Good Home Vibes Improve Mental Wellbeing

Sixty per cent of Canadians made changes to their home in the past year, while 35 per cent increased the importance of their home green space, and 33 per cent focused on private gardens, says the ‘IKEA Life at Home’ report. In addition, more than a third of people in Canada (35 per cent) who felt more positive about their home in 2021, also saw their mental wellbeing improve. This, while nearly four out of 10 Canadians (37 per cent) have experienced a negative impact on their mental health throughout the past year. Although more than 40 per cent of Canadian adults rated time alone as an important activity to maintain a sense of mental wellbeing at home, extended time at home brought many families closer together as nearly four in 10 people in Canada (38 per cent) say their relationships with their families have improved in the last 12 months. Beyond the home, communities and neighbourhoods played an important role in peoples' lives during the past year as almost three quarters of people in Canada (74 per cent) spent more time in their local neighbourhoods. The report also says 56 per cent of Canadians embrace sleep for wellbeing and 37 per cent say ‘easy-to-clean’ is a top feature of an ideal home.