Every other day we’re informed of yet another cancer-causing ingredient or cooking method, and it seems like we can never get ahead. But don’t panic. While it’s true a healthy lifestyle feels harder to come by than ever, there are still many ways to promote healthy living within your four walls.
There is no question health starts in the bedroom. Scientists have confirmed again and again that sleep is about more than feeling rested. Our bodies need it, and when they don’t get it, our health suffers.
The first step to getting a good night’s sleep is perhaps the hardest: Turn off the screens. Study after study has shown electronic screens keep our minds from winding down, and that directly impacts not only our ability to fall asleep quickly but the quality of our sleep. Turning off the screens a full hour before crawling in bed leads to the best quality sleep. So move the TV out of your bedroom and consider charging your cell phone in a different room overnight.
You’ll be amazed at the impact of other seemingly small changes. Changing your paint color, for instance, can impact your emotions. Choosing a calming color rather than something vibrant and exciting can radically change your mood, readying you for a nice, long night’s sleep.
The last suggestion is easier said than done: Clean up the clutter. Not only does it reduce the risk of an accident in the middle of the night when you trip over the pile of laundry you left in the path to the bathroom, but it makes for a pleasant, relaxing environment for you to end your day.
Stocking your kitchen with healthy food is the best way to promote general nutrition in your home. Sliced apples, individually wrapped cheese sticks, and hard-boiled eggs are great examples of simple-to-prepare and super healthy snacks you can easily keep in your kitchen.
But it’s more than just keeping healthy options available. Family meals around the table have well-documented benefits. Among them is that by cooking your meals and having a regular mealtime, you can promote healthy nutrition in a natural way.
The living room is probably the main gathering room for your family. Even if you’re single, you probably find your living room is the place you and your friends most often congregate. Instead of turning on the TV, consider activities that get you up and moving or get your mind whirling. A quick inventory of the game section at Target is a great place to start.
Keeping disinfectant wipes in your bathroom cabinet make it easy to clean counters and toilets quickly. Try to deep clean once a week or so, especially during cold and flu season to keep those pesky germs at bay. A clean bathroom is your best bet for avoiding all the bugs that love the winter months so much.
Running the bathroom fan (if it’s vented to the outdoors) or cracking a window after a shower helps the moisture escape, which keeps mold and mildew at a minimum. This is an excellent way to promote a healthy home in a simple and easily accomplished way.
One of the best things you can do to promote a healthy home is to monitor the air quality. Typically, the air inside even the cleanest homes is significantly dirtier than the outside air.
Air purifiers are great tools, as long as you change the filters regularly. When you pick a purifier, make sure you pay attention to the room size parameters. If needed, buy one for each main area in your home.
Another tool quickly gaining popularity is the Himalayan salt lamp. It contains properties that attract allergens and contaminants, and some folks swear by the impact of this lamp. It’s a natural and potentially life-changing way to tackle the air quality issues in your home.
Another thing you can do to keep your home healthy and happy is to make sure you are vacuuming more than once or twice a week. Carpet fibers hold on to more filth than you want to think about. By running the vacuum once or twice a week, you’re removing dirt and germs that you’d otherwise be walking on and breathing in.
Make sure your home has a carbon monoxide alarm in each room. Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer for a reason. Odorless and invisible, it takes lives in a matter of minutes. Spending a few dollars at the local hardware store can save your life.
Cleaning supplies don’t have to be incredibly abrasive and toxic to be effective. Check out some of the most natural cleaners on the market. There are even some mops that rely entirely on the heat of steam to sanitize floors. If you have small children or pets, gentler and less toxic cleaners are especially worth checking out.
One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family is to reduce stress in your home. Try to keep your home a place of rest. Invite friends over and kick back with good conversation and good company. Consider setting aside a day a week or even a month that’s free of work. Just take the time to breathe and enjoy the life you’ve created. Your physical and mental health will thank you.
Healthy living is a choice. The truth is this is accomplished far more efficiently than the click-bait headlines would have you believe. First, focus on the quantity and quality of your sleep. Then move on to your nutrition and stress. Finally, look at the purity of your air and the toxicity of your cleaning agents.
You’re in control of the health in your home. Taking that first step is the only place you need to start, and the rest will come in time. If you start small, you’ll improve your health one area at a time. Before you know it, your whole life will be happier and healthier.
Do you have any other tips for our readers? How do keep your home healthy year round? Let us know in the comments!