Your home should actually be a sanctuary and a great place where you can feel safe and secure. However, it could be that it is actually causing you some health problems that you’re just not aware of – or that you know you have but that you don’t realize come from your actual home. It’s wise to learn more about how your home can cause you harm as well as take care of you, and then you’ll understand more about what you could possibly do to improve things.
Even if you think your lovely home is a healthy space, there will always be improvements you can make to ensure you are keeping yourself and your family in the best condition. The following blog will detail some of the home improvements you can think about that can make you healthier. Doing just a few of these could make all the difference.
Upgrade Your Kitchen
There are many useful reasons to spend time in the kitchen, so we do, or we would if it was a nice place to be. It makes sense, in that case, to start with this room if you want to make your home a healthier place to be.
One benefit of upgrading your kitchen and perhaps installing new countertops, improving the lighting, and generally making the space a more comfortable one to be in is that you’ll want to cook more often. If you find that you order a lot of takeouts or quickly microwave some food because you don’t like your kitchen and really wouldn’t want to spend too much time there, upgrading things will make a difference. You’ll enjoy being in the space, and you’ll be more likely to cook from scratch. This means you’ll eat a lot more healthily, and you’ll know precisely what goes into your food. Your entire family can join in, and everyone can learn important life skills while learning about healthy ingredients.
You could also invest in some energy efficient appliances when you are upgrading your kitchen. Induction hobs, smart fridges, and convection ovens can save energy, and they can also encourage healthy eating and cooking methods. When you go to your regular dentist appointment at bafdentistry, the fact that you are eating better will show – a good diet is excellent for keeping your teeth and your gums healthy as well as your general physical health.
Even if your home is not causing you physical health issues (that you’re aware of, at least), it could be causing you some mental health issues. For example, if it is very cluttered and you have to move around objects to get around your home, you might find it hard to relax properly – this could even be a subconscious thing, but that makes no difference; your mental health could still be affected. If you wonder why you feel uncomfortable or a little down when you’re at home, it might be because there is a lot of ‘stuff’ everywhere.
The best idea to have is to invest in as much storage as you need and use this to improve your home. Although decluttering is something you should also start (you’ll need less storage space, clear your mind and feel better), putting in plenty of storage means that even if you’re not happy to remove a lot of your possessions from your home, you can still clear them away so they’re not causing you to stress anymore.
Storage can come in a variety of different forms, including:
- Storage baskets
- Extra built-in cupboards
- Garages and attics (with boxes properly labeled)
- Renting an external storage unit
You can do as much or as little as you feel you want to, but when you are able to add storage (or use external storage), this small home improvement will definitely help with your health.
Maintain Your HVAC System
The air quality inside your home will absolutely have a direct impact on your health. If the air is good, you’ll be able to breathe more easily, and you’ll be breathing in fewer contaminants. If the air is bad, it might be a struggle to breathe comfortably, and even if you don’t feel your chest is tight, for example, you’ll still be breathing in things that are bad for your overall health.
This is why it’s important to maintain your HVAC system if you have one. Make sure that the unit is serviced every year (perhaps twice a year if you can), and also replace the filters on a regular basis. This will prevent the buildup of allergens, dust, and other pollutants, and the air quality in your home will be better.
If you don’t have an HVAC system (or if you want to make sure the air quality in your home is especially clean), you can have indoor plants in your house. These purify the air naturally, so they’re a great addition. Plus, they look lovely and make a room feel comfortable and homely, so they can be ideal for promoting good mental health. Having to take care of plants is something you can use to be a lot more mindful, and that will promote good health too.
A Good Sleeping Environment
Sleep is truly essential if you want to be healthy, and having a good sleeping environment will definitely play a part in helping you sleep well. One thing you can do is to make sure you have a comfortable mattress and good bedding. Although mattresses can be expensive, they also last for a few years, so you won’t be buying one that often. You’ll need one that really supports you and where you can feel comfortable, so it can be best to try them out in a store before committing to buying one. When it comes to your bedding, this also needs to be soft and feel luxurious (although you really don’t have to spend too much money on it if you don’t want to) as this will mean you can fully relax, and scratchy bedding won’t disturb your rest.
A quiet bedroom is also the best thing for your sleep and therefore your health. You could install soundproof windows or use a special white noise machine to help drown out other sounds and help you feel calm and soothed. Ear plugs can also work, but if you need to use a phone alarm or alarm clock to wake up, this could be a bad idea – check if you can hear it before relying on it for work.