Covid 19 – Top Tips to Create a Healthy Home
And most of these tips won’t cost you a penny
We are now well into the first week of April 2020, and It is week three of the lockdown here in the UK, and we are all slowly adjusting to a different way of life. We are globally in a similar situation with our own unique set of struggles. Some of us work from home, home-schooling our children, and some may be caring for family or friends.
As we are spending more time lockdown inside our homes than ever, we must understand what we can do to make our homes as healthy as possible. We can all make small changes so that our homes support us both physically and emotionally.
Covid 19 Fear
The COVID-19 virus is invisible, making it all the more frightening as we cannot see it, so we can become very anxious about the simple things in life such as walking past someone in the street or going to the shop for a pint of milk or elusive toilet roll!
From what I know so far, you can only catch COVID-19 from droplets expelled from someone carrying the virus. But, because we still are not 100% clear on the facts as a precaution, we need to be keeping our homes as clean as possible.
Looking After Your Mental Health
As someone who suffers from generalised anxiety, this situation has tested my resolve to stay out of a state of panic and try to “Keep Calm and Carry On” admittedly, my fear is not at its peak as it was around eight years ago. I have worked on my anxiety issues for the last 20 years and have found great comfort in my spiritual practice, such as astrology, keeping active and in touch with nature.
Happiness at Home
I have always found my home to be a source of comfort and keeping it healthy and toxin-free makes being at home an enjoyable experience. Still, the longer I stay inside and do not venture out, the more it can worsen my anxiety, which could lead to a fear of going out into the world.
Thankfully I have a dog who enjoys a walk twice a day, so I have to go out whether I like it or not, which in this situation turns out to be a good thing. I have a local park, so I am out in nature which brightens my mood. Exposure to the sun enriches me with vitamin D, which relieves Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD); we are prone to suffer from SAD from lack of natural daylight.
In this lockdown period, I have finally got my head around home-schooling, my ten-year-old son, and we have got into a routine with school work. Over the coming weeks and months, I will be writing articles and top tips and tricks that will help you to create your own healthy homes – this means I can create some time and space to write articles to guide you to make your home a healthier, happier place to survive and thrive.
14 Top Tips to Create a Healthier Home
- Draw curtains back as far as possible and keep blinds up during the day, to let the natural light flood the room. Natural light makes us feel better and can relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Click Here to Read Full Article (SAD)
- Use natural light rather than artificial light where possible, as artificial light can have a negative impact on your mood.
- Open windows throughout the day to replenish stale and toxic air, which comes from heating, cooking, cleaning and indoor furnishings. Indoor air pollution can cause cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat and tiredness.
- A lack of fresh air can lead to a build-up of volatile organic chemicals, causing cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, nose and throat as well as low mood.
- Always ventilate when cooking; open windows and use an extractor fan. Chemicals released from cooking are harmful to your health and also create stale odours. Always remember to check your filters and replace regularly.
- Our homes have many odours that come from various things such as our pets, cooking and our bodies. We all like a sweet-smelling home, so many of us use air fresheners to make the home smell better. Unfortunately, air fresheners contain volatile organic compounds which are harmful to our health as they emit chemicals into the air we breathe.
- Use natural alternatives such as essential oils to make your home smell beautiful. Essential oils can be burned in an oil burner, emitted from an air purifier or you can make homemade room spritzers. They are 100% natural and also have many healing qualities.
- It is not always practical to replenish the air by just opening a window because of outdoor air pollution or certain living conditions. Air purifiers with negative ion generators are an excellent alternative solution. The negative ion generator binds to and neutralises airborne pollutants for a cleaner environment. Click Here to Read More Healthy Home Tips
- Clean your home regularly using eco-friendly cleaning products where possible. Because of the current circumstances, we may be using anti-bacterial cleaning sprays and bleaches more than usual. While using these products, it is essential to keep the room well ventilated as these products can cause allergic reactions.
- Regular cleaning of the home will also help reduce dust mites, pollens, pet dander, and other allergy-causing contaminants.
- Wood burning stoves are highly toxic if you are using wet wood or house coal as fuel. If you do need to use your stove, make sure to use solid fuels that have lower particulate matter emissions such as dry wood.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm; it’s advisable to fit a one in every room with a gas appliance. Because you cannot see or smell CO, it builds up in the home without us noticing. Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms are the same as the flu, and people often do not see the signs. Click Here to Read Full Article; Carbon Monoxide
- Do not use ovens or gas ranges to heat your home as this can lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide in the house.
- Invest in house plants; plants absorb noise as well as positive ions emitted from computers and other electrical equipment. Plants will help to keep the air fresh and make the environment feel naturally supportive. Also, plants emit moisture and can help to counteract dryness in the atmosphere.