How to Create a Healthy Home for Stress-free Living

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Happiness and good health go hand-in-hand.  Your home is your safe place and for most people, the place you spend the majority of your time. The positive changes you can make in your home will in turn reflect positive changes in your physical health and mood.  A safe, comfortable, and positive living space will empower you to pursue whatever brings you joy.  Promoting both mental and physical health are important to our overall well-being. Here are 5 easy steps you can take to create the optimal home environment, which will help you live a happy, healthy life!

Step 1

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Reducing stress is the first step towards living a happy, healthy life.  When you are dealing with continuous stress your body physically starts feeling the effects.  Stress can cause muscle tension, heart problems, headaches and migraines, nausea, adrenal fatigue, overeating and drains your energy levels.  Life comes with stress, but there are controllable stressors you can remove from your life. The first step in reducing stress in your life is to reduce the clutter in your home! Clutter hinders your ability to focus and process information.  You might be thinking deep cleaning is a big and time consuming job toward health, but it will most definitely pay off in the long run!  Put aside a day to go through your belongings.  Depending on how much clutter you have you might want to take on a room at a time.  Sort items you do not need or use into a donate pile or discard pile.  For everything else, creat a “home” so that future cleaning will be easy and low stress.

 

Step 2

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Do you ever take a stroll outside and feel as if the worlds weight is lifted off your shoulders? Several studies have shown that exposure to nature improves mood and reduces stress.  Bringing mother nature into your home is an easy way to reduce stress. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry!  There are plenty of plants that do not need sunlight or a lot of water.  There are plants that require almost zero maintenance, such spider plants and garden mums, and they purify the air!  Some other great options are the Dracaena, Ficus/Weeping Fig, Peach Lily, Boston Fern, Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Bamboo Palm, and Aloe Vera.

 

Step 3

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Adding an oil diffuser is another simple way to reduce stress in your home.  Using essential oils such as lavender and lemon smell wonderful and lift the atmosphere of your home.  Studies have shown that essential oils improve mood.  This used along with the other stress reducing suggestion in this article will aid in an overall healthy home.

 

 

 

Step 4

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Lingering tiredness, also known as fatigue, can be just as great of an obstacle in your daily life as stress. Most people experience fatigue from daily habits and lifestyle factors. Your energy can be zapped by slight changes in your homes lighting and temperature as well. There is a recent study that showed evidence of poor lighting negatively affecting cortisol levels, which causes you to get sleepy earlier in the day. To create a home environment that induces stable energy you should have large windows, open curtains, as well as daylight bulbs.  Temperature in your environment also has a great impact on your energy levels. Studies done at Cornell found workers performing in 68 degrees or below made 44 % more mistakes compared to an optimal room temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. They say this is because your focus becomes on staying warm.  To feel your best, keep your thermostat around 77 degrees during the day.

 

Step 5

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It’s not breakthrough news that eating well and staying active are major components in creating a healthy life. You have taken the previous steps discussed in this article to feel good in your home, and now it’s time to take the next step to creating an environment conducive to your health.

There’s no need for crazy diets or cleansing to improve your health.  There are simple changes you can do around your house that will impact your daily habits and make eating healthier easy.  You can start with putting your large dinner plates up and away, and saving for dinner parties. Place smaller plates easy to reach for your daily eating.  When you put food on a smaller plate the portion sizes look bigger, compared to piling food onto a large plate.

Organize your pantry so your selected snacks and junk food are at the back.  You will be less likely to reach for these things if they are out of sight and hard to reach. Another quick tip, don’t eat from containers! It’s easy to keep eating something overly salty or sweet when you’re eating directly from the container. Keep drinking water!! Water affects your health down to the cellular level and keeps you from overeating!

Exercise is an important part of staying healthy and relieving stress, and doesn’t have to be one more “stressful” item to add to your day. You can squeeze in exercise during your daily routines at home! You don’t have to go to the gym or have a designated workout space to get your body moving. If you put too much pressure around the organization of exercise you are likely to not do it. Keep it simple and utilize the stuff around your house.  For example, there is often downtime while you are cooking a meal. Maybe while your waiting for something to boil or bake? These 10 to 15 minutes can be used to fit in some exercise. Here are a few ideas.

Grab a dining chair and do chair dips:

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Do push-ups on the kitchen counter:

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Walking Lunges to the garbage can:

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Lean against the nearest wall and see how long you can hold a wall sit:

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You can even put on your favorite music and dance around until your food is ready! Make it fun!

As you can see, taking simple steps can be a big leap towards a less stressed, happy life.  You’re home is your sanctuary, set it up to optimize your lifestyle, mood, and physical health. A healthy home is a happy home!

 

 

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