As the weather turns colder and days get shorter and darker, many people start feeling a little down. On top of that, cold and flu season is back in full swing and getting sick isn’t exactly a mood booster.
These darker, gloomier months can last awhile, so it’s worth finding ways to combat them. People tend to spend much more time in their homes in the fall and winter, so that’s the first place to start.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to bring light and happiness back into the home to make it a healthier environment, both physically and mentally.
As a bonus, homes that permeate health and happiness appeal to potential homebuyers. If you’re considering selling your home in the near future, it will be helpful to know that these tips are all things that most people looking for homes for sale in Ajax want in a new home.
Declutter Your Home
A cluttered house takes a lot of work to declutter, which is why so many people put it off. But clutter in the home has several adverse effects. It can make it difficult to focus, raise stress levels and impact working memory. If that’s not enough to make you want to declutter, consider the fact the clutter also makes it more difficult to clean, leading to more dust and dirt that impact health directly. It can also make your home feel more cramped and smaller, something that’s worse in winter when people tend to spend more time inside.
There’s a reason why decluttering is one of the first things recommended to people trying to sell their homes. A house free from clutter is aesthetically pleasing, feels more clean and more spacious and promotes positive mental health.
Blend Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
It’s been proven that spending time in nature helps to reduce stress and promote positive mental health. But in winter, we spend so much time indoors because of bad weather. To get around this, merge your indoor and outdoor spaces together. There are many ways to achieve this: unobstructed windows, skylights and making design choices that include adding more outdoor elements inside your home.
Another way to do this is by adding more indoor plants to your home. Some plants are natural air purifiers (although not a replacement for an air purifier), so it’s wise to opt for plants like aloe vera, peace lilies and English Ivy. But if you prefer other types of plants, studies have proven that plants help to reduce stress in addition to being pleasing to look at, so it’s hard to go wrong with any.
Bring in Fresh Air
As the weather gets colder, it can be tempting to shut your windows and keep them that way until the sun melts away the snow in the spring. Whenever the weather allows, it’s worth opening windows to vent out stale air and get fresh air into your home. Fresh air does wonders for mental and physical health; getting it daily, even just for a few minutes, can work wonders.
Try these tips to make your home healthier and happier all winter long.