Gardening, art and more: 6 Home improvement projects that can help boost your mental health
01/25/2023 // Zoey Sky // Views

Your physical and mental health constitute your overall well-being.

As a prepper, some projects can help enhance the value of your property and also help boost your mental health, like starting a home garden. (h/t to

As studies have shown, your physical and mental health are closely linked. Mental illness can be caused by or worsened by chronic illnesses that affect the brain and nervous systems, like diabetes or multiple sclerosis.

And if you have these conditions, you may experience depression and an overall feeling of being unwell. However, you don't have to be diagnosed with an underlying chronic illness to experience mental health problems.

Mental health is a state of mind, and it can be improved with the right home improvement projects like the ones detailed below:

Create a comfortable reading nook

Reading is a relaxing hobby and if you spend a lot of time reading, you might want to design and create a comfortable reading nook.

With a space like this, you can read in peace and take some time for yourself. Choose a space that is well-lit and has comfortable seating.

Personalize your reading nook by adding some plants or other decor to make it feel more like your personal space. If you don't have a lot of space to spare at home, focus on a small corner in your living room or bedroom.

If the weather in your area is nice, you can also create a reading nook outdoors.

Paint your walls bright colors

Bright colors can help improve your mental health by providing an uplifting atmosphere. They can also help stimulate your mind and increase productivity.


Try painting your walls a bright color to enhance your mental health. You can also paint furniture or other objects in the room to match.

Adding a pop of color to your walls can brighten up any room and help cheer you up. Choose happy colors like pink, yellow or light blue to help boost your mood.

Hang up some new art

If you don't have the budget for an expensive home improvement project, try something more affordable like hanging up some new art.

If you are an artist, hang up your favorite work. You can also buy a reproduction or reprint of artwork from your favorite artist to inspire you.

Art can affect mood and emotion, so choosing pieces that make you happy can help lift your mood and improve your mental health.

Simply looking at art can be a form of relaxation and stress relief. If you're not sure what kinds of art to choose, look for pieces that have bright colors or interesting patterns. The art style isn't important, as long as it makes you happy and inspires you.

Start a home garden

One productive way to boost your mood and take care of your mental health is to start a home garden.

Gardening offers many benefits. It ensures that you spend a lot of time outdoors, and it can also help you enjoy nature.

Gardening requires a lot of physical activity so it is also a great option if you are looking to exercise more. (Related: The science behind the benefits of gardening for mental health and well-being.)

Studies also suggest that gardening may help reduce stress and anxiety and help improve your mood.

If you don't have a lot of space for a backyard garden, you can start a garden in containers. Grow herbs on your kitchen windowsill or flowers in a pot on your porch.

If you have more space, plant different vegetables or fruit trees.

Here are some crops to grow in a backyard garden:

  1. Beets
  2. Carrots
  3. Chard
  4. Green beans
  5. Lettuce
  6. Peas
  7. Peppers
  8. Radishes
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Zucchini

Create an outdoor living area

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, create an outdoor living area that you can enjoy with your whole family. With an outdoor living area, you can relax and enjoy nature.

An outdoor living area can include a patio, porch or deck. You can also design something simple with a couple of chairs and a table in your backyard.

If you have a lot of space to work with, add a deck or build an outdoor kitchen. If space is an issue, create an outdoor living area with a small patio or porch.

Install a pool

If you have the space, installing a pool is another way to improve your mental health.

Swimming is a great form of exercise, and it's also a fun activity that your whole family can enjoy. Swimming can also help improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety.

If you don't have enough space for a pool, install a hot tub instead.

Improving your mental health is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Try home improvement projects like starting a home garden or creating an outdoor living area to improve your mood or boost productivity.

Visit for other home improvement projects to try on your property.

Watch the video below to learn about 10 more ways to improve your mental health.

This video is from the aakash channel on

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