Tips to transform your home into a healthy sanctuary…
Scenario One: You walk into your home after a long day at work. You feel like you've walked into a hug. Warmth, comfort, and safety envelope you. You sigh with relief at the sight of your sofa and sink down into it with gratitude.
Scenario Two: You avoid going home because you know it means having to pick up the clothes you left on the floor, dig through layers of junk to find the book you've meant to finish, and wash enough dishes so you can serve dinner on clean plates.
Whether we realize it or not, our environment - particularly our home environment - affects our state of mind, and thus, our health. Whether you've recently moved or not, my guess is that you might feel better if you did one of these five things to make your home more of a haven.
- Shine the light. If you've not yet discovered glassybaby - the Seattle-based maker of hand blown glass candle holders - get thee to their website (or to one of their stores in Seattle and NYC)! Adding just a little flickering firelight makes a house a home almost instantly, especially in the winter.
- Create cozy. A messy room - or a room filled with boxes - isn't so cozy. Create "sacred space" in your home, a spot that stays clutter free, allowing you to relax and think clearly when you settle in there.
- Take a deep breath. Scents - or the lack there of - are a super-important part of your home. Try Fresh Wave room spray for a neutral smell. It's made with non-toxic, all natural ingredients and works way better than that chemical-laden stuff. House plants are another great way to keep your air clean.
- Clean as you go. Do you have a really bad habit of parking my shoes at the front door when I enter my home and leaving them there? By the end of the week, you are tripping over five pairs of shoes just to get out again. Put them all away at the end of the day. The extra effort it takes to clean up as you go is so worth the angst reduction created by a clear path to the front door.
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What about you? How do you make your home a source of comfort instead of stress? For more on genConnect:
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About Lara Dalch, CHC:
Lara Dalch is a holistic health and nutrition counselor and Certified Pilates Instructor in Seattle, Washington.