Updated: Sep 2
In today’s society, we are embracing a culture that is focused more and more on healthy living. This is primarily seen in the increase of health food options and rise in activities such as yoga and crossfit. Juice bars and yoga studios are exploding in popularity, and even the media is taking part, campaigning slogans such as ‘Healthy is the new Beautiful’. We have become more conscious about our mental health as well, practicing mindfulness, meditation, and gratitude. We are taking multiple steps in our own personal health, which is great, but what about the health of our spaces? 90% of our time is spent indoors. Our environments are a major influence in our health. We are aware of the damages done by asbestos in our walls, and lead in paints, and how they can cause cancer and other illnesses. Architects and designers are becoming aware of this and are implementing new technology to improve the health and quality of our spaces. You don’t need to live in a cutting-edge home though for it to be deemed healthy. Here are six simple tricks to improving the health of our homes.
Open Up Your Windows
Despite what some people think, the air is our house is not clean, and it certainly isn’t fresh. It is filled with pollutants that accumulate from furnishings, air fresheners, paint, cleaning products, and other various ways. Some of these pollutants are cancer causing. When our windows are closed, these pollutants are traps and begin to multiply. Opening our windows allows fresh, clean air in, and decrease the number of pollutants in our home.
There is a reason why a sunny day usually makes us happier. The sun is our number one source of Vitamin D. A lack of Vitamin D can often cause depression and low energy. Using natural lighting can help improve our moods and productivity.
Plants are so practical to have in a home. They act as natural purifiers, filtering mold spores and airborne bacteria through their oxidation process. Some even absorb chemicals like formaldehyde. Studies have linked the benefit of having plants to a general overall well-being.
Purchase a Himalayan Salt Lamp
Himalayan Salt lamps is an alternative way to purify the air in your home. The process that these lamps uses to purify the air is hydroscopy. This is where the water molecules in the air are attracted and get absorbed in the salt. In addition, salt lamps trap the foreign particles in the air, such as dust, mold, pollen, and other bacteria. Salt lamps are not only a natural way to purify your air, but they are cost-effective. An average lamp will run you around $40.
A messy space can lead to a messy mind. Physical clutter overwhelms our senses, which leads us often times stressed and unable to focus. Containing your items in boxes, putting your clothes away instead of leaving them on the floor, and keeping your space tidy and neat can promote a calmer, happier mind.
Just like pollutants can accumulate within our house, so can energy. Our home become dumping grounds for negative energy. When we’ve had a stressful day at work, or a fight with your partner, we release that energy into our home and it stagnates there. Clearing/smudging your space with sage, or other cleansing herbs, can remove these negative energies.
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