Guest blog by Claire Hastings, a Brisbane, Australia based blogger, and designer.
Creating a healthy home and a restorative living environment is one of the most rewarding things you can do for your lifelong well-being and happiness. Every room in your household can serve the purpose of enhancing your mental and physical health, whether you’re looking to improve your sleep habits, or if you’re looking to adopt a healthier way of eating.
When you combine healthy lifestyle habits such as regular meditation and healthy eating with a few healthy changes to the space itself, you can lay the foundation for long-term health, and of course, elevate your chances of conceiving successfully. Let’s explore the five ways you can create a restorative living environment to improve your health and fertility.
Utilize natural home-made cleaners
Keeping your household spotless is a prerequisite for a healthy home, and a healthy future. However, it’s difficult to actually keep the place clean and healthy at the same time, simply due to the toxic nature of proprietary and name-brand cleaners. Cleaning products that contain hazardous chemicals such as phthalates, triclosan, ammonia, and many others, can harm your long-term health in a number of ways.
This is why it’s important to replace these toxic cleaners with all-natural, home-made cleaners that boast some everyday ingredients such as apple cider vinegar and baking soda, for example. These recipes will ensure that you’re touching and breathing only natural ingredients that will have no long-term negative side effects on your physical and mental health.
Use natural and organic beauty products
The products you put on your skin can also have a profound impact on your long-term well-being. Because the skin absorbs nutrients and sends them into your bloodstream, it will inevitably absorb the chemicals found in popular beauty and personal hygiene products, which may in turn negatively affect your health in numerous ways.
From organic cosmetics, to all-natural massage oils to enjoy your massage sessions without any risk of side effects, there are many sustainable and healthy products out there that boast only natural ingredients and extracts that soothe the skin, and nourish your body. The best thing about natural beauty and hygiene products is that they are suitable for expecting mothers, and you can use them long term without risk.
Cleanse the air in your home
One of the most important improvements you need to make in your living environment is to elevate the quality of the air you breathe on a daily basis. As if the air outside wasn’t polluted enough, imagine how harmful it can be to your long-term health if you invited it into your home as well. Not only does breathing in polluted air negatively affect your psychological well-being, but it will inevitably take a toll on your body as well.
Aside from airing your living environment daily, you can also introduce air-purifying plants. However, if you are to truly cleanse the air in your home of all toxins, be sure to research the right air purifier brands for your specific needs. If you have a smoker in your home, you’ll need to find an air purifier that can eliminate smoke particles, and if you have allergies, be sure to research the best air purifiers that can eliminate allergens in order to help you create a healthy living environment free of airborne toxins.
Create wellness areas
Your home should have a wellness area that’s completely attuned to your personal needs and sensibilities. This is an area where you can enjoy a restorative meditation session, cleanse your mind and soul, and let the stress of the outside world dissipate into the unknown. Be sure to design this space just right, and tease all of your senses with scented candles, beautiful potted greenery, comfortable furniture, and some calming sounds as well.
Upgrade your cookware and nutrition
And finally, remember that the things you put into your body can also have a significant impact on your lifelong health and happiness. If you eat unhealthy foods such as junk food and sugary delights, you are bound to gain unwanted weight, jeopardize your health, and perhaps even negatively affect your chances of conceiving. Don’t risk it, but instead adopt healthy eating habits, get rid of your Teflon cookware, and get rid of all unhealthy temptations from the pantry and the fridge.
Your living environment, coupled with your lifestyle habits, can have a profound impact on your emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. Use these tips to make your home a healthier place to live in order to elevate your overall health as well your chances of conceiving.
Claire Hastings is a Brisbane, Australia based blogger, and designer. She is inspired by sustainable and minimalist living and loves to write about it.