Being healthy starts with being mindful of your home. A home should be a sanctuary from the stressors and hazards of the outside world, but all too many homes are simply not set up for ultimate wellness and relaxation. If your home is cluttered or feels stressful in other ways, it may be time to make some changes for your family’s health, well-being, and safety. Before you start planning those home upgrades, though, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Be Aware of Hidden Home Toxins
When you’re upgrading a home for better health, it’s important to make sure those upgrades don’t actually cause more harm to your family. For instance, if you live in an older house, you need to be aware of potential lead paint safety issues, as well as the proper steps to take when you need to remove lead paint from your home. Because exposure to lead paint can cause such severe health consequences, the EPA requires that contractors be properly certified in order to safely remove lead paint from the home of consumers. Another common issue that homeowners come across when making wellness improvements to their homes is mold. The presence of mold can also lead to serious health threats, especially for those with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems. Prolonged exposure to mold in the home can also lead to chronic infections and disease, so if you spot mold in your home, proceed with caution or consider hiring professionals.
Be Mindful of Using Toxic Materials
Making health-boosting upgrades to your home is a wonderful way to improve your family’s health and well-being. Knowing that those changes can provide relief for allergies, stress, and other wellness concerns can also provide you some peace of mind. Adding plants or an air purifier are both simple examples of these sorts of changes. As you plan out your home projects, it’s also extremely crucial to research the materials used so that you can avoid bringing potential health risks and toxins into your home. For instance, many well-meaning families opt to replace their carpet with laminate flooring, due to concerns about allergies and asthma. According to the EWG, however, laminate flooring is often produced using dangerous chemicals, and these chemicals can slowly leech into the air in your home over time. Not to mention that chemicals in carpet, laminate, and vinyl flooring can be harmful to pets and children who may be in more direct contact with your floors. Even the cleaning products you use to keep your spaces tidy can be filled with toxins, so be sure to check the ingredients for these as well.
Be Practical About Family Wellness Needs
There are so many ways that you can create a more soothing environment at home for your loved ones, but it’s important to think about what your family really needs before you plan out any new changes. If you are dreaming of a meditation room, for instance, but are also currently operating your home office from the couch, you may need to rethink your renovation priorities. Because in this case, having dedicated office space may actually be more beneficial for your focus and productivity. That means you are likely to feel less stressed and less overwhelmed when you are working from home. Of course, you can always compromise when it comes to wellness enhancements around your home. Carve out a meditation corner in your office space, so that you can kill two wellness birds with one stone, or consider converting an attic or basement into additional relaxation space for your family. Simple home changes can also enhance your family’s quality of health and life, like creating more sleep-centric bedrooms.
Even the simplest home improvements can provide a boost to your family’s physical health and emotional well-being. Just make sure you are prioritizing the right home improvements, are using safe materials, and are exercising caution when dealing with household hazards.
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