Health & Wellness,  Home Life

8 Unconventional Ways To Make Your Home a Sanctuary

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Living in a healthy home is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your overall well being and happiness. You want your home to be a place of peace and joy – not somewhere that is negatively affecting your health.

If you want to make sure you feel healthy, positive, and productive in your home, try the 8 unusual suggestions below to see if they help you:

 

Let In More Natural Light

Try letting in more natural light and see how much happier you feel. Natural light is an absolute must; it helps us to feel happier and more productive, according to studies. You should only use artificial light when you absolutely have to. Open those blinds or curtains and make the most of the light during the day. You can also have a skylight or a sun tunnel to bring in more light. 

Add Some Plants

Bringing in some real plants will help to purify the air, as this is one of the things that plants are best at. Just make sure that the plants you bring into your home aren’t going to make any allergies flare up or be difficult to keep clean. They shouldn’t be toxic for kids or pets either. Using plenty of leafy green plants can actually add texture to your home and make it look more attractive/interesting, too.

 

Invest In Healthier Water

Your tap water isn’t as clean as you think, and even if you’re not drinking it, using it to bathe in, shower in, or even do the dishes with can be unhealthy. There may be up to 300 contaminants in your water including medications and fluoride. Think of all of the things it has picked up on its way to you. It can even contain toxic metals and pesticides. Water must be disinfected, and carcinogens are used to do this. It’s a necessary evil, but that doesn’t mean you should just continue using tap water!

 

There are water filter systems you can find for your entire home, which will give you peace of mind whether you’re drinking the water or bathing in it. Don’t forget; bottled water isn’t necessarily any better and all those plastic bottles are just adding to the huge amount of waste already produced. Studies have shown that bottled water can be just as bad, and the industry is not regulated. Plus, the resources used to create the bottles, as well as the plastic itself, is not sustainable for the environment. Switching to a filter system is one of the best things you’ll do.

Use Sage To Cleanse

Sage can be used to clear negative energy from your home, self, or an object. This is called ‘smudging’ and can be done as often as you feel it needs to be done, or even perhaps once a week as a ritual. Think of it as doing a deep metaphysical cleansing. 

 

Get Rid Of Toxic Accessories And Textiles

Do some research and figure out what toxic accessories and textiles you still have in your home. Things you wouldn’t expect to be bad for your health can actually trap dust and cause allergies, like your carpet. Even candles can be toxic when burned.

 

The best thing you can do is learn more about what goes into these things and how they can affect your health, before replacing them with healthier alternatives. For example, you can replace air fresheners with things like incense and aromatherapy. They’ll make your home smell great without the toxins, and aromatherapy oils can be fantastic for your health.

 

Keep Technology Limited To One Room

Instead of having technology dotted all around the house, keep it in one room. Having technology in the bedroom can be terrible for your sleeping pattern. Technology and electrical items produce energy waves that can prevent you from relaxing or sleeping. It also prevents us from actually talking to our family members we live with. Make a simple rule, no tech (yes this means no phones too) in the dining room or in the kitchen when you’re having meals. 

 

Try A Little Feng Shui

Feng shui is all about placing furniture and accessories so that you can maximize the positive energy in your home. It might seem silly, but it has been around for hundreds of years, and many people swear by it! Check out the principles and see what can apply to your life.

 

Create An Altar

Creating an altar can be a great way to give yourself a sacred space to feel connected to the divine. It can be a place for meditation, chanting, quiet contemplation, or anything else you feel. It doesn’t matter what your religion is or what you believe; an altar can become a very positive space in your home when you include things that matter to you. It can be as simple as a few mementos on the mantle or as elaborate as Deepak Chopra’s altar. You can also have an altar that changes with the seasons and holidays like mine. It can be on the mantle, on a shelf on the wall, or tucked into a bookshelf, there are no rules except that whatever you place in the space must have a meaning to you.

How do you make your home a sanctuary?

 

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2 Comments

  • Michele Morin

    I appreciate the intentional way you’ve prioritized home life! We’re all too busy and spend way too much time either away from our homes or oblivious to them because our faces are absorbed in a screen.

  • Marci

    Interesting topic! We love time outside so we have a few seating areas to enjoy around our yard. Inside, it must be clean and organized. I prefer soft fabrics and muted colors that are both child and pet friendly. Photos of family are prominently displayed. I also enjoy using essential oils for lovely aroma therapy. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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