If you’ve been feeling stressed out, here are four tips to help you feel calmer at home…

If you feel on edge about the coronavirus and the poor economy, you’re not alone – even Reese Witherspoon says that she has felt overwhelmed by recent world events.

There’s no magic wand for the world’s woes, but you can work soothing magic on your home by trying these ideas:

Declutter and get organised

If an object doesn’t serve a purpose and it doesn’t bring you joy when you see it, remove it.

Reducing visual clutter automatically makes a home feel serene and allows you to better display the things you love and use.

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Organised cupboards and having a place in your home for everything makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. This reduces the unnecessary stress of trying to find your keys and makes it easier to put together an outfit.

Reconnect with nature

A recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that people who visit natural spaces weekly report better physical and mental wellbeing.

But you don’t have to wait for the weekend to visit a natural space – you can start gardening and create a serenely beautiful outdoor space at home – even if it’s just a container garden on a balcony.

It’s all about getting your hands a little dirty – in a good way. And there is a science behind it as a study by the University of Colorado at Boulder found that exposure to an anti-inflammatory fat in a soil-dwelling bacterium has a stress-busting effect.

So plan that garden bed, plant a few trees, add pretty flowers to pots and you’ll soon have a green oasis of your own.

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