Home is where we’ve spent most of our time in recent years. In a feature by Linkedin, international speaker Steve Collinge explains that our homes need to feel like a place of refuge from the outside world. He cites public health institutions such as the NHS, NICE, and WHO that advocate mindful living as one of the key factors we should incorporate into our daily lives and embrace when it comes to health and mental well-being .
Readers can do this by including various belongings that answer our additional needs for comfort, beauty, and connection — thus improving our home wellness. Here are a few of our favorite items to get you started.
Music has been proven to be a magical phenomenon that can uplift the mood of any individual by boosting the brain’s production of dopamine. Shahram Heshmat, Ph.D. from the University of Illinois elaborates that listening to music can instill calmness and relaxation, as indicated by reduced cortisol levels and lowered heart rate in the body .
With our Bamboo devices, you can listen to the music of the plants wherever you are. The U1 device is especially ideal for your home and can play the whole day, filling the atmosphere with the music of your plants for the members of your household to enjoy and listen to all day.
As early as the 1980s, biologist E. O. Wilson coined the term biophilia to refer to the way humans need and seek out connections with nature. Studies have since found that elements of the natural world or even reminders of them have a positive effect on mental and physical health.
Surrounding your home with plants such as English Ivy or Bamboo Palm can additionally aid in the removal of air pollutants. Otherwise, to make the most out of your Bamboo device, ornamental plant grower Jean Thoby would suggest more genetically natural plants for their stronger electrical activity. As we’ve discussed previously in The Mysterious Singing of Plants, plant species that were present on earth for a longer period of time emits more tones. This means that ferns are much more active than conifers or flowering plants, whereas grasses hardly produce any electric waves .
It is important that the home is conducive to recovery and relaxation from the physical and mental strain that our bodies endure in the outside world. Investing in ergonomic furniture, which aims to lessen muscle fatigue and increase productivity, can make a difference in reducing your risk of pain and injury while promoting rest.
Ergonomic furniture at home is especially key as the work-from-home setup grows and more people are spending time sitting down in front of devices. Pain Free Working’s guide to the best ergonomic chairs explains that your current chair is likely the culprit behind most of the pain or discomfort you’re feeling. Exchanging this for an ergonomic chair, such as the Steelcase Gesture Chair with its 3D Live Back support, can prevent your spine from tensing in awkward positions . Meanwhile, investing in an ergonomic mattress such as the Amerisleep AS2, which is recommended by CNET’s sleep experts for its proprietary type of memory foam, can aid in the muscle recovery process and leave you feeling more refreshed each morning .
Air humidifier or vaporizer
Dry indoor air creates an unproductive environment for us and our plants to thrive, and can actually cause a variety of symptoms from irritated eyes and sinuses to respiratory and skin conditions. To prevent this, tools such as vaporizers and humidifiers — with the Everlasting Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier being a favorite among NBC News’ experts — can add water to the air. This makes the home more comfortable by relieving excess mucus, dry skin, chapped lips, and sore throats. Verywell Health’s guide explains that the two differ by how they add moisture, with vaporizers using steam and humidifiers using cold mist, and you can simply choose the one that better suits your needs and preferences .
With these items, your home will become closer to a space for wellness where you can listen to the music of the plants in relaxation. To learn more about our Bamboo devices, check out our catalog at Music of the Plants.
Written by: Tina Lee