Essence writer, Kimberly Wilson, included Cariloha bedding in her article, “Transform Your Home Into A Wellness Sanctuary With These Easy Tips” in which she talks about the value of investing in quality bedding that will improve your sleep and overall well-being. Essence is a monthly lifestyle magazine covering fashion, beauty, entertainment and culture with a circulation of 1.5 million.
Transform Your Home Into A Wellness Sanctuary With These Easy Tips
By Kimberly Wilson
Our moods, behaviors and physical and mental health are all influenced greatly by the home environment in which we live.
Can you recall the time that you felt the most relaxed? Was it in your home?
Well, if it wasn’t — then it should be.
As soon as we cross the threshold from the outside, we’re supposed to rid ourselves of all the negativity from the outside world. Work, school, friendships and even family life aside, as a Black woman, you’re probably carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, so you should be able to take a few moments each day in your home to just be. That’s why the more energy we put into our homes, the more we’ll get from it in the long run.
In fact, it’s medically proven that our moods, behaviors and physical and mental health are all influenced greatly by the home environment in which we live.
You don’t need to go to the spa to practice self-care. Our homes provide the same, if not more, wellness opportunities to calm our mind, body, and spirit. They can detach us from the stresses of urban living (or even suburban living) and allow us to feel positive and calm.
It’s time to give your home the attention it deserves. Here are a few key tips in transforming your home into a wellness sanctuary.
Clear the air.
Literally and figuratively. The air inside your home is actually 2 to 5 times more polluted and toxic than the air you breathe outdoors. So for starters, open a window — let some fresh air in occasionally to release some of those toxins that have built up in and around your home. Poor air quality can threaten your family’s health, so it’s important to keep things out of your home that cause pollution, and ensure that your house is well-ventilated. Also, consider adding an air purifier or water purifier such as Coway to clear out some of each room’s natural toxins. For example, the Coway Aquamega home water purifier reduces up to 99.9 percent of contaminants such as lead, VOCs, turbidity, mercury, cyst, chloramine, and aesthetic chlorine.
Not only do plants make your space beautiful, there are actually a lot of other benefits. Houseplants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, helping you as you pause and breathe deeply during those moments of meditation. Not to mention, studies have also shown that plants can speed recovery time for certain conditions, sharpen focus, reduce stress, and contribute to a variety of other health benefits.
Invest in a quality mattress + linens.
Listen, choosing the right bedding and mattresses can be life-changing. Let me repeat that: life-changing. We all know good sleep is the key to quality living, and your overall well-being. For mattresses, consider Casper’s Wave mattress, which is five layers of premium foam & targeted ergonomic support (specifically designed for you), or the Tempur Breeze, which helps to manage the microclimate between your mattress and your covers for a cooler, deeper sleep all night long. Splendid Home has all your comforter and linen needs, while Cariloha offers eco-friendly bedding, apparel and bath products made from bamboo – softer than you can even imagine.
Make space for relaxation and meditation.
Do you find yourself doing work in your bed, or on your couch often? If so, these should not be the areas where you also practice your meditation. Whether you have a nook somewhere in your living room, or designate a full room for relaxation and meditation, make space to pause for a few moments everyday. This can be where you pray, where you think, where you meditate — wherever! But the space has to evoke feelings of positivity and calm.
Invest in crystals.
Crystals have healing powers — and they’ll revitalize your home as well. “Even if you don’t believe in the healing powers of crystals, filling your home with beautiful, sparkling, rocks from the earth can be beneficial to your mental state and give you something beautiful to look at,” says Alessandra Wood, VP of Style at Modsy.
Invest in wellness products.
No, we don’t want you to break the bank, but a few essential items in your home will make a world of difference. Candles, essential oils, incense, books on wellbeing — all of these things can do the trick in no time. A few essentials needs include:
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