Hi Sweet Peeps,

Yesterday morning as I sat quietly by the pond on our land, breathing deeply into the healing energy there, I realized the best medicine to stay positive after the news this week was to give my mind a specific task.

Here’s that task: Stay ruthlessly present in this moment as if your life depended on it. As if you had a life threatening illness like diabetes and had to be hyper-vigilant against even the smallest amount of sugar hidden in something like gluten-free pasta.

So far, it’s working. And like the Buddhist meditation practice of bringing the mind back to the breath after it has wandered far off into other thoughts, I, too, am gently bringing myself back into the present moment when my mind starts to stray. I’ll hit the repeat button on this until it sticks. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

So, for today’s health design lesson, I’m hoping to bring you into the present moment with this easy and fun Health Design Pop-Quiz.

Try to answer each question before scrolling down to the answers.

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QUESTIONS

#1 True or False: I can’t make my waiting room too beautiful because then it will feel like a spa and my patients will think my services are too expensive.

#2 True or False: It’s fine if the desk in my office is facing a wall. It saves space that way.

#3 True or False: I can’t paint my ceiling any other color than white because it will make the space feel too small.

ANSWERS

#1 True or False: I can’t make my waiting room too beautiful because then it will feel like a spa and my patients will think my services are too expensive.

Answer: FALSE

I’ve heard this expressed by my clients who fear that by creating a more comfortable and even luxurious space for their clientele, they will somehow turn them off.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Although you can absolutely raise your rates when you redesign your health or wellness space, you don’t have to.

Your patients and clients will be so thrilled and grateful, they will share the experience with their friends, family and on social media. I’ve seen this happen over and over again throughout the years.

You can expect an average growth in referral business from 35% to 40% within the first six months after installing your new design. And those numbers are conservative. I’ve seen it go up to 85%.

#2 True or False: It’s fine if the desk in my office is facing a wall and my back is to the door. It saves space that way.

ANSWER: FALSE

Research has shown that sitting with your back to a door releases the stress hormone cortisol, whereas sitting with a view of a door releases the feel-good yummy hormone oxytocin.

With your back to the door anyone on your team can come up from behind while you are deep in thought or busy with a task and scare the heebie-jeebies out of you.

It’s rare to meet achievers of any kind who sit looking at a wall.

As best selling author Karen Kingston says, “Facing an insurmountable obstacle (like an unmovable wall) generally has the effect of squashing a person’s spirit rather than inspiring them to do great things.”

For example, if you visit the offices of successful people, you’ll often find that they have intuitively placed their desk in the command position of the room—diagonal to the door and in full view of the room like my client Dr. Kristin Sulis’s upstairs office shown below:

#3 True or False: You can’t paint your ceiling any other color than white because it will make the space feel too small.

ANSWER: FALSE

While this is a common assumption among the general population, it simply is not true.

If your ceilings are under 9 feet, and you paint the ceiling the same color as the walls, the ceilings will disappear, giving the illusion of added height.

No longer will the overhead slab of white disturb the eye [and the nervous system] of your clients and patients sitting below. [And yes, you CAN paint those tiled ceilings that are common in medical or health settings.]

Bonus: The space will feel whole and cozy.

When your ceilings are over 9 feet tall, I encourage you to paint them a beautiful accent color that contributes to creating a nurturing experience for your peeps.

Learn more about what colors to paint the ceiling of your wellness space and my favorites in my book, The Color Cure: How to transform your healthcare office, clinic or treatment room into an oasis by choosing the perfect paint”

Your Biggest Supporter,

Cheryl
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