All too often we ignore the fact that our environment has a major impact on our overall health and wellbeing. Whether it’s negative energy from other people or the lack of sun light or the smells and sounds that surround us, our mood and how we feel are definitely inseparable from the environment in which we surround ourselves.
Have you cleaned your surrounding today?
Studies show that a healthy and pleasing environment (like plants in your office, or a nice photograph on the wall) can do more than simply improve your mood – it can actually affect your immune system and physical health.
Your home and work environment can:
Influence your mood. For example, research studies reveal that rooms with bright light, both natural and artificial, can improve depression and anxiety.
Impact your behavior and motivation to act. A messy corridor with shoes, bags, and other stuff may invite you to drop what you are carrying right there, whereas a clean entry and adequate storage will encourage you to take the time to put the item away.
Facilitate or discourage interactions in your family and with guests. For example, an inviting space with comfortable chairs can encourage people to sit and chat.
Create or reduce stress, which impacts not only your emotional, but also physical health, including your longevity!
A 2011 study from Ohio State University and the National Institute of Mental Health showed white-collar workers in an old office building — with low ceilings and loud air conditioners — were significantly more stressed than those in a newer space with skylights and open cubicles. A separate study shows that wall color can affect performance: Red seems to enhance skills related to accuracy, while blue walls encourage creativity.