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In order to be healthy, we have to put in a continuous effort. That means getting enough exercise, eating a balanced diet, and drinking plenty of water. It also means visiting your doctor on a regular basis and going to various screenings that can help you notice a health issue on time. Furthermore, it’s also about leading a healthy lifestyle that will always promote health.
A part of a healthy lifestyle is designing a home that will also have wellness in mind. Fortunately, there are countless ways you can decorate and organize your home so that your whole family experiences its benefits. Here are some ideas to take into consideration.
It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and that we spend the most time there. If this is also the case for your household, you want to ensure this space where your family gathers is also full of décor that will encourage everyone to stay healthy.
1. Invest in appliances that promote healthy eating
For starters, when equipping your kitchen, in addition to ensuring your appliances are energy-efficient, you also want to get some items that will make it easier to eat healthily. An appliance that will make your life easier is certainly a blender. That way, healthy smoothies that you can drink in the morning or after your workout session will be made in a blink of an eye. You can also add a juicer, a vegetable steamer, and even an air fryer.
2. Organize your fridge to easily find healthy snacks
How you organize your fridge can also result in better eating habits. First of all, you want to use clear containers as visibility is key in reaching for healthy snacks. If they’re packed away in non-transparent bags, fresh fruits and veggies will be out of sight and potentially not used on time. Then, you also want to keep the healthiest option in the front so that you always have a snack at the ready. Moreover, dedicate a part of the fridge to your leftovers instead of putting them in the back and forgetting about them. Not only will organizing your food help you stay healthy but it can also extend the shelf life of your food and reduce waste.
3. Keep snacks within arm’s reach with fruit bowls
Not all snacks have to be kept in the fridge. Some fruits you can also display in a bowl on your kitchen counters or island. On the other hand, you can curate a selection of protein bars and nuts and seeds as well. By keeping these healthy alternatives within sight and reach, every household member is sure to opt for them instead of an unhealthy choice whenever they crave sugar.
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4. Put out water jugs to stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is also essential, which is why you also want to keep jugs of water in a visible place. Once again, the island or the counters are a great spot to put a tray with a few glasses and a jug full of lemon water. This way, everyone passing through the kitchen will be reminded to drink some water.
5. Display motivational messages around the space
Another way you can encourage yourself and other household members to stay healthy is by displaying some motivational messages around the kitchen. For instance, you can leave each other supportive and caring notes on the fridge, reminding one another to stay hydrated or bring a healthy snack along when leaving for work or running an errand. Then, you can frame an inspirational quote that encourages healthy living.
6. Grow your own herbs
A big part of décor is greenery as well. While all plants can have health benefits and you can use them to decorate any room, why not opt for some herbs that you can grow in your kitchen? That way, you will not have to buy them but will always have a fresh source right in your home’s heart. Moreover, surprising your loved ones with plant gift delivery is a great way to get them involved in healthy living as well. You can easily find everything from basil to parsley.
As sleep is vital for a healthy life, decorating the bedroom in such a way is also important. Here are some essentials.
7. Keep the electronics out
First of all, it’s always a good idea to steer clear of screens before you go to bed. One great way to do that is to make your bedroom an electronics-free zone. When designing the space, don’t include the TV. If you work from home, don’t make your bedroom your home office, if possible. What is more, you can even try to keep your phone outside the room to promote sleep.
8. Block out the lights
Just like blue light that comes from smartphones and computers can affect your sleep, so can the light coming from the street. If you’re bothered by streetlamps, look into purchasing blackout blinds for your bedroom that will ensure you get plenty of sleep.
9. Invest in a quality mattress and pillow
Lastly, what you sleep on also matters, which is why you can think about investing in a new mattress and pillow. If your mattress is older than eight years, you need a new one. Your body will be more than thankful. Fortunately, mattress manufacturers now offer various warranties and allow you to return the mattress if it doesn’t suit you, so you can try out a few until you find the best one.
The living room
You also cannot overlook your living room where you probably also spend plenty of time with your family.
10. Let in light and air
Natural light is essential for your wellbeing so consider replacing your current windows with larger models. If that is not an option currently, then either remove window treatments or opt for sheer ones that will allow your living room to be flooded with light. Moreover, you want to be able to easily open the windows to let in some fresh air.
11. Pick the right color palette
As nature can help us feel better and boost our mood, you can stick to a neutral color palette. For instance, sticking to soft pastels like blue, green, and yellow can not only help you be more calm and productive but it will also make the space appear larger and brighter.
12. Remove clutter
A common mistake is displaying too many knick knacks that actually clutter up the space. You want to get rid of all unnecessary items and ensure the room has a good flow. This will also help you clean the space much faster.
The home office
If you’ve started working from home during the pandemic, you also need to think about how this space is affecting your wellbeing. Keep the following tips in mind.
13. Layer the lights
Natural light is essential for this room as well but, sometimes, your job might require you to work in the evening or at night. As you will not be able to rely on natural light, it’s vital that you layer the lights so that your eyes are not tired easily from looking at papers or screens. So, in addition to an overhead fixture, you also want a task light like a desk lamp.
14. Find the best layout
To be efficient at what you do, you also need to work out the optimal layout of your workspace. If you work on the computer, you simply need to keep it organized so that you can easily find all the files you need. However, if you work with printed documents or directly with people, you need to know exactly what goes where and remember to put it where it belongs. That way, you will not be stressing out over the things you might have lost.
The workout corner
If your goal is to be fit and healthy, you surely have a corner in your home where you go to work out or meditate. It also needs to be kept tidy for you to experience all of its benefits.
15. Complement it with relaxing scents
Your workout corner surely has a yoga mat, maybe some weights and resistance bands, and perhaps even a Pilates ball. However, you want to tie it all together with some scented candles—lavender or bergamot, for instance—as well as soft lighting that will not bother you while you follow a YouTube tutorial.
Finally, the bathroom should be a little oasis where you can escape everything for either a couple of minutes or an hour. That’s why it’s important that it has a tranquil atmosphere.
16. Implement natural materials
To create that bond with nature that we often crave, try to incorporate as many natural elements into the bathroom as you can. For instance, while natural stone might not be the greenest option out there, you can look for some better flooring alternatives like engineered hardwood. You can also use wood for all sorts of accessories, from the bath mat to the toothbrushes you use.
If you’re looking for ways to promote health by using décor, keep these tips in mind when designing your home.