We all want to be as healthy as we possibly can. At the end of the day, this allows us to stay in the best condition, maximising our overall health and wellbeing. Good health can also impact your happiness and mood. Now, when we talk about health, the majority of us will automatically think of diet, exercise and other key factors in a healthy lifestyle. But have you ever thought about how you can design your home to maximise your health? Here are a few suggestions that can help to get the ball rolling.
Let’s start out by talking about natural light. Not only does natural light make your living spaces look more aesthetically pleasing, but it’s good for your health too. Natural light regulates our circadian rhythms, which, in turn, regulate our sleep-wake cycle. If you live in a space that has plenty of natural light filtering through it during the day, you are more likely to get a better night’s sleep and feel more content and productive during the day. You may also want to consider fitting good quality blinds or curtains that really block out the light when you go to sleep at night to help further with this.
A Medical Fridge
Now, if you have any medication that needs to be kept in a cool environment, chances are you keep it in your usual refrigerator where all of your food is kept. But why not invest in a specialist medical fridge that can sit in your home office or bedroom where it’s more easily accessible at the time of day when you take your medication? This is particularly convenient for those who need to take medicine while working, first thing in the morning, before bed or during the night. Medical fridges can also be completely temperature controlled, allowing you to set a specific temperature that will keep your medication in optimum condition.
Now, it may sound odd to say that houseplants can benefit your physical health as well as your mental health, but it’s true. While plants are a beautiful addition to any home’s interior, this isn’t their only purpose. As well as brightening the place up and adding a touch of nature to your indoor space, they are also often referred to as being “nature’s own life-support system”. Houseplants actively reduce the number of air particulates in their surroundings and photosynthesise carbon dioxide into oxygen. This can significantly improve air quality in your living space. Some popular houseplants to try that can help to improve air quality include:
- Spider plants
- Weeping Figs
- Peace Lilies
- Boston Ferns
- Bamboo Plants
Staying on the topic of improved air quality, why not try out a salt lamp? Salt lamps, also popularly referred to as “Himalayan Salt Lamps”, are exactly what springs to mind when their name is mentioned. They are simply lamps that are made from high quality salt. Why do people love them so much? Well, the bulb inside the lamp allows the lamp to practically spread a soft light around the room. However, at the same time, the bulb heats the salt, encouraging it to draw in water which contains bacteria from the air surrounding it.
These are just a few suggestions to start off your journey to a healthier home. Hopefully, some of the options appeal to you!