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Over the next three blogs, I focus on health for your Mind, Body, and Soul and how that translates into a You-Inspired Home.
In this blog, I lay some framework for defining health. I call attention to the fact that humans are multifaceted biological forms influenced by their surroundings. Next, I introduce Biophilic Design as a way to bring more of the healing natural elements into your home. Finally, I focus on designing specifically to support a peaceful mind.
Health is Not Simply the Absence of Illness
True health is the manifestation of an optimized life. Mind, body, and soul cohesively integrate to support physical wellness, authentic self-expression, inspiration, and joyful living.
The home is at the center of your health and vitality!
How Home Supports Mind, Body & Soul
FACT: You are impacted by your environment, even if you are not consciously aware of it.
Your home can be designed to help you make healthier choices, gain greater access to the health benefits of nature, and include spaces that facilitate happiness, creativity, relaxation, and a sense of fulfillment.
Changing yourself begins with changing your home!
Because your home is where you spend the majority of your time, it holds the power to significantly enhance the optimization of your life.
The average American spends 93% of their life indoors!
Considering we spend over 90% of our lives indoors;
shouldn’t we have a better understanding of the way
our home affects our health and makes us FEEL?
What is Biophilic Design?
Biophilia means “love of nature” and refers to human’s innate attraction to nature and other forms of life.
Biophilic design focuses on this love of nature and the biological effects nature has on humans. This foundational understanding of how humans interact with the environment around them allows us the opportunity to create spaces that greatly enhance health and vitality.
The measurable positive impacts of biophilic design show a reduction in stress levels, improved cognitive function and creativity, enhanced inspiration and restoration, improved well-being, and expedited healing.
Spaces with a good view and visual connection to nature help to reduce sadness, anger, and aggression by lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
Incorporating vegetated spaces in and around the home can improve an individual’s self-esteem and mood, while the presence of water can have a relaxing effect.
Your state of mind is directly linked to your degree of health. A healthy mind FEELS happy, calm, peaceful and thinks from the foundations of love, creativity, abundance, and authenticity. Your mind also has a tremendous effect on your endocrine system, regulating hormones that affect every molecule of your being. Without a peaceful mind, you cannot protect the health of your body.
Your emotional state is directly linked to what you think and how you feel. The good news is that you have control over these aspects of the mind. You’re able to shift your mindset via conscious intentions, decisions, responses to stress, and choices about caring for yourself and your home. Taking care of your home is just as beneficial as taking care of your body.
Designing for the Mind
Careful planning for the exterior and interior of the home, with spaces designed for creative endeavors and relaxation, supports a healthy mind and enhances feelings of happiness.
Creativity ≠ Art!
Often times the word creativity is confused as art. Not everybody is an artist, yet EVERYBODY is capable of creativity in some form or another. Anything that inspires you and makes you FEEL authentically expressed is considered creative.
I’ve designed spaces for clients who have passions (or merely just an interest) in yoga, meditation, gardening, dancing, astronomy, cooking, horses, reading, travel, sewing, and numerous different kinds of collections.
The indoor to outdoor connectivity is vitally
important to sustaining health and creativity.
Just by simply having a space to let creativity flow greatly reduces your chances for dementia, improves mental health, boosts the immune system and even makes you smarter!
A home that makes you feel safe and brings you a sense of peace and comfort with spaces designed for rest and relaxation helps you balance healthy levels of cortisol and experience better harmony within yourself.
Work activities should take place away from relaxing spaces. The two energies of work and relaxation do not mix well. If you can see your workspace from where you are attempting to relax, it creates a tension that can make you feel like you should be working instead of relaxing. For this reason, a home office should be placed far away from bedrooms and lounging areas. At the very least, a workspace should never be placed within your sleeping space!
A Cluttered Home Creates a Cluttered Mind.
You know that icky feeling you get when your house is a mess. It can consume you completely, preventing you from being able to relax or focus on anything else. It can even seep into your psyche, with negative self-talk that convinces you you’re a slob. There is a way to combat this with creative home design!
Read more about combatting clutter in my blog post discussing feng shui.
YOU-Inspired living is living to your highest potential!
Your home, and therefore your life, CAN be designed to achieve maximum health and vitality. You don’t have to suffer or put up with a life that is unfulfilling. We at Pippin Home Designs are here to support you in living a long, happy, and healthy life! If you have any questions about how our designs can help, please connect with us and ask.
I intend you find wellness and sustained peace of mind.
Inspired by YOU,
Jenny Pippin, CPBD, FAIBD, CGP
Pippin Home Designs
I am Jenny Pippin, founder of Pippin Home Designs and creator of my own inspired living. I grew up as an ordinary southern girl, working in the fields of my family’s tobacco farm. It didn’t take me long to realize I had greater gifts and so I chose to step into my power and create my own path in life, inspired by my heart’s true passion. (More on my personal story in future posts.Stay tuned!)