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Quick and Easy Tools for Tough Days

cropped-sshhlogoWhether it is a tough day at school, or a tough day for your family, or the nation, sometimes when we are having a hard time it is even harder to remember our tools. So here are a few that I am remembering today…

If you are grieving and having trouble focusing and being present, try some of these quick and easy techniques to ground yourself during tough times. labrynth

  • Connect to the ground: go for a walk on the earth, barefoot if possible. Maybe walk a labyrinth to calm and center yourself. This is fun to do with kids.

If you are really busy just try to get a few minutes of fresh air and sunshine,  you can always stop and look up at the clouds for a bit or visit a favorite tree.

  • Remember the Essentials: If you have them, use oils that are grounding like patchouli and vetiver. I just remember to grab ones that smell Earthy. You can also use lavender and frankincense which are good for grieving. I also like to remember that you can use citrus to calm down and lower your blood pressure. You can always just peel an orange… the oils kind of spray in your face while you peel it. Then you can eat the orange too. Even better, eat it while taking a bubble bath with some lavender. I also made myself a cup of Tension Tamer tea.

 

  • Don’t forget to Eat: I like to eat grounding foods, again, choose things that taste earthy like mushrooms or comfort foods. Extra protein can help get your energy up. (I am making some mushrooms and cream sauce over noodles for dinner.) Macaroni and Cheese or chicken soup for the soul or whatever makes you feel better is always a good choice on hard days.Make your kids’ favorite. Or let someone else cook. Or have breakfast for dinner. Just don’t forget to eat.

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  • Make something beautiful: Create something. Just scribble or color or make something with playdoh with your kids. Get out the sidewalk chalk and make your world a little more colorful.  Makes cards and send them to your friends. Do something that makes you smile.

 

  • Put your own mask on first: As moms we need to remember to “put our own oxygen mask on first” and do our self care so that we are calm and grounded and then able to care for others. When you are rested and feeling more focused, then you can get back to taking care of everyone else.

 

  • Prayer and Intention: While doing all of the rest of the things on this list or whatever ideas work for you, remember to do them with intention. Put your love and prayers into every action. Prayer is powerful. Your thoughts are powerful. If we all send more love out into the world then we will be better able to take care of each other on these tough days. Don’t add to the negativity, but instead focus on where you can take positive actions and where you can do more good in the world.

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If you need help finding ways to get started, contact me to schedule your private healing session of Health Family Consultation.

 

 

 

 

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Crying in the Kitchen Again

cropped-sshhlogo.pngAfter filling each Thermos with homemade pasta and veggies that I remembered to cook last night so that it would be ready for Hot Lunch Wednesday, I had this horrifying thought that they will want to be fed, AGAIN, Today! And then I had the same mental battle of thinking of something that I can feed them while running in between spring sports events and still get to church for the healing service tonight. So I started looking for something to throw in the crockpot. I had these stew onions staring at me from the pantry and so I started to peel.

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As I sat there crying, I was quickly reminded of why they sell onions all peeled and ready in the freezer section. I had bought them because my grandmother used to make these stewed onions that were so good and these were ‘buy a bag, get a bag free’. So here I was, stuck peeling them and wondering how long it could possibly take!  I could have just peeled one giant onion and chopped it up. But then I reminded myself that peeling veggies is a great opportunity for some mindfulness meditation. So I tried to focus on the task at hand and send some love to my family through this home cooked meal.

If you are like me and have trouble shutting off your thoughts, then this process can be more of a reflection than a meditation, but you still need to be present and not rushed when using knives and hot pans. As I peeled back the top layer of the onion, I was thinking of the way in which we peel back the layers as we heal. I was remembering all the healing that I have done since becoming a mom and wanting to break some of these intergenerational family patterns for my kids. And I was thinking about the healing service tonight. I was thinking about how that huge piece of healing that I received last Fall peeled back a layer so that I could then see what was underneath and all the healing that I’ve done since then.

I was remembering how some people came to the service, but then did not ask to be healed. Some people even went up to receive healing, but then shook it off because they did not feel worthy to receive it. I remember how hard it was for me to ask for the healing and to let it work through me. There were so many people who were more sick, in more pain, or more deserving. It was kind of scary to go up in front of everyone and let them see my vulnerability. I even had to force myself to stay still and let it happen even though it took longer than I thought and I was self-conscious.

Since last Fall I have been able to see so many changes in myself, so many pieces of myself that I didn’t even know were there. And I realize that this is why we are so scared to ask for healing. We are scared of what we will find if we peel back that layer. Who would we be without our symptoms? If we change our habits and behaviors, even though it is to become healthier and happier, we wonder who we will become. If we change ourselves, how will all of our relationships shift as a result? What if we don’t like the person underneath? It can be hard to make those changes, and we can find ourselves resisting for so many reasons even though we may really want to feel better. This is why I am so thankful to have people in my life who love and support me. Friends and mentors and teachers who want the best for me, even if it means that I will no longer need them in the same way.

And that brings me back to parenting. We want what is best for our kids. We pack them healthy lunches that will help them to grow big and strong. We teach them how to navigate the world. And we teach them how to do the hard stuff and keep going, even though there is always another layer and another challenge. And we do all of this knowing that it will eventually mean that they don’t need us in the same way anymore. But I will always find new ways to be there for them, and I will always be their mother. See, now you are crying too and you’re not even peeling onions!

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It’s time to make your best investment of the year!

It is easy to get caught in the trap of: “If you want something done right, do it yourself”.  Often this just means that you end up doing everything!

So today I want to talk about outsourcing some of the biggest jobs to the experts. This allows you to feel really good about your management skills, achieving your biggest goals and then getting a good night’s sleep.

I have been working on creating a more healthy family-life by sitting down once a year (when the kids go back to school!) and creating my vision for what really needs to happen, and then finding smart ways to get it all done by delegating and calling on experts.

In project-management they talk about outsourcing work, or delegating tasks. I used to try to do everything myself, from home improvements to car repair, but lately I’ve been trying to let others be the experts about what they love to do, so that I can spend more time on what I love and what I am good at. It’s a win-win.

As a mom, life gets pretty busy, and just feeding the kids every day can be a full time job. You have to earn money to buy the food, then you have to choose the food, shop for the food, organize and inventory the food, prepare and cook the food etc.  And somehow you’re supposed to accomplish all of that faster than they can eat the food! And with the number of foods available on the market today, who has time to research every single product?

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But, are we supposed to just trust the stores that slap the “healthy” label on almost anything, even when it clearly is anything but. If we can’t trust the labels, then who do we trust with the health of our kids? I find it is best to ask for advice from other families that have healthy kids. And when it comes to nutrition, I like to talk to the farmers. You can go meet your farmers at the local Farmer’s Market, or even better, you can join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

When I decided to let my friends be my farmers I was able to check all of these things off my To-Do list:

  • Feed my kids healthy, organic veggies that are local and in-season

  • Have more time to make home-cooked meals with my kids

  • Spend time outside with my kids for fun and enjoyment of nature

  • Be less stressed and have more joy

  • Make good investments of money (buying up front saves me 10-15% off retail) and time (I don’t have to think about what to put on the menu this week)

I have always had a garden, and I love having my kids get their hands dirty and learn about where food comes from. We love to throw some seeds in the ground and see what happens. But if I am in charge of maintaining and monitoring the garden all summer and relying on it to do well, it becomes kind of stressful and takes some of the fun out of family garden time.

In my vision of healthy kids, I also have kids who know what real vegetables look like, who understand where their food comes from, and who know how to prepare and cook their own food. So, when my friends said that they were passionate about starting a farm with their kids and growing organic vegetables and that they wanted to drop off a beautiful assortment of veggies on my porch every week from June-October, I jumped at the chance.

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Now, every winter, I happily send them a check so that they can go buy the seeds and the fertilizer (using all of their accumulated professional knowledge) and then I can sleep well, knowing that they will get up in the middle of the night to run the heaters in the greenhouse and take care of my baby veggies. They even sing songs to the veggies because we know that happy cells make healthy plants.

 

So for the best investment that you can make of both your time and your money, I encourage you to search for CSA’s in your community. If you are lucky enough to live in Upstate NY, you can meet my farmers and learn more about how it works at their new store and learn about their farm share program.

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