BETTER SURROUNDINGS USING YOUR 5 SENSES
Do you like your work space? Are you comfortable in your living room? Our environment is important, especially in places where we spend a lot of time such as our workplace, our home or our car.
Although it is through our senses that we perceive the world around us, we often pay little attention to this fact.
I want to invite you to carefully observe your environment through all your senses and find out what feels good and what doesn’t.
Here are a series of questions to ask yourself that will help you become more aware of your surroundings by using your five senses:
Feel the sensations in your body.
How is the temperature? Is it too cold or too hot?
If you sit in front of a desk, is the chair comfortable?
If you spend a lot of time driving, is the seat at a comfortable distance from the stirring wheel?
Take a deep breath.
Is there any particular smell in your environment?
If the smell is unpleasant, is it possible to get rid of it?
Look around you.
Is your environment clean and organized or dirty and cluttered?
Are you surrounded mostly by bright colors or dark colors?
Is there a source of natural light like a window or a skylight?
What can you hear?
Are there any noises from machines or cars,either inside the space where you are or outside?
Are there any loud sounds like people talking or music?
This is a sense that we often view as reserved only for meal times. However taste can help improve or enhance how we experience our environment.
Is it possible for you to enjoy a drink or have snacks in your environment?
Now that you’ve answered the questions let’s take a look at the ways in which you can improve your environment using the 5 senses:
-Adjust the temperature. Make sure it is neither too hot nor too cold. In the winter don’t go above 18C and in the summer don’t go below 24C.
-If for some reason adjusting the temperature is beyond your control (for example at the office) then adjust yourself by bringing a sweater or blanket.
-Buy an ergonomic chair for the office or cushion for the car.
-Open the windows regularly to keep the place well aerated.
-Use essential oils in a diffuser or make your own room spray. Remember to buy only quality natural products(and if possible organic)Synthetic products may be cheaper but keep in mind that they contain nasty chemicals and carcinogens.
-Use charcoal to remove odors from places hard to ventilate such as shoe boxes or the fridge.
-Burn some incense or use some aromatic candles (make sure these are chemical free).
-Keep the area clean and free of clutter.
-Remove things that are dirty, rusty or broken.
-Bring bright colors into your space. What’s the best color? Well, that depends on your cultural background and your personality. Some people like yellow while others love lavender. What I recommend you is to get samples of different hues and see how you feel when you look at them. Those that evoke happy memories or that make you feel cheerful are the right ones for you.
-Surround yourself with plants. Even a small plant in a pot on the corner of your desk will make a difference.
-Use music to create a soothing atmosphere. It can be nature sounds or a mix of your favorite artists.
-Make sure the music is not too loud that you are unable to hold a conversation with someone standing on the other side of the room.
-If there is noise from cars or other sources beyond your control, try using earplugs or sound muffling curtains.
-Drink herbal tea or non-caffeine coffee to help you relax if you are at home or during a break at work.
-Have some fruits, vegetable chips, nuts or cereal bars handy, for when you need to re-charge.
By making these simple changes you will notice how you enjoy more your surroundings!