5 Ways To Incorporate Wellness Into Your Home
There's a lot of talk in the building and design community right now about wellness. After all, your interior environment plays a big part in how you think, feel, and act. Interior Designers are now employing design techniques backed by research and data that show how certain design elements can have an overall positive impact on your health. Even if you're not planning a big remodel, there are several ways that you can bring wellness into your home.
1. Mindful Spaces
They say that the the kitchen is the heart of the home and it can also be where your journey to wellness and mindfulness begins. Research has shown that we are more likely to reach for or consume the products that are the most easily accessible to us or are in our visual range. Create spaces such as a mindful kitchen by placing healthy foods on the closest shelf in your refrigerator. Promote cooking at home by keeping your counters clutter free and having easy access to cooking utensils. Cooking in and of itself is a mindful activity through the preparation of ingredients and added attention to what goes in your meal. This idea can be applied to every room to take full advantage of creating a more mindful environment.
2. Natural Light
There is a long, long list of benefits when it comes to bringing natural light into your home. People with a view and exposure to natural light are less likely to report negative health symptoms. Exposure to daylight is also consistently linked to a higher level of concentration and better short-term memory recall. By having a connection to the outdoors, people feel a greater sense of calm and productivity. Create a bright and comfortable space in your home for relaxing or meditating when you feel a need to recharge.
It's no secret that indoor plants play a huge role in improving the air quality in your home, but aside from cleaner air, plants also have a positive effect on your mood and psychology. Having plants around you can make you feel happier and less stressed. According to Psychology Today, plants can lower your blood pressure, lower anxiety levels, and increase attentiveness. Use watering and caring for your plants as a mindful activity for energising and boosting your mood.
4. Fresh Air
On average, people spend about 70% of their lives indoors, making the air that you breathe in your home extra important. There are invisible pollutants in our indoor environment that come in the form of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs can be found in things such as your furnishings and rugs, as well as the paint on your walls. You can improve the air quality in your home by simply opening your windows and letting fresh air circulate.
5. Natural Materials
If you've got synthetic rugs on your floors, consider swapping them out for more natural materials such as wool, jute and sisal. Synthetic carpets and rugs that contain VOCs may cause health problems ranging from allergies to nausea. Virtually all synthetic varieties are backed with a latex mix containing styrene, a possible human carcinogen. Natural materials do not contain VOCs or off-gas, keeping your indoor air cleaner and reducing your exposure to harmful chemicals. Natural colors and textures also give us a sense of feeling closer to nature. When we improve our sense of nature, directly or indirectly, we benefit from the psychological and physical wellbeing effects that a more calming, restful, restorative and energising space creates.
One last tip: Have fun! Creating your new wellness environment should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.