Promoting Wellness in a Healthy Home
There isn’t a specific set of guidelines that must be followed to achieve the perfect healthy home. Everyone has different needs whether personal, mental or health related.
Wellness is more than just being healthy, it’s also about having a balanced and fulfilling life both outside and inside the home. So, how do you incorporate a healthy environment into your home?
The first step toward building a healthy space in your home is to take a look around and decide what needs to change to promote your own wellness. Start by making small changes to your everyday routine. Cook a healthy meal once or twice a week. Or consider making your home eco-friendly. Personalize your plan to fit your lifestyle and health goals. The point is to revitalize your home environment by incorporating wellness into it in any way, big or small.
Adding healthy meals to your routine is a great way to not only improve your health, but also give you more energy and make you feel positive. Studies show that having an unhealthy diet of takeout and packaged meals can lead to depression, stress, and anxiety. Eating well can help regulate your mood and prevent a decline in your mental health.
You don’t need to throw away all the foods you love. Making one healthy choice at a time, like eating a nice grilled fish instead of fried chicken for dinner, is a great first step.
Here are some healthy cooking tips to help get you started:
- Avoid packaged or processed foods. Use fresh ingredients.
- Choose healthy carbs (fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains).
- Go easy on the salt. Use herbs and spices, such as, garlic and black pepper instead.
- Have fun! Cooking healthy doesn’t have to feel like a chore. There are a million fun and delicious healthy recipes that you can play with and make your own.
Revitalizing your Space
Your home shouldn’t contribute to your daily stress, so it’s important to find ways to make your home a more relaxing and calming environment. Some things you can do to make your space more peaceful include removing clutter, changing the color of your walls and repositioning furniture and other items.
Studies show that clutter causes physical and unconscious chaos. So consider removing the items that you associate with negative experiences, and replace them with items that you connect with fond memories.
Color can also affect your emotions and level of energy. Take notice of the colors that make you happy and incorporate them into your home’s decoration.
Conserving energy and saving some money on those electricity bills may also bring you some peace of mind. Here are some fun, easy ways to help make your home a little more green to conserve energy and keep some change in your pocket:
- Grow houseplants to improve the air quality in your home. Spider Plant, Peace Lily, and the English Ivy are great examples of natural air purifiers.
- Decide what you want to eat before opening the refrigerator. Constantly peeking can cost $22 – $44 a year.
- Save up to 10% of energy on heating by opening the blinds during the day. This will also help with your vitamin D uptake to prevent seasonal affective disorder (SAD) during winter months.
- Make vinegar a regular cleaning product. This is a natural way to kill bacteria and germs.
- Use essential oils and scents instead of chemicals and aerosol fragrances.
Whether you decide to change your eating habits, redecorate or go green, know that you’ve taken a step toward healthy living. And remember, small steps can lead to big results over time.
For more information on healthy living please attend one of our Totum Health & Wellness series events.
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