3 Tips to Improve Your Health and Wellness at Home
Have you ever wondered if your home is a healthy environment? Did you know that it’s possible that your home may be contributing negatively to your health and wellness? Lately, many of us are spending a lot more time in our homes and even for those who aren’t, it’s an important question to ask yourselves. In some ways, the answer may be obvious. You may already know that when your home is messy, you don’t feel as good. Or, you may find that the colours on the walls are negatively affecting your mood. Other important questions you should ask are: is it functional? Is it organized? Are you always tripping over furniture? Do you have trouble getting comfortable? Is it easy to keep clean? Or maybe it’s simply too dark. At the end of a long workday, you don’t want your home to be an added source of stress. You want it to be a comfortable oasis that allows you to unwind and let go of the weight of your day. Many people don’t even know how much the state of their homes contribute to their overall health. Here are 3 simple tips that can make your home healthier and more relaxing:
1. Get the Best Sleep Possible
Sleeping can be a challenge for many people. It’s been a long day; all you want to do is lay down and get a good night’s rest. But instead you just end up lying there wide awake. If this sounds like you, you’ve probably already googled how to get a better night’s sleep and you probably already know how essential sleep is to your overall health. After implementing all of the tips you’ve read, it may have improved a little but you find that you’re not feeling much better. Have you considered that it could be your bedroom itself? Make sure your bedroom is good and dark. Electronics, even if you are not using them, may still give off some light. You may not even notice but your room could be filled with little blue or red lights. Either remove them from the room or cover them up. It’s also a good idea to get yourself some blackout curtains. Depending on the time of year, the sun can start coming up at 4 a.m. or sometimes earlier. Once the light starts streaming in you are more susceptible to waking up. Blackout curtains will ensure that you are not disturbed and can sleep right through until your alarm goes off.
2. Invite in Fresh Air
Many Canadians spend a lot of time working in buildings that do not have any fresh air flow and then come home to the same type of environment. Depending on what part of the country you live in, you may go from a cold winter where the windows are kept closed to keep the heat in or a hot summer where they are kept closed to maximise the air conditioning. Often you don’t think about how this is affecting your health. Often the air in your home is not that clean and there is a lot of benefit to opening the windows as much as possible to get some fresh air circulating. Make sure your windows are in good shape and can be opened easily and try to consider keeping them open more often.
3. Add Some Plants
If you read the word plants and instantly thought “I can’t keep plant’s alive!”, don’t worry, there is a plant for you. Plants not only liven up the space, they help improve the air quality. Studies show that being around plants can quickly help reduce your stress and improve your mood. There are tons of great house plants to choose from. You can decorate with some cute succulents which are very low maintenance, or even grow you own little herb garden.
Try these three tips and see how you feel. You may find these simple solutions were the missing link to make you feel more calm and comfortable in your home. If they don’t help, try considering some of the questions you asked yourself earlier. Keep yourself as healthy as possible by ensuring your space is bright, clean, and easy to use.