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Environment is the third guiding principle of living CREATION Healthy. It's the external space outside of us, but that which affects what happens within us. All of our senses-sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste-can influence our mood as well as our health, either positively or negatively.
Recent research demonstrates not only the importance of our larger environment (air and water quality) to our health, but also our immediate environment (light, sound, aroma, and touch).
You’ve probably heard of Pavlov’s work with dogs. After allowing dogs to smell meat while listening to a bell, he discovered that the bell alone soon induced salivation. The same thing can happen in your body. Just about anything in the environment can elicit an automatic response after an association has been established. Cancer patients, upon returning to the clinic where they received chemotherapy, will sometimes re-experience the side effects of the treatment despite no longer being in treatment. Instead, it was certain pictures in the room, the fragrance worn by a staff member, or even the background music that triggered this reaction. This research conducted at the Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York underscores why it is essential to pay attention to anything at home or work that might be affecting your health because although you might not consciously make the connection, your body can.
Take a critical look at your personal environment. Is simplicity and order the rule or the exception? After a routine cleaning of your home, does it still feel cluttered? Stacks of old magazines scattered about? Closets stuffed with clothes you rarely or never wear? Are too many appliances crowding your kitchen counter space? Whether we realize it or not, the very sight of clutter saps our energy, drains our strength, and depletes our sense of peace. As curious as it may sound, many people have found that by uncluttering their environment they begin to free their thoughts, emotions, and even their priorities. A simple, clean environment helps to clear the mind and it creates a greater sense of peace. To establish a sense of visual warmth in your home, display objects that awaken good memories. Surround yourself with things that bring a feeling of peace, comfort, and joy. Perhaps your treasures are pictures of family and friends, or awards and honors that you’ve received. Art may bring you energy: paintings full of color, or sculptures brimming with life. Display items that make your spirit dream and that draw your soul closer to God.
CREATION Health is a faith-based health and wellness program that takes a holistic approach to mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Transform your life with God’s prescription for wellness and live life to the fullest.
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