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The spaces we inhabit are crucial if we want to improve our quality of life and open ourselves to new and better experiences. The psychologist Larissa Del Río, specialist and pioneer in the psychology of spaces, suggests five steps that will allow us to start the year in a renewed way.

First of all, gratitude. Larissa points out the importance of thanking the home that shelters us. “The pandemic has made us value our home more and more, which has been our main refuge from what happens outside. Although it is becoming more bearable, thanks to the vaccines, we continue to seek protection from the outside world, and none of this would be possible without our beloved homes,” says the specialist, for whom it is essential to perform a ritual of gratitude with some frequency.

Bringing a bouquet of flowers, raising the vibe of the house by playing upbeat music, or making pending repairs like removing an old crack in the wall or reupholstering a sofa These are some of the options that it proposes, in addition to a deep cleaning that includes curtains and carpets.”At the beginning of the year is a good time to resignify our spaces so that they fulfill different functions. The entrances or halls have had to change and today it is necessary to have all the biosecurity elements and a good coat rack so that the clothes and shoes look organized. The dining rooms have also evolved and we are giving them the function not only of eating in them, but also of desks to do homework or work. And what about the bedroom, which in the morning becomes the scene of our working day so that when night comes it becomes the place of rest or reunion with our partner ”says del Río, for whom there is no doubt Another key: flexibility, both of ourselves and of our house.

Thus, he shares some tips on the psychology of spaces that help make our bedrooms more flexible, taking advantage of natural light or white light during the day to stimulate our ability to concentrate and vitality. In the afternoon-night hours, on the other hand, he recommends warm or amber light to prepare the brain for rest, relaxation and lower the revolution of the day and improve circadian cycles. The essences are great allies too: in the morning it suggests mint, orange, rosemary, grapefruit, eucalyptus and coffee; while in the afternoon it is important to resort to aromas that play an important role in making sleep truly restful, such as lavender, verbena, lemon and mango. Lastly, he points out the importance of choosing the right colors for the room, and he leans without hesitation towards white, which generates tranquility, and green, which, by referring in general to nature, provokes positive associations in most people.

Del Río also speaks of the “identification of the swamp or mud of our house.” This step, he maintains, is essential for the following: detox and transformation. For identifying “the swamp” suggests a tour of all the corners of our home, which allows us to observe very well which are those spaces that do not flow: places where clutter or many objects accumulate. Identifying these “swamps” allows, according to the specialist, that our home becomes light, in “the lotus flower” that it has in its potential.

“To move to the last step of transformation, it is essential to go through each point of our home, analyze each object, ask ourselves what is necessary and what is not, and why each element occupies the space it is occupying. Detoxifying our home means getting rid of belongings that no longer serve and that do not bring back the best memories of 2021″, explains the psychologist. Thus, he proposes to purge or remove from home things that we do not love; remove garbage; take out broken or unfinished things; get rid of objects that do not serve our life and those that drain our energy.

The transformation is the step that culminates the ritual. The idea is to choose a space in the house to transform, which can be the bedroom, the “swamp” or the one that most resonates with us. There we can work according to the resources we have. In the case of having a tight budget, you can work with what is there and make small changes, such as moving objects from one place to another, furniture or accessories that allow “change the scenery”. If there is a budget that allows for major modifications, he suggests that before incorporating something we do an exercise to identify things that we like or do us good: “I suggest finding ten images on pinterest of things we like and ten images we don’t. This is important because it will give us better ideas before we act”, suggests Larissa, so that the changes are conscious and provide greater harmony in the home.

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