Your home is where you go for refuge. It’s where you go to relax, cool down, and take back your sanity after a long week. Because of that, it’s so important to make sure that your home is a place that fosters that relationship. You should feel calm inside your own space and feel like you can relax there with others or even by yourself. In order to create this feeling, you need to be willing to put time into it. Here are some ways that you can easily create a healthy living environment in your home.
1. Let in the natural light
Studies have shown that natural light can do wonders to your mood, your motivation, and your health. Natural light contains several things that help to regulate your sleep cycle. It has the right amount of “blue light” that tells your body when to sleep and for how long to sleep. This is why (if you’re not on your phone or a laptop after the sun goes down) your body starts to slow down and get ready for bed. However, using a laptop or a phone late at night can mess up this sleep cycle because they also emit blue light.
The difference between being on your laptop all day and letting in natural light all day is that the natural light also gives vitamins to your skin like vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to strengthen your immune system. Letting natural light into your home can do wonders for your health. Moreover, humans evolved to see reflected light, not a direct light source.
2. Repaint the walls
Another thing that you can do in your home is to repaint the walls. Over time, walls can get beat up. Kids might draw all over it, chairs might smack against the paint, and other things happen that make the walls look dirty and banged up. To make them appear nicer, cleaner, and new, there are a few things that you can do. The first thing that you might want to consider is having skim coat walls. This is a process that smooths out the walls and makes it appear new without having to fully repaint the walls with a new color.
The other option is to repaint your walls entirely with a new color. Especially if you moved into an older home and the walls were painted long before you got there, it might be time to paint the walls a color that you really enjoy. To do this, simply find a color that matches your personality and soothes you. Repainting will make you love your home more and feel more comfortable.
3. Play relaxing music
Since you want to be able to relax in your home, you should consider playing soft, relaxing music to help you calm your mind. If you have children at home, playing soft classical music will help them to associate home with feelings of comfort and learning. They will want to invite their friends over to their house rather than going over to someone else’s house since your home will feel more comfortable for them. It will also help children concentrate during homework and learn to control their emotions better.
4. Have real conversations
A part of being healthy is mental health. Mental health and emotional health are just as important as physical health. To help you and your family develop emotional intelligence, try and focus on having real conversations at home. Don’t be afraid to talk about “taboo” subjects and foster a feeling of open conversation. You want your children to feel like they can come to you for anything that they need and feel like you’ll understand any and all of their concerns.
Doing these things will help your children and your family to love your home. You will feel more comfortable there and you will learn to treat your home like a haven.