Pro Tip: Make Home Décor Part of Your Wellness Routine


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Several years ago, I experienced a toxic living situation that taught me one enduring lesson in particular: The health of my home environment has a direct, profound impact on my overall well-being. Since then, I've made it a priority to come home to an atmosphere that allows me to leave stress at the door. My apartment is my personal sanctuary, filled with plants, records, and all-around good vibes.

Anecdotal evidence aside, science tells us that there really is a substantial link between our mental (and physical!) health and our environment. Think about it: Everything from air quality to the clutter surrounding us can impact how we're feeling on a given day. The good news is that building a healthier home doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Below, find six simple tips for creating a more wellness-oriented space.



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Marie Kondo really was onto something. Research tells us that maintaining a clean, minimalist space can actually have a parallel impact on your brain: Your stress levels plummet and your mind feels clearer and more organized.

Or think of it this way: "Nothing lives forever," says Lili Pettit, professional organizer and healer. "Nothing. The more comfortable you can get with the idea of losing everything, the more value you place on the simple pleasures in life."

Engage in a "scent ritual"

Purify the air

Create a "sanctuary corner"

Make sure your linens are on point


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Your body temperature plays a huge role in how well you sleep at night, which is why it's important to choose sheets that keep you from overheating. Opt for cotton or linen since these fabrics tend to be the most breathable.

Add greenery


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The benefits of creating an indoor jungle abound, from cleaner air to a better mood. And it's worth noting that plants make for a highly Instagrammable home. Just saying.

Next up: If you're struggling to declutter, here's how to feel less attached to your stuff.


This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

Victoria Hoff