With the new year looming, let’s be honest, we’re all getting ready to be healthier, to live a better lifestyle, to work out more, to eat more fruit and veg, drink more water blah blah blah. And by the end of January, maybe some time in February if you’re really committed, most of us will have ditched the new year’s resolutions. It’s expensive, it’s time consuming, it’s just too darn hard.
What if I told you that your home is one of the places that’s making you feel unwell, and it’s one of the places that’s also making it harder for you to stick to your new year’s resolutions?
As our collective conscience wakens up to the impact of our ways on the planet, the impact on the environment of plastics in particular, how many have given thought to how our own health is impacted by those same things?
There is mounting evidence showing how our exposure to chemicals in our own homes and in our daily routines, is harming us. It’s not necessarily an immediate impact either, it’s the long-term exposure to these chemicals, mounting up over the years, day-in-day-out – it’s our body burden. We all know about the dangers of smoking, 1 cigarette won’t kill you, but smoking every day for years, well, I don’t think I need to go into that with anyone reading this. The chemicals we are exposed to in our homes work the same way and is doing the same damage. And it’s also damaging our mental health, a subject that’s close to my own heart, and very much part of what The Spark of Joy is about…helping you to feel better, experience better, and live a happier life.
The results of a long-term study on 6,000 women over 20 years was published in August 2018 and it has shown that the impact on the lung-function of these women was greater in line with their exposure to household cleaning products. Those who were in the cleaning industry being impacted the most. In fact, they said it was similar to the affect of a 20 a day smoking habit!!!!!!!
I’m going to be doing a bunch of posts on the chemicals we’re exposed to, where they are found, what they do, and how to avoid them.
So when you’re thinking of your New Year’s resolutions, and how you want to get fitter, healthier, happier in 2019, have a moment to think about how your home and the chemicals you are exposing yourself to is getting in the way of you fulfilling those goals!
If you want a quick an easy way to get rid of those chemicals without having to get into making your own cleaning products (and the time and effort that takes), figuring out the increasing raft of ‘eco’ products on the shelves – and not knowing which are good, which are not so good, and which are just ‘not quite as bad as they used to be’, Norwex products are a great place to start, I use them in my own home, and I actually can’t imagine using anything else now.
Have you had any experience with the chemicals in your home impacting your health?
What’s your biggest concern with the chemicals in your home?
What is it that stops you from making changes in your home?
I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below!