Kitchen Design For People With Anxiety
By Jane Weyman
Wandering can be a big fear for family members of kids or adults who have anxiety and who feel the need to escape from where they are or avoid a panic attack. When anxiety is strong, aspects such as the home environment can have a significant effect on symptoms. One fascinating study carried out by researchers at the University of Bradford found that changes to visual design can bring about a big reduction in anxiety levels, and there is good reason to indicate that changes in all rooms – including common living spaces like the kitchen – can promote greater calm. GPS sole tracking can add a crucial back-up and keep you informed of times in which anxiety nevertheless strikes and the tendency to wander grows but it is important that homes promote tranquility and peace.
Calming materials and nature
Several studies have shown that homes with natural materials, indoor gardens, and plants boost our sense of calm and wellbeing. According to research carried out by Wood Window Alliance, meanwhile, around 49% of homeowners believe that having natural materials in their homes makes them considerably happier. Wooden kitchens have always been the rage and they continue to predominate in modern kitchen design, in combination with modern finishes like lacquer and metallics. If you have an open kitchen that blends seamlessly with your living room, bring in indoor plants and photography or paintings of nature into adjacent areas, so that these can be viewed from the kitchen as well as the living room.
Peace and quiet
When buying electronics and big equipment for your kitchen, make sure noise levels are low. As noted in a study by scientists at Cornell University, even low levels of everyday noise can raise stress levels, blood pressure, and heart rates, so it is important to ensure your home is a haven of quiet. Undercounter dishwasher models are known for quietness, though you simply need to research on different models and their sound levels. Do the same for washing machines and dryers if you have these in your kitchen.
Studies have shown that colors have an effect on mood. Thus, some of the most calming hues for interiors include green, blue, pink, white, violet, and grey. Avoid louder colors like red, as well as a stark contrast in your interiors. Aim for uniformity and use graceful, rounded furniture if possible; research indicates our brains love curvy designs.
Anxiety can lead to wandering, and although kids and adults can be protected with GPS soles, it is also important to ensure that home interiors are as relaxing as possible. Plenty of natural light, indoor plants, soothing colors, and quiet can help reduce anxiety and resulting wandering. If a major refurbishment is beyond your budget, make changes as you go, reducing the most potentially upsetting factors – such as noise.