Did you know that your environment has a big impact on your mental health? This includes your mindset. It’s true; research has shown that the spaces you spend the most time in (your home and your workspace) have a dramatic impact.
While it won’t work miracles, improving your environment to make it more conducive to a growth mindset will not only improve your mindset but boost your mood and increase your personal growth.
Here are several ways to do it.
- Bring in natural light
Humans are designed to spend lots of time outdoors. Our ancestors spent most of their time outside. Only in the modern era have we reversed that. An easy way to make your environment more conducive to a growth mindset is to let in more natural light. Open windows or doors and let the sun in.
- Add light, bright colors
Dark, somber colors can make you feel down and suck your energy. Neutral colors have little effect, and bright or light colors do the opposite. You might not be able to change the colors of the walls and furnishings, especially at work, but you can bring in plenty of brightly colored accents.
Cluttered spaces raise our stress levels and make us feel scattered. This effect may or may not be conscious. Get rid of the excess and see how much better you feel.
- Tidy up and organize
Keeping things neat, clean, and organized to help boost your mood make your space a better place to work on your mindset. Get organizational supplies to put must-have items neatly away out of sight.
- Add lots of greenery
Plants have the same sort of effect on mental health and mindset that natural light does and for the same reason. Bringing plants into your home will make you feel better and immediately boost your mood. Over the long term, tending to plants and keeping them alive and healthy is great for growing your mindset too.
- Start a vision board
A vision board is essentially a collage of what your goals are. Do you want to buy a house? Find a picture of the type of house you want and put it on the board. Do you want to go to Paris? Pin up a picture of the Eiffel Tower. Put the board up somewhere you can see it, such as above your desk, and look at it often.