Most of us thrive in summers and struggle in Winters. Winter brings an imbalance, but it’s not just the Winter. Many philosophies believe there are four elements – earth, air, water and fire - and when in balance they bring health and joy.
Each of us need a unique amount of each of property and when this doesn't happen, we experience feelings like burnout, aloofness, insecurity and more. Knowing this, we can help balance the elements that surround you - and the best place to do this is our home.
BALANCE THE FOUR ELEMENTS
Plan for seamlessness between indoors and out, design outdoors like it was indoors, and add an abundance of indoor plants.
Being close to the earth and its bounties improves mood, happiness, recovery time, concentration and creativity while reducing negativity.
Light improves sleep and mood. It also reduces seasonal depression.
Wherever possible, let light stream into your home through an abundance of windows and doors. Let the light reflect off the walls with light paint colours. Also, ensure a large path for energy to flow within rooms and from room to room.
Incorporate water wherever you can, inside and out, to reap the benefits of water.
The mere sight and sound of water can induce a flood of neurochemicals that promote wellness, increase blood flow to the brain and heart and induce relaxation. Wallace Nichols, Blue Mind
Fire improves mindfulness, working memory & long-term memory, and the ability to enter into a meditative state - reaping all the qualities of meditation.
Include fireplaces in expected & unexpected places like your bathroom or by your pool.