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Did you know that the global wellness industry is worth a whopping £2.8 trillion? From supplements to journals, there are tons of add-ons you can introduce to your life to make you happier and healthier. But what if the solution for a more enriching life was actually in a material most of us use already?

Of course, we are talking about timber. From cosy cabins with timber cladding to park benches for a moment’s peace, the wonderful world of wood could be just what you need for a well-being boost. Intrigued? Let’s take a closer look.

Physical Wellbeing Benefits of Timber

You might have seen more timber cropping up in building projects and homes as part of wellbeing initiatives. This movement is not just a trend, but an idea which is rooted in a growing body of research.

For example, it has been said that surrounding yourself with timber lowers blood pressure and heart rate, reducing strain on the heart.

It has also been said that timber used in interiors can improve air quality. In your home or office, this could lead to reduced respiratory problems. Also, the essential oils found in timber have been linked to a boost in human immune systems, leading to less sickness and an improvement in overall health and well-being.

Mental Health Benefits of Using Timber

In terms of mental well-being, biophilic design is gaining real traction in the interior design and architecture industries for its clear psychological benefits. The use of natural materials, including timber, can lead to reduced stress levels, better focus, better productivity and even increased feelings of optimism.

By seeing, touching and smelling timber, you could have a happier, more productive day. For such a simple switch, the results are pretty astounding! We all love the smell of our beautiful Canadian Western red Cedar used for cladding, shingles etc….

It also should not be ignored that many people associate timber buildings with feeling welcoming and cosy, creating a more inviting environment. Whether that is in the home or the office, enjoying being in your space can really alter your mood for brighter, happier days.

How to Use Timber for Wellbeing Benefits

Both the interiors and exteriors of buildings offer numerous possibilities to use more timber, which is good news for your well-being!

Inside, timber cladding can be added to walls in need of a little warmth, increasing your connection to the natural world while staying inside. You might also choose wooden window frames over their plastic counterparts, and beautiful timber furniture which fills your home with the scent of the outdoors.

Exteriors of buildings can also be enhanced with sustainable timber cladding, bringing a contemporary, cosy vibe to the aesthetic. But there are also opportunities for timber in the surrounding outdoor areas. A timber picnic bench or timber decking, for example, provides the perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the well-being benefits of nature, maximising that feel-good feeling of biophilic design.

How could you not feel the joy of sitting out on a new FSC Certified IPE deck for example!

Choose Sustainable Timber

The natural world brings so many benefits to our mental and physical well-being. When you choose to enhance your space with beautiful wood, make sure you protect our planet by opting for sustainably sourced timber from EcoChoice. With a variety of timber products available from FSC and PEFC-certified forests, we supply timber which benefits everyone.

To learn more about our sustainable timber or start an order, get in touch with our team today.

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