4 Ways Your Surroundings Impact Your Everyday Life

It may surprise you to know that what you surround yourself with every day can have a dramatic impact on your well-being. The “mood” you create through the elements that surround you will affect how you feel in each room of your home on a daily basis. 

Ancient practices like Feng Shui have been used through the centuries, placing emphasis on creating harmony and good energy between people and their environment. Through the years, we find out more and more about how our environment affects our daily happiness and mental health.

Here are just a few of the ways your environment can affect you on a daily basis:

Mood

Taken from psychologenie.com

Your surroundings have the power to dramatically influence your mood. This can apply to color, décor, tidiness, and warm vs. cool elements in the room.

Much like the way that the winter blues, or seasonal depression, moves in with the cold, dark, and often unwelcoming environment outdoors, the same emotions can occur indoors when the environment isn’t well suited to you. For example, certain dark colors like dark gray, blue, or black in the wrong areas of your home can affect your energy level and trigger feelings of sadness and fatigue, whereas some bright colors like yellow, orange, and red can trigger feelings of anxiousness, restlessness, and annoyance. Pay attention to how certain colors make you feel, which ones provide negative emotions and which ones make you feel calm, happy, and at ease. You can adjust accordingly and create a space more suited to your needs.

A second factor that can affect your mood is the amount of décor you have in each room. A space that feels cluttered with décor can make the room feel small, whereas a room that lacks décor can feel empty. Finding the happy balance between the two isn’t always easy, but doing so will help provide the space with a sense of balance and harmony, allowing you to feel truly at ease in your home.

These factors are things we often overlook because we don’t realize that our surroundings have anything to do with the problem. While it’s likely not the sole source of negative emotions, an environment that isn’t well suited to our tastes, needs, and psychological well being can contribute to the negative feelings we sometimes experience. 

All of this is highly subjective, as one person’s happy place is another person’s unhappy place, so it’s important to find what factors in your personal environment (colors, decor, etc.) make you feel most at ease and happy in your home, and work towards creating the best environment for your needs. 

Behavior and Motivation

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When your mood is affected, your behavior, motivation, and drive, will also be affected. If your bedroom makes you feel down (let’s say your bed is too large for the space, making the room feel cramped and confined) you may be more likely to sleep longer and struggle to get out of bed and start your day. If the color yellow makes you feel anxious and you spend much of your morning in your yellow dining room, you may struggle to keep a clear mind and focus on the tasks at hand – whether at home or at work. 

A great example of how your environment can affect motivation is tidiness. If your environment is cluttered, you’re more likely to feed into the same behavior and continue adding to the clutter, whereas if you’re in a clean, tidy environment, you are more likely to be motivated to maintain it. It is human nature to choose the path of least resistance – we often avoid addressing a problem or task to avoid feeling overwhelmed with everything else going on in our lives. But when you feel better about your space, you’ll not only find it easier to stay motivated when it comes to maintaining and improving upon your home, you’ll likely feel more goal oriented and motivated overall. 

Pay attention to factors in your environment that might be altering your motivation and drive, and work to solve those issues to create a better home environment that makes you feel happier and more energized. 

Interaction with Others

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Your dining room and living room are likely to be the spaces where this area of impact is most prevalent (these being the spaces where your family and/or guests are likely to gather and interact with each other most often.)

An area that is comfortable, inviting, and pleasing to the eye will likely positively affect the mood of family members and/or guests, facilitating conversation and interaction. There are many factors that play into this. The first is seating arrangement.

Seating arrangement plays a large role because people who are facing each other are more likely to naturally participate in conversation and interact with each other nonverbally as well. This facilitates the mood you’re looking for when family and/or guests are gathered in your home! Your furniture choice can play a part in this as well; for example, a curved sofa is thought to increase conversation in a room because it better orients the people on it toward the other people in the room.

Color choice and comfort elements also factor in, especially for visitors. When someone is unfamiliar with your home, it’s harder to feel comfortable – whereas you spend time in the space every day. Pleasing, calming color choices for your living room and dining room, along with comfort elements like throw pillows, throw blankets, a textured rug, plush seats on the dining chairs, and some serene artwork are likely to make guests feel more comfortable in a foreign space. 

Conversely, a space that is overly cluttered, uninviting, and has a less appealing design is less likely to encourage interaction.

Stress Levels

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Everyone has different triggers when it comes to stress. In your home, there can be various sources of stress, some being conscious and some subconscious. For example, a trigger that you may know causes you stress is when your home is messy. When laundry isn’t done, there are dishes in the sink, and kids toys are strewn about the living room, you may feel a bit overwhelmed.

An example of a subconscious source of stress may be the color in any given room. As mentioned previously, colors have an impact we don’t always pinpoint right away.  Some colors can trigger stress levels, such as bright red (a color that often triggers aggression), or yellow (a color that can cause anxiousness). When looking to remodel your home for the new year, it is very helpful to have an idea what colors will make you feel the least amount of stress. Researching color psychology is a great way to find out which colors are best suited for each room in your home!

As you can see, your environment affects you in ways you may not even realize. Little things like a cluttered hallway, or a room that could use a few pops of vibrant color, can be areas that when improved, will improve your attitude each day! Pinpointing areas of improvement and working towards creating the home that would make you feel healthiest and happiest will allow you to feel your best in 2019!

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