Looking after our health and wellbeing has become increasingly popular in the UK over the past few years. It’s all about making positive changes in our lives in order to boost our life satisfaction and general happiness and also help to lower our anxiety levels. A really key part of this starts in the home; the environment that we live in, and feel most comfortable in. For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and so this is a key place to start. Organising your kitchen to boost your health and wellbeing doesn’t just include healthy eating. The overall design, look and layout of your kitchen plays a key part in your daily routine, and in some cases, your emotions for that day. This post will help you to organise your kitchen in a way to promote a healthier life and help make those positive changes a permanent fixture.
You know what they say, preparation is key. If you want to put healthy foods into your body (which is a key part of looking after your health and wellbeing), it’s really important that you have all the correct kitchen equipment in order to prepare food. This doesn’t mean you have to go and buy absolutely every utensil under the sun. Sit down and think about the type of meals you want to cook, and what equipment you’ll need to in order to do so. Start with the basics. A good set of knives, chopping boards, Tupperware and a set of pans. You can then look at getting something like a blender for smoothies, or perhaps a steamer or slow cooker. Whatever you need in order to feel good about cooking! That way, you’ll be more likely to stay on plan and cook, vs going out (saving you calories and pennies!).
We’ve known for years that different colours evoke different emotions, and this is no different in the kitchen. The colours that you choose to use in your kitchen really do make the world of difference, whether this is the walls, kitchen units, worktops or doors; there is a kitchen style to suit everyone.
But what colour is right for you?
Yellow - a colour associated with high energy. Great if you want to stimulate and revitalise yourself.
Green - suggests nature, and has an organic quality. It’s also a very peaceful and serene colour, helping one to relax.
Brown - through use of cool neutrals, and natural colours you can create feelings of reliability and safety through your kitchen. Great to give you comfort, and reduce anxiety.
White - perhaps you want to feel clean, virtuous and healthy. White is the one for you!
Your overall kitchen set-up and layout has a massive impact on the overall aura of the room. It’s really about making the most of the space that’s available, and the natural light that flows into the room. If you’re thinking about having a new kitchen, this is the perfect opportunity to maximise on these factors. Think about having your sink near a window, so that you can appreciate the outdoor’s natural beauty. Or perhaps have a breakfast bar, or leave space for a table near a window so you can enjoy the natural light.
However, we understand a full kitchen overhaul can be expensive. You could look at having a kitchen makeover in order to give the space a much-needed refresh. Perhaps you could brighten up the kitchen with a new worktop, or different kitchen doors. If you love your environment and feel happy and productive within it, you’ll reap the health and wellbeing benefits.
So many different foods and ingredients we buy comes in an abundance of uninspiring, plastic packaging. This will make you feel urged to pick them up and use them. Instead, display ingredients in a way that inspires you! Glass jars on open shelves look great and help to add a rustic feel to a classic kitchen.
Our last tip is to make positive changes in your kitchen that encourage you to actually cook! You could put up a chalkboard, and plan your meals for the week. Not only will this help you to stay on plan, as you know what meals you’re cooking and when, but it’ll also ensure you know what to buy when you do a food shop; helping you to cut down on waste. Or, why not put up shelving for you to put your favourite cookbooks and magazines so that you have a constant source of inspiration when you are unsure what to cook. Another popular choice is to put up a spice rack. No meals have to be boring, jazz them up with your favourite herbs and spices for additional flavour!
Posted on: 27th March 2019