5 Ways To Make Your Home Healthier

By Ashley Paskill on January 30, 2019

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While many students spend time making sure they are healthy by eating right, exercising, and washing their hands to prevent catching germs, they often do not think about how the space they live in can also contribute to their health. Having your home optimized for health can help the rest of your life fall into a healthy lifestyle with minimal effort. This can help you stay healthy, even though you cannot control what happens out in the world. Here are a few tips for making your home or dorm as healthy as possible.

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Keep your house clean

College life can get really busy, but it is important to keep your home clean. Dust and dirt can trigger allergies and bring in germs that can make you sick. Cleaning helps eliminate these as well as overall germs that you and anyone else who enters your house can bring in. Use disinfecting cleaner and sprays that get rid of bad odors. If nothing else make sure your bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen are clean as those are the rooms you absolutely need to be clean.

While disinfecting things can help you keep germs away, keeping your living space organized can help your mental health. Having too much clutter can cause stress, especially if you are spending a ton of time digging through piles of stuff to

If you are finding yourself struggling to keep up with cleaning, just focus on doing a little bit each day. Plan to spend 15 minutes a day to devote to cleaning. Make sure your dishes are done and that you keep things as organized as possible. If you are looking for places to put things, tackle one pile of things at a time and make it a point to take care of one pile a day.

Use houseplants to decorate

According to science, decorating your home with live houseplants can help drastically improve the air quality within your house. While research shows that you should have a few plants spaced throughout your home, even just one can make a difference. Make sure the plants are real and not artificial as real plants are living and artificial plants do not have the benefits of living plants.

If you have time, you can buy seeds and grow plants yourself. This can give you the pride of growing something on your own, which can help with your mental health as well as your physical health. Look for ways to help your plant grow better and increase the pot size as the plant gets bigger.

Get a bed that works for your body

Although you may not get enough sleep, the quality of your sleep is as important as the quantity. If you have an uncomfortable bed that causes you to twist and turn all night, you are likely not getting a decent night’s sleep. This can impact both your physical and mental health. Your immune system weakens and you become more irritable when you lose valuable sleep. Also, a bad back can cause your muscles to ache in the morning. Finding a bed to help increase the quality of your sleep can make you feel better and help you take on your day with confidence and strength.

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Keep junk food to a minimum

As a college student, having quick meals that you can easily heat up in the microwave can seem like the perfect time saver. However, many of these instant meals can be unhealthy and have low nutritional value. Having these meals on a regular basis is not healthy. Having sugary snacks lying around only makes you tempted to eat them. Instead of buying unhealthy foods and snacks, make it a point to buy only healthy food. If you do not have time to cook, go to your dining hall or a local restaurant and get something to go.

Invest in some gym equipment

While it may be easy to go to the gym, especially if you live on campus and have free access to the gym, buying equipment is cheaper than paying for a gym membership. For those who do not feel comfortable in a gym setting or cannot afford a monthly gym membership, buying a home gym is a great way to get into shape and stay healthy. It is also a plus since you will not have to leave your house!

Set aside floor space and find creative ways to store weights and any other equipment. If you do not have a ton of space to store equipment, you can buy exercise DVD’s or watch online videos that walk you through workouts step-by-step that you can do with limited space and equipment. Some of these videos contain short workouts that any busy college student can fit into their crazy schedule.

Fighting off germs when you are out and about is tough enough. While you may not be able to control the germs and other unhealthy things that are in public places, you can control your home and what is in it.

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By Ashley Paskill

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