Starting over — whether you’re just moving to a new apartment or embarking on a new adventure in a new city — is a great opportunity to reflect on your lifestyle and make some positive, healthy changes. If you’re ready for a fresh start, use these nine strategies to turn your new apartment into a sanctuary that supports your well-being and your new, healthy lifestyle.
Locate Nearby Walking and Bike Paths
When arriving in a new city, make it a point to scout out nearby walking and bike paths. This way you can plan out a route to walk or bike to the many places you’ll inevitably end up needing to go. Not only will you be saving on the costs of public transport just to get a few blocks down the road, you’ll be getting in some regular heart-pumping movement while getting better acquainted with your new neighborhood.
Find Local Events
One of the best perks of moving to a new area is getting to know all the local hotspots and must-see attractions. Finding things to do locally not only helps to get you out of the house to explore, it can lead you to meet new people to build out your social circle. Social interaction is good for both mental and physical health, so don’t waste any time finding your people in your new city.
Plan for Fitness
If at all possible, set aside some space in your new apartment to perform regular workouts. You don’t necessarily need to make room for a full-sized treadmill, lifting cage, or weight rack, but having a spot where you can keep a few essentials can help ensure you get a workout in even if you can’t make it to a gym. Some key pieces to include are a yoga mat, a few sets of weights, some resistance bands, and possibly a bench. If you enjoy following along to fitness apps or videos online, make sure you have some place to set up your screen that makes for easy viewing. If getting your sweat on at home isn’t really your thing, locate a nearby fitness center or workout-specific space that suits you. Make sure you ask for a guest pass to try out the facility before committing to a long-term contract.
Stock the Kitchen
Ensuring your fridge and cabinets are filled with all the healthy essentials means you won’t be tempted to eat out or indulge in unhealthy foods. Pantry staples such as canned tomatoes, rice, beans, and pasta can easily be paired with fresh produce from the local market to create delicious, healthy meals. Don’t forget to stock up on supplies to pack healthy meals on the go such as storage bags and reusable containers in a variety of sizes. Finally, there are a multitude of gadgets that can help you eat healthier and make a welcome addition to any kitchen.
Bring the Outdoors In
Studies have found that plants help purify the air in the home, and can even boost mood. Pick a few of your favorite blooms and place them around the various rooms of your new apartment. Don’t forget to water regularly and provide adequate access to sunlight in order to help your plants thrive. Some popular, easy-to-grow varieties for those without a green thumb include spider plants, ivy, aloe, peace lilies, ferns, and cacti.
Sleep Softly and Soundly
Given the importance of a quality slumber to one’s overall health, having a quality mattress and eco-friendly linens are a must for the health-conscious apartment dweller. You spend nearly a third of your life in bed, so it only makes sense to invest in a good night’s rest. Organic cotton sheets will help keep you comfortable at night no matter the weather. When setting up the bedroom, consider investing in blackout curtains to help promote healthier sleep. Don’t forget to ditch unnecessary noises, clutter, and late-night electronic use.
Tame the Chaos
A cluttered home can cause a lot of stress, but by simply tidying up and ensuring everything is in its place, you can instantly lower your stress levels. The same goes for cleaning your space — a regular wipe-down can help keep anxiety at bay while removing dust and other allergens. Be sure to use non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaners, or consider making your own. There really is something to be said for the calming effects of an organized space.
Filter Your Water
Available at an affordable price point and in a variety of styles, there’s no reason to not be filtering your drinking water. Not only will it remove impurities from your water, it can improve the taste. When water tastes better, you’re more likely to drink it — and hydration is key for improving overall health. Consider filling a large pitcher with water and fresh sliced citrus or herbs for a refreshing way to get your daily H2O in.
Decorate Your Space
Fewer things are more depressing than walking into a new apartment and seeing barren walls. Adding a few personal photographs or favorite pieces of artwork can help to brighten up the space and boost your mood. Make it feel like home by painting the space using uplifting colors, and adding light sources to help boost your energy levels.
Starting over provides a great opportunity to adopt some healthy new lifestyle habits. Taking these simple steps will set you up for success, ensuring that your new, healthy habits will stick.