When it comes to your personal safe haven, there are many things you can do to create a healthier and happier home. These 6 simple steps can help to improve indoor air quality, boost overall well-being, and encourage a positive lifestyle.
1. Get Rid of Toxic Household Chemicals or Store them Properly
Many household chemicals including cleaning agents, perfumes, air fresheners, insect/rodent repellents, paints, and nail-polish paints/removers have harmful chemical ingredients that can off-gas and contaminate our indoor air quality. Exposure to poor indoor air quality can greatly affect our health. Short term exposure may headaches as well as eye and throat irritations. Long term exposure can lead to possible respiratory diseases and cancers.
It is important to start being aware of labels and looking into natural and sustainable products that are better for you and the environment. If you cannot get rid of all of the toxic household chemicals within your home, it is better to keep them stored in a well ventilated room that is away from your most used spaces.
Here is an informative diagraph created by BodyLogicMD It shows you the different effects of certain chemicals and how to avoid them.
2. Let the Light Shine In
As most of you know, natural daylight is a great source of vitamin D! On a bright and sunny day, sunlight can impact our emotional well-being by boosting happiness and energy! Studies have shown that exposure to natural daylight can improve productivity and health. This is why it is important to open those curtains and blinds to let more daylight into the home. Another trick is using translucent curtains to allow for a bit of privacy yet still maintaining a good level of natural day lighting in the interior space.
Natural daylight not only benefits health but also your wallet. Cha-Ching! The sunlight can help warm up your home during the day as well as help you save money on electricity. A win-win situation!
3. Bring the Outdoors In
As human beings, it is an instinct to yearn for the connection with nature. Nature is a part of us in the sense that we eat, breathe, and live in it. In the modern world we live in today, being enclosed indoors away from nature most of our days can have negative health impacts. This is why it is important to bring nature into our living spaces to capture the benefits of human and nature connections.
Exposure to nature can boost overall emotional and psychological well-being. Even the sight of greenery or sounds of water can promote relaxation and relief from stressful environments.
In the home, there are many ways of bringing the outdoors in.
- Indoor Plants
- Natural materials and textures like wood, stone, and wool
- Indoor water fountains/waterfalls (helps with relaxation and helps clean the air)
- Biophilic designs: Mimic natural elements through colors, materials, and forms
These are just 3 things you can do to create a happier and healthier home! Keep checking back for updates, the next post will be about sustainable homes!