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The healthy home is part of my series about Primary Nourishment, and today’s post includes the third of eight menu options I’d like to share with you on Thursdays!
What do I mean by Primary Nourishment? It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary. The third item on my coaching menu is feeling nourished by having a welcoming, safe, and steady place to call home.
Maintaining a healthy home environment is important for your overall well-being. For instance, keeping your home in order promotes productivity, and improved productivity is powerful. Increased self-regulation in your home extends to other areas of your life such as goals and finances. The largest gains I have witnessed in reaching one’s full potential are made by those who understand the value of making simple incremental changes in habit.
“One step at a time, one day at a time.”
Here are five steps we can all take:
1. Consider the home environment that feels best to you. Think of three action steps that you can take to make your home a true reflection of you!
2. Green plants freshen the air and bring the beauty of nature inside your space. Look around your home and decide what steps you’d like to take regarding adding plants, changing your window coverings to increase sunlight, or any other fresh air steps you could take.
3. Brainstorm with your loved ones or housemates about the electronic activities that buzz around your home environment. Are there zones in your home that can be declared electronic-free during certain times of each day? Can you create a special space where loved ones can gather for meals and quality time together?
4. Consider your balance between home and work life. Do you have good boundaries around work time vs. home time? Have you established a schedule that honors your need to seek balance between these two important parts of living? Many women feel that getting support from family and friends regarding their vision and goals both at home and on the job, includes their willingness to ask for the kind of help they need. It may be easier for you to offer help than it is to ask for help. If that is true, what does that mean for you?
5. How you clean your home makes a big difference in the atmosphere and attitude created. Have you found the kind of cleaning products that enable you to feel both clean and healthy? By this I mean how different would your home feel if the cleaning products used were damaging to the health of the person handling those chemicals and disinfectants, instead of relaxing in the knowledge that the cleaning process did not do any harm to the air, water, skin, or lungs? For my home and peace of mind, a simple consumer choice makes a big time difference.
Being out of balance can have significant effects on all aspects of life. I always coach my clients to create harmony in life and establish a healthy rhythm that is sustainable and feels good to them. In my 20s and 30s, being a homemaker was a large part of my identity and self-esteem. It could be said that I was very home-centric in those years of my life. Did you have this experience? Do you still consider the making of home environment a large part of your daily satisfaction and identity?
Others may feel more comfortable doing “the bare minimum” when it comes to creating home. They believe in putting their valuable energy into other primary nourishment options like healthy relationships, fulfilling career, or spending time in nature. I get it! We all get to make discerning choices about how we create balance and primary nourishment, and as no two lives are exactly the same, the menu options you focus on are completely up to you!