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6 Simple Lifestyle Swaps That Will Improve Your Health & Wellbeing

6 Simple Lifestyle Swaps That Will Improve Your Health & Wellbeing

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Do you want to be healthier? No, not just a feel like you’re living a better life, but feel healthier in yourself, look happier and know that your body is benefitting too? Well, you might think that you have to completely overhaul your life, but that isn’t necessarily true. Yes, there are common ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ that go alongside a healthy lifestyle journey, but you don’t have to go cold turkey to see the benefits. Instead, you just need to think about making realistic changes that can last a lifetime. If you want to have better levels of general health and wellbeing, here are a few simple swaps you can make in your lifestyle to reap plenty of rewards.

Soda For Water

We all know that we have to drink more to keep our hydration levels up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean increasing the amount of caffeine or sugary drinks you consume. Even if you love coffee or soda, try to swap one drink a day out for some water. Your body will thank you for it – and you will even get better skin. Then, you can slowly switch the balance, so you’re drinking more water than anything else.

Added For Natural

It’s not always easy to know when you’re consuming added sugar, but you will definitely notice that your body feels awful when you eat badly. So, you could try to stay away from sources of added sugar and go for more natural food choices instead, like fruit and vegetables over processed foods.

Toxins For None

This one might throw you off, because you may not think that you knowingly expose yourself to any toxins, but there are many ways that you do. The most obvious way that you do that is through smoking, so you may want to try out vape alternatives or even to cut back and quit altogether. Secondly, there’s also alcohol that is a toxin, which you may want to switch to non-alcoholic alternatives. Lastly, there’s also beauty products with chemicals in that you can switch to natural.

Passive For Active

You may also find that you allow yourself to become as passive as possible in life. If you work in an office, it’s easy to forget how to be active. So, you may want to start moving more in any way that you can. Whether that means walking more and driving less or taking up a new fun activity that you can enjoy.

Allergens For Organic

There’s also your home to consider too. You may not know it, but a healthy home can boost your own health. So, you may want to think about the allergens you can take out of your home to replace to organic options, like fabrics, cleaning products and even ways to reduce pet allergies.

Stress For Serenity

And finally, there’s also your mind to think about. Stress is a huge harm to your life. So, you’re going to want to avoid it as much as possible. Mindfulness can help to calm you down in stressful situations, but you also need to have pastimes that relax you, like reading. You could also try out yoga to balance your stressful life.

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The Little Things that Turn your House into a Home

The Little Things that Turn your House into a Home

A house and a home are two very different things. A house describes the physical property itself – nothing more than a collection of carefully arranged bricks – but a home is much more than that, it represents your past, present and future.

Your home should embody safety, treasured memories and future happiness, but sometimes it can be a struggle to achieve the right feeling in your house, particularly when you’ve just moved in. However, there are a few things you can do to make your house feel more warm, personal and, of course, homely.

Put those precious moments on display

If a stranger was to walk into your home now, would your house look like it has been lived in or could they be walking into a hotel room? Your home should serve as a place to store all your proudest and more cherished moments and that means not having them tucked away in a dusty box in the attic.

Placing pictures of family and friends around the house is a great way of making your home feel more personal to you and they can also add to the appearance of your property. Photographs also make great conversation pieces when you have guests over and can be a great way of lifting your spirits if you’re feeling stressed or upset.

If you know anyone that’s just moved house, then a frame makes for a wonderful housewarming present as it encourages them to display the photo moments that mean the most to them.

Buy good quality furniture

Furnishing your home can be an expensive process. It seems like there are so many rooms to fill, there’s decorating to be finished and you’ve just had to pay all those administrative fees that accompany the house buying process. With all this going on, it can be tempting to cut corners here and there and buy cheaper, lower quality furniture.

The problem with this is that it often represents a false economy. Cheaper goods will usually need replacing sooner, which will leave you shelling out once more and having to deal with the hassle of moving sofas and beds in and out of the house. There’s nothing wrong with finding a bargain of course, but be wary of anything that seems too good to be true – it usually is.

Another problem with buying cheap furniture is that it can mean you have to compromise on your vision for your home’s interior. If you want your home to look a certain way, the furniture is a big part of that and so it’s worth spending a little more to create the look you’ve been dreaming of. There’s also the comfort factor to consider. If your sofa is stiff and unpleasant to sit on, then your house is never going to feel like a home no matter how long you live there.

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Iron-out the flaws

Another way of making a house feel like a home is to make sure that any unwanted quirks and problems are ironed out as soon as possible. If you have a door that has a mind of its own and keeps closing when it should stay open, then buy a few door stops. If you have a leaky tap that’s driving you mad, then tighten the fitting or give the plumber a call.

There always seems to be something that needs fixing in your home, but it’s important that you don’t let the little things niggle away at you. A draughty room here or a creaking floorboard there may not be much to worry about in the grand scheme of things, but collectively these issues can prevent you from enjoying your home to its fullest.

Make it open and inclusive

The exact setup of your home is entirely your decision, but if your property is a bit claustrophobic it won’t feel quite right, particularly if you have a family. Opting for an open and inclusive environment is the perfect way of making your home a child-friendly place. With the right lighting and room design, your home can provide the environment for work and play in equal measure.

An open-plan design is a great way for everyone in the home to spend time together whether it’s watching television, playing board games, or any other fun activity. You may also find that a more open layout simply creates more space, which is always appreciated.

In order to embrace your open-plan home, speak to a builder or structural engineer about which walls can be taken down to create larger living spaces. If you’re worried about an open-plan design taking something away from the coziness of your property, there are approaches you can take that aim to create the best of both worlds. Breakfast bars and mezzanine areas can be used to partition areas of rooms, for example, without cutting them off completely.

Light the way

The lighting in your home can play a very important role in creating the right atmosphere, so there’s a lot more to think about than what lampshade to purchase.

Having many different lights throughout a single room, for example, lets you manage the overall lighting more effectively and means that certain areas can be lit more brightly than others. Dimmer switches are also a great investment and work particularly well if you have young children and want to get them following a bedtime routine.

Also, don’t forget the importance of natural light. Try not to block windows that let in sunlight and if you have mirrors in your home, try to locate them so that they reflect the natural light around the living area. You may not realize it, but good lighting can have a significant impact on your mood and contribute to your appreciation of your home.

Create new memories

Although putting up photos of times gone by is a great way of decorating your house, it will only begin to truly feel like home when you’ve started creating new memories there. Open your home out to family and friends by having a barbecue, dinner party or hosting a birthday celebration and you’ll start to feel like you belong there.

Some people may feel as though there home is not “ready” in terms of its interior to have guests over, or maybe they think that their house is their own personal space and would rather meet friends at an external venue. That’s fine, but often the most happiness comes from sharing something that you’re passionate about with others – and this includes your home. Fill your house with chat and laughter and you’ll quickly learn to love having others over.

Get creative when it comes to storage

The amount of clutter that people accumulate over the years can be truly astounding. Whether it’s personal mementos or junk that you can’t bear to throw away, these items can get in the way if not dealt with properly. If you’ve got boxes or piles in the corners of your rooms then your house is not going to feel complete.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can get creative when it comes to home storage. Finding space where there seemingly is none can be challenge but it is definitely a rewarding one. Make the most of wall, floor, or even ceiling space to maximize your home’s storage capabilities. When everything is in its right place, you’ll start to feel more settled in your home.

Let everyone have their own space

Although you want your home to feel inclusive, it is important that everyone that you live with has a little section to call their own. This could be something small, like an armchair by the fire, or a larger area like an office or “man cave.” Whether you want to relax, or work on your own personal project, having your own space is an important part of sharing your home.

Don’t take your home too seriously

Despite all the tips mentioned above, the most important thing to remember about your home is to not take it too seriously. If you’re getting worked up about whether the carpet matches the wallpaper or whether your friends are going to like your décor then you’re never going to be able to relax. Your home is all about you and so if you want to have a traditional antique next to a 70s retro dining table then go for it! Don’t worry about whether it “works” or not. Make your house in your own image and you’ll quickly feel at home there.

Whether you’ve just moved into a new property or have been living somewhere for a while, turning a house into a home requires some work. The most important thing to remember is that loving your property is not about spending the most money or having impeccable style, it’s all about making your home feel right for you. When you achieve this, it’s a wonderful feeling and all your external stresses melt away as you come through the door. Displaying a personal touch in your house is definitely worth it, because there really is no place like home.

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Don’t Let These Bad Habits Ruin Your Home (or Health!)

Don’t Let These Bad Habits Ruin Your Home (or Health!)

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Many of us have awful housekeeping habits. We may not think that much about them. But there are some habits out there that can cause very severe problems. They can damage your property in big ways. They can play havoc with your health.

Let’s take a look at some common and dangerous habits!

Not washing things enough

We shed. A lot. Like, all of the time. Moisture, hair, dead skin… We might not be able to see it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening! What do you think most of the dust and the dirt in your home is made from?

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We often forget about this sort of thing. So most of us don’t ash our towels and bed sheets as often as we should. A towel should be washed every three days or so. Your bed sheets should be washed every week. These things are frequently exposed to your body, and they really get the brunt of the things I mentioned about. Carpets also get it pretty bad – most people never even clean their carpet! (And no, vacuuming isn’t the same as cleaning.)

Letting cables pile up

The average home has loads of electrical equipment. More, in fact, than might be safe for it. We have televisions, laptops, desktops, monitors, mobile phones, games consoles. They all need to be plugged in for hours at a time. A lot of the time, we’re using them all at once.

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But most of us don’t appreciate how much pressure this puts on our electrical systems. Many of us are probably using cheap extension cords. Using them for most of the day could overload them easily. Make sure you invest in strong extension cords. Aim for mid-priced at least.

Covering up problems

Hiding an issue instead of dealing with it fosters bad habits. Not only that, it can cause tremendous damage to your property and your health. Got a dust problem? Get a vacuum and get rid of it properly instead of sweeping it under the rug. Got rust or mold? Eradicate the problem instead of just painting over it. Rust and mold can spread and weaken your home’s structure, even if you paint over them! Don’t just conceal problems. Find the time to deal with them.

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Neglecting air quality

We spray a million different substances into the air. We use harsh chemicals to clean everything in the house. We let moisture build up and cause damage to the walls. Many of us are actually living in pretty dangerous environments when we’re at home. That activity doesn’t exactly create a great place for your lungs! The problem is that it’s hard to tell when there’s danger about. Mold testing can help you detect certain air-related problems. In general, you’re best off using less harsh sprays and fluids.

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Keeping too much junk

The importance of getting rid of all that clutter that builds up should never be underestimated. Seriously, most of us will probably never use a good half of our possessions. Unloved clothes, books we’ll never read again, various gadgets and trinkets… Just get rid of them. Turn your house into a clean, calming place.

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