25 Nov Building a healthy home
When it comes to health and well-being we often hear about how employers and businesses are leading the way. Make workspaces considerate towards their employees and adding contractual benefits to cater for their staff’s mental and physical health and well-being.
However, this focus on health tends to stop when you leave the workplace; but why should it? There are a number of things you can do in your own home to help you stay fit and healthy. This will become increasingly more important as we enter the winter months, the drop in temperature, short days, long nights and the inevitable flu season.
So what can you do to build a healthy home?
Improve your Air Quality
Not many traditional British homes come complete with integrated air conditioning systems. We are more likely to see central heating systems built into the property. You can supplement your heating system air purifiers and diffusers to help you to keep the air clean. No matter your household, dust and other particles floating in the air can trigger allergies and other health issues. In newly built properties you may find that this is integrated into your HVAC system. Improving the quality of the air in your home can help you avoid any airborne viruses or bacteria.
Let in Natural Light
To put it simply, natural light is good for you. It has been proven that it can make us more productive, happier and calmer – it can even help us with our vitamin D levels. During the winter we don’t tend to have as many hours of natural light and so making sure you get good exposure when it is around is important. You can achieve this with open-plan living areas and sun rooms (if you wanted to get structural), you can also make sure that your windows are clean and free of obstructions – you’d be surprised to see how much natural light can be blocked by dirt on your windows.
Bring the Outdoors, in
As important as it is to let natural light into your home, it’s equally important to bring a bit of nature inside. House plants not only look nice and can add a flash of colour to your décor but they are also excellent at taking carbon dioxide out of the air and replacing it with oxygen. Most succulent plants are low maintenance and come in a range of colours and shapes – perfect if you’re not particularly green fingered.
In these days of eco-friendliness it can also be fun to have productive plants such as kitchen herbs. You can buy potted basil and parsley which will thrive on a sunny windowsill and will save you having to head to the shops.
Working out at home
If you want to work out in the comfort of your own home, then perhaps installing a home gymnasium or swimming pool is the answer for you. This can be as involved or minimal as your requirements dictate but can also be an expensive option. It might be worthwhile allocating an area of your home in which to work out using basic equipment until you have decided whether or not working out at home is a long term commitment.
While keeping fit and active is part of staying healthy, it is equally important to take time to be still, quiet and contemplative. Having a room or an area which is TV free, with changeable mood lighting away from distractions can really have huge benefits on your health and well-being. There is a lot to be said for sitting quietly reading a book or meditating in this fast paced world – don’t forget to take some time for yourself.
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