Moving to a new home is more than a change of address; it’s a golden opportunity to reboot your lifestyle, reassess your routines and prioritize your well-being. Your home is where you start and end each day, and it can greatly impact your mental, emotional and physical health. Our guide will help you prioritize your well being and health throughout the moving process. From choosing a new home to creating a space that nurtures wellness and vitality, our tips will help thrive in your new environment. Let’s seize this fresh start together and transform your new dwelling into a home that serves your healthiest, happiest self.
Choosing a New Home that Prioritizes Wellbeing and Health
Before choosing a new house, take note of the needs of your family. Narrow the list to necessary features and use it as your criteria for selecting the new house. These are a few key considerations to look into before you choose a new home:
- Good neighborhood: Look for a house in a peaceful neighborhood with family-friendly amenities. A welcoming community and supportive neighbors can positively affect your family’s well-being. Also, avoid opting for a house near busy roads and industrial areas where noise and air pollution can have a detrimental effect on your family’s health.
- Proximity to good schools: If you have school-age children, look for a house near a school with a robust academic program and excellent sports facilities.
- Closeness to healthcare facilities: The closeness of healthcare facilities is always an advantage. It helps ensure that timely help is available.
- Accessibility, layout, and functionality: If you have elderly members in your family or anyone with a disability, you will need a place with an elevator, ramp, handrails and other features that make access easier.
- Proximity to green spaces: Getting a house near a park or garden means easy access to outdoor areas for walks, exercise, meditation and other activities. Nearby green spaces can motivate you for working out or for recreational activities.
The house you choose should promote a healthy lifestyle, serve the needs of all family members and fit your budget.
Preparing your New Home Environment
Before moving into your new house consider prioritizing well-being and health:
- Deep Cleaning: Before moving into a house, thoroughly clean it to eliminate dust and allergens. Make sure the house is free of mold as it can have serious health consequences. Consider hiring an eco-friendly cleaning company to do a deep cleaning of your new home.
- Inspection: Get the house checked for electrical system issues, foundation or structural issues. Check for harmful substances like friable asbestos and radon.
- Safety Measures: Updating the alarm systems and locks will give everyone peace of mind. Check general safety equipment like smoke detectors and fire extinguishers to make sure they are working properly.
- Indoor plants: For a more soothing atmosphere and better air quality, bring in low-maintenance indoor plants. If the new house has a balcony, you could create a tiny oasis with a few well chosen plants. Not only do plants make your place more aesthetically pleasing, but they also boost productivity, creativity and focus. Plants also have a positive effect on overall physical and mental health.
- Exercise Space: Being physically active improves your overall health. Create a home environment that encourages you to be active. Designate a room or at least a corner for exercising. Is there a space in your home where the entire family can work out together? Setting up a simple home gym may be a worthy investment. Remember to get the appropriate protective gear. For instance, with knee sleeves, you can ensure warmth, protection, and stability for joints.
Prepare your Family for the Transition into a New Home
In addition to preparing your home environment before your move, prepare your family members for the emotional challenges that come with moving. Get the children excited by having them be involved in the moving process; help them envision their life at the new home. Set up the kids and elderly family members’ rooms first. While you take care of everyone’s needs, make sure not to ignore your own health. Hire a reputable moving company with years of proven excellence to take care of you on moving day. A full service moving company can help with everything from packing and unpacking to helping you find petsitters, babysitters or a landscaping team. With a few extra efforts, you can prepare a home environment that helps everyone prioritize health and well-being.
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Sean Lynam, Guest Contributor
Sean is fitness enthusiast and personal trainer by profession, and a freelance writer by passion. Sean writes and shares his knowledge for a range of fitness publications and nutrition brands.