Human bodies were not designed to spend long hours saddled to work desks or to lounge sofas watching TV. In fact, strange manic depressive behaviour is often reported from people who fall in this category. The body needs to be in sync with nature and needs to have a sense of what is happening outdoors, such that the mind and body can function well.
While designing our homes and work places, we need to bring in the outdoors inside. Irrespective of whether we live in apartments or houses, a few basic things to remember always come in handy.
1. Large windows: Large windows are always helpful in seamlessly merging the outdoors with the inside. Issues related to excessive sunlight or the passage of heat/cold through such windows can always be tackled with the appropriate insulation medium and design. Consider large window openings and they will make the house feel larger.
2. Balcony seating: If you have a balcony, put some chairs and a table there. When the weather is good, spend time in this space for reading a book, chatting up or even for a meal. Your body will do well with the intake of fresh air.
3. Window-side seating: Seating near window openings allows you to ‘feel’ the outside, at all times. Do not block your windows with heavy furniture; put some light furniture instead.
4. Use of plants: Plants kept inside the house help in raising oxygen levels in our blood stream. If you find the upkeep of such plants difficult, consider putting up some plants in your balcony or sit-out. The sub-conscious, feel good factor of being surrounded by nature, is high.
5. Cross ventilation: Allow the outside air to circulate through your house; keep multiple windows open when possible and rid the house of the stale air.