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Staying Mentally Well in a Tiny Home

Staying Mentally Well in a Tiny Home


A tiny house can have its benefits, but it can have its drawbacks as well. One of those
downsides is that many people who live in a small space are at a higher risk for depression
and other mental health woes. In a year where staying indoors is the new norm, many people
are at a higher risk.
However, there are some ways to make your home feel more like home. Let’s look at some of
them.


The Pros and Cons of Tiny Homes


Having a tiny home has lots of advantages. They tend to be less expensive than their bigger
counterparts. These houses are easier to maintain. Also, when you have a smaller home, you
have to get a little clever with decorating.
With that said, these houses definitely have their cons as well. Living in a small home can feel
like you’re in a cell at times. If you spend a majority of your time indoors, it can make you feel
trapped. Small houses may lack rooms you want as well.
If you’re living in a smaller house, there are home improvements you can make in order to
improve your mental health.

Tiny Living


Keep it Clean

No matter how big or small your house is, keeping it free of clutter is a smart move. Too much
clutter in the home can increase your stress hormones, and you may feel overwhelmed the
more your mess piles on. With a bigger home, you can sometimes forgive clutter because of
the house’s size, but for a smaller home, it’s important that you upkeep it as much as
possible. Try doing a little bit of cleaning each day. Put up your things when you use them.
Making tiny habits to how you handle messes can see benefits in the long run.


Try to Give Your Home the Illusion That It’s Bigger


If you are in a smaller home, there are some ways to make your home feel bigger. Let’s look
at some of them.
- Buy vertical shelves that go from your floor to your wall. These shelves will take up less
space and make storage easier for you. Your home will have more space because of
this.
- Add some mirrors to your house. Mirrors can add some depth to your home that makes
you feel like it’s bigger than it actually is.
- If you can paint your home, painting it lighter colors can give an illusion of depth, too.
- Try downsizing your home if possible. There are some areas where minimalism works
well to allow your home to increase in size.

There are many tricks to make your home seem bigger. Experiment around with decorating
and find the method that works for you.

Enjoy the outside even when inside


Add Some Sunlight

Open your windows whenever possible. Sunlight is good for you, helping you to regulate your
sleep cycle and improving your depression. Another way it helps is that it can make your
home feel bigger. If possible, open the windows up and enjoy the sunlight.

Go Outside

It’s important to go outside every now and again. A change in scenery can work wonders on
your mental health. In 2020, it’s important to go to a place where you can be away from
people, such as a forest or another area that isn’t populated.

Get outside and exercise

Get Plenty of Exercise

Another thing to consider is getting more exercise. If you’re in your home all day, you may not
be moving around enough. This can lead to depression, trouble sleeping, and other health
problems too. That’s why it’s important to get as much exercise as possible. You can
purchase some dumbbells or other smaller pieces of equipment, so you don’t have to worry
about them taking up too much clutter. Alternatively, do some crunches on the floor.

Declutter Your Home


Another way for you to feel better mentally is to get rid of any item that is unneeded. Some
people like to collect and make purchases on items they don’t need. It happens. However, it’s
important that you go through your items and see what you can get rid of. By selling or
donating your items, your home is less cluttered and feels more open as a result.

Meditate

One way for you to improve your mental health while in a tiny home is to take a few deep
breaths and clear your mind. Through meditation, your home is no longer your prison, but
your own personal place of happiness. You can download apps or look up YouTube videos of
guided meditation and other methods to keep meditating.

Take a timeout from the busyness of life


Eat Healthy

With your tiny kitchen, try to eat as healthy as possible. Prepare your own meals, count your
calories, and try to eat wholesome foods that are not processed. That isn’t to say that you
can’t have a treat on occasion but try to stay relatively healthy.

Drink Sparingly

A couple of drinks aren’t bad for you, but drinking your mental health away is not how you do
it. Alcohol is a depressant for a reason, and if you have too much, you may feel worse than
you were before. Save the drinks for a special occasion and avoid over-indulging.

Seek Help

Finally, if you feel depressed or mentally unwell, you may need to seek help from a counselor
or therapist. They can help get to the bottom of why you feel this way and help you find some
solutions for your problems.
The challenge is that in 2020, it can be hard to find a therapist. You may not want to seek help
from a therapist in-person, or you may be in an area where it’s hard to find one. That’s why it’s
important to try online counseling. By seeking online counseling with BetterHelp, you can
improve your chances of feeling happy in your tiny space. You won’t feel like you're trapped in
a small home.
As we said, tiny homes can be great, but you need to keep your mental health up in the
process.

Seek Help

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