The effect our indoor environment has on our physical and mental wellbeing is becoming more apparent than ever. Everything from the air we breathe to how well our homes function can have an impact on our overall wellness.
Your home should be a positive factor when it comes to both physical and mental health. By making changes in a few key areas, you can reduce indoor toxins and help improve your wellbeing in the long term.
Pick Natural Materials
To limit the amount of toxins in your home, start by choosing natural materials whenever possible. Wood furniture with organic latex cushions and textiles such as wool, cotton, and linen are all safe choices. While these pieces may cost a little more, they are also higher quality and more durable than their cheaper counterparts.
Your flooring is one of the largest surfaces in your home. As a result, it can have a big impact on indoor air quality. Natural materials such as wood or stone are timeless and have almost no toxins. Rugs can be especially toxic, so try switching to handwoven options in seagrass, jute, or wool to ensure you’re walking on natural materials.
Indoor air pollutants can be just as harmful as exterior pollution. And conditions such as asthma and allergies are often exaggerated by poor air quality in the home. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to improve the air you breathe inside.
Simple fixes like changing air filters and cleaning ductwork will improve the cleanliness of the air circulating in your home. (Don’t forget the vacuum, dryer, and kitchen vents!) To help keep toxins out, allow new items to off-gas outside or in the garage when possible. Adding portable air purifiers such as HEPA or ionic filters can also help reduce air contaminants. And opening windows while cooking, cleaning, or renovating will also help freshen the air inside.
Moisture control plays a significant role in the air quality in your home. Excessive moisture can cause mold and mildew, which can be factors in many respiratory illnesses. Add a dehumidifier to help remove excess moisture and control the humidity levels in your home.
Bring Nature Indoors
Studies show that spending even a few minutes in nature can reduce stress and improve emotional wellbeing. While you may not be able to take a daily walk in the forest, you can bring more nature into your life.
Adding plants in your home is one of the best ways to create a connection with nature. Whether it’s a plant room, a living wall, or a collection of pots in the window, indoor gardens are on the rise. If you lack a sunny room, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Indoor garden kits with built-in grow lights and self-watering systems make growing your own herbs or other vegetables an option even for city dwellers.
Get Better Sleep
Getting enough sleep can go a long way in improving your mental and overall health. Sleep deprivation can lead to a variety of health issues, from depression to memory loss to a weakened immune system. Improving your sleeping environment is the first step towards getting a good night’s rest.
Start by investing in some good blackout curtains to ensure your room is dark when you’re trying to sleep. Remove electronics such as phones and televisions from the bedroom to eliminate any distractions that may keep you awake.
What you sleep on also plays a big role in how well you sleep. Look for a good quality mattress and pillow that allows you to wake without aches and pains. Choosing a non-toxic, eco-conscious mattress can improve how well you breathe at night as well as the air quality in your bedroom.
Even small changes can have a positive impact on how your home affects your wellness. Look out for your health in the long run by applying some of these updates.