This morning when I took the kids to school, I took the scenic route back to my office.  It’s been raining on and off for five days and there hasn’t been a lot of sunshine, so this morning when the sun was shining so beautifully, I took a little extra time to soak up the rays and admire the trees blooming and sprouting new leaves.

I love this time of year when things start to green up again after a dingy and brown winter.  I absolutely love color and need it in my life.  Spring is a sign of renewal and rebirth.  It gives us hope through the signs of new growth.

It’s only been in the past few years that I have started dreading winter and feeling some of the effects of SAD (seasonal affective disorder).  Not necessarily because of the lack of sunlight, but because of the cold and dull winter.

SAD isn’t only something that affects people in rainy and cloudy regions.  SAD is a result of our circadian rhythms (our biological clock) being out of whack during times of decreased sunlight.  It can also happen in our interior environments due to lack of natural light and harsh fluorescent lighting.

What happens is, the serotonin levels decrease, which affects our moods and makes us feel sad.  Melatonin which is our sleep hormone, gets all crazy and our sleep cycles become disrupted and when this happens, especially for long periods of time, it affects everything else in our lives.

How can you bring spring into your wellness space for some much-needed renewal?

  • Let the sun shine in your wellness space.  If you are lucky enough to have a window open up the blinds, shades, or curtains and let the natural light in.  Sunlight is one of the best natural medicines available and it’s FREE
  • Use a cheerful paint color that will make you, your staff, and your patients feel good.  When using saturated colors try to stick with and 80/20 rule.  80% of the colors in the space should be calming while 20% could be your favorite color with more vibrancy.
  • Use your favorite colors in accents like artwork, table lamps, lampshade, and draperies.  Also, consider some fun painted side tables or a colorful coffee table.
  • Bring on the greens.  Plants can be incredible mood boosters AND they can also help lower anxiety.  Think about how you feel better when you’re outdoors in nature.

When you bring vitality and renewal into your wellness environment you aren’t only creating a happier place for people to work, heal or live, you are also creating a conversation that extends far beyond your healing space.  Trust me, people will talk about how much they love your space and their friends and family will HAVE to visit.

If you need help with the renewal of your space feel free to take advantage of my complimentary 30-minute wayfinding phone call where we can troubleshoot some of the issues you may be facing.  You can schedule that be emailing me at rhea@tumbleweed-interiors.com

Grace and Peace,


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