If you had to choose a space which you thrive in what would it be like? Environments can create in us a sense of wellbeing others can be very bad for us. Eminent Naturopath Rumana Zahn looks at how spaces affect our health in the final part of her six zone Wellbeing Programme. Part 6 of 6.
Whether you are at home, at work, the coffee shop round the corner or at the restaurant down the road, these places create certain feelings within us. In some we may feel claustrophobic by the clutter, irritated with the peeling paint on the walls or confused by its layout. Others may give us a sense of joy, inspiration or a place we can completely relax in. Our surroundings can become a part of us and make us feel a certain way; they can either energise us or drain us.
A lot of energy goes into not feeling pleased with your surroundings. Complaining thoughts and conversations take energy. Putting up with things is fine if you’re ok with it, but not if you find yourself grumbling and never getting round to doing anything about them. These repeating patterns – thought, irritation, complaint, cumulatively take more than just energy. For instance: clutter affects us by making us feel disorganised and overwhelmed taking up more space than needed; disorganised spaces steal our precious time by us having to look for things; dirty places can be full of germs and make us ill not forgetting the dusty places that affect our lungs.
Just imagine waking up in a clean beautiful home with plenty of light with a freshness that wants to make you breathe in the gentle aromas of the crisp air. How good would that make you feel?
What most of us miss is spending time and creating environments in which we thrive. It doesn’t matter if you’re working long hours or if you live in a tiny place, you can still make it work for you. In my clinic I carefully take into consideration how my patients exist in their environments as they can create self-sabotaging habits in the process.
For instance one client I was working with came to see me about her general health issues particularly losing weight. We discuss her diet and then I asked about how she ate and where she ate. She said she or the family never sat together because there was so much paperwork on the dining table she never got round to clearing it. She realised how this was affecting not only her eating patterns but the family dynamics and on a day to day basis she recognised herself saying “oh I’ll sort it soon” led to 3 years later. This may sound the simplest thing to do yet it is easy to create surroundings that limit us or get in the way of our flow.
Improving Your Surrounding Environment
Can you consider where you can improve your environment so it can be a place of enjoyment?
Here are some things to consider:
✓ De-cluttering Organising
✓ Spring Cleaning
✓ Creating more light
✓ Creating more space
✓ More/less colour
✓ New furniture
✓ Energy efficiency
The old Chinese art of Feng Shui
focuses on aesthetics, in creating auspicious pleasing spaces which allows energy to flow positively within the environment. You don’t have to be into feng shui to maximise your environment but learning from this ancient art can contribute and help in how we go about creating healthy homes, sustainable and health enhancing environments. The way you place things, the colour, its purpose, the way you flow through that environment all matter.
If not feng shui, modern architecture and design offers much in the way of creating beautiful spaces. Why not be the architect of your own space? Look at what you can enhance and what creates in you a sense of peace and a joy. Keep things very simple, it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Take a look at the list and see where you can improve things. It just takes a few minutes to review and before you know it you may find you feel much happier and healthier as a result.
Rumana Zahn helps individuals and companies around the world to embrace health through prevention and natural means. She is highly trained in various forms of natural medicine and has been practicing over 25 years in the UK where she runs her clinics. Rumana teaches the medicinal effects of foods and herbal medicine at universities and works with some of the top companies in the world. Rumana practices what she preaches, she lives a healthy, vibrant life, practices yoga and meditation and has many beautiful loving friendships.