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Three Tips to Create a Wellness Focused Home

Some of us are just content to get our home clean and we never give a thought to being wellness focused. What does it mean to have a wellness-focused home anyway? A wellness-focused home has been evaluated for deficiencies in air quality, water purity, and natural light. It has been designed for healthy food consumption using efficient food science in the kitchen. It is carefully curated using sustainable furnishings and soothing colors. It is organized, clutter free and has a well thought-out floor plan. And it includes areas of the home that are dedicated to the practice of physical, spiritual, and mental health, This could include a dedicated workout area, a peaceful zone for reading and reflection, and quality sleeping quarters. A wellness-focused home has easy access and views of the outdoors, and it brings the natural world in.

Some of us have been faced with an unexpected diagnosis or have endured an illness that causes us to pause and take note of our surroundings. We look for reasons why and how can we begin to make changes. We may wonder - why us?

But we also wonder how did this happen to us? We become proactive...and decide to do whatever it takes to get well and stay well. We begin to change our diet, remove toxic beauty products and soaps, and remove all toxic materials from wardrobes and furnishings. Is that all you can do?

No, there's so much more.

And then there are some of us that are perfectly healthy and are determined to live a healthy lifestyle. So we exercise, shop the organic aisles in the grocery stores, and use non-toxic cleaning products. Is that all you do? No, there's so much more.

It begins in your home. Following are three things you can do now to create a home that is wellness focused for you and your family.

AIR QUALITY-Have your home evaluated for high VOC levels. And then take the necessary steps to lower and remove them. VOC is the acronym for Volatile Organic Compounds. These VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. To learn more, visit the EPA website, the United States Environmental Protection Agency https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality Consider purchasing and using an air purifier in the rooms where you spend the most time or install a whole-house unit. Have the ducting of your heating and cooling systems cleaned as well.

WATER QUALITY-Have your home water tested. Clean drinking water is essential to optimum health. America has the safest and most reliable drinking water in the world. In 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act was passed to protect public health, including regulating public water systems. However, it is a good idea to know what is in your water and how you can improve it. You should test your private well annually for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels.

NATURAL LIGHT-Natural light fills your room in a rich full spectrum hue that light bulbs cannot duplicate. It is cost-free, and it increases serotonin in our brains. Change out the lightbulbs. When it comes to lightbulbs, halogen bulbs are a type of incandescent bulb that gives a close approximation of natural daylight, known as white light. Colors appear sharper under halogen light and the bulbs can be dimmed. They're a little more energy efficient than regular incandescent bulbs but they're more expensive and burn at a higher temperature. Then there are LED bulbs. LEDs can mimic the hue and intensity of natural sunlight and maintain our circadian rhythm. This is because LED components allow for finer adjustments of color, brightness and intensity. There are also many other ways to increase light. For instance, consider choosing lighter color palettes; adding mirrors; washing windows; using light sheer window treatments; installing skylights; windows and doors; and using reflective surfaces in your home, just to name a few.

Timeless Living Designs can perform a Wellness Audit of your home. We measure the VOC levels, water quality, and EMF (electromagnetic fields) levels. We create a personalized plan for you to increase natural light, improve furniture layouts, control clutter, create a chemical control plan, and suggest color palettes. A Wellness Audit can be just what you need to set yourself - and your family - up for a healthy lifestyle in the New Year.