5 Steps To A Healthier Home
Being healthy at home isn’t just about your diet. Sure, healthy eating is a wonderful foundation, but there are actually many ways to create a beneficial environment through-out your home. Here are five simple ways to begin cultivating a healthier living space.
1. Declutter the Kitchen
Kitchen cabinets and pantries are notorious for becoming catch-alls for your rarely used items. Go through your cabinets, pantry, fridge and freezer and say goodbye to anything that’s been lingering for an extended amount of time. Donate canned goods you’ve been saving ‘just in case', and get rid of old, untouched packages of snacks and crackers. Once your pantry shelves are cleared out, start buying and eating mostly fresh items, picking up just what you need every week as opposed to doing a mega shopping trip every couple of weeks. This will reduce your weekly waste and save money.
2. Honor the Eating Area
If you routinely find yourself eat your meals standing up at the kitchen counter or on the sofa in front of the TV, it’s likely that you’ve adopted some poor eating habits. Make sure you have a dedicated dining space to sit down and enjoy an eating experience that includes quality time with your loved ones. Not only will this lead to preparing healthier meals, it will carve out quality time with your spouse and loved ones.
3. Check Your Air Quality
Whether it’s the living room or family room, make sure the air is healthy in the room in which you spend the most time. Dust and vacuum more often than usual (especially if you have pets or use a fireplace frequently), open the windows to circulate air, or use an air purifier or salt rocks to remove impurities. Add some house plants to help absorb carbon dioxide and release additional oxygen. There are many helpful actions to take to improve the overall air quality in your home, which will lead to improved wellness for you and your loved ones.
4. Create a Restful Bedroom
Many of us aren’t getting enough sleep, which is at the root of a wide variety of health problems. Do a quick analysis of your sleeping quarters to make sure they’re conducive to a good night’s rest: Is your mattress well-suited for your sleeping needs? Is there a television on late into the night? Is the bedroom temperature cool enough? Is a quiet time enforced within an hour of sleep? Ideally, you can create a peaceful, intimate bedroom space in tandem with a nighttime routine to help get the best night's rest.
5. Carve a Restorative Niche
Whether it’s a small workout area, or a reading and meditation nook, everyone needs to build their own private space within the busy walls of their home. Whether it’s for exercise or simply quiet time, having a mini-escape right at home is essential to both your physical and mental well-being. These mall changes to your living space can have pay big dividends in your general well-being.