If you’re anything like me, you didn’t take much time to consider the sensory impact of your home pre-COVID pandemic. But, once forced to spend months inside it, ignoring the impact of your living space on your mental and physical health became impossible. And, now that the pandemic is over, coming home to a space you created as a sanctuary and a haven from the outside world is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate after a long day.
By leveraging the sensory impact of aromatherapy, sound healing, tactile home design, and culinary variety to create a home that is a safe haven you are happy to return to, you can ensure that your home is the oasis you are looking for.
In This Article (click through to skip ahead):
1. Aromatherapy: Getting Scentsual to Create a Calm Environment
2. Sound Healing: Using the Sensory Impact of Music to Optimize Mood
3. Soothing Aesthetics: Finding Visual Harmony at Home
4. Tactile Home Design: Creating Comfort in Subtle Ways
5. Culinary Variety: The Sensory Impact of Home Cooking
Aromatherapy: Getting Scentsual to Create a Calm Environment
Aromatherapy can be a potent tool for creating a relaxing environment. (Find a link for a study or two that backs this up.) Essential oils, extracted from botanical sources, can be used in various ways, such as through massage, diffusion, bathing, and inhalation. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful environment in your home or office or need help to ease stress, the sensory impact of aromatherapy can provide an excellent outlet.
With a wide range of scents, finding the perfect blend to fit your needs is easy. Plus, aromatherapy is much cheaper and more accessible than other forms of therapy and carries no risk of side effects. So why not get scented and indulge in aromatherapy to create a calming environment? Use the infographic below to get started!
Sound Healing: Using the Sensory Impact of Music to Optimize Mood
Sound healing is gaining momentum as a viable form of complementary therapy for treating a variety of conditions, from physical to mental. Studies like this one published on the National Institute of Health’s website suggest that the sensory impact of sound can profoundly affect mood. As music travels through the ears and resonates in the body, it acts as an intrinsic form of medicine, calming the mind and restoring balance.
Listening to certain music induces a state of relaxation and improved mental clarity, but this study also found on the NIH website indicates that other sounds can contribute to mental stress. So, selecting exposure to sounds that promote mental clarity rather than mental stress is imperative.
Selecting soothing sounds can benefit those struggling with stress, fatigue, and mood or mental health disorders. If, on the other hand, you need an energy boost, listening to music with a higher bpm can be beneficial. Using sound healing as a form of therapy is an effective tool in helping individuals tap into their inner healing potential. It can even save your life.
Soothing Aesthetics: Finding Visual Harmony at Home
How we decorate and organize our spaces can profoundly influence our daily lives. At home, the beauty of the physical environment can help create a feeling of serenity and tranquility. The goal is to create a visual composition that calms the senses and provides a sense of well-being by utilizing the principles of harmony, balance, and unity.
Consider using balanced colors, shapes, and textures to create a unified, comfortable atmosphere that promotes peace and relaxation. When arranged correctly, colors, forms, and light come together to create a visually pleasing aesthetic. Utilizing the principles of feng shui for soothing aesthetics can help to create a home environment that is both visually harmonious and emotionally inspiring.
Tactile Home Design: Creating Comfort in Subtle Ways
Tactile home design encourages a sense of comfort through subtle details like texture. This could be the warm embrace of a velvet armchair, the cozy feel of a fluffy area rug, or the tactile pleasure of a knitted throw pillow. Small touches of textures in your home can create a comforting atmosphere and provide an unassuming place to relax.
Remember that subtlety is essential; don’t overdo it to avoid making your home look busy and overstimulating. Instead, focus on adding just enough texture to enhance the space with small, thoughtful compliments that won’t overpower the room.
Culinary Variety: The Sensory Impact of Home Cooking
When it comes to the sensory impact of your home, there is nothing quite like home cooking. From the smell of the ingredients being sautéed to the sound of something bubbling in the oven, these sights, smells, and sounds create a unique and memorable experience. For example, the smell of a pie baking can bring as much joy as savoring a slice.
While it may seem simple to whip up a quick dinner, taking a little extra time to explore new flavors and textures can bring a depth of flavor to any meal. So, rather than just relying on the same ingredients, experimenting with new combinations can open up a world of possibilities to create a truly unique culinary experience. Whether trying a new recipe or simply utilizing the ingredients already in your kitchen creatively, the combination of experimentation, flavor, and texture can make any meal a delicious adventure. I invite you to begin broadening your culinary horizons by incorporating these adaptogenic plants into your favorite recipes.
TLDR? Here’s the Short & Sweet Version
A home should be an inviting, relaxing space that nurtures your soul after a long day. Using the sensory impact techniques of aromatherapy, sound healing, soothing aesthetics, tactile home design, and culinary variety, you can create a home that is a safe haven that you are happy to return to. A home with the power to relax the mind and restore the soul.
Now that you know how to turn your home into a peaceful oasis, why not start planning today? Share your plans and ideas for adjusting the sensory impact of your living space in the comments below!
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