How to Use Your Five Senses to Create a Happy Home
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“Be environmentally aware.”
We hear this phrase constantly from political figures, environmental activists, neighbors, annoying classmates or coworkers, sometimes even from ourselves! You know what I’m talking about. That moment when you go to throw something away, and the recycle bin and trash can are standing side by side. Some people are valiant and choose the bin, and then there’s people like me who choose to be stubborn and toss it into the trash. Easier to aim at for whatever reason.. And I have awful aim!
But this is not the basis we’re seeking for having a healthy environment. Although it is important to be aware of our environment a “green” there are other aspects of our surroundings that need to be taken into consideration. These things are more often noticed, but less talked about on a major world-wide scale. What do we control in the world? Only what is closest to us.
Think of it in the perspective of the five senses.
In an article written by Psychology Today we learn of the huge effect that our senses have on our emotional health, but I’d like to pull it into an idea of environmentally healthy habits.
We can delve into each of these and include some examples of healthy living, as well as what we would find in the opposite.
Only we determine what we own and where we place it. The blankets we buy can be heavy and warm or soft and fluffy; the car we buy can be slim and sleek or large and in charge. We interact only with the objects we choose. I sleep on a bed that I feel is fresh and fit enough for my health. I choose clothes that make me feel comfortable and cute! I warm my hands on a warm cup of herbal tea.
Feelings include those we surround ourselves with. The best case scenario is a loving spouse who is gentle with us, the worst case scenario is a physically abusive spouse. Our environments are as much the objects around us, as they are the people we interact with.
Things negative to the touch are much more relative to each person. For example: I get the worst goosebumps when I can feel two papers rubbing together. That may seem silly, but for me it makes a big difference in my comfort level. For some people it can be the feeling of a fabric on their skin that sets their minds on edge and for others they may prefer the feeling of a courser wool to that of a smooth silk.
The music we listen to is primarily our decision as well as the conversations we choose to participate in. If we choose uplifting, happy music then we tend to interact with a better attitude. Some healthy indulgences can be classical music, audiobooks, nature, pure silence, or (some personal favorites) Michael Buble or Josh Groban!
Contrary to popular belief, our musical choices can have a huge affect on our nature, our attitude, and our interactions. If we choose to listen to music with more swearing and profanity, as well as sick and twisted ideas, then we are likely to find that vocabulary and attitude in ourselves. We must be careful and considerate about the music we choose to listen to.
This same idea goes for audiobooks as well. If we are listening to stories, or radio shows that are explicit, angry, or pornographic in nature, it will change the thoughts in our minds that then changes that actions we take.
Remember this thought: “Plant a thought and reap a word; plant a word and reap an action; plant an action and reap a habit; plant a habit and reap a character; plant a character and reap a destiny.”
This simplest of things we listen to can become a destiny if we are not careful. I remember having a friend, whom I will not name, who started off just listening to questionable music, that led to hanging out with questionable friends, which led to smoking, then drinking, then an active sexual life, and on and on until he became so sick that he would lose days of time. Every destiny starts with small decisions that aren’t kept in check. Remember that.
The aroma of our living quarters, our car, and ourselves is our decision. Do we let dirty laundry clutter our floors, or empty food containers lie in the kitchen? Do we light scented candles or diffuse our favorite oils for a fresh, clean environment? Perfume, cologne, or body sprays are wonderful for outings! We need to teach ourselves to breathe deeply so that the scents we use for calm surroundings can directly affect us!
Smell has less of an impact in general because it can be very “in between” and not smell like much at all. Over time, though, dirty bathrooms, full kitchen sinks, and bad hygiene habits can have a huge affect on how we view ourselves and how others see us. Which leads us to our eyes.
First and foremost sunlight is of utmost importance! Sunlight boosts your serotonin levels which helps rid one of depression. Bright colors are helpful, and uplifting quotes are a must. A wonderful idea is to have a vision board to help you plan and organize your dreams for the future, and give you a way to be grateful for your past on a daily basis. You can read about creating a vision board here and sign up for our free course.
In the words of Wasabi from Big Hero 6, “there’s a place for everything, everything in its place.” Organized spaces lower stress levels and help us manage our goals better! Being “organized” will be different from one person to the next, but keeping a tidy space is essential.
Sometimes we are stuck in a situation that is not preferable. For example, while in Law School, my husband and I decided to save money and live in a very cheap apartment. The walls were cinderblock and ugly, the kitchen counters were aquamarine with gold flecks, and probably built in the 70’s or 80’s, and the doors were an ugly light brown wood. There was only so much we could do because their were set nails on the wall where we were allowed to hang things, and we otherwise were not allowed to put anything on the walls.
Sometimes it is difficult to set up your space as you’d please, but in the interest of financial stability, sometimes we must sacrifice our comfort.
When our bodies are in balance, so are our mind and emotions. Studies show that even savoring a single taste for a moment can have a profound effect on our mood. Eat a chocolate strawberry, keep a favorite flavor of gum around, eat healthy foods, or plan extravagant dinners out! Honestly, just have fun with this one!
If we are in control of the things affecting our senses then we have a better handle on our overall health. We don’t let the world control us, we control our world!