Your home is your castle. It’s your refuge from the world and all its problems. But there may be times when you feel neither at peace nor comfortable in your own home. Indeed, you may feel anxious, upset and unable to sleep… or at the very least, generally out of sorts. What could the matter be? You’ve worked hard to keep the place comfy and cosy. The space is decorated just the way you like it. And you love every single person under that roof so much you sometimes worry that your heart might explode… so what’s eating you?
Could it be that there’s a scent on the wind that’s throwing your mental health off-kilter? You may scoff, but our sense of smell can actually play a huge role in our mood? If that smells a bit fishy to you, read on and we’ll see if we can clear the air...
The psychology of scent
The cosmetics industry has actually carried out some pretty compelling research into the links between our sense of smell and mental health. Smells can evoke very emotional responses and trigger memories, both happy and unpleasant.
Our sense of smell is also a survival mechanism that has evolved to help us understand which things are safe to eat and which are toxic. As such, unpleasant odors can put us on edge and prevent us from being able to relax and unwind in our own homes. What’s more, our sense of smell can actually become heightened in times of anxiety, which only exacerbates the issue.
Here are some ways in which you can smell your way to a better mood.
Invest in an air purifier
Food waste, the kitty litter tray, last night’s stale cigarette smoke or any number of other unpleasant smells can be distracting at best and an impediment to relaxation at worst. But don’t fall into the trap of masking odors with strong smelling and chemically laced room sprays and plug in air fresheners (which are just awful for you and the environment). Instead, invest in an air purifier that helps remove the particles that cause odors from the air. Moon River Chattel has a range of air purifiers for all kinds of homes and families- you can visit the site here. It’s a great way to get cleaner, healthier air.
Try substituting plug-in deodorizers with essential oil diffusers
The smell of many plug-in deodorizers is harsh and cloying as well as being potentially damaging to your health. Instead of relying on these, try using an essential oil diffuser. The scent that they emit is much more subtle but as it’s just a combination of water vapor and essential oils it is potentially much healthier. Plus it gives you a chance to...
Create your own happy scent
The great thing about essential oils is that they can be used in various combinations to create the right mood for each room. Whether you want to feel relaxed, alert or sensual there’s a combination of oils for every mood. What’s more, you can experiment with different scent pairings to create your own scent that makes you feel more relaxed and happy in the home.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.