Ways To Make Your Home Healthier

There goes a famous saying ‘a healthy home is a happy home’ and rightly so because improving your health is directly proportional to the health and sanity of your house. Most often, people who wish to enhance their health and sanity throughout their lives emphasize on nutrition and exercise. They often tend to ignore how the environment can affect their body.

We spend a lot of time in our house, especially considering the pandemic where the work from the home situation has forced people to lock themselves inside their homes. Hence it is crucial to figure out ways to enhance your homes’ health.

This can be as elementary as cleaning your desk or as complicated as removing the toxins and paying attention to the environment surrounding the house. Although everyone’s living space and concentration are different, there are some easy ways to tweak and improve the homes’ health.  In this article, we are going to discuss how you can improve your home’s health.

Air purification

One of the first steps to purify or enhance the homes health is to clarify the atmosphere in which we live. Breathing in fresh air improves good health. The fine particulate matter present in dirty, polluted air often enters the lungs. It causes long-term heart diseases and lung diseases. Hence, purifying the air mitigates the risk of welcoming those diseases into our house and body.

Avoiding chemical-based products

Chemical pesticides and germicides are often used to clean the surfaces, floors and cabin counters of the house. Surfaces are to use essential oils with necessary soap water or any plant-based sprays or products. This can eliminate the need and the growth of toxic chemicals which may aggravate asthma and enhance the cancerous cells in the body.

The lighting of the house

As much as it is essential to get in the vitamin D from sunlight, it is also imperative to block excess sunlight which can impair your sleep. If you live in a city area, which is exposed to higher sunlight, it is essential to get curtains and covers that block part of the sunlight into the house.

Gardening

We cannot stress enough on the advantages of gardening or planting trees and small pots in the ambience of your house. If you don’t have space, you can always utilize your terrace to perform some gardening work. Staying amidst the plants and greenery can naturally purify your air and provide more oxygen and a piece of mind and calmness to your mind and body.

Dusting

Accumulation of hotbeds of dust is a common scenario in every household or apartment, whether it’s piling up of the corners of the room or even under your bed or the untouched bookshelf you can see dust everywhere. However, chronic exposure to these dust particles might increase the chances of obtaining allergies and asthma. Hence it is imperative to dust your home as frequently as possible.

Planning Your Family For Christmas Party: Covid-19 Style

There’s not a soul on the planet who won’t cheer when 2020 comes to an end. But it’s not over until the fat lady sings and there’s one huge elephant in the room before we get there.

Whatever you usually do for Christmas, the chances are that this year will look very different. 

Some families will not be able to meet their loved ones at all this year.

Some families will have to meet outdoors only. Others may be able to host a get-together, but even then, it will need careful planning. 

Stay Informed 

First thing is first. Check the local regulations in your area or district. What may be permitted can change fast, so it is v­­ital to stay informed about any guidelines or laws that may affect your event.

Make A Plan

This year, you need a plan like never before. Before deciding what to do for your party, you need to consider who is coming, as it directly affects what you do.

If you have family members who are shielding, think up ways of including them. If they are unable to attend the real-life event, make sure they can participate via phone, Skype, or Zoom. 

On top of this, you also need to consider your other guests. Are you hosting kids? Elderly relations? 

Set out your plan for accommodating them all – in a socially distanced manner.

Make A Plan B

Unfortunately, 2020 is not done with us yet and it would be wise to have a plan B in place if your party cannot go ahead.

Venue

The first big decision to make is the venue – and whether there even is to be one.

Online

If you are hosting part or all of your event virtually, take the time to plan it just as carefully as you would a real-life event. 

Organize your home area, ready for the virtual party, decorations, and everything needed for the event.

Help prepare your guests to join in virtually, with tech troubleshooting on hand.

At Home

If you have decided to go ahead and host an event at home, then think about the suitability of it carefully.

With social distancing, people will need a lot more space than usual. They will also need individual cutlery and crockery and their nibbles/ food. It should go without saying that buffets are completely OUT this year!

Outside

With people isolating and many local areas still banning indoor gatherings, you may have no other choice but to host your family event outdoors… in December!

Yes, this is a challenge, but some things can be done. If you have space and means, consider patio heaters, awnings, and marquees for an outdoor Christmas party.

This year Santa might be forced to stay outdoors, so why not make him a grotto? If there’s snow, then it’s even better!

A Christmas bonfire could help warm things up. Just as with an indoor event, chairs still need to be socially distanced, and there should be plenty of hand gel, etc., available.

Outdoor – Drive Thru

Maybe it is just too cold for going outside, in which case consider a drive-thru event for guests to see your family Christmas lights display.

You can also organize a Christmas present drop off/ pick up point, with Christmas bakes and other goodies.

Prepare

Some families are choosing to isolate before Christmas to be “safe” to visit. If this is an option, it might reassure older or vulnerable family members.

Take A Test

Finally, before the big event, if possible, take a Covid test and encourage your guests to do likewise. This will help keep everyone safe during Christmas 2020 and beyond.