The Mind-Body connection is talked about frequently online but there is another connection that has a strong effect on you: the Mind-Space connection.
We are affected by the environment around us. Having access to a view of the outdoors is proven to make people happier and more productive while they work. Colors can trigger certain emotional states. Even if we think it doesn’t effect us, clutter literally causes our brains to become distracted. It’s constantly turning the clutter out, even if you’re not aware of it.
But of course, most of us don’t have any control over our work environments (other than at our own desks). Our home is the only place that we have control over – and luckily that’s also where we spend most of our time.
A calm and zen environment provides a resting ground for our overworked brains. A relaxed brain state lowers cortisol levels in our brain (this happens when we meditate, daydream and sleep).
If your home causes stress (even on a subconscious level) you are depriving your brain a chance to reach this level of relaxation. And the more stress you have, the more cortisol your body produces.
Your home is the place for you to sleep, eat and relax. But if your brain cannot truly relax there, then it is at risk of experiencing stress 24/7.
Prolonged aggravation of the stress-response system has the end result of disrupting almost all of your body’s processes. This can manifest in subtle ways, like weight gain or sleep problems, or in chronic conditions such as heart disease.
So as always, I really encourage you to take an active stance towards your home environment. It’s ultimately an investment in you.