When we think about improving our healthy lifestyle to be healthier, more productive, and happier, usually the mind reflects on fitness routines or dieting. But the real steps to a healthier lifestyle start at home, in your very own bedroom.
In my quest to learn more about productive living, I formed a list of steps I have taken (or will take) to design my bedroom to reduce stress and anxiety. I am sharing this research list to develop healthier living in my life and for those who read here that want to do the same.
Plants are natural air purifiers. NASA’s Clean Air Study found several air-purifying plants can detoxify your home from the airborne toxins, specks of dust, and germs found in various household products, materials, and furniture.
Plants can also provide a good splash of green for your room. Plus, because green has strong associations with nature, it is often thought to represent tranquility, good luck, and health. This representation means adding a plant also reduces uneasiness and stress. (Which everyone could use a little more of in 2021.)
There are many steps I take to keep my room clean. In this article, I mention two essential measures I practice to reduce stress and promote healthier living.
First, vacuuming the floor, because going longer than a week between vacuuming can lead to health issues. Dust and dirt can provoke allergies. Plus, bacteria (like Staphylococcus and Campylobacter) trailed in by shoes, from shed skin cells, and spilled foods can cause critical infections like pneumonia and dysentery.
Second, you should be washing your bed sheets and pillowcases every two weeks. The same allergy and infection protections apply here, plus your mind will sleep better knowing that you are lying down each night in a fresh set of sheets.
While bringing plants into your room adds tranquility and a healthy look, a splash of lighter blue is calming and shown to increase better sleep. According to a Travelodge survey of 2,000 Britons, people with blue bedrooms enjoy an average of 7 hours and 52 minutes of sleep per night. The CDC found that more than a third of American adults get fewer than seven hours of sleep regularly. Adding blue to bedrooms would help improve the lives of those looking for longer nights of sleep.
An excellent example of a way to add lighter blue colors could start with acquiring soft blue bedsheets. Art that includes shades of blue can also add to your healthy bedroom experience.
A big issue many disregard is too much light in the bedroom. Studies have shown that having more light in your room while you sleep could cause obesity. Blackout shades are a quick and easy fix to a ‘light bedroom.’
Blackout shades make it easier to fall asleep and also have the added benefit of helping you save on energy bills. Blackout shades preserve and keep out heat at the same time. If you live in a hot climate, you will likely leave the air conditioner on all day to stay cool. These shades help keep the heat out during hot days, which means you can save on air conditioning bills.
Light scents (like lavender and vanilla) from candles or aromatherapy can give a pleasing fragrance to the room, fostering relaxation and sleep.
Whenever you finish a long day of work or arrive home for the night, the first thought that comes to mind is the head falling into the pillow for a comfortable long sleep. This means acquiring comfortable soft pillows that allow you to fall into a deep sleep faster is a must. There are various pillows for the many different types of sleepers. Make sure you are sleeping on a pillow most suited to your sleeping style.
Some studies show that not using screens an hour before sleep helps not to ruin melatonin production, needed for quality sleep. Plus, when you wake up without the urge to turn to your favorite device in the morning, waking up becomes more of a natural progression. Immediately turning to your phone in the morning means you are more likely to feel stressed and overwhelmed by all the notifications you “missed over the night” or are “already behind on.”
Try to keep your bedroom temp between 60–68 degrees for better sleep; science says 64–65 degrees is the perfect sleeping temperature. Plus, a National Sleep Foundation poll found that cool room temperatures are essential in getting a good night’s sleep.
I’ll keep this one short, get rid of the old clothes that sit at the bottom drawer or edge of your closet, never to see the light of day again. I do not suggest going completely minimalist on your closet and dresser drawers, as I have not done so myself. Still, there have been many counts of people reeling about the stress relief they felt after they adjusted their clothes count down.
There are many furniture placement methods, but the most common is the Feng Shui bedroom principles. Following these principles makes incorporating furniture placement to enhance my overall health and well-being easy. I don’t definitively follow the energy thought process behind Feng Shui. Still, the principles align with many of the steps I mentioned above.
From the Feng Shui method, I specifically utilize these principles:
- Natural light (during the day), because my plants need it. Plus, this year, I have been home more often than not, and I could always use a little more vitamin D.
- My bed location, because I need to have room to move around in my room.
- I avoid unnecessary items because clutter leads to disorganization of everything. How you do one thing is how you do everything, right?
- A headboard, because it came with my bed.
As I said above, I share this list to help others who want to develop a healthier living in 2021. Not all these steps are easy, and you may only take one or two ideas from this article to apply to your life. If this list helps even one person live a more productive life and reduce stress, then it will have done its job as it has for me.