When it comes to being healthier, most of us picture strict diets or intense exercise regimes. Though there’s certainly a value to improving our nutrition and energy levels, wellness starts at home: literally. Your living space has a massive impact on all aspects of your health and wellness.
It follows, then, that making improvements to your home will lead to improvements in your well-being. Upgrades can help you to have fewer allergies, a better diet, and can even reduce your likelihood of developing depression and anxiety. Here are a few ideas that can help you create your healthy haven at home:
Value Your Outside Space
Too many of us spend most of our time indoors. Our days pass beneath the glare of fluorescent office lighting, and our evenings are illuminated by the blue glow of whatever show we’re binge-watching. The light we’re missing, however, is sunlight. Too many of us are deprived of the sun, which is a valuable source of vitamin D. Deficiency of vitamin D can cause mood issues, weight gain, and fatigue, among other problems.
Sunshine isn’t the only reason to value your home’s outdoor space. There’s also proven benefit from simply spending time exposed to nature. It reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure, and boosts motivation and creativity. You’re also much more likely to stay active with an inviting green space. One great way to hone in on your backyard’s aesthetic is to hire Budget Fence N Deck to install a wood fence. Homeowners usually pay an average of around $2,750 to install this kind of fence, though the size and geometry of the yard lumber and price for labor ($10-$30/foot) will all cause this number to vary. For example, when it comes to lumber, pipe runs $2 to $3 per 6 feet, while composite ranges from $6 to $10 per 6 feet.
Cut Down on Allergens
Anyone who has allergies knows that accumulated dust leads to misery. One great way to reduce these issues is to remove old carpeting in your home. Even if it’s been well cared for, carpet traps and releases dust over time. Pulling it up will go a long way toward cutting down on allergens.
You can also do this by hiring professional cleaners. Even the cleanest among us probably don’t tackle the hard-to-reach and surprising places allergens can accumulate. In addition to staying on top of your regular chores, it might be in your best interest to hire a semi-annual or quarterly cleaning service to do a deep clean of your home.
Many people balk at the idea of someone else cleaning their space, but it can be a huge life improvement. Some cleaning tasks are so inconvenient they’re rarely done at all, such as dusting the tops of light fixtures or scrubbing down floorboards. By hiring someone to knock these tasks out on your behalf, you’ll cut down on allergens significantly, as well as have an easier time keeping things nice between deep cleans.
Create a Screen-Free Zone
Between office work, social media and streaming services, many of us spend the vast majority of our day looking at screens. Although there are plenty of great things technology has done for our society, there are concerns that many people have developed some level of tech addiction. Creating a screen-free zone in your home will allow you to escape the call of the Internet and spend some time enjoying the physical world.
This space can be room for physical activity, such as yoga or Pilates. It can also be dedicated to a creative pursuit or artistic hobby, like sculpting or knitting. Even something as simple as a bookshelf and a comfortable chair can make this space a bit of a sanctuary. Allow the time away from the screen to ground you, and release the pressure to live up to the standards set on social media.
By giving your home a wellness-forward makeover, you can change your attitude and improve your life. A healthy environment breeds a healthy lifestyle. Surround yourself with a wellness-focused home, and you’ll reap the rewards your whole life long.
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