Being a Healthier You

Many people associate being healthy with eating right and exercising, but that’s not the only thing you can do to become a healthier person. In addition to eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis, there are several things you can do around your house to help you and your family members become healthier.

Improve Your Home’s Water Quality

The quality of the water in your house affects your overall health, but also the energy you consume and the way your water-based appliances function. That’s why you should consider installing a salt free water conditioner in your home.

When you use softer, salt-free water to shower, your hair and skin become softer and healthier. Also, water softeners eliminate harsh minerals from your drinking water.

Improve the Air Quality In Your Home

On average, people spend about 90% of their time indoors, mostly at home and work. In fact, one in four Americans spend their entire day inside, without going outside at all. When you spend most of your time in your home, the quality of the air you breathe can affect your overall health. Dust, dirt, and other contaminants build up in your home’s air ducts and air filters. Then, your air conditioner and/or furnace pushed them back out into your home.

To improve your home’s air quality, consider having your air ducts cleaned every  three to five years. If you have pets or you notice access dust building up around your home, you might need to have them cleaned sooner. Also, be sure to replace your home’s air filter on a monthly basis, more often if you have pets.

You should also open the windows when possible to let your home air out and draw fresh air in. If you live in an area with harsh weather that prevents you from opening the windows for long periods of time, you should consider purchasing an air purifier for each room in your house.

The fresher the air in your home, the less likely you are to get sick. So making an effort to maintain a high-quality of air in your house helps keep you healthy. Also, cleaning your vents, opening windows, and changing air filters can help you get rid of lingering odors in your home.

Practice Self Care

Your mental health directly affects your physical health. High levels of stress can cause heart problems and anxiety, but practicing self care on a regular basis can help you stay healthy. Part of self care involves eating healthy, consuming enough water, and exercising. These things help you maintain a healthy weight and give you the energy to get through the day.

In addition to eating right and exercising, taking time to meditate each day helps relieve stress, as does taking long, hot baths. Lastly, make it a point to maintain good personal hygiene. When you look better, you feel better.

Find a Hobby — Or Two

When you spend time doing things you enjoy on a regular basis, you automatically become less stressed. Hobbies like reading, coloring, and drawing are all stress-reducing activities. If you aren’t a fan of reading, consider downloading audiobooks. Then, spend an hour or so each day relaxing, with your eyes closed, listening to them.

If you don’t have a hobby, you should try different things until you find something you like. You could start a collection, take up gardening, go fishing regularly, or start birdwatching. Other good hobbies to try include:

  • Listening to podcasts

  • Playing free games online or on your phone

  • Thrifting or garage sale shopping

  • Hiking

  • Camping

  • Restoring furniture

If one specific hobby doesn’t appeal to you, consider learning something new. Take a cooking class or learn a new language.

Ultimately, the more time you spend taking care of yourself and your home, the better. When you find different ways to occupy your time and ensure you have a healthy living environment, you’ll become a healthier person.

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