One of the first things to do, when you want to remove stress from your life, is to create a healing environment at home. It is a well-known fact that stress affects both your physical and emotional well-being. So, to feel your best, you need to remove the negativity associated with the stress. In most cases, the negativity is something that has been there a while, and you have built up a tolerance or conditioned response to it. The good news is… it’s not as difficult as you may think to make a change. Keep reading to learn more.
Let’s face it, a healthy environment makes you feel safe and helps to eliminate feelings of sadness, worry and helplessness. It is void of noise and confusion, which, over the long term, can lead to a long list of health problems. You may not be able to control all of the environments you encounter every day, but it is critical that you learn how to manage your own personal environment. The place where you lay your head, or take a bath. Consider the following tips to help you get started.
The Effects of Stress
There are good reasons to avoid stress. Studies show that depression and chronic stress accelerates aging, see the study here.
Researchers also found that healthy adults who were mistreated as children may have a higher inflammatory response to new stressors. See the study in Neuropsychoparmacology, published online 29 September 2010.
Research has also found that stress-activating factors can turn on certain genes that were supposed to be silenced. The findings show that the protective complexes are lost, and selected genes turn on when cells are exposed to external stress factors. See the study here.
Now that you are clear on the importance of managing stress.
Let’s talk specifics.
Your Overall Goal
Your overall goal is to create a nurturing (and therapeutic) space, filled things you love, or fulfills you or gives you great memories or thoughts. Doing so promotes spiritual growth and self-healing. Ideally, this works best if you have space that you can also use as your own special haven. This is a matter of simply create multiple “mini spaces” throughout your home.
Have you ever tried to completely relax in a room full of clutter? It’s almost impossible to do, isn’t it? Get rid of things you no longer use. Give these things to charity or have a garage sale. The rule of thumb is: if you are legally required to keep it, and if it doesn’t bring you joy, then get rid of it!
Certain colors affect the way you feel. So if you can, you might consider repainting your space. You can either go with a color that automatically makes you happy or choose one known to invoke a positive response. Be aware that the color red typically causes an invigorating, energetic or agitating reaction and whereas blue has the (opposite) calming effect.
There are so many additional things that you can do to create a healing environment in your home. They include:
- candles or a fireplace
- aromatherapy (lavender is particularly calming)
- water fountain or aquarium
- live plants and flowers (many have air purifying benefits)
- healing stones and crystals
- natural lighting options
- family photos
- writing and journaling tools
Quite honestly, the possibilities are endless. If you find it relaxing to read a good book, think about creating a reading corner. On the other hand, if you love to fix things, the ideal healing environment might be a workspace in the garage. The choice is up to you!
Now that you know more about creating a healthy environment at home, what are you waiting for? Remember, you don’t have to complete the project overnight. The idea is to reduce stress, and bring out more healing vibes. This is something that can be done on an ongoing basis. There’s nothing wrong with creating a relaxing environment that is a “work in progress.” I’ve gone from relaxing work spaces to an outright yoga room.
I’ll be offering a course within the next month about cleansing and de-stressing your home. Stay tuned and sign up for the newsletter to be alerted when it launches.
In love and health!