Living a healthy life isn’t just about your diet and exercise habits. Living a healthy life requires a healthy mindset, and few things affect your mindset more than your atmosphere. A healthy lifestyle deserves a healthy base-of-operations, and if you can set up your living space to suit your health needs, you’ll be better prepared to develop other healthy habits.
Step 1: Clean Out
Spring cleaning is nice and all, but organizing your living space once a year isn’t going to cut it. The healthiest way to live is to clean up after yourself daily and organize often. If you let the clutter build up, it’s going to drag you down. The mere act of taking time to clean up will bring a sense of control to your life. And if you’ve already had a stressful day at work, you’ll be able to come home to a pleasant, relaxing space.
First of all, get rid of what you don’t need. If you can develop the self-restraint not to buy or keep things you don’t need you’ll find it easier to focus on the best and most essential parts of your life, rather than getting lost in an avalanche of extra stuff. Take a good look around you and ask yourself what you don’t use. Consider which possessions have outrun their sentimental value. Rest assured, once you throw it out or give it away, you’ll never notice it’s gone.
Keep all the things you do use well-organized. Have a place for everything. Being able to put things away and have a space for them is essential to a keep up with your clean home. An extra toy chest, storage units, or attic boxes (especially for things you only use rarely, like seasonal decorations) can make a healthy living space so much more sustainable. By putting these items in these types of spaces, you are allowing a great amount of additional space to open up for those things that you use more often.
Step 2: Spruce it Up
If you make the space your own, you are more likely to find it refreshing and keep it clean. The goal is not to go out a buy a bunch of things to replace what you just threw out. Just personalize your space by including some elements that will help you recognize it as your own. A healthy living space will be one your mind recognizes as home. Candles, family photos, throw pillows, plants on the windowsill, or a healthy snack on the coffee table are all popular ideas, but this one is about you and what you find familiar and comforting. Everything still has a purpose, but it’s ok to have a few things that have a purpose specific to you.
When cleaning and sprucing up your home, remember to delegate the areas of your life to different spaces. You have your eating and entertainment space, your sleeping space, your workplace, grooming space, etc. Try not to let them bleed into one another. If you do this right, you’ll find it easier to work, sleep, and do whatever it is you want to do because whenever you walk into a room your brain will jump into the mode it has come to associate with that space.
Step 3: Improve your Sleeping Space
Your sleeping space deserves particular attention. We’ve all heard the lectures on why it’s healthy to get adequate sleep, but that doesn’t really help when you find yourself tossing and turning for hours. Luckily, a few tweaks to your sleeping space can make it easier for you to fall asleep. To increase healthy sleeping habits, you’ll have to create a sort of controlled environment – controlled temperature, light, and noise. Once you’ve done this your senses can relax and you’ll both fall asleep faster, and be more likely to stay asleep.
Sixty to sixty-seven degrees is the temperature range you should be shooting for. Get a fan, get a heater, find some way to keep your room’s temperature steady. Blackout curtains or a sleeping mask can help when there is too much light. And “white noise” machines can help block out any noise from next door that may be keeping you up.
Checks the quality of your mattress and pillows too. If you’re going to spend 8 hours of every 24 with them, they should be comfy.
Creating a healthy living space is not just a chore, it’s a lifestyle that allows you live at your happiest and healthiest. Follow the steps above, and you’re sure to notice a change. After all, health begins at home.