A healthy home is a happy home where you can live peacefully knowing that this is the best place for you. Improving the health of your home will have a significant impact on your lifestyle as well as the way you feel. There are 3 fundamental areas you should look at: is the air clean and breathable? Are you risking infection by not cleaning properly or regularly enough? Is your home making you feel happy?
If the answer to any of these questions is not an emphatic ‘yes!’, then you should have a look at these ideas to improve your living situation.
Don’t Smoke Indoors
Smoking is bad for you; you know this. But smoking indoors is also bad for the rest of your family and your general health. This is because the smoke sticks around, clinging to soft furnishings and fabrics, reducing the amount of clean air for you all to breathe comfortably. If you have to smoke, make sure you do it outside and stay a good distance away from doors and windows, or try vaping!
However, if you are looking to cut back, Go Smoke Free offers all kinds of tips and latest research to help you quit. One of the best methods is to swap your cigarettes for an e-cig which contains fewer chemicals and will allow you to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine you consume. Plus, e-cigs don’t make your ceilings go yellow with tar – a win for you and your home!
Clean Every Week
Yes, it’s obvious but true: a healthy house is also a clean house. If you have allergies then you should be vacuuming at least twice a week as well as dusting to prevent any accumulation. While a bit dirt never does any real harm, make sure that you clean your bathroom and kitchen regularly. In fact, you should wipe down all your kitchen surfaces every day to get rid of any bacteria that might be around.
You don’t have to be obsessively clean, but a good indicator of cleanliness is a nice smell, room to manoeuvre and a sense of calm when you first walk in.
Introduce a Pet, Be Happy in Your Home
Not what you were expecting? Pets are actually great for your health as they reduce stress, provide instant companionship and encourage you to get out there a bit more. If you are allergic to the usual cat/ dog/ rabbit options, then fish are a lovely, quiet alternative. You could also choose reptiles such as bearded dragons, who are surprisingly rewarding and calming creatures.
If a pet isn’t for you, have a think about ways that you can make your house feel happier for you. Create a relaxing space to watch TV or set up an area for reading to calm down. Alternatively, make the bathroom into a luxurious space where you can retreat after a long day at work.
Your home is your castle and this should be a space where you can be you without any problems. A healthy home does just that and more.