We all know how significantly our environment can affect our mood, yet often, we live such busy lives that we don’t allow ourselves the time to change our home environment to be more conducive to our happiness and productivity. In recent times the power of concepts such as Hygge and Feng Shui have been highlighted in popular culture due to the science now backing up the idea that our work or home environment has a huge impact on the way we feel.
For instance, the popular saying “a cluttered home equals a cluttered mind” has now been proven to be true, and indeed, the reverse has been shown to have some gravitas as well. If you have a cluttered mind then you are likely to have a cluttered home, but also, if you have a cluttered home it will lead to a cluttered mind.
When you think about waking up each morning, if you wake up with plenty of natural light bouncing against whitewashed walls then walk into a beautiful bathroom design that is similarly light and airy – most people feel uplifted and enlivened by this environment. In contrast, if you wake up in a dark and dingy room that feels cluttered, and have to shower in a cramped space, you naturally start the day off in a bad mood. I love room-darkening window coverings for getting to sleep, but they need to be opened upon awakening.
The most important way in which our home environment affects our mood is when it comes to working from home. Often, working from home can be a blessing – but it can be hard to focus, particularly if you’re not in the right environment.
This is especially important when homeschooling, so on that basis let us look at three simple ways to make your home environment more conducive to focusing on work:
Declutter Your Environment
The most important thing you need to do is set aside a space that is just for working; similar to a classroom or an office – as this way, your child will associate this as a space for learning. It’s really important, that you declutter this space – as too many distractions, can be counterproductive to focusing on the task at hand. For some children, alphabet charts or maps on the wall are too distracting. These learning aids shouldn’t be skipped altogether, but made available in a smaller size and kept in a binder or box until needed.
Plenty of Light
One of the most vital components of a focused and productive space is that of natural light, so be sure to choose a room that benefits from as much natural light as possible; of course, you don’t want direct sunlight hitting the room as this can be distracting when it comes to working on computer screens and also makes the room too stuffy (see next tip) but having an abundance of daylight really does help people to focus.
You’ll want to make sure your space is not too hot and stuffy; as this feeling of stuffiness can lead to agitation, fatigue and a lack of focus. In this sense, having a room with windows that open fully can be useful. Fresh air tends to be much better for you than air conditioning, yet, if there are simply no opportunities to receive cool fresh air, then air conditioning is a must.