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Wellbeing at Home (and Home Furnishings to Support It)

Among other things, the last 12 months have highlighted the importance of feeling comfortable at home – and the importance of making efforts to foster wellbeing. Everyone knows that staying home is now sometimes the safest thing to do. But for many families, their homes were not ready for the sudden shutdowns earlier this year and may still lack the right home furnishings to keep everyone comfortable, healthy, and happy. If you’re ready to re-create your spaces to support the wellbeing of your body, mind, and soul, then Twin Star Home offers some ideas and inspiration that are easy to incorporate and can make prioritizing wellbeing easier.

Staying Physically Active with the Right Home Furnishings

It’s no secret that staying physically active can be challenging, especially if gyms are closed in your area. And the changing seasons mean sometimes it’s not possible to get some exercise outside. However, being active has a large impact on one’s wellbeing, not only from a physical standpoint but from a mental health one as well. Luckily, many gyms and exercise gurus are offering online workouts that can be completed easily from home. If you don’t yet have a dedicated workout space, consider these suggestions:

  • Find an area in your home where you’ll be able to get some privacy while exercising. This could be a spare bedroom, the den, or even a corner of the master bedroom.
  • Invest in a Bluetooth® compatible TV stand with built-in speakers, enough surface space to support a large TV, and concealed storage where you can keep your dumbbells, yoga mat, and other exercise supplies.
  • Add some stylish, hanging mirrors to mimic the look of the gym and ensure you’re performing each move correctly.
Living room interior with TV, fireplace, couch and shelves.
The Ellistone Bluetooth® Compatible TV Stand with ClassicFlame® Electric Fireplace can help you add great sound easily in your home workout space.

Staying in good physical shape can also be tough to accomplish at home when you’re also juggling work, the kids’ schoolwork, and staying on top of everything else on your to-do list. If you’re working from home, a great way to sneak in some physical activity is with a standing desk like the Tresanti 47" Adjustable Height Desk, available at Costco, shown below. Experts say that people should aim to stand for about 15 minutes per hour, and the right standing desk can provide timed reminders (with the GetActive™ timer, for example) on when it’s time to stretch your legs. And beyond that, this desk features wireless desktop charging, plus integrated USB charging ports. It's a home furnishings solution that really can make life easier and help you feel better throughout the day.

Tresanti white standing desk with rolling chair.
The Tresanti 47" Adjustable Height Desk at Costco helps you add flexibility and movement to your day – all with wireless desktop charging.

Supporting Mental Health with the Right Home Furnishings

From worries about job security to fears of contracting the virus, the pandemic has taken a toll on mental health. In a similar vein, having your home serve as an office, school, playground, and gym can add stress. Areas where you’d normally kick up your feet and relax have likely been transformed. Now they may serve as workspaces for you and the kids. With so much going on, it can be hard to prevent the build-up of clutter.

Thankfully, there are some simple yet effective ways to bring order into your home and improve your mental health. First and foremost, prioritize organization and remove as much clutter as possible with the right home furnishings. Studies have found that clutter contributes to higher levels of cortisol, or the stress hormone. Instead of having an environment that contributes to your stress, create one that’s healing by investing in the right storage solutions. Here are a few ways to do so:

  • Place a bookcase where the kids do their schoolwork to keep their books and supplies organized.
  • Upgrade your TV stand and have somewhere to store your blankets, games, electronics, and more.
  • Organize your wine collection with a spacious wine cabinet, which beautifully conceals your bottles while providing an extra surface in the living or dining room.

Once the clutter has been cleared, the next step involves enhancing your Zen areas or creating new places to relax. For example, add a sofa chair, an eye-popping lamp, and an accent cabinet to one of your living spaces to create the perfect nook for reading or scrolling Pinterest on your tablet. You can also turn your bathroom into the ultimate spa with a fresh coat of bright paint, some candles, and a stunning vanity to hold your face masks, washcloths, and other supplies.  

Bathroom with grey vanity.
A new bathroom vanity makes hand washing look even better.

Eating Wisely

During stressful times, it’s all too easy to find comfort in the foods that aren’t the healthiest. Making nutritious meals is a worthy goal – and a challenge, especially when it’s just so easy to order a pizza. If you find there’s a little too much comfort food and a few too many sweets sneaking into your diet, it might be time for a reset. This can be the perfect time for a renewed focus on balanced diet of lean protein, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates.

Where you’re choosing to eat your meals also has an impact on your overall wellbeing. It’s believed that eating in bed or on the couch can actually contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression. But eating at the table encourages better posture, leads to healthier choices, and inspires conversation with loved ones. What better way to get excited about healthy tabletop meals than with a new outdoor dining set like the kathy ireland® Homes & Gardens River Brook 9 Piece Dining Set with Cushions at Wayfair?

kathy ireland brand outdoor 9 piece dining set.
The kathy ireland® Homes & Gardens River Brook 9 Piece Dining Set with Cushions makes eating outdoors even better.

You’ll have a designated spot to enjoy your favorite foods while leaving your bedroom and living spaces dedicated to relaxation.

Staying Safe at Home

There are now glimmers of hope that the pandemic won’t last forever. But in the meantime, there’s still a lot of good reasons to believe it’s safer at home. To successfully navigate the home stretch of this virus, it’s important to continue using caution. Like adhering to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and following all state and local regulations. Wash your hands and masks often, and limit socialization with people from outside of your household until it is deemed safe to do so. Most importantly, stay safe by staying home and finding joy in your newly revamped interior design. Looking for even more style inspiration for your home? Browse Twin Star Home by style for home furnishings that perfectly match your home.