How Poor Air Quality Clouds Spiritual Clarity
It’s no secret that air quality directly impacts health. Over time, living in a dank or musty environment can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, increasing the risk of developing lung or heart problems in later life. What many people don’t know, however, is that air purity can have just as much of an effect on your mind. A dirty home can lead to a cluttered mind, impeding spiritual development and well-being of both adults and children.
For children, learning starts in the home. It’s important for parents to foster an environment that encourages curiosity and self-growth by including plenty of stimulating toys, games, and activities in their child’s day. Just as important, however, is for parents to create a safe environment. This doesn’t mean simply installing child locks and plug covers--it also means ensuring that the house is clean and free of pollutants.
Air purity affects the development of a child’s psyche, and a musty home can have a direct impact on a kid’s journey to self-discovery. To nurture healthy spiritual growth, it’s important that you keep the air in your home clean, especially if you have young minds in the house. Poor air quality can affect academic performance and may also increase the incidence of anxiety and depression
Not only does poor air quality affect the psychological health of children, but also that of adults. All of us naturally go through a period of cognitive decline as we age, but being exposed to dirty air can speed up this process.
In studies using mouse models, researchers have found that pollution affects working memory. Not only does it lead to inflammation of cranial tissues, but it changes the structure of the brain itself. Neurons in the hippocampus were stunted, leading to impaired spatial memory. In humans, inflammation of the brain and the destruction of neurons could lead to premature and permanent changes in memory. Exposing yourself to indoor air pollution may even increase your risk of developing early onset Alzheimer’s.
Beyond issues with cognitive function, poor air quality has also been linked to symptoms of depression. Living in an unclean home can lead to anxiety and discontent, which makes it difficult to grow spiritually.
In order to look after your spiritual self, it’s important to keep your home free of dust, spores, and other debris that could be harmful to your wellbeing. By cleaning regularly, you can help to improve your mood and your mental clarity.
Credit goes to freelance interior design writer Jess Walter