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“Do it with intention and pay attention to whether anything happens afterwards,” she suggests.
Even if you can’t afford to bring in a professional, there are still ways we can integrate wellness into our home spaces. If working from home, try setting up workspaces near a window. Exposure to sunlight can increase serotonin levels, keeping you focused and alert. And ensure your bedroom is set up to promote rest, with minimal light and noise.
Keeping germs out of the house is top of mind, and more easily created with a drop zone at your most-used entryway. Mastalic recommends families carve out a contained space to drop backpacks and wipe down lunch containers. You could even add a laundry basket for masks, gloves and other clothing.
While that may not look aesthetically pleasuring, there comes a time when health benefits outweigh the desire to beautify a room. Likewise, if you don’t have space to put exercise gear anywhere but in the living room, don’t stress about how it looks. You’ve got to work with what you’ve got. Though, there are likely things you can do to make the space more pleasing, such as putting hand weights in decorative baskets or covering a drop zone basket with pretty fabric.
Whenever you’re embarking on healthier changes, whether it’s a new fitness routine or cutting back on alcohol, creating a supportive environment only helps.
“You want to have a home that’s work for you in supporting a healthy lifestyle — one that’s easy to live in, functional and works for your needs now and in the future,” stresses Mastalic.
If homes can be designed and reconfigured to set people up for success, making healthy choices the easier choices, isn’t that worth trying?
Jody Robbins is a Calgary-based lifestyle writer. Follow her wellness adventures on her blog: Travels with Baggage and on Instagram at @TravelswBaggage.