When I overlooked health to discover the joy of smoking there was an immediate bond. Not only did I have no desire to quit but it was a behavior that integrated into every one of my day-to-day functions. Habits may be useful, dominating, or impoverished. They may also interfere with performance in areas of occupation.*

To support smoking I would dwell or create environments for it. Specific products suited for the behaviors of smoking were also in my surroundings. And that exceeds just ashtrays. I could smoke anywhere but the ideal experiences were in the comfort of it’s suited intention: to distress, to relax, to problem-solve. A space, plus its surroundings – people included – supported my performance needs of smoking and anxiety.

Alternatively to smoking and anxiety are those healthy-habit seeking reasons to create intentional environments in effort to achieve lifestyle goals. Our behaviors seek support in surrounding products, environments, and relationships. Identify one unhealthy lifestyle habit that may be domineering your performance. What’s one object in your space that supports it?

GIG Design | Physical Lifestyle


Scents may support contextual elements of relationship to time.


The occupation of self-care may include hydrating needs that may benefit from a visual boost


Built environments may be created on sensory purpose.
*American Occupational Therapy Association (2008) Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain and process (2nd ed). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Habits, p670.

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