I live in California, so, I admit, I’m spoiled. The sunshine becomes something we often take for granted. The natural warmth of the sun on our faces, the illumination of the colors blooming every season and the lush green grass that carpets the ground encircling the never-ending freeways. So it may be a little easier to feel a bit more optimistic as we walk through our daily lives, but… never forget, as I said in the first sentence, it’s easy to take this “happy” weather for granted and not even notice it after awhile. For me, being a born east-coaster, it can sometimes feel like I’m unknowingly participating in my own version of “Groundhog Day” – which for those who may not be Bill Murray fans, is when the same day keeps happening over. Due to mother-nature becoming either lazy or quite comfortable showering the west coast in sunshine, it becomes almost annoyingly predictable.
While it may seem like I’m complaining, I’m not… but I am highlighting the importance of nature’s behaviors and the inevitable sensory reactions and mood swings that can unwittingly follow.
Regardless of where you live, Alaska, San Francisco, Seattle or Florida… or anywhere in the world for that matter, you can take control of both your natural surroundings and your decorative environment by using them to deliberately create the perfect aesthetic… supporting both your mood, attitude, relationship, productivity and ultimately, you’re all around happiness!
Here are a few basic suggestions:
Wherever you are right now, take a moment and notice the light that surrounds you. Notice how you feel, pay attention to yourself – we rush through our daily life so much we rarely pay attention to how we are affected by the elements that surround us. Don’t rush this, it may take a few minutes, you may even have to leave the space or turn out the lights and re-enter after 5-10 min. to notice a reaction to the contrast. (no matter whether you deem your reaction “positive” or negative”) just take note.
I can’t urge this enough – no florescent lighting, ever! there is not one redeemable element of this type of lighting for any of us, particularly those on the spectrum. Natural light that can be somewhat controlled with appropriate windo treatments is optimum. Soft natural light bulbs, dimmers and LED lighting is best.
Whatever limitation you feel you have (budgetary, location, square footage etc…) there is always a way to work around it and achieve a more optimal scenario! Take a few minutes for 5-7 days and chart your reactions and feelings, (yes guys, I said the “F” word, you’re feelings) As uncomfortable as that may seem, it’s pretty revealing when an unexpected pattern emerges right before your eyes. Especially when it shows up in a particular room, space, a specific activity or consistent time of day.
Once you discover something (and trust me, if you do this, you will) you’ll discover a bit about how you’re wired, which is much more significant than you might expect. It will give you a clue about why you respond as you do and allow you to make the proper changes ultimately enhancing what you’re working to accomplish and relieving un-necessary stress, frustration and struggle.
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