We don’t often think of our home as having the power to improve our health, but the right home can. While it sounds unusual, here are three ways your home can improve your health.

  1. Developing Your Social Circle

We don’t tend to think of your home when we think of health, but social interaction is important for your emotional health and well-being. Your home should be a place that allows for community instead of inhibiting it. Here are a few ways to do that.

  • Start interacting with your neighbors. Lonely? You could find friends a few doors down. You never know until you try!
  • Move. You can live on a farm in the middle of nowhere, but as long as you’re friends with the surrounding families, you can achieve a solid sense of community. If you feel isolated in your current location, however, switching homes could help that.

Moving closer to a city, like searching for homes for sale in Edmonton, is a great way to start. If you can find a development community, especially one with great features like a pond, parks, and trails, you might you enjoy better physical and emotional health.  

  1. Better Sleep

If your bedroom isn’t optimized for sleep, you’re doing it wrong. Here are two ways you could be improving your sleep at home.

  • Keep your bedroom separate. Sleep is important to your health, and you should be able to get some energizing Zs in your home space. It’s best to keep your bedroom separate from your work and recreation: don’t watch TV on your bed or work in the corner of your bedroom. Make it a safe space for sleep.
  • Have what you need. Keep anything you need for proper rest on-hand. If you suffer from sleep apnea, don’t just rely on a CPAP machine. The developers of CPAP maintenance tool So Clean explain why it’s important to keep your sleep apnea machine clean on a regular basis. Make sure your room is fully equipped to keep you slumbering softly.
  1. Plants, anyone?

Plants are one of the biggest design trends of 2018: plants in the wall, plants on the bookcase, plants on the table, plants on the floor, and plants hanging from the ceiling. You can’t really go overboard with the amount of greenery in your house (unless you’ve got vines covering all your furniture).

There’s another reason — besides interior design — to have plants all over your house: plants actually make you healthier. They’re small, they’re green, and they don’t look all that powerful, but plants can actually remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours, according to a study conducted by NASA. When you fill your home with greenery, you’re purifying your air for cheap. 

If you’re nervous that you don’t have enough of a green thumb to keep your plants alive, try to go green with these tips:

  • Pick something easy. Succulents and Pothos are hard to kill. Succulents rarely need to be watered, and Pothos will thrive in just about any water level, even just a bowl of water. You might see smaller leaves if you overwater your Pothos, but they’ll turn yellow and warn you long before they die. Even if you forget to water them, they’ll usually wilt, then perk back up at the first touch of water.
  • Learn your varieties. It’s not as hard as you think to keep indoor plants alive as long as you learn about each individual type. Since water in a pot has nowhere to go, you have to be careful about the amount of water you give the plant. Once you learn what levels each plant wants, it’s easier to keep it moist or soaked, depending on its preference. 

Follow these tips and surely you’ll be on a better path towards improving your health. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind and, thus, greater success in life and all that it has to offer.