Just as we are affected by our outdoor surroundings, we can create an indoor environment to impact how we're feeling. Image Courtesy of Juan Gnecco / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
The effect our surroundings have on our state of mind can be significant. How many times, when the sun hasnít shone for a week do we really get this aggravated feeling of when will it come out again? Some people actually get quite depressed on overcast days, and find their mood brightens when the sun shines again.
I belong to an outdoor adventure group, and quite a few of our expeditions have involved going to the beach. I inevitably find this has a profound healing effect upon me, and relaxes me to an extraordinary extent. The sound of the waves gently lapping along the shoreline and the feeling of the soft warm sand beneath me imbues me with renewed spiritual energy. As I said, a true healing. I likewise experience a similar peace when in the country surrounding by the rough natural beauty of this country, or by a duck pond. The transformation I experience in my mood is really quite remarkable. I find my anxiety melt, and I am filled with a positive energy.
Different environments are effective in helping different people feel better. As an introvert, I am drawn to calm and tranquil surroundings, whereas extraverts may well feel energised by shopping centres, parties and anywhere there is hustle, bustle and excitement.
Just as our outdoor environment exerts a large effect on our mood, so too does our space we create for ourselves inside our homes. For example, when your place is cluttered and untidy, it may seem a low priority to put things in place again. However, I found that when I was most stressed and time-pressured; when I took the time to de-clutter and organise, it was a great investment in time as far as improving effectiveness overall.
Inside the home, placing things that are meaningful and uplifting really do improve my mood. For example, Iím in love with my pet cat Suzie, and I have photos of her all throughout my living room. I find colour also brightens my mood considerably. You may want to create different ambiences depending on the room and its purpose. Colour, ornaments and furniture can help to effect this.
I have more freedom in my choices than most, being a single woman with no children. However, even with a family, if you have a space, a niche thatís yours; even a chair with certain cushions, you can personalise it to help your state of mind; to exercise creativity, and to reflect who you are as a person.
So, when the sun doesnít shine outside, you can create an uplifting environment inside your home. Your mood will thank you for it.