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Part 2: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Originally published on January 22, 2015. This post contains affiliate links.

In Part 1, we discussed eliminating toxins from your environment, whether through TV, social media or on our phones/tablets.

 What about our physical environment? Look at your surroundings right now.

What can be rearranged/tossed out/replaced? If you work in an office think about your work setting. (Take a peek at my Pinterest board for office decorating ideas).

Aesthetics are important in a therapeutic setting. I don’t have a desk blocking my view of clients because it can affect building trust and rapport. Desks are physical barriers. I prefer an open and comfortable setting. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • When was the last time you updated the pictures in your frames?
  • Is your screensaver ALWAYS THE SAME? You won’t be considered a bad parent if you change your computer’s screen to a beach picture, or whatever distant location suits your fancy!
  • Could your workspace use a new air freshener or scent? This applies whether you work from home or at an office. Just be sure that you’re not lighting up a cinnamon candle in a cubicle!

I researched some tips on physical environments. According to an article by Dr. Loretta Lanphier ND, CCN, HHP, decluttering your office environment can be therapeutic (which is a component of self-care). Aromatherapy, especially lavender essential oils in particular, can help reduce computer errors by at least 25%.

Further research also shows the benefits of adding Feng Shui and plants to office or work environments. Some plants are known to help reduce the amount of toxins in the air.  For futher information I have provided the link for the article below.



Enlist the help of a friend or co-worker who has a work space you secretly envy. I’m sure they would be appreciative that you are seeking their advice!

Here is a picture of some additions I made to my office. I picked up this canvas picture during a holiday sale. It was originally $14.99 and with end-of-the-year discounts, the total was $4.50. Below this is a picture frame I purchased at a hobby store. I am using the glass as a wipe off board to provide quotes or journal prompts for my clients. I place important materials within their view and I seem to get a positive response from this.



This week’s purge is not restricted to offices or your work environment. Think of closet space, junk drawers (ugh don’t even get me started on this one) and the trunk of your car. If you think of an area that you visit (the trunk, a certain drawer, or closet) and it makes you shudder when you see it, you probably need to purge that. The beginning of the year is prime time for sales on storage bins and organizational tools. The pictures below are just a few items I found on Amazon! (affiliate)





If you really want to venture out, think of items in your home that you could sell! Facebook has group pages for local yard sales or private sales for household items. Craigslist, Ebay and Poshmark are sites where you can make some extra money on used clothing and items. Donate gently used clothes to local women’s shelters or your church and donate old blankets to animal shelters or rescue foundations.

This purge may sound exhausting but my purpose here is to help you reconsider the benefits of reducing toxins in your environment. Having a physical area that is pleasing to the eye and to all the senses can be therapeutic, rejuvenating and may provide motivation to work more efficiently!





Thankful Thursday – Eliminating Toxic Thoughts

For me, gratitude goes further than saying “I’m grateful for my house, my family and my dogs.” It’s completely acceptable to say and believe that statement but gratitude can change based on your perspective.

For instance, it’s roughly 108 degrees today where I live. Ouch right? I am not only grateful for functioning air conditioning in my home, car and office but I am grateful I don’t work outside.

If I complain (as most people are doing right now) about how hot it is, am I disregarding the people taking the bus, those who work outdoors, families who don’t have air conditioning or people who drive in this heat all day?

How does that take my gratitude to a different level?

My question is: Do we complain more than we say thanks? Click To Tweet

The amount of time we spend on social media can help us reflect on the thoughts we choose to share. Hey, I’m no Saint! I wasn’t born with patience and sometimes that is vented on my personal social media accounts or through texts with close friends. But I have to check myself too.

I work in an environment where people seek aid, answers, advice, an ear and advocacy. As a mental health therapist I work hard at keeping my environment free of toxicity. Of course I can’t control the energy brought into my office by clients, but I CAN control what I give them.

I can control the toxicity I spread to everyone around me.

On this Thankful Thursday I want to focus on toxic thoughts. By minimizing, and eventually eliminating, toxic thoughts and words my gratitude will grow.

And for this I am thankful.

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