They say home is where the heart is. Our home environment is not just our personal living space, but also the outdoor surroundings, the community we're a part of, and the individuals we engage with. Even if we aren't aware, these areas of our lives significantly impact our well-being and contentment. Connection with our home environment and being mindful of its emotional and cognitive effects can lead to a deeper understanding of how they shape other essential aspects of our lives, such as relationships, professional pursuits, and spiritual growth.
Our home environment plays a huge role in shaping our overall well-being – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. Creating a home environment that feels safe, comfortable, and uplifting can serve as a springboard for empowerment, energizing and guiding us towards a fulfilling and joyful life.
A clean and cozy living space can actual help reduce stress by reflecting or inspiring the inner peace within. Imagine waking up to a space where you immediately feel a sense of order, efficiency, and support. Envision strolling through a neighborhood where familiar faces greet you, fostering a feeling of security and shared connection. These invigorating experiences can significantly impact our multidimensional health.
Just as nourishing our bodies with wholesome foods is vital for optimal health, creating a home environment that resonates with our inner joy is equally beneficial for our overall well-being.
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy
and life lovely.” ~ Louisa May Alcott
What does your home currently look and feel like?
Now envision your ideal home. How does it differ?
For example, try tuning in to how you want to feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Get as detailed as possible using images, scents, feelings, and sounds to describe your ideal home environment.
I'd love to pass along 11 ways to explore a more positive home environment straight from my IIN worksheets!
Create a vision board of your ideal home environment -A vision board is a great way to stay focused on a goal. Create one for your dream home environment by finding images and words that inspire the feelings you want. You can use pictures from magazines or online, or draw your own. Fill your board with images of things like gardens, a lively community, your desired city, a peaceful scene with a hammock, or words like love, peace, serenity, and bliss.
Detox your residence - Organizing your home boosts both physical and mental well-being. Clear clutter by donating items, creating a liberating sense of relief. This process can energize you and inspire improvements in other areas of your life. Dedicate a bit of time daily to tidying up to stay active and focused on your passions.
Clear the air - Improving indoor air quality reduces allergens and toxins, enhancing your space's overall energy and making breathing easier. While studies on devices like essential oil diffusers, air purifiers, and fans vary, research confirms the importance of air quality for health. If you can't open windows, consider alternatives like burning sage or letting in sunlight, both proven to improve air quality.
Put inspiration on your walls - If your home feels bland with plain white walls, consider adding some vibrancy! Experimenting with colors and styles that resonate with you can enhance motivation, creativity, and brainstorming. Hang abstract art or tapestries to inject personality into your space. Artwork, including family photos, can stimulate creative thinking, enhance self-esteem, and improve brain connectivity. Choose images that evoke happiness and support, as they can uplift your mood and inspire you to create more memorable moments.
Create a cozy sleep space - Ensuring you get enough sleep is crucial for your health. Create a comfortable sleep environment by investing in sheets and blankets that bring you warmth and security. Install shades or curtains on bedroom windows to block out light while you sleep. In the morning, make your bed for a sense of accomplishment and a welcoming sight when you return. These small adjustments can enhance your sleep quality, directly benefiting your overall health and energy levels.
Organize your pantry - Keeping your kitchen and pantry organized encourages cooking at home and enjoying time in the kitchen. This increases the likelihood of preparing nutritious meals compared to dining out. Use mason jars or clear containers to organize your pantry; they not only look good but also keep food fresh longer and prevent duplicate purchases.
Connect with nature - Spending time in natural surroundings offers numerous health benefits. Just 15 minutes in nature can lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormone levels, and enhance creativity, performance, and focus by engaging sensory-processing brain areas. To bring nature to you, maybe fill your home with houseplants, start an herb garden or simply look out your window and take in the flow of nature.
Get to know your neighbors - Getting to know your neighbors can be both challenging and rewarding. They may appreciate friendly gestures just as much as you do! Offer help when needed, introduce yourself when you see them, organize a neighborhood event, or simply break the ice with a smile and wave.
Join a club or organization - Engaging in activities with like-minded individuals in your community offers mental and emotional benefits. A recent study found that highly involved people experience greater psychosocial development in various aspects of life, including purpose, education, career, and culture. Deliberately choosing your social circle can bring joy, empowerment, and energy, leading to a sense of purpose and passion. Additionally, you might forge new friendships or acquire new skills along the way!
Volunteer -One of the best ways to feel a sense of ownership, pride, and belonging in your home environment is to invest in improving it. Volunteering locally can look different depending on your interests, skills, and time. Consider ways you can share your energy and unique skills to work toward creating the positive change you want to see in the world around you. If you like animals, you could volunteer at a local shelter. If you want to improve literacy, connect with the local school district and become a reading tutor.
Invest in local and national issues that are important to you - List the health concerns affecting you and your home environment. Consider ways to increase your involvement, like participating in marches, writing letters, contacting elected officials, or representing your community. Getting engaged can enhance your environment by introducing diverse perspectives and potentially improving it in various ways.
In the end, our home environment serves as a mirror of our aspirations, values, and the life we envision for ourselves. Crafting a home environment that resonates with our essence is so important for our overall well-being.
It's worth noting that just as our dietary preferences may shift over time, so too might our needs for various types of home environments as we grow and change.
I invite you to stay curious and embrace the possibility of change as you continuously discover and acknowledge your preferences and aspirations. Revel in the process of building and sustaining a nurturing home environment that enhances your health, happiness and fulfillment!
All the love,