Health Coach, Cheri Timmons is here to share some tips on how to use space efficiently as home. Learn how your surroundings directly affect your well-being and why healthy spaces are beneficial. Read through for more details!
You have been spending more time at home lately. We all have! Although the familiar rooms in your home still occupy the same physical space, it is likely they have taken on some new functions during the coronavirus pandemic:
Staging area for wiping down of groceries.
Guitar lesson space.
In the midst of these space-usage shifts, you may find that you keep running into clutter, old clothes, piles of toys or inefficient use of space – all of which can churn up powerful reactions and derail your motivation and focus.
I realize that topics of decluttering, purging or tidying can create feelings of stress, unease and overwhelm. I am also aware that the last thing many people want to hear are suggestions to use this time at home to do just those things.
What I also know is that your surroundings directly influence your well-being. And to improve your wellness, you need to take an honest look at your environment.
By understanding the benefits of healthy spaces and applying the strategies offered here, you can create something new and begin to feel more calm, connected and happy in your home.
Benefits of Healthy Spaces
Studies show that your mood, focus, health and choices are all impacted by your environment. From asthma to diabetes to depression, a growing body of practice-based evidence is demonstrating the impact that design, lighting and clutter have on human health.
Brightly lit rooms have been shown to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. The presence of treasured mementoes and plants can lift spirits and influence physical health. Removing clutter can help calm your mind, make you lighter and have a detoxifying effect on your body.
To get started, it is important to create a solid foundation for the work ahead:
Start with a beginner’s mind: Be open to seeing this process in a new way, as though you have never done it before.
Adjust your expectations: This will take some time. Your messes did not just suddenly appear, so you can’t expect them to clear out in just one day.
Tune into your story: Tap into the emotions that are coming up when you think about making changes (fear, resentment, disappointment, anxiety). And let them go!
Imagine possibility: Consider that clearing clutter, organizing and creating space can allow you to grow beyond what you know yourself to be.
Build on this solid foundation by taking a “mental walkabout”. This simple activity will help you tune in and determine where to start. To learn how, visit my webpage.
Be open to what is possible! Cheri
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Cheri Timmons is a Greensboro Downtown Parks program partner. The work she does with us is critical to providing FREE wellness programming to our park community. As we make our way through these unprecedented times, consider how you might support local Greensboro non-profits like us, as well as local businesses, artists, entrepreneurs like Cheri, makers, and more. We'll continue to bring you free programming through our digital platforms and look forward to having you join us and Cheri back in the parks soon!