity, nurses, and teachers. It’s also National Mental Health Awareness Month, which has been observed in the United States since 1949, when Congress first named the month in response to the large number of soldiers experiencing mental health struggles after World War II.

Mental Health Awareness Month isn’t just about raising awareness for those experiencing severely disruptive mental health symptoms, though. NAMI—the National Alliance on Mental Illness—provides resources for everyone. Whether you’re stressed from work, facing the tasks of caring for a loved one, or even looking for a way to teach kids healthy mental health habits, this is a great time to take a few minutes to consider how you can boost your own mental health.

One thing that can have a large impact on your mental health? Your home. A home that is safe, relaxing, and functional for your family is one of the important steps towards boosting your own mental health. Here, we’ll break down a few simple ways that you can boost mental health in your home, and let you know how The Tub Pros can make your home cozy and relaxing.

Make the kitchen a nice spot to cook

Cooking, while sometimes a hassle with shopping and cleaning up, can actually have some important mental health benefits. Cooking and baking can increase concentration and confidence, which can make you happier. That doesn’t mean you have to make a giant meal every day, though—studies suggest that small, regular kitchen projects have the biggest effect in producing greater happiness.

This is because cooking makes your brain focus on a recipe—not on anything else that’s causing you stress—and helps you express your creativity. It can also be a good way to connect and spend time with loved ones, which can boost mental health as well.

Clear unnecessary clutter

Even in maximalism, a style of decorating that has taken off in 2023, it’s a good idea to keep clutter to a minimum. Whether you like the clean surfaces and white walls of minimalism or a carefully curated “everything goes up on the wall” maximalist aesthetic, it’s a good idea to clear away items that you don’t use, don’t like, or does not contribute to making your home a space that feels peaceful and settled. Clutter can have lots of negative effects—it can drag down your mood or even harm your relationships—and a quick decluttering and good cleaning can have lasting effects.

Designate a workspace

If you work from home, even if infrequently, it’s a good idea to set aside a space dedicated to work. Not only can this make you more productive, focused, and energized when doing your work, it can also boost your mental health during the rest of your day and evening. Setting aside a specific space to work can help you separate work and home, and can help lower your stress during your free time.

The same is true if you have children or teens with homework to do. Setting aside a space—even a small one—to do homework can help make productive habits easier and stress levels lower. Remove clutter, but do it intentionally—while picture frames, plants, or books might be workspace clutter one person, they might be just what another needs to get focused. Considering these things with children or teens can be a great way to get them involved in thinking about how their space impacts how they feel, and can help them get set for healthy habits down the road.

Bring in some nature

Summer kitchen trends and summer bathroom trends 2023 has brought in the call for nature into the home. Plants can lower your stress levels and improve your mental health, while also making you feel more energetic and creative. Some can even thrive in dim spaces–pothos or maidenhead ferns have low light needs. Snake plants don’t need much care—great for those with little time—and herbs are great for the home chef.

Consider the colors of your space

Colors and materials in your home can have a lot to do with how you feel. A yellow room, for instance, might make you feel cheerful and energized—that’s why you’ll more often see a yellow kitchen than a yellow bedroom. Bedrooms tend to be restful, calm colors, like greens, blues, purples, or grays. These are the same colors you’ll often notice while searching for what colors are trending for bathrooms, which also tend to be restful, relaxing spaces.

If the colors of your kitchen or bathroom are dated or causing you mental or emotional stress, refinishing is a budget and time-friendly alternative to a larger remodel, and can have a big impact on your space.

How can The Tub Pros help me?

Colors and design choices can have a big impact on your mental health, and so can how your home functions. A kitchen or bathroom that stresses you out—whether that’s because you worry about long-term damage to a cracked tub, you dislike the dated and worn out look or design, or because the space simply doesn’t work for your family—all can have a negative effect on how you think and feel.

The Tub Pros provides services like kitchen sink reglazing, accessibility feature installation, and shower, counter, and bathtub refinishing. Memphis and the greater Mid-South region trust our certified professionals and top-notch materials, which get your home looking and functioning at its very best in just a few hours.

Wondering “where can I find counter and sink reglazing near me?” Give our professionals a call today at (901) 871-8827 or use our online contact tool to get a free project estimate today. Additional free value added information can be found in our website article library. 

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