Look around your surroundings right now and what is the first feeling that comes to your mind? If relaxation, happiness, or satisfaction is not some of the words, then there is an issue with your environment that could be subtly affecting your emotional health. It is astounding just how big of a factor that our environment can play on our health indirectly.
“When we look at our environment, we take it all in visually,” Alicia Clark Psy.D., MS, PLLC says. “If we’re already dealing with a lot in our mind and now we’re looking at a lot [clutter] in our home or office space, it can make us feel stuck and bogged down.”
A clean room is followed in kind with a fresh mind. A clean mind is not one that is without a trace of perversion but one that lacks distracting thoughts such as, “I should clean up” when you should be spent focusing on ways to improve you. Curious if your surroundings is up to par? Then read on.
Connecting with your surrounding
One of the things that we never want to address is the world around us. No, I am not talking about the news (which deserves another article all for itself), but I am referring to your everyday surroundings. Think about your bedroom, bathroom, or any room in your house that is the cleanest. Chances are that you spend most of your time in there because you are at your happiness in this room. You should want this feeling throughout your entire house but more often than not, we are disconnected from places that we aren’t happy with.
“Unlike a cluttered space, an uncluttered room won’t overstimulate your senses, distract you, make relaxation difficult or trigger guilt for letting things get out of control,” says Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D.
Rooms that we aren’t happy with tend to be where we dump stuff which is the beginning of hoarding. If you do not know anything about hoarding, then it stems from a desire to keep trash or ‘treasure’ in the eyes of the beholder. As soon as this trash fills one room, then it goes to another. Holistic healing teaches us that this trash is a physical representation of our unhappiness and just like hoarder’s trash our dissatisfaction spread. How do we keep this spreading garbage at bay?
Changing your surrounding
One of the first things that we can do is improve our environment. Now, not everyone can afford a remodel (even through this can restore your happiness to an entire house) but it doesn’t always have to be something to that degree. Move around your furniture from time to time to give your rooms a new feel. Try to keep your house new whenever things feel dull in a room. There are numerous obvious advantages for you to keep going into a room but more on that later. Some other things that you can do to keep a place fresh includes:
Bonus points if these paints have some significance to you or your family such as a child’s painting on canvas.
Deep cleaning includes waxing or carpet cleaning since a clean floor does wonders for your physical and emotional health.
*Adding new scents
Bonus points if you decide to use candles or purchase separate fragrances for each room.
*Shifting around ‘happy objects.’
Look at the room where you are the happiest and move objects that are in there to other rooms of the house.
The importance of you
All the changes in the world to your rooms is meaningless if you do not plan on visiting these places. As we said, the benefits to keep you going to a room far outweigh the cost of efforts. These advantages are but are not limited to:
*Keeps the room clean
*Makes the room always presentable
*Promotes excellent mental health
*Gives social pieces
*Instantly shows off personality
The best part is that as you are making sure that the every room is to your taste that you will just notice that you are overall happier.
“[Cleaning] gives people a sense of mastery and control over their environment,” Darby Saxbe, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology at the University of California says. “Life is full of uncertainty and many situations are out of our hands, but at least we can assert our will on our living space. Clutter can be visually distracting, too, and serve as a nagging reminder of tasks and chores undone.”
Holistic healing teaches us that fulfillment is the key to mental health and there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the fruits of your labor such as a clean room.