Are you trying to stay extra healthy at home?
Healthy living at home is especially important when working a remote job or staying indoors for an extended period of time.
It’s easy to become sluggish when staying in, but there are ways to combat this while staying physically and mentally healthy.
Here are just 5 simple ways to stay extra healthy while at home and make sure to read living with intent after the tips!
1. Create good feng shui throughout your home
Feng shui is an ancient practice that focuses on the harmony of the environment we are living in. It directly translates to “wind” and “water” in Chinese. By using feng shui to organize a healthy home, your living environment is designed for the natural flow of energy. By de-cluttering a room, finding the right colors, and using soft light, the process of creating a peaceful room can be meditative in itself.
If you work at home, designing an office with feng shui in mind can be a daily calming presence. Furniture should generally be facing the door without being directly in front of it. Diagonal positioning is key when adopting a comfortable focus.
2. Do some healthy At-home exercises
Working out does not require going to the gym. In fact, small workouts that are done throughout the whole day can be just as effective. These small bursts of exercises can be done anywhere and do not require expensive equipment. Cardio exercises for home life can include jumping rope or doing jumping jacks in front of the TV. Even just five minutes at a time can help boost your heart rate and increase your health at home. For toning, yoga and stretching can also be done without equipment.
Posture exercises such as the downward dog position can be found on video streaming websites to help increase muscle tone. While many yoga classes may be intimidating to beginners, doing it from home can be a chance to try something new without feeling self-conscious. When just starting off, it’s recommended that you pay close attention to how your body responds to certain poses. Overstretching can cause pain and soreness. By exercising a little bit every day, you can gradually increase poses over time.
3. Make sure to always incorporate reading
Most of us who have a computer spends a lot of the day reading. Unfortunately, reading articles online and skimming emails is not the same experience as reading a book. By sitting down to fully engage in a book, you are training your brain to concentrate for longer periods of time and to focus on one task. Some studies suggest that reading can have a positive outcome for preventing dementia in old age.
Reading can sharpen our vocabulary as well as empathy. By putting ourselves in somebody else’s shoes, we can see ourselves in many different situations around the world. Whether you enjoy reading nonfiction or short stories, any type of reading can help the mind stay healthy and occupied with new ideas.
4. Organic cooking
Cooking has long been considered more healthy than eating out. Restaurants can add ingredients that we may or may not choose to put in ourselves in addition to serving us far larger portions than what is usually recommended. Cooking almost anything at home is generally thought of as a healthier alternative than going out. Organic cooking, in particular, can play a huge role in having a healthy home life.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or just like to cook, using organic food has many benefits. Depending on where you shop, organic food usually does not include chemical fertilizers or herbicides. It can be more expensive, but if you can stick to thin-skinned fruits when buying organic and leafy greens then you are on the right road because organic food is often fresher, and it usually tastes better. Baking pies is especially tasty when using fresh fruit.
5. Find a creative outlet
There are many benefits to exploring your creative side. At-home projects can help process emotions and help express ideas you may not have realized you had. There are a variety of options when it comes to creativity. Some people like to paint or sketch, while others prefer decoupaging. Calligraphy can be especially relaxing as it has a meditative quality to learning the brush strokes.
Creativity does not have to be visual. An inexpensive way to express creativity at home can include writing letters. Writing letters to those living or deceased can prove therapeutic to many individuals struggling with grief or anxiety. Even writing letters to your future self can be beneficial when looking toward goals for the future. There is no right or wrong way to express yourself creatively and freedom of choice can be one of its best qualities.
Having a healthy lifestyle at home does not just happen. For many people who work or live primarily at home, home life is intentionally planned. Healthy living inside the home takes dedication and can be difficult if it is only you who must enforce the rules. Regardless of who else is around, health at home is essential for both the mind and body.
In addition to the many healthy choices that can be made at home, there are also behaviors that are best avoided. Sugary sodas and large quantities of processed foods eaten at home may be more difficult to process if outdoor exercise is not available. Social isolation is also a potentially dangerous habit.
Loneliness can negatively impact anyone and its effects can be harmful to both the mind and even the body. Staying in touch doesn’t necessarily mean you have to physically be with someone, but calling your best friend or messaging on social media instead of just looking at photographs or status updates can be especially helpful.
Getting adequate sleep when you work at home may be difficult. Spending the main part of your day in another room is recommended for optimal health. Even if you spend your time primarily at home, 8 hours is still considered a minimal time for both emotional and physical well-being.
Living healthily at home can easily be achieved if you are conscious of your efforts. For emotional, mental, and physical health, meditation and nutrition are just a few options available for home health.
Creative and social outlets are just as essential as diet and exercise. If you’re looking for healthy ways to stay at home, a routine that works for you is key.
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a home and lifestyle writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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