The current circumstances of the world have forced everyone to shift their focus towards their health. As everyone trains their attention towards exercise and nutrition, they tend to forget the one element that also plays a part in their overall physical condition: the environment they live in.
Your environment can influence your well-being just as much as your diet and level of physical activity. This is a handy guide to help you cultivate a healthy living environment to ensure you remain in good physical condition.
Purify the air you breathe
Just because you’re not directly exposed to air pollution from outside doesn’t mean you’re completely safe from it indoors. Particulate matter that filters into your home can cause serious issues such as heart and lung disease. It pays to invest in a good air purifier as well as regular duct cleaning. There are also air-purifying plants you can bring into your home to help clean the air naturally such as spider plants, Boston ferns, peace lilies, and chrysanthemums.
Opt for natural cleaning products
Chemical-based cleaners are incredibly harsh and may aggravate health problems such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, and headaches. This is a case of a product being a little too good at what it’s supposed to do. Rather than buying cleaning supplies with ammonia and bleach in them, opt for eco-friendly cleaning products that are better for both your health and for the environment. There’s no shortage of natural multipurpose cleaning solutions to try out which are usually made out of ingredients like lemon, vinegar, and baking soda.
Block out light
If you live in a densely populated city, your sleep is significantly affected by light pollution, even if you aren’t fully aware of it. Thick, dark curtains can block out light streaming in from your windows, while an eye mask can help you block out any light from your room, no matter how small, to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep.
Tend to a garden
Gardening has multiple health benefits, from stress relief to promotion of a healthy diet. It’s a great hobby to pick up while on lockdown, and it’s not difficult to get started, even if you live in a small space.
Hire professional cleaners
Cleaning your living space can take a lot of time, and it’s especially tiring if you have other things to attend to, like cooking your meals or working from home.
Whenever possible, hire professional cleaners to deep clean every nook and cranny of your home. You don’t need to do this on a regular basis, but just every once in a while to ensure that your home is fresh and sanitized. You can also hire special cleaners who can thoroughly disinfect and cleanse specific furniture that’s difficult to clean, such as your couch, carpet, and floor.
Keep your home well-ventilated
You might feel worried about breathing in air from outside, but it’s beneficial to let some outside air flow into your home. This keeps your home from getting too stuffy and it also helps expose your immune system to healthy bacteria and germs so that your body becomes better equipped to fight off illness. Invest in exhaust fans and ventilators, and don’t be afraid to open your windows to let some fresh air in.
Give your living environment as much attention as you give your diet and exercise. Taking care of all three ensures that you’ll stay in good health during these challenging times.