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Creating a Healthy Living Environment

Living a healthy life is something to which many of us aspire. Whether your way of staying healthy is eating naturally or spending time at the gym, surrounding yourself with a healthy home and living environment is key to reaching healthy living goals. Physical health is affected by diet and exercise, but mental health can also be affected by many aspects in your life. To boost your well-being through natural living, follow these four simple steps:

  1. First and foremost, keeping an organized, clean home can result in a less stressful life. The first step to cleaning your home is removing clutter. Reducing clutter and putting away your belongings can help reduce stress and fatigue. Once you’ve removed clutter, you can begin to deep clean your home. Try using natural cleaners and smells that are soothing to you. Check out the DIY All-Purpose, All-Natural Cleaning Spray recipe here.
  1. Once you’ve cleaned your living space, it’s time to clear the air. Let positive energy fill your home in a number of different ways. Open up the windows and let fresh air flow through the halls, or spend some time decorating with things that make you feel happy or relaxed. Listen to music or diffuse essential oils—do what makes you comfortable.
  1. Work on keeping your relationships positive. Whether you live with a roommate, a spouse or children, it’s important to keep relationships in check when creating a healthy living environment. The number one way to keep relationships positive when living together is understanding wants and needs—communicate effectively and understand that you may not win every “battle.” If you listen effectively and are willing to accept your differences, you’ll be on your way to living a happier, healthier life at home.
  1. Keep your body happy, too. If you’re comfortable with where you’re at physically, you’ll be happier with your life as a whole. Be sure to take care of your body by eating fresh, all-natural foods and getting enough exercise. However, it’s important to find a healthy balance, so indulge every once in a while! If you miss a workout, don’t beat up on yourself; if you have a slice of pizza, don’t feel bad. It’s important to enjoy little indulgences and to stay positive.

For all-natural cleaning supplies, essential oils and foods, stop by Mazopiya, located at 2571 Credit Union Dr., Prior Lake. Mazopiya is an all-natural market that features an array of organic produce, all-natural health and wellness products and on-the-go food options. See ad page 32.

DIY All-Purpose, All-Natural Cleaning Spray

1 Tbsp liquid castile soap

15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil

Distilled water or white vinegar

Add soap and essential oil to a 4-fluid-ounce bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water or white vinegar and shake well. Use the spray to quickly sanitize nonporous surfaces, such as countertops, sinks, etc.

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