Day 29 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge
I am always striving to life a healthier life. I have cleaned up my diet, I have made lifestyle changes to maintain my mental health, and I continue to set new goals for myself to live more intentionally and improve my overall fitness and health.
An important part of getting healthy, and staying healthy, is having a healthy home. Your home is your safe place. And it should be relaxing, restful and support your health, mentally and physically. I personally love my home, and I have worked to create a space that supports and comforts me and is functional. It is a space that has allowed me to improve my health, and I am going to share with ways to create a healthy home.
I grew up in a white house. Every room was painted white, and not a lot of thought was given to using funtiture to add colour. So when I moved out on my own, I splashed colour all over my home. I had a green kitchen, bright yellow office, a burgundy and tan bedroom and beige living room. And the hallway was blue. If you’re cringing, so am I but it was the first time in my life I could paint the walls any colour I wanted….so I did.
Later however, my hubby to be and I repainted my home. This time, a lot of thought was given to the colour choice. I wanted a space that was calming and my hubby to be pointed out that we should choose something that would make the space feel bigger. So we ended up with eggshell white walls (not the snow white my parents always had) and I bought a new sofa in a calming light blue. The colour choice of the walls really does make the space feel larger, and also brighter.
Colour choice can affect your mood and that’s why I’m recommending you think carefully about the space you have and the colour you are bringing into it.
Adding in decor that is natural can be very soothing. Plants, or baskets and decor made of natural materials can add a natural feel towards your home. I personally have plants, and they are a lovely touch to every home. Plus, plants help with keeping your air healthy because they act as natural filters to catch allergens and other particles. They also can improve productivity and concentration so plants are an amazing way to make your living space healthier.
De-Clutter / Organize
Having a disorganized home clutters up your head space. We all feel better in spaces that are tidy and clean. So de-clutter your home to de-clutter your head space! Tackle a room at a time, and while you are it, organize the space. This doesn’t necessarily mean purchasing closet organizers, but you can likely re-purpose boxes, bins etc to assist with organizing.
De-tox the Kitchen
Let’s face, a big part of how you feel is connected to what you put into your body. We need healthy foods in order to really be living our best lives. So take some time, and de-tox your kitchen. Throw out the junk in the cupboards (cookies, chips, etc) and go through your fridge and toss condiments like salad dressings and dips that are filled with additives. Don’t feel guilty about throwing out food either. It’s not supporting your overall health and tossing and starting fresh is a lot easier than trying to be healthy and use up unhealthy foods too.
Look for Non-toxic Products
These days there are tons of natural products you can use to clean your home. I like Norwex, and I also like the Method products I find at my local grocery store. Reducing chemicals in your home means you are reducing harmful chemicals being leeched into the air, causing the air in your home to be yuckier than the air outside. This sort of indoor pollution can cause kidney and liver problems, and a whole host of health problems.
These are a few ways to create a healthier home. Healthy homes should be places that support healthy lifestyle choices such as healthy eating, and spaces that are uplifting and comforting. You spend a lot of time in your home, so it should be an environment that encourages and inspires you to life your best life.
Have other suggestions for creating a healthy environment? Share in the comments below!