When you're trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle, it's essential to also optimize the wellness potential of your home. It's a medically proven fact that our moods, behaviors and physical and mental health are all influenced greatly by the home environment in which we live.
If you're interested in the correlation between wellness design and your home, here are five tips explaining how to create a healthy home environment for you and your family.
Create a Relaxation Area
One of the best things you can do for yourself is create a relaxation area in your home. It can be as large as a room or as tiny as a corner -- but you can make it your personal haven by enhancing it with your favorite scents, and decorating it with favorite flowers and art objects or leaving it bare, according to your taste. Be sure to install a comfortable chair or mat for meditation, prayer, yoga, music-listening or reading -- whatever relaxes and sustains you.
Invest in Wellness Products
Even if you're on a budget, there's a wealth of affordable -- and effective -- wellness tools available to help you create a healthier home environment. Consider investing in at least one of these health-boosting products:
Medical studies have long supported the health benefits of aromatherapy, and it is recognized as especially effective in reducing stress and anxiety.
Wellness Soaps and Lotions
You can save the cost of an expensive spa day by investing in natural soaps, shampoos and body lotions made with skin-soothing ingredients such as goat's milk, shea butter, lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus.
These add moisture to the air, and can help prevent health problems from dry skin, eyes and sinuses.
Many chemical cleaners contain toxic poisons that are not only harmful to the environment, but also harmful to human and animal life. In 2015, chemical cleaners were responsible for more than 11 percent of child poisonings in the US alone.
Today's environmentally safe cleaning products include everything from bathroom cleaners to rug shampoos and bug repellents -- all made with non-toxic combinations of plants, herbs and other safe, natural, chemical-free ingredients. By using chemical-free cleaners, you're protecting yourself, as well as your household items and even the air you breathe, from harmful toxins and gases.
Choose Social Impact Products
For a truly healthy lifestyle, it's important to make a commitment to purchase social impact products for the home. These include flooring and furniture made from environmentally sustainable materials such as bamboo and other eco-friendly woods, as well as light fixtures using energy-efficient LED bulbs.
It's a well-known medical fact that "doing good does you good." Physical health is closely related to mental and emotional health, and you can boost your sense of well-being by doing the right thing and filling your home with household items made under ethical trade conditions. Likewise, another great way to incorporate this dynamic into your environment is to support handmade while designing your home. Artisan-crafted items will not only give your home décor a custom-made designer touch; they'll also give you the opportunity to support talented artists (and their communities) from around the world.
Purify Your Air and Water
A clean, healthy environment means your air and water should be clean as well. You can improve the quality of both by investing in air and water purifiers. Water purifiers remove chlorine, pesticides, metals and other by-products from tap water, making it more chemical-free and, according to some experts, healthier. Likewise, air purifiers will remove pollen, dust, dirt and other pollutants and allergens, and a more expensive purifier can even remove viruses, mold and bacteria.
Creating a healthy home environment involves much more than giving your home a good cleaning -- it also means commitment to a whole new (and improved) way of living. If you need inspiration, a wellness interior designer can help you not only make the right design choices, but also choose the right products to make your home a healthier place to live.