Looking after our children’s health is a top priority for all parents, which is why we lather them in sunscreen during the summer, slave over veggie-packed meals, and make sure they wear vests so they don’t catch chills. All of these are routine practices, but have you thought about other routines that could be affecting your family’s health? You may be wondering what kind of changes you can implement in your home to make it a healthier place for your family… To answer your questions, here are some ways that you can make your home a health haven for everyone!
Improve your air quality
This is especially crucial if anyone in your household suffers from dust or mite allergies. However, air quality is a concern for all of us, as there are invisible particles in the air that could be harmful. Good ventilation is key in combating potential air-borne pathogens, and can be improved by your choice in windows. By choosing box sash windows with double sliding mechanisms, you will be able create a flow of air in your home without having to deal with drafts and slamming doors. This is due to the double openings, at the top and bottom of the window. The addition of a bay window could also increase air circulation as well as bringing some much-needed light into your home, so this is important to know if you’ve been thinking in investing in this sort of thing.
Increase the light coming into your home
Light deprivation can alter people’s mood inside the home, and is the cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which affects millions of people in every year, especially during the long dark winter months. Darkness can also lead to drops in productivity, so it’s good to keep things bright and breezy. To boost the light in your home, making it brighter and happier, consider skylights or cutting down trees that could be blocking the natural light from entering inside. If these aren’t options, you can try adding glowing lamps to the darkest corners. However the best bet may be to invest in a few more windows here and there, if you have some truly gloomy bits.
Avoid using toxic chemicals
Children love to play on the floor, but what happens when they’ve been rolling around on the floor all day and pick up traces of detergent on their skin and face? For some it can cause irritation, and the long term effects of exposure to these kinds of chemicals is still unknown in large part. You can help the environment and the health of your home by avoiding harsh cleaning fluids and opting for more natural or homemade alternatives. Make sure to find the right mix for your home, as different materials have distinct cleaning requirements. You find out more about cleaning your home without chemicals here.
Plants have been shown to lower blood-pressure and increase well-being, so why not take advantage of their healing properties in your home? If you have a black thumb, succulents are an excellent choice since they are very resilient to drought. However there are plenty of other super hardy plants like bromeliads, rabbit’s ear (so soft!) and rubber plants. The air in your home will also become purer with the inclusion of more plants. With so many benefits, why wait!
Decrease screen time
Too much screen time can worsen our ability to fall asleep at night whether we’re a kiddo or a parent. You may know that by avoiding looking at screens before bed, we can fall asleep more easily. This is not the only reason to reduce kids’ screen time! It is a bad idea for little ones to use screens as a crutch from an early age, because children have to learn the ability to regulate their own emotions and behaviour without relying on an outside source to distract or numb them. It’s all about keeping things sensible with screen time – so set limits like no screens during dinner, or no screens after a certain time. This will increase quality family time and in turn, your collective well-being!
Have you tried any of the above to create a healthier home? What other tips do you have to share? Do leave a comment below.
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