Many know what it is like living with chronic illness. Thanks to the long list of symptoms we face, we spend a lot of time at home. And because of that, I think it is important to keep your space as clean and relaxing as we can.

This post is all about living with chronic illness and things you can do to keep the air in your home clean, create a comfortable temperature for sleep, and upgrade the kitchen to minimize any additional toxins to enter your body.

Clean Air Matters

When I was at my worst, I was so sensitive to smells and environments that contained mold or high levels of VOCs. I could walk into a room with water damage, even if not visible, and within 30 minutes my lymph nodes would swell. And a trip into Lowes near the lumber department was a guaranteed afternoon of uncontrolled sleep from the VOCs. So how can you keep the air in your home and personal space clean when living with chronic illness?

Plants are a very affordable and effective way to clean the air around you. Spider plants and Boston ferns are safe options. Just be sure to do your homework because all plants are not equal. Check out this Non-Toxic Houseplants article to become more educated and make your best choice.

Air Purifiers are more of an investment, but one I have never regretted. We have 5 in our home. Several in the main living areas and two in the bedroom. There are dozens on the market. Just be sure to do your research.

Below are the two we have had in our home for the past 6 years. I love them both equally for different reasons and recommend them to friends and family.

Filter Your Water

The water coming out of our taps can contain things like chlorine, fluoride, lead, and pesticides. All of which over time can cause illness and disease. The chlorine not only affects us internally but also our hair and skin when we shower. That is why it is so important to filter our water whenever we can.

This could be as simple as a fridge filter, countertop water unit, or filtered showerhead. Or you can go big with a full home water filtration system. Home systems are not as expensive as people think and are a great way to cover all bases. We are building a new home this year and I will be putting in a whole home water filtration system.

To find out the quality of the water in your area, go to your county or city’s website as they should have a consumer confidence report published. If not, you can go to The Environmental Working Groups website, enter your zip code and find out a wealth of information about what is in your local water. Take a look at my results. Very eye opening!

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If you scroll down after the results, they will even help you determine what kind of filter you should use to get your home water to the optimal level:

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Below are two options I use in our current home that we have found convenient without breaking the bank. To start, you do not need to invest in something big and expensive. Any little bit helps.

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The significance of filtered water cannot be overstated in our pursuit of a healthier and sustainable lifestyle, especially when living with chronic illness. Beyond the immediate benefits of improved taste and odor, water filtration plays a crucial role in safeguarding our well-being by removing potentially harmful contaminants.

Setup Your Bedroom For Sleep

Most of us do not get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep is known to be one of the most important things we need when healing our bodies. Keeping your bedroom free of clutter, cool and dark, and three pieces of advice I have found work well for a good night’s sleep. Here are a few things you can do to ensure a better night’s sleep.

  • Keep it dark – Invest in blackout curtains and keep lights from an alarm clock covered or dimmed.
  • A comfortable mattress. While a good mattress is an investment, it should be taken seriously.
  • Disconnect from your computer screen and TV at least one hour before bed.
  • Keep it cool! Colder temperatures in the bedroom help with overall sleep quality and prevent insomnia. I keep my room at 64 when it’s time for bed!

Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Using non-toxic products at home promotes a healthier living environment by reducing the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals, contributing to improved indoor air quality and overall well-being. These products are often environmentally friendly, minimizing their impact on ecosystems and supporting sustainable practices. Additionally, opting for non-toxic alternatives can lead to a safer home environment for children and pets, fostering a more secure and nurturing atmosphere.

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Give Your Kitchen A Makeover

Eliminating harmful chemicals and toxins from cookware, utensils, and food storage is great for your overall health. Some people are more susceptible to the effects of the release of these toxins over time. And when living with chronic illness, you want to make any efforts you can to live a more non-toxic lifestyle.

Also choosing locally sourced and organic food options further supports a healthier lifestyle. I started making changes in my kitchen a couple of years ago and knowing I am making more informative decisions feels good. It is true what they say “food is medicine” and if you are going to buy organic you should be cooking and storing that food safely.

Be sure to check out my blog post Guide To A Non-Toxic Kitchen which goes into great detail about all the hidden dangers in our kitchen and things we can replace them with.

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Create A Relaxation Area In Your Home

Creating a relaxing space when living with chronic illness in your home involves thoughtful design and intentional choices that cater to your personal preferences and comfort. Start by selecting a calming color palette, such as soft blues, greens, or neutral tones, to establish a serene atmosphere. Incorporate comfortable and plush furniture, like cozy sofas or chairs, adorned with cushions and throws, to enhance the overall coziness of the space. Consider the placement of furniture to encourage relaxation, such as arranging seating around focal points like a fireplace or large window with a tranquil view. Integrate soft, ambient lighting using lamps or dimmable fixtures to create a soothing ambiance that complements the overall feel of the space.

Incorporate natural elements to bring a touch of the outdoors inside, such as potted plants, natural fabrics, or wood accents. These elements not only add aesthetic appeal but also contribute to a sense of tranquility. Reduce clutter in the space by incorporating storage solutions to keep the area tidy and organized. Personalize the space with items that bring you joy, whether it’s artwork, photographs, or sentimental objects, fostering a sense of connection and relaxation.

Finally, consider adding sensory elements like using essential oil diffusers, or soothing music to engage multiple senses and further enhance the calming atmosphere of your home sanctuary.

Conclusion

In conclusion, maintaining a clean and safe home environment takes on heightened importance when living with chronic illness. A well-kept living space not only contributes to physical well-being but also significantly impacts mental and emotional health.

What things do you do around your home to keep it clean and comfortable when living with chronic illness? Share in the comments below!

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