This is part three of a three part series.
There are many aspects to being healthy. You may achieve great success in one dimension and still suffer in another. For example, a woman might be very “healthy” in appearances; she exercises, drinks water and eats salad everyday. BUT, she might have numerous mental struggles. They cause her to suffer from so much stress that her heart health may be in danger. If she should have a heart attack, everyone would be surprised, because she seemed so healthy. We forget that our health isn’t just physical. Our body, our mind and our surroundings all impact how we feel. All of these things are interconnected. What are the many paths to greater health? Here are the top three that I tend to focus on.
You might be thinking that I am going to talk to you about the ozone layer, recycling your plastic or raising awareness of chem trails, but that isn’t exactly what I am referring to when I say environmental health. Your environment is everything that surrounds you. It is your space, your people, your office, even your car. All of these things have a daily impact on your well being. Let’s start at the top.
“A mans house is his castle” For sure. We all need to feel safe and secure in our castle. There are some ways to make your home environment more productive for healing. Going home at the end of the day should be wonderful. You should feel like a new person when you walk in the door. Here is my short list of ways to create a healthy home environment.
- Say YES to being comfortable. Decide what really makes you cozy. Don’t buy furniture that isn’t comfortable. Hate cold floors? Get a rug with a nice pattern. Who cares if it “isn’t supposed to go there”! Fill your home with comfortable pieces.
- Get rid of all that STUFF. You know what I am talking about. Those boxes you haven’t opened in 5 years. The stack of mail on the counter. The clothes from ten years ago. Just sell it. Give it away. There is no point in hanging on to things that aren’t making your life more comfortable, more joyful or more peaceful.
- Make it real. Use all the senses. Add a picture of the ocean, if you like water. Then, use an oil diffuser to create the smell of the coast. Replace one of your regular bulbs with a soft light with a dimmer switch. Go crazy and add a small fountain for some bubbling sounds. How relaxed are you now? Right?
We spend most of our lives at work. Depending on what kind of job you have, your environment is going to be different than everyone else. You need to adjust your space specifically for your needs. The type of work you do will have an impact on your health. If you are evicting poor people from their homes on a daily basis, that is going to eventually wear down your happiness level. If you are saving puppies (my dream job), then you will have more more fulfillment in your work.
It’s important to maintain a positive attitude, and the easiest way to do that is to create a healthy work environment. Here is a short list of things that can help:
- Make you space personal. Add photos, keepsakes, etc.
- Create a natural space. Add plants or a zen garden.
- Make your breaks count. Take a walk, enjoy a calming tea, call a friend.
- Organize. Reduce clutter in order to focus.
- Prioritize. Make a list and keep to it.
Have you ever spent the day with a negative, pessimistic non-stop complainer? UGH. It is mind-numbing. You want to just stab a pencil in your ear to avoid hearing them anymore. Narcissists, liars, gossipers and sociopaths are everywhere. If you aren’t careful, they will invade your space and try to smother you with their negativity. As a human who interacts with other humans, you really can’t avoid them totally. The best you can do is learn how to deal with them and how to limit their time in your life. Your health depends on it.
So, let’s say that this person, who is potentially harmful to your mental well-being, is actually a coworker, or a relative, and you can’t just ignore them. Then what? Here are a few things you can do:
- Remember that you can’t change them. Why make yourself crazy trying to do that?
- Don’t take it personally. That is who they are. Is it okay? No, but remember tip #1
- Keep your boundaries. Limit your time with them. Don’t invite them to a place that you don’t think they will let you enjoy.
- Tell them what’s up if you have to. Are they asking why you didn’t invite them somewhere? Be firm, be real and be as kind as possible
- Show them your good side. Be nice to them and hope they can learn something from you.
If it absolutely doesn’t get better, then it’s time to let them go. Remember, someone that used to fit into your life, won’t always fit. People change and that’s okay. People need different things and that is okay, too. You can do it slowly and just lessen your contact with them. Or you can be direct and tell them that they won’t be in your life anymore and why. Also, make sure that you do not argue or engage them after that. Just let it be done.
Your environmental health depends on many factors. Your home, your work space and the people around you are all variables in your overall health. Your environment can make or break you. Most of us tend to put other people first. We decorate to suit our spouse, we hold on to keepsakes to please our parents, we put with our sister-in-law to keep the peace, etc. We do so many things for everyone else that we forget to prioritize our own health and happiness.
Absolutely NO ONE is going to make sure you are taking care of you except YOU. Your mind, your surroundings and your body are all depending on you to make things right FOR YOU. So, just do it already.