Optimize Your Home For Health and Stress-free Living
It’s a well-known fact that our environment impacts the way we feel, act and think. I’m of the opinion (especially in this day and age) the home is the center and core for optimal health. The home is where it starts, and it is my hope that everyone enjoys a happy stress-free healthy life.
Is attaining good health and living a stress-free life important to you? Are you doing your best to exercise more and eat healthier? Our physical health and our mental state of mind play an important role to living a healthy stress-free life. Did you know that when we can actually reduce stress, we encourage better eating habits away and at home? And making some minor tweaks in your home helps create an ideal setting for making healthy adoptions that will carry into the other areas of your life.
Decreasing stress in your life promotes a healthy life. It’s a well-known fact that reducing stress is a promotes good health. In fact, constant or prolonged stress causes numerous problems such as headaches, heart problems, nausea, just to name a few. Also, undo stress does a number on draining your overall energy levels.
Did you know that by simply reducing clutter in your home you can reduce stress in your life? Scientists found that something as easy as reducing clutter in your home improves your ability to focus as well as your capacity to process information. Put the scientists to the test, go through your belongings and see how much clutter you can get rid of or donate. Although it might be a bit time-consuming, decluttering should pay off in the long run and make it so cleaning in the future will be less stressful.
Another method to relieve stress is hanging some art in your home. There have been several studies that show exposure to comforting art improves mood and reduces stress. Although looking at a painting/photography of scenic places or beautiful things isn’t as beneficial as actually being there, art does have positive effects on the brain.
Another simple way to reduce stress is to invest in a few indoor plants (and or) essential oils for your home. Bring some magic of Mother Nature into your home. Several studies indicate that exposure to plant life improves mood and reduces stress. Not only are there are plenty of plants that do not need sunlight or a lot of water there are also quite a few plants that purify the air and require almost zero maintenance.
Essential oils such can offer a calming effect and lift the atmosphere of your home. Although there is little scientific evidence to show that aromatherapy reduces stress hormone levels, a few studies have consistently shown improvement in mood. Clove essential oil offers antioxidant, antifungal, anti-parasitic and antibacterial properties. Plus, there are two types of chamomile oils that are well-known for offering calming effects. Just depending on your personal preference, there are many home oil diffusers, lavender, ginger, peppermint, eucalyptus, frankincense, lemon, etc.
Did you know minor changes in the lighting and temperature of your home can have a huge impact on the way you feel? A recent study showed that artificial or poor lighting could a negative impact and cause you to get sleepy earlier in the day. A favorable home environment (when it comes to lighting) provide stable energy levels all day long. Open curtains, and daylight bulbs to mimic daylight stabilizes energy levels throughout the day.
And don’t forget about the temperature in your home. Scientists found that, compared to an optimal room temperature of 72 degrees, workers performing in 68 degrees or below made significantly more mistakes. Studies show that when your focus is on keeping warm and you have less energy to utilize toward your health. Keep your thermostat around 72 degrees during the day you should notice that you’ll feel like your best self.
Staying active is a key element of crafting a healthy life. After you have reduced clutter, added comforting ambiance, improved lighting/temperature in your home, you should notice you have more energy as well as you should see you’re in a consistent better mood. And once feeling better in your home, you are now ready to take it to the next step.
Exercising in your home might be easier than you think. Did you know using only what you already have around the house you can pack great exercises into your daily routine at home? You don’t have to have a workout room or even a designated workout space to exercise in your home. And by doing so, it can influence and improve your muscular fortitude.
There is often downtime when at home or at least you should be able to squeeze ten or fifteen minutes to workout at home. It’s as simple as grabbing a table chair and do a few chair dips to strengthen your arms. Or how about a few push-ups or sit-ups? Your home is a perfect place to knock out a few push-up/sit-ups. And for one of my favorite exercises all you need is a wall. Lean against any wall and see how long you can hold a wall sit. And for added enjoyment put on your favorite music not only will it make exercising more enjoyable, but it will also help the time pass by quickly.
Making time for yourself may seem like a luxury you don’t have, but it is crucial for you and outstanding health. Meditation allows your brain to disconnect from others for a while and help you get in touch with yourself. And the good news is your home just might be the perfect place to meditate.
All you need to do is find a quite dark space in your home and dedicate 10, 15, 30-minutes, etc. Make sure your family members or roommates know this is your uninterrupted solo time. And once you’ve set aside a room in your home without electronic distractions you are now ready to meditate.
Meditation is one of my favorite things to do at home. Meditating allows me to relax and helps center me. When I meditate, I’m able to forget about all active thoughts and just be present at the moment. To find out more about meditation here’s one of many helpful youtube videos “How To do Meditation for beginners - meditate correctly.”
Onward to a happier you and home! Scientific studies prove that happiness and good health go hand-in-hand. A standard of good physical health creates the ideal setting for happiness. I am a firm believer that happiness influences good health, but I’m even more convinced that good health also influences happiness. And don’t forget about your home. The positive changes you can make in your home will reflect positive changes in your overall mood as well as your physical health. Your home is your castle, and if your home is comfortable and positive, you should have an easier time tracking whatever brings you happiness and joy.
Gary Clark Jr. - Things Are Changing