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7 Effective Ways To A Happy And Healthier Home You Probably Never Knew

7 Effective Ways To A Happy And Healthier Home You Probably Never Knew

Asthma and allergies are a big issue for many households in America and around the world. According to the CDC,[1] in 2011, one in 12 individuals has asthma.

And according to the American Lung Association,[2]  that number has risen to 6.2 million children in 2015. If you or anyone you know is affected by asthma, here are several great ways to help prevent asthma symptoms as well as allergies. Check out these five effective ways for a happy and healthier home! You might be surprised by number five.

1. Investing In An Air Purifier

The room you spend the most time in is where you should position your air purifier. Ideally, your bedroom is the best place for an air purifier because you spend at least 8 hours in it each night.

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If you happen to spend more time in another room of your household, consider placing an air purifier in each room. Be sure to thoroughly research before you make your purchase as some are not very effective. When you find the right one, you’ll be surprised by the reduction in dust, allergens, and odors.

2. Remove Your Nasty Old Carpet

An air purifier can only help so much. If the source of the allergen is not removed (i.e. carpets and pets), then you will continue to suffer from your symptoms.

3. Clean Your Air Vents Regularly

If this thought hasn’t crossed your mind, then chances are your air vents haven’t been changed in a while. You’d be surprised by how this simple routine checkup on your vents can make all the difference in your home. By doing this you’ll avoid sinus problems, allergies, asthmas, and respiratory problems.

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4. Hypoallergenic Casings

Hypoallergenic casings can be placed on your beds, mattresses, box springs and pillows. This will help combat dust mites. Also, make sure you’re washing your blankets, pillows, and comforters regularly. If your allergies and asthma continue to be severe, consider keeping your pets out of your bedroom.

5. Consider An Air Cleaning Plant

Yes, really. NASA recently revealed the best air cleaning plants for your home. Not only do they add a little scenery around your place, but they also offer tangible health benefits.

The Clean Air Study [3] provided strong evidence for the type of plants (along with an activated carbon plant filter) remove harmful chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from your household.

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According to the 27-year-old study, the Florist’s Mum and the Peace Lily are the best air purifying plants you can have in your household.

6. Use Green Cleaning Products

Although regular cleaning helps reduce allergies and asthma, the type of cleaning product you’re using can have an effect on your respiratory health as well. Focus on products that have earned that “green” seal of approval. They earn this when their product is derived from natural resources like plants.

7. Consider a Healthy Vacuum Cleaner

A bad vacuum cleaner can really kick up nasty junk. If you don’t invest in a good one, chances are you’re inhaling all of that dust and making your allergies and asthma worse. Aim for a vacuum that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. These filter out almost 100 percent of the junk found in carpets. There are several you can choose from that fit your health needs and budget.

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Hopefully, these tips give you a greater peace of mind when it comes to creating a healthy home. What products or information have you been using to keep your home healthier and happier? Be sure to let us know.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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