When you think about healthy living, the first things that come to mind are eating well and maintaining a regular exercise routine. There are also many things you can do to promote your personal wellness like going to the spa, taking a hike in the mountains, or meditating. Today, the popular concept and practice of promoting and maintaining wellness is expanding into our homes. When you think about it, it’s a no-brainer.
Our homes should be a haven where we can relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy a clean environment. There are all sorts of things you can do to improve the wellness of your home and there’s no shortage of books, websites and professionals to help you do so, but for those of you who would like to get a jump-start on improving your home’s wellness, you can begin with these 5 tips.
- Create a bedroom that invites sleep. First and foremost, consider upgrading your mattress if it’s not comfortable. Then, invest in some cozy sheets and bedding made of natural fabrics. Next, ensure that your room will be dark when you go to sleep. Your window treatments should block all outside light when drawn; you may even want to opt for black out draperies. If you have an alarm clock, position it so that you can’t see the display and stop using your phone, computer, or watching television one hour before bedtime.
- Promote a clean air environment. Add houseplants that are known for cleaning the air such as Boston ferns, spider plants, English ivy, or snake plants. A whole house air purifier for your HVAC unit will work wonders and if needed, you can also utilize room size air purifiers. Both will reduce pollutants and allergens in your home.
- Filter your water. Install an under the kitchen sink water filtration system and always make sure you change your refrigerators water filter when needed. Improve your shower water with a shower filter to remove chlorine and other contaminants and you will notice your skin and hair will feel softer.
- Let the sunshine in. This is an easy one! Vitamin D does the body good and natural light is an easy way to give yourself a boost. Open your shades or draperies and allow the light to fill your home. If your current window treatments are too heavy, consider replacing them or adding some shears.
- Enjoy your home’s outdoor spaces. Make an effort to enjoy your home’s outdoor spaces as often as possible, weather permitting. Have you morning coffee, lunch or dinner outside on your deck or patio. Wind down in the evening with a good book outside in a hammock.