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How To Make Your Downtime Nourishing Instead Of Stressful.

As I read my newsfeeds of New Years resolutions and affirmations, I see a common theme: “I want to take better care of myself/my health/my sanity.

While you might wonder where the hell you’ll fit time in for self-improvement, let’s look at your 1st enemy: your schedule.

You can’t fit 3 cars into a 2-car garage so naturally, something has to go! Let’s see what you can subtract so you can make room for improvements!

What can you subtract?

-Mindless scrolling through outdated info on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. (when is the last time you purged these newsfeeds?)

– Excessive online shopping.

– Watching the news for hours.

– Watching trash TV.

– Using your phone at the gym

– Binge watching your shows every weekend

– Responsibilities that seem to always seem to fall on your lap because NO ONE ELSE SIGNS UP (think of your kids’ school, coaching, kids’ activities, projects at work).

-Family responsibilities that need to be delegated. Why are you doing everything?

– Overcompensating at home by trying to be perfect. 7 days of 3 course meals, spotless sink every night, etc. Obsessive behaviors take up WAY TOO MUCH TIME!

What can you add that would be nourishing?

  1. First, decide what nourishing means to you. Do you need to refresh your soul, spirit, health, sleep patterns, breathing patterns? Click To Tweet
  2. Nourishing your soul or spirit? Add these: spiritual music, instrumental meditative music, traditional comfort recipes, redecorating the house with crystals, plants and soothing elements (See my post on ways to increase the peace in your environment)
  3. Include healthier drinks, snacks, meals into your daily routine. Appoint an accountability buddy at work to encourage you to have healthy lunches. Don’t carry your bank card to work. Shop for work lunches on Sunday.
  4. Add in comfort meals that remind you of home, a beloved family member or a favorite season.
  5. Buy warmer or higher thread count pillowcases, sheets or a new quilt. Flip your mattress or re-decorate your bedroom. Add new colors, comforting pictures or décor.
  6. Improve the air quality where you sleep and work. Use plants that remove toxins from the air. Use aromatherapy, misters, humidifiers and/or change air filters.
  7. Nourish your mind with podcasts, a fun fiction book, a YA book series, coloring books, board games, book clubs, groups that encourage creativity or intellectual conversation.

As many people incorporate fitness into their new year routines, their schedules are the 1st thing that need to be adjusted. If the word “sacrifice” scares you, change your language to make your adjustments more comfortable. You are making new CHOICES (not sacrifices) in order to support your goals. Click To Tweet

One thing I love about the new year is a chance to freshen up my surroundings. Even though I love the holidays more than Buddy the Elf, I welcome the new environment and opportunity to dust off my shoulders.

Self-care is about nourishment.

A new year is the perfect time to incorporate nourishment and fresh beginnings.

What are you willing to subtract in your life?

4 Ways To Inspire A Peaceful Environment

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Have you ever walked into a home, business or office and felt someone’s bad vibes? Have you ever envied hotels that have a peaceful ambiance or decor?

Create your own peaceful environment using these 5 ideas!

Pinterest: Begin a search for “serenity rooms” and grab some ideas for plants, color schemes, wall décor, lighting, etc. Follow my Pinterest board entitled “Home Sweet Home” for decorating inspiration!

Inventory: What type of vibe fits your personality? Do you need a quiet space where you can play soothing music? Maybe you need a portable speaker? Plush pillows and blanket? Do you want to relax on the floor with a colorful rug so you can incorporate yoga stretches? Scented candles? Are you comforted by spiritual or religious figurines or candles? Do you have cultural traditions you want to incorporate into your home or office? Now that you have considered your inventory list it’s time to go shopping! I’ll include some links below to help you get started!

Crystals: Crystals have been used for years for healing and meditative properties. Lately they have been very popular for home décor, meditation, journaling and gardening. Research which crystals you can use to clean energy in your home, for self-esteem, to attract healthy energy or whatever your heart desires! Find a local crystal shop and learn from one of their experts. Here are a few articles that explain their usefulness!

  5 Ways To Use Crystals For Good Feng-Shui

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Crystals

Aromatherapy: Whether you use candles, fragrance warmers, incense or essential oils, aromatherapy is a trusted method for inspiring a peaceful environment. I personally use sweet orange oil for an energetic vibe and lavender in my bedroom for relaxation. (I also have a post about the products I use for aromatherapy). Looking back on your inventory, did you include soothing scents? The scents in our environment could trigger anxiety or create energy and comfort. How many of you look forward to warm, sweet scents in the fall? Yup, I’m a sucker for anything that smells like apples or cinnamon!


Creating a peaceful environment can be beneficial to our stress levels, confidence, creativity and energy. Focusing on you also includes focusing on your environment. Imagine how efficient you’ll be when you walk into your own safe space with only peaceful vibes allowed!!

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