A Healthy Home is a Happy Home. How to Optimize your Home for Healthy, Stress-free Living.
It’s no secret that our environments influence the way we think, feel and act. Most people desire good health, and for most people, their home is the environment that they spend the most time in. Everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy life so why not start to achieve this by creating a home environment optimal for health. Both mental and physical health is important to your overall well-being, and both are easier to achieve when you reduce stress and encourage better eating habits at home.
Take these steps to make a change in your life and in your home that will create an optimal environment for making healthier choices, of which you can bring into other areas of your life.
Reduce Stress and Fatigue
Stress is a large determinant of good health, and by reducing it, you will begin your first step towards living a healthy life. Once all of the controllable stressors are removed from your life, you can take an easier, more positive step towards health. Continuous stress can cause muscle, tension, headaches and migraines, heart problems, adrenal fatigue, nausea, overeating and is overall draining for your energy levels.
An uncluttered house is an uncluttered mind. It is proven that clutter reduces your ability to focus as well as your ability to process information. Diminishing the clutter in your home bring down stress levels. Although deep-cleaning your possessions is time-consuming, it will be more beneficial for your health in the long run.
Take between half of a day and a day, depending on the amount of clutter you have, to go through your belongings. Sort the items in different piles; items you do not use into a donate or discard pile, and the items you do use into a keep pile. Create a “home” for everything you are keeping, so that future cleaning will be easier, less time consuming, and less stressful.
Bring some of Mother Nature’s magic into your home. Several studies have shown that exposure to nature improves mood and reduces stress. Art imitation of nature has a very valuable effect on the brain, but do remember that looking at a painting or photograph of nature is not as beneficial as taking a walk or hike outdoors. Art is not the only type of nature you can bring into your house; there are many plants that do not need sunlight or a lot of water to survive. There are also plenty of plants that purify the air and require almost no maintenance; a few examples are the Peace Lily, Bamboo Palm, and Garden Mum.
Investing in an oil diffuser has the potential to not only making your house smell good but reduce stress. Essential oils such as lavender and lemon smell wonderful and lift the atmosphere of your home. This form of stress improvement should be used in tandem with the other suggestions.
Fatigue can be just as much of an obstacle to good health as stress, and often the two are related. Underlying health issues like depression can cause lingering tiredness, although most people experience fatigue from daily habits and lifestyle factors.
Slight changes in the lighting and temperature of your home can have a huge impact on the way you feel. Recent studies showed evidence that artificial or poor lighting can negatively affect your body and cause you to get sleepy earlier in the day. A home environment for all day long activities to keep stable energy levels should have large windows, open curtains, and daylight bulbs so that your lamps mimic daylight. These stable energy levels are heavily influenced by the temperature in your environment during the daytime; it is recommended to keep your house at an optimal room temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Workers performing in spaces 68 degrees and below are found to make more mistakes because your focus is on keeping warm rather than your task at hand.
Food and Exercise
Eating well and staying active are two of the major components of creating a healthy life. After incorporating the previous suggestions into your home, you should have more energy and be in a consistently better mood. Once you feel good in your home, it is time to improve your personal health. You don’t have to go on a diet, or a cleanse to improve your health. Simple changes around the house will impact your daily habits so that eating healthier is easy.
Put away large dishes:
There is no need to get rid of these plates, instead keep them around for the occasional party. Do keep smaller plates around instead, when you have larger plates the amount of food tends to look smaller, leading us to pile more food onto the plate. While smaller plate sizes can make portion sizes look larger and will construct us to not over eat.
Buy less junk food snacks:
A treat is nice every once in a while but not all the time. You do not need to stop buying snacks and junk food but instead, buy less and keep these items at the back of the pantry out of view, if they are out of sight and hard to reach, you will be less likely to eat them. When snacking, be sure to put an appropriate portion size onto a plate or into a bowl, it is easy to keep eating something overly salty or sweet directly from the container.
Keep water available:
Keeping cold, filtered water ready to go in the fridge is very beneficial. Water affects your health down to the cellular level and helps keep you from overeating.
Try squeezing in an exercise into your daily routine at home by using only what you already have around your house. There is often downtime while cooking a meal, most often during the wait for something to bake or boil. Utilize this time to workout, and you will enjoy your meal even more.
- Grab a dining room chair and work out your triceps with some chair dips
- Do push-ups on the kitchen counter or some walking lunges to the garbage can.
- Lean against the nearest wall and see how long you can hold a wall sit.
Solitude and Meditation
Making time for yourself may seem like a luxury in today’s go-go-go society, but it is essential for excellent health. Solitude allows your brain to disconnect from others for a while and help you get in touch with yourself. It is proven that if you are able to get comfortable with solitude, it can help you develop your creative abilities, feel less self-conscious and brainstorm ideas. Try setting aside a room in your house without any electronic distractions to enhance your creative ideas. In this room put a comfortable chair, some painting of nature, and other relaxing décor to inspire ideas and less stress. Even if having a whole room dedicated to your personal time, resort to time alone in any room in your house where you feel comfortable and are able to focus on being yourself.
Onward to Happiness
It is proven that happiness and good health go together, happiness influences health but health also influences happiness. Your home should be your safe place and most likely the place your spend most of your time. The positive changes you can make in your home that have been suggested here will reflect positive changes in your physical health and your mood.