The Connection Between Our Home and Bodies
Our homes play more of a role on our minds, bodies, & souls than most realize. For instance, have you ever visited a nice restaurant where it seems like you could literally spend hours there, just hanging out and socializing with friends? Now compare that to going inside a fast food place. There are many differences, right? The lighting, furniture and even music is different and can either encourage us to unwind and stay a while, or eat quickly and leave. However, our surroundings can and do more than just set our moods– they can directly influence our well-being, and even our mental health in certain situations.
Our home and work environment have an important influence on our state of mind and sense of well-being, but they are often overlooked. These places are the environments we spend the most time in, so it’s only natural that they would have an impact on us, right?
Another example of our surroundings having an impact on our state of mind is, having a brightly lit room has been shown to improve depression and anxiety, and lift the mood. The presence of plants are also known to lift the spirit. Yet, despite the influence of our surroundings, we may not give much thought to how we can use it to improve our well-being. But with some simple tips and a few changes, we can help ensure our home and work space support good health.
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Ways To Create A Healing Environment
Creating an environment where you feel calm, safe, and relaxed is important. When someone doesn't feel these things inside their home or work environment, it can take a toll on their wellbeing and mental health. They can find themselves feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed.
Here are some ways to create a healing environment to thrive within, whether you are looking to add some changes to your own home or work environment, or if you are helping someone else create a calming, healing environment, these are sure to be helpful tips.
Clear the Clutter
Our homes are supposed to be a refuge from the world, where we can relax and recharge. But if it’s dirty or full of clutter, it may become more of a source of stress rather than of healing. While everyone has their own way to clear the clutter, doing so can help you feel lighter and more positive. Start small, by tackling that pile of unopened mail. A simple stack of unopened mail is a constant reminder of things you need to do, which can feel draining and stressful. Once you do this, look for ways you can help keep it clutter-free in the future. Start a new habit, like putting all unopened mail inside a basket or mail organizer. Or perhaps start going through the mail as soon as you get home, and dumping the junk mail. Fold and put away the laundry as soon as it is washed. Ha! I can't realistically suggest this one, as it would be very hypocritical of me. However, it may help you, if you commit yourself to doing it. But whatever it is, take small steps and make changes one at a time.
Does your home feel inviting for guests? What about yourself? If you enjoy spending time with family or having friends over, consider whether or not your furniture encourages it. Are there comfortable places for multiple guests to sit? Just like in the restaurant example, your home space can help encourage people to hang around longer and enjoy time with you.
Brighten Up The Space
There’s times you want bright light and then there’s times you don’t, and it all depends on the time of day. Letting in natural light in the morning, and keeping the house bright throughout the day can help keep you feeling alert and awake. But as the afternoon wears on toward evening, then it’s time to start dimming the lights more. A brightly lit house at night can make it harder to wind down and fall asleep at night.
Find ways to bring joy into your surroundings. Having family photos displayed, and other various things that mean something to you are small additions that can help create a sense of space that is nurturing and personalized for you. When you are able to create a space that is a personal reflection, it can help you feel refreshed at the end of a long day.
Stimulate The Senses
Many people had the experience of living in an apartment or rental house with its off-white walls. After a while it can feel a little bare and just blah. But as you consider decor and colors, think about how they can shift the feel of a room. For example, a deep red wall might be a bold addition to a dining area and provoke an inviting vibe, while blues and greens can help create a peaceful, serene environment. Curtains, artwork and photos are more ways to enhance a space visually, while opening a window for fresh air. Soft music can help engage the other senses and create a sense of calm, as well as, diffusing specific essential oils that are known to provoke a calming environment.
Bring In Some Nature
Research has shown that even short contact with nature is beneficial to ones well-being. As little as 5 minutes of contact with nature has been linked to reduced stress, reduced anger and a boost in positive feelings. Some of the same effects are seen if we have views to nature or can bring nature into the living space through plants, fresh flowers, aquariums and even fireplaces. Bringing in bits of nature is not only an easy way to create a healing environment, it is also great for adding different textures to a space.
Quiet the Noise
Silence is golden, right? We are bombarded by noise throughout out the day between the radio or TV on in the background, and they become distracting and they can make it hard for our minds to take a break. Set aside time throughout the day to just enjoy the quietness around you. Turn off and disconnect from everything. It will not only quiet the noise in the space, it will help quiet the noise within your mind and help with calming you and your environment.
I hope you found these suggestions helpful, and have a better understanding of how our homes and bodies coincide. Let me know in the comment section which was your favorite suggestion.