Have you ever questioned the difference in the way you feel when you enter your own home as opposed to someone else’s home? Do you recognize the feelings of comfort and safety as you cross your own threshold? And do you have days when you just don’t want to leave home and step out to face the world? Or do you have the kind of home you dread returning to?
We all experience these emotions when it comes to our own homes. As the saying goes – home is where the hearth is. Or, in this case, ‘home is where the heart is’. And this doesn’t just apply to the people you share your home with, such as family. It applies to everything your home means to you, including:
- Good health
All these emotions are influenced by what you’ve done with your home, including:
- How you’ve decorated it
- How you’ve maintained it
Hence, every aspect of your home is directly related to the way you feel about it. And about yourself.
A great home means great health
Most of us don’t realize the impact our homes have on our mental and physical well-being. Everything about our homes contributes to the way we feel, such as:
1. The air
The air you breathe is crucial to your good health. Are you aware of the pollutants present in the air in your house? Do you have any allergy-inducing fibers or pollutants in your carpet? Does cigarette smoke cling to all your furniture and fabrics? What about dust mites? And is your home damp and musty? All these aspects of the air in your home can affect your health. Without realizing, you may be suffering from allergies or respiratory problems caused by the air in your house. Now do you understand the importance of good, clean air inside your home?
The solution to coping with air-related issues in your home is to ensure that you air out your home every day. Throw open all the windows first thing every morning – let fresh air and sunlight flood into your home and fill it with positive energy. Whatever be the season, winter or summer, do this even if for a little while, before turning on the heating or AC. You will feel the difference within the first 24 hours of starting this routine.
2. The lighting
Are you one of those people who like their home to be dim, dark and mysterious? Or do you prefer it to be bright and cheerful? Is your home a sanctuary from the stress and irritations of the real world out there? Your perceptions of what your home means to you will influence the kind of lighting you use. However, regardless of how you want the lighting to be i.e. romantic, mysterious, etc. do work towards maintaining a cheerful environment in your home most of the time.
If you don’t want your home to be flooded with light all the time, work out a lighting scheme using spot lights, table lamps, pedestal lamps, hanging lights, etc. Place them in corners to create small pools of light; use pedestal lamps for up-lighting areas of the ceiling; or strategically place spot lights to enhance curios or paintings on the walls. You will find that creative use of lighting works very well to uplift your mood and keep you feeling positive, mentally and emotionally, which in turn manifests itself into maintaining your physical health, as well.
3. The colors
The way you use colors in your home is vital to your mental and emotional health. While dull, dark colors can make you feel depressed and lethargic, bright cheerful colors will energize you. The use of soft, pastel shades will make you feel calm and grounded, and you can combine them with pretty, floral prints that bring the outdoors in. Always aim to use colors that make your rooms look spacious with darker colors for accent, if needed.
4. The fabrics
Fabrics used for upholstery and drapes can make a marked difference to your health. Try to use natural fabrics as much as you can. Overuse of synthetic fibers can induce a lot of allergies. Pure cottons and silks don’t trap as much dust as heavily textured synthetics. Pay more attention to the kind of carpets you use, as they definitely trap a lot of dust and lint.
This is the most important aspect of a healthy home. The more cluttered a house is, the more dust and dirt it contains. Even if you’re not into minimalism, try not to cram it with furniture that you don’t need. Vacuum regularly and keep your home free of dust. Do remember, dust creeps into corners, settles within the pages of books, and clings to upholstery and drapes. Put things back in place so they’re not lying around for you to trip over and hurt yourself. Keep your kitchen clean and sparkling, and don’t allow garbage to pile up. Ensure your kitchen sink is free of dirty dishes at all times. Prevent build-up of bacteria and mold.
Following these basic guidelines will ensure that you have the kind of home you need to maintain your good health – mentally and physically. It doesn’t take much effort and is worth paying a little attention to the details, to feel good about your home and yourself.