Did you know that on average we spend around 90% of our time indoors? (National Human Activity Pattern Survey)
This was really surprising to me.
I might be in the minority here as I value and choose the outdoors and nature to be my majority environment. But I do realize that for most of you, this stat is probably dead on.
This does highlight however, the importance of how you are choosing to build your environment(s). Whether that be the rooms in your home, at work, or any other space that you spend a majority of time in.
When we think of traditional health and wellness, a couple of things usually come to mind: eating right, exercising, making sure you get enough sleep, lowering stress, and practicing mindfulness. All extremely important tenants of a wellness plan.
But now the question is where are you doing these practices? And is that environment set up to help you succeed in your wellness goals?
Residential and commercial (work) spaces – and the visual cues that you set up inside each – can greatly influence your physical health and emotional state of mind.
For starters, take stock of two rooms that you spend the most time in. What’s inside them? What are the items, images, or things that are at eye level? Are the pieces that make up your interior or environment a distraction or a reminder of your wellness and health goals?
For a simple example, let’s assume you’re working on a core desired feeling of being well-rested for better mental well-being. Knowing that Americans spend 36 years of their lifetime in bed, the bedroom is the space for rest.
Is your environment set up for success or failure?
Is it cluttered? Do you have a TV set up directly in front of you where you are meant to relax? Are your lighting and color themes primed for relaxation or stimulation? Are books, journals, or other mindful habits and trackers within arms reach?
Now, take any other core desired feeling that you might want to focus on: calm, freedom, focused, clear…and the list goes on. (P.S. you can learn about Core Desired Feelings in my Epic Self-Care program.) Then look at the environment you have created in your kitchen, in your living room, in your office. Are the things surrounding you giving you mental cues and reminders of your health and wellness goals?
Right now, so many of us are now living, sleeping, and working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We are spending a significant amount more time at home which means we have more time to make mindful choices of the items that create your environment.
Small changes to your home environment can impact positive (or negative…your choice) changes to your wellness routines.
What staples can you put at eye-level or in high-traffic areas in your environment that will visually cue you to practice your wellness habits?
Having an epic mind, body, and soul encompasses many rituals, routines, and rewards. But you should also consider where these practices are taking place by creating and living in spaces that nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Join me this Tuesday for my newest webinar, “Epic Environment – Prime Your Environment for an Epic Future.” You will discover how to make your personal spaces primed to support your health and wellness routines. Are you set up for success? Join me – RSVP here.
Healthy Epic Hugs,