Sometimes home is the least healthy place we can be. Not because of all the possible hidden dangers like mold, though yes, those are concerning. No, it is because this is where we are most comfortable and most likely to let little lazy habits form. But there are things we can do to make our homes a little bit better for us. Here are some healthy home habits we all should adopt.
Don’t Drink Anything From a Bottle or Eat Anything in an Individual Package
While you’re at home avoid drinking anything that comes from a bottle or eating anything that is individually packaged. This has a few benefits. The biggest is the impact it has on your diet. Many individually packaged foods and drinks that come in bottles are heavily processed and not very healthy. You will also reduce your waste in the process. You’ll have fewer wrappers to throw away and less to go into recycling. Finally, you will be saving yourself so much money! Individually packaged foods have a massive markup for the convenience. So rather than buying individual packets of chips or applesauce go for the big bag/jar.
This is another one of those tips that has multiple benefits. Houseplants are a fantastic way to bring nature inside and they are known to have a calming effect. They also produce oxygen, making the air in your home feel fresher. At the same time they’re producing oxygen they’re also cleaning the air. They clean out chemicals that leach from leather chairs, carbon dioxide, and even airborne fecal matter. Different houseplants have different benefits so it is well worth doing your research…and then go plant crazy!
Get Rid of Plastic
You’ve heard of the horrors of BPA in plastic and while many plastic items today are BPA free, they still have a ton of other equally harmful chemicals in them. The only way to avoid those chemicals is to avoid plastic altogether. Of course, this is no easy task and it can be costly to replace all the plastic in your home. That’s why you should do it slowly. Start by pledging not to buy any single-use plastic, plastic toys, or anything else that you can get made in an alternate material. The next time you need to replace your toothbrush, go with bamboo. Buy glass jars and shop in bulk stores for things like cereal, rice, and even shampoo.
Keep a Change Jar by the Door
Keep a jar to put change in next to your front door and then make a habit of putting any money you have in your pockets that is a dollar bill or less into the jar as you walk in the door. Doing this will help you save up your change slowly over time and without knowing it you can end up with enough to give yourself a fantastic treat.
Limit Screen Time Before Bed
Limiting screen time has become a big trend for kids, but why aren’t adults doing it too? Sitting in front of a screen before bed can have a big impact on your ability to fall asleep and get quality sleep. Ban the use of screens at least an hour before bed and you will see a remarkable change in your sleep.
Open the Windows Daily
Open all the windows in your house for at least 10 minutes each day. This will help keep the air inside your house from getting overly stuffy and make your house a much nicer place to spend time in. This is something that can be done no matter what the weather is, having your windows open for such a short time won’t have a lasting impact on the temperature of your house but it will do wonders for the air.
Put Down Your Phone
Finally, I left the best, and most challenging for last. Stay off your phone while you’re at home. Staying off your phone will help you be more present in the moment and help you develop better relationships with the people in your home. If you want to be on social media while you’re at home force yourself to do it on a PC. You will feel happier and more connected for having given yourself the limitation.
Do you have healthy home habits? Since being home due to COVID we have adopted many habits to stay healthy. I hope this list helps you and your family stay healthy.
LaToyia, The Motivated Mom