When you live in your apartment, there’s a lot that feels out of your control. You may not be able to paint your walls, you can’t make any major renovations, and you’re limited on how you can landscape your yard (if at all).
What you can do, however, is take care of your health. Whether you live in a luxury apartment in a big city or a tight-knit apartment community in a small town, your health is of the utmost priority—that’s why we’ve put together this list of tips to help you take care of yourself and keep your apartment healthy.
- Buy an Air Purifier
If you’re worried about dust, pet dander, allergies, or mold spores, an air purifier can be a great investment. After I found mold under the sink in my apartment, I cleaned it out and immediately bought an air purifier so I can breathe easy and prevent the spores from spreading.
If you just moved into a new apartment and there is a lingering smell of smoke or other odor, an air purifier works great to remove it. Make sure the purifier uses HEPA filters, and make sure it is rated for the square footage of the room you plan to use it in.
- Proper Ventilation
To further increase air quality, make sure to turn the exhaust fan on when cooking to avoid odor and moisture accumulation. The exhaust fan should also be cleaned every other month to prevent the buildup of grime and dust.
Your bathroom constantly accumulates moisture from showers and should also have proper ventilation to prevent the growth of mold and spreading of germs. If you periodically open your window, especially when it is colder outside of your apartment than inside, you can prevent any mold buildup.
- Keep your Apartment Clean
You know what they say—a clear home leads to a clear mind. As a result, a tidy apartment can help your mental health. If you come home to a clean home, it’s much easier to relax and wind down. Alternatively, messy apartments have been proven to cause stress and depression.
- Go Green
A few apartment plants can work wonders for your mood and for the air quality of your home. If you have trouble keeping your plants alive, you can opt for one that doesn’t require much water, like a rubber plant or a low-light plant like a succulent or spider plant.
- Get Enough Exercise
Nothing helps boost testosterone like exercise. Even if you’re low on space, you can use bodyweight exercises to build up strength like pushups, pull-ups, crunches, dips, and lunges. These exercises work out the entire body and don’t require any fancy equipment.