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Science Says a Green Home can Improve Your Health

Science Says a Green Home can Improve Your Health

With the rise of the human civilization and society came urbanization. The process of urbanization continues today and more and more people will move to the cities as new ones emerge. The United Nations revealed that approximately 50 percent of the global population lives in cities, and this is according to the information from the now distant year of 2007.

According to some speculation, by the year 2030 the number of people living in cities will rise to 60 percent. Unfortunately this process of urbanization is harmful on more than one level, and it has a negative impact on the current ecosystem. So far, 8 percent of vertebrate species have been marked as “endangered”, and the distance between cities and protected areas has been reduced, which further increases pressure on natural resources.

These are some of the negative effects of this rapid urbanization, but there are a lot of ways in which we can preserve our planet by switching to cleaner sources of energy. Unfortunately due to the delicate nature of status quo, people who profit from oil, and the current economy in general, this global switch to a green lifestyle won’t happen any time soon.

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Of course, if you want to go green there’s no one really stopping you, and it will both benefit your health and your budget. So, let us examine how you can develop your green home, and why you should do it.

Reasons to go through with this change

A study has revealed that living in a greener area reflects positively on overall health. The study focused on examining how the amount of green space in people’s environment can affect their health. The groups of subjects consisted of people from both rural and urban areas.

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People in rural areas, which had a greater percentage of green spaces, had better general health. This means that the development of green spaces should be somewhat prioritized in urban spatial planning policies. Now let us focus on more concrete suggestions on how to change your lifestyle and how it will impact your health, as well as the environment, in a very positive way.

Save energy

All it takes to save energy is to adopt a few new habits.

  • You can start by switching all of the light bulbs in your home, with low energy ones. These are far better in every aspect, plus they use less electricity.
  • Remember to switch off the appliances you are not using. Your microwave does not need to be plugged in, your laptop does not need to be on when you are not using it, and it does not need to be plugged in if it is fully charged. Additionally, you should cut down on time spent in front of computer screen, since you’ll have difficulties falling asleep.
  • Lower your thermostat, the optimal room temperature is between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius. As long as you want to go above that point, your thermostat will use much more electricity, and it’s not good for you to be in a room that is really warm.
  • Line dry laundry – clothes dryers use a lot of electricity and it damages the fabric of your clothing so, if you can dry it naturally it would be far better.
  • Install Solar panels because it will pay up on the long run. Sure it is a hefty investment initially, but nowadays solar panels are far more accessible than when they were initially released.

All of these changes will significantly lower the amount of money you spend on monthly basis. With more money in your budget there is less stress, and that directly impacts your health in a positive way. Your green home will also help preserve the environment, and inspire others to do so.

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Work on your garden and grow your own food

You do not have to limit yourself to cultivating flowers in your garden – growing your own food is also a great hobby. This way you can be sure that the fruit and vegetables you eat are healthy, since you can monitor what kind of pesticides are present.

When you commit yourself to gardening you actually get a portion of physical exercise, so in a way you are watching both your muscles and your crops grow. Alternatively, if you are not fan of physical work, you can buy a drone and use it to water your garden, it is one hell of a fun way to irrigate.

Install a pergola in your garden

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So, what is a pergola, and how can it help improve your overall health? Allow me to explain. Basically, it is an outdoor frame structure made out of wood, designed to support vines. This is very nice home decoration, but it also has a great benefit if you intend to create a green home.

You can cultivate different types of wine and fill your home and backyard with more oxygen, while creating a lovely green wall that soothes the mind. You will also create a nice shade to rest under during the summer and get some of that important vitamin D from the sun’s rays without burning up.

Clearly, you’ll need to focus a portion of your time on maintaining the plants, but you’ll definitely find the activity rewarding and your entire backyard more serene.

Plant-based cleaning products

Cleaning products also have an eco-friendly version, made from plant-based, natural and sustainable materials. These do not leave a chemical mark behind, and are also biodegradable. There are actually plenty of great natural cleaning products to choose from, and they are very budget-friendly as well. You will be surprised at how many common household tasks you ca take care of using completely natural products that don’t harm the environment.

As you can see, there are many benefits to this kind of lifestyle, and you will generally love the switch, since it is not strenuous in any way. I hope the article has inspired you to adopt some of the green habits that were mentioned in it.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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