With Americans spending more time than ever at home, it’s crucial to make sure that our homes are conducive to both productivity and to recharging. Home wellness trends have been on the rise as many look to create healthy, balanced home environments.
We’ve compiled some key ways that you can make your home a health and wellness sanctuary to leave you feeling well-rested, calm, and ready to seize the day.
Create a relaxation zone
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we can forget to take a step back and carve out time for ourselves. One way to combat stress and anxiety is by setting up a relaxation zone in your home. It doesn’t have to be particularly large or secluded; you’ll just need some space (it could even be a corner of your room) where you can be free of distractions and put a few key items, such as a comfy chair and a yoga mat.
Make a point of spending at least a few minutes a day in your relaxation zone. You might employ a productivity technique such as the Pomodoro Method, an interval-based strategy where you focus on work for a certain amount of time and then carve out time to relax in your relaxation zone. How you unwind there is up to you! You may choose to meditate, stretch, do yoga, or just sit comfortably and take a pause from your day.
Turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary
Research has indicated that year over year, Americans are having more and more trouble sleeping. This isn’t necessarily a surprise — technology likely plays a big factor, as does burnout from steadily increasing work hours. But it’s crucial not to compromise on good sleep habits — we recommend reading Matthew Walker’s “Why We Sleep”, which delves into the myriad consequences of poor sleep habits and counsels readers on how to improve sleep hygiene to get better quality rest.
One way to get better rest? Thoughtful design choices in your bedroom. First, curb light sources that may trickle in during sleeping hours. Invest in some blackout curtains to eliminate early morning light, and make sure to cover or turn off any artificial light sources within your home, such as hallway lights, nightlights, and screens.
Next, make sure you’re comfortable. Invest in a high-quality mattress and pillows that are right for you, as well as comfortable bedding made of natural, soft fibers. Some top-rated mattress and bedding brands include Parachute Home, Brooklinen, Saatva, and Boll & Branch. You’ll also want to find your ideal sleeping temperature and set your thermostat at night accordingly. Additionally, download a meditation app such as Calm or Headspace; these can help you get into a comfortable, relaxed state necessary to slip into a good night’s sleep.
Finally, eliminate any noise that could disturb your sleep and wake you up. This could be as simple as investing in a white noise machine or, if you’re up for a bigger project, you can soundproof your room. If you choose the latter option, look into implementing thicker window panes and fortifying your walls by adding a layer or two of drywall to them.
Amplify the natural elements in your home
When we’re spending so much time at home, it can be easy to get into a routine and forget to enjoy the outside world. In your efforts to make your home a wellness sanctuary, don’t overlook the importance of incorporating natural elements into your space. Connecting with nature has been proven to boost our health, mood, and productivity. Here are some tips for introducing more natural elements into your home:
- Set up a sitting area outside: Motivate yourself to get some outside time when the weather is nice by setting up a relaxation space in the yard. Add some patio chairs and a table and any other items you need to create a space that you can enjoy: a bird feeder, perhaps, or maybe even a fire pit! When you have a break in your day, head to the yard to read, meditate, do yoga, or bird watch.
- Get more indoor plants: There are multiple science-backed advantages to having indoor plants around your home. You don’t have to have a green thumb to do so — aloe, jade plants, and pothos are all great, low-maintenance plants for beginners. Companies like Bloomscape deliver full-grown plants to your door.
- Set your workspace up near a window: When you’re working, having a natural light source will help to keep you awake and productive. If possible, put your workspace near a window in an area that gets a good amount of sunlight during the day.
Get rid of clutter and organize
Household clutter can increase stress and fatigue, as well as have a serious negative impact on mood. Take some time to organize the items in your home and declutter where possible. (Or you can even look to hire a professional home organizer — we can help with that!) Here are some tips to get you started on your decluttering journey:
- Focus on specific zones: Thinking about decluttering your entire home can feel like an impossible task. Take it step-by-step — for example, focus on your closet for the first step, junk drawers for the next, and so on.
- Don’t throw away, give away: When organizing our homes, it can be difficult to think about throwing things away that we feel some attachment to, even if we don’t need or use them. Instead of throwing things out, think of what you can donate or give to loved ones. Knowing that your things will go to a good home can make the decluttering exercise easier and more fulfilling.
- Employ a 90-day rule: If you haven’t used an item in 3 months and don’t foresee yourself using it in the next 3 months, consider getting rid of it. This won’t be the case for all of your things, but can be a good place to start when approaching decluttering.
- Optimize your space: In need of more storage space? Evaluate whether there is any wasted space in your home, such as in small nooks, under beds or desks, or over doors. Think creatively about how you can repurpose such types of space to better organize your home.
We often don’t think about the air quality in our homes, but optimizing your air quality is a crucial step in making your home a wellness sanctuary. A few things you can do to improve your home’s air quality are:
- Investing in an air purifier: Air purifiers filter harmful contaminants that can be found in our air, such as dust, dander, pollen, and smoke. While they won’t eliminate all potential offending particles, they’ll certainly help to keep the air in your home clean.
- Get a humidifier for the winter: In the cold, dry months, the lack of moisture in the air can cause irritation, particularly on the skin, in the nose, and in the throat. Invest in a humidifier to relieve this dryness and improve congestion, sore throats, and cracked skin.
- Change your A/C filter periodically: Air filters are subject to wear and tear over time and can cause problems if not changed out. Make sure to change your air filter periodically — how often you have to change your filter will depend on how often you occupy the home, whether you have any pets, and whether anyone in your household has allergies.
- Ventilate when cooking: Kitchen appliances, such as burners, can emit unwanted chemicals into our homes. When cooking, make sure to turn on any vents and open the windows when possible.
- Dust, dust, dust: Many spaces and fixtures in our homes attract dust, so it’s important to vacuum and dust often. Focus on rugs, carpets, air vents, and air ducts.
These home wellness tips will get you started in your journey to turn your home into a wellness sanctuary and have a positive impact on the way you feel day-to-day.