In all likelihood, your home is the place where you feel most comfortable and at ease in the whole world, and when you are lounging around on a lazy weekend, or preparing breakfast, you’re probably not too likely to think about whether or not the place is actually “healthy.”
Worryingly enough, though, homes are often more polluted than we might think – and it’s also the case that our living spaces can be emotionally “unhealthy” with regards to how they’ve been structured and managed.
Here are a few tips for making your home a healthier place.
- Pay special attention to the importance of air, water, and light
“Sick Building Syndrome,” is a name given to health issues that occur primarily due to air pollution within a home or other building – typically the result of things like mould spores, small quantities of gas released by various appliances, pet dander, and so on.
Ultimately, the accumulated air pollution in your home or any other indoor space can be quite devastating, particularly when taken over a longer period of time. But, unless you can specifically smell something funny in your home, there’s a good chance that you’ll overlook the possibility of poor air quality, altogether.
In addition to polluted air, it’s possible that you may be causing yourself health issues due to impure, or heavily treated, water in your home.
Finally, light is a significant factor for your psychological well-being, but also for more directly physical things such as your circadian rhythm. A brightly illuminated home, during the day, will make you feel better and will probably make you healthier, too.
Look into things like air and water filters for your home, and change the water filter in your fridge and other appliances on a regular basis.
- De-clutter the place, and keep it properly organized
If your home is heavily cluttered and messy, it’s all but guaranteed that you won’t really feel very good about the time you spend there. At the very least, you can expect to feel more or less chronically distracted, and to have a vague and nagging sense of unease that isn’t likely to be very “healthy” for you.
In addition to these emotional and psychological consequences of having a cluttered and messy home, though, there’s also the fact that dust, mould, and other irritants are more likely to accumulate in a cluttered and messy environment.
De-clutter the place, and keep the property organised. You’ll likely feel better in a variety of ways.
- Try to keep each room focused on its main purpose
The rooms in our homes usually have a nominal purpose, but often end up becoming a bit more “open-ended” as time goes on.
There are, however, potential consequences to watching TV in your bedroom, surfing the web in your kitchen, and so on.
You might end up, for example, struggling to actually fall asleep at night if the associations you’ve created with your bedroom have more to do with being awake and alert them with entering a restful state of mind.
As a general rule, it’s likely to be a good idea to keep each room of your home focused on its main dedicated purpose.