You want your home to be a special environment, where you feel relaxed, inspired, and safe. Creating the right atmosphere, however, isn’t always easy. Yes, you can follow tips about the right décor to use, but they aren’t tailored just for you. Also, because many of the ideas you glean are based on fads, you might decorate your home in a style that soon goes out of style. By using sensory acuity, however, you can create the perfect home environment to suit you. Here’s a look at what sensory acuity is so you understand more about the subject and can apply it well.
What is sensory acuity?
Neuro-linguistic programming practitioners often use the phrase sensory acuity to refer to a heightened awareness of your environment. In NLP, it’s used to gauge a client’s emotional state by paying attention to their body language and tone of voice to ascertain when they alter their thoughts, and so, emotions. But how can you use sensory acuity to create a perfect home environment?
Everything about your home influences your emotions. The way rooms are laid out, the color of the walls, and how you arrange the furniture will have an impact on your senses. So too, will the state of your environment, like when a messy room makes you feel negative. At other times, the way your surroundings influence you is subtle but has a cumulative effect. For example, living for a while in a house where you are uncomfortable will cause your mental health to decline. You’ll be unhappy, yet, may not recognize the environment is to blame.
You can use sensory acuity to measure how surroundings influence you and adjust your home environment until it helps you achieve the emotional state you want. Unlike an NLP practitioner working with a client, though, you don’t need to notice your gestures and voice; you can note your feelings about what’s around you. Also, you can recognize your typical behavior when in parts of your home, and whether it’s something you want to change by altering the layout. Let’s get started.
Examine how your home influences you
Studies show how buildings are designed changes people’s behavior. If there are hobbies you want to do or habits you want to alter, look at how you present your home. You can create the right environment to support the behaviors you want to carry out. Doing so will make a difference as to whether you get the most out of your home.
Additionally, examine how you feel in different areas. You may want to be relaxed in the lounge and bedroom, inspired in the kitchen, and sociable in the dining room. Think about the emotional state you wish to experience in each part of your home and whether it achieves your aim.
Create a supportive environment for behaviors and emotional states
By rearranging furniture and altering décor, you can change the mood of rooms to encourage the behaviors and feelings you want to develop. To begin, recognize the activities and feelings you want to experience.
You may have decided to use sensory acuity in your home-based office, and you want to feel more motivated to work in this area. You might start by getting rid of clutter so that you can move around the room freely. Clutter disturbs the eye, and so the mind. Once it’s gone, you’ll automatically feel more inspired.
When the clutter’s removed, stand at the doorway and notice the first thing you see. Just like people make snap judgments about others based on their looks, your mind judges what it sees to create your mood. The first object seen is important because it sets the tone of the room and colors how you feel as soon as you enter.
If you don’t enjoy what you see, or it doesn’t make you want to get down to work, take it out of the room. Replace it with an object that will help you be productive. Suggestions include a clock, to remind you to use time wisely, or a certificate of achievement to boost your confidence.
Next, examine other items in the office, one-by-one, and notice the effect they have on you. Do they motivate you? Have no significant effect? Or make you feel an entirely different emotion than you hope to experience? For instance, a comfortable lounge chair may look lovely, but it will put the idea of resting rather than fruitfulness in your mind. Take out any items that don’t inspire the right activity or emotions.
Also, recognize how the color of the walls and soft furnishings make you feel. Faux fur, snuggly throws, and deep pile rugs will be better in rooms where you want to wind down. Lively colors and simplicity are suitable in an office because they are likely to stimulate activity.
Repeat the exercise throughout your home, moving out items and changing decoration to bring about the moods and behaviors you wish to cultivate. Also, be sure to arrange your rooms to make them easy to live in. Keep walkways and access to windows clear. Organize items, so they are in the perfect place for use, and get rid of anything that jars your senses.
Take your time, perhaps working on one room a week. You’ll find you make more adjustments as you become accustomed to using sensory acuity. When you’ve been through the whole house, the atmosphere will have changed dramatically. Each room will motivate you to carry out the behaviors you want to engage in, and your happiness at home will increase.