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Pandemic-Inspired Habits That Are Actually Good For You

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By Contributor, Emily Graham

The last year has brought major changes for everyone. Although these changes were unexpected – and, frankly, unwelcome – there are some shockingly bright silver linings amidst it all. Some of the ways we’ve changed our day-to-day lives have had a major impact on both our physical and psychological well-being. However, many of these changes offered opportunities to build healthy habits and give our minds the nurturing they need. Let’s take a look at a few pandemic-inspired changes you should hold on to: 

Addressing Creative Priorities 

Although we may not have thought of it this way, many of us have turned socializing and going out into our primary hobby. Once that became more complicated, we had to figure out some other way to pass the time. As a result, people started discovering creative pursuits they’d never considered before. 

If you haven’t found your creative niche yet, keep looking. Try out different forms of art, or pick up an instrument. If you’re business-minded, you might get creative satisfaction out of solidifying your own business idea. Who knows – it could become something you turn into a full-time career! Seeking creative satisfaction is a great way to soothe your spirit. 

Launching a Business

Millions of people were financially impacted by the pandemic, and though many continue to struggle, others have looked to new and different ways to make a living like starting a business

If you were financially impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, now might be the perfect time to go after a small business idea that could be beneficial to people, especially in areas that show strong support for local businesses.

The best way to get started is to form an LLC! The added personal protections of an LLC will keep your business going well into the future and also provide you with flexibility for financing. In addition, an LLC can provide creative ways to tax your business properly without breaking the bank. Creating your own business is easier than ever and can be done online in five steps or fewer.

Connecting From a Distance 

Although virtual socialization has taken off during the pandemic, odds are it will stick around far beyond its passing. Take something like online gaming, for example. With a good enough WiFi connection, you can play with friends all over the world as if they were right next to you. Yes, this has allowed us to connect with the non-household friends and family members a few streets away, but it also gives us a chance to spend time with long-distance loved ones. 

Expect video chat sessions, online gaming, and other virtual hang-outs to stay on the menu after the pandemic has passed. Lean into these forms of distanced socialization: They allow you to stay in touch with people who might otherwise fall out of your life. 

Learning How to Be Alone 

Obviously, socialization is important for our mental wellbeing. However, alone time is valuable, too. Depending on what your schedule was like pre-COVID, you may not have spent much time on your own. The self-isolation the pandemic has required, however, means that we’ve all had to learn how to enjoy our own company. Getting to know one’s self empowers you to see all of who you are – the areas worth working on, and the traits that deserve to be celebrated. 

Spending time at home has also inspired us to make sure our homes are a comfortable, welcoming environment. Many people have painted rooms, created wall art, built porches and patios and all other manner of quarantine DIYs. Creating a space where you can unwind is a necessary step toward learning how to be mindful and present in your own life. 

Valuing Time Outdoors 

Before the pandemic, there’s a good chance most of your time outdoors happened between front doors and car doors. Although this seems minimal, we all felt its absence once it went away. Working from home has kept our risk of spreading COVID-19 lower, but it also wiped out our incidental time outside. 

As a result, we’ve learned how to weave intentional outdoor time into our schedule. We’ve started going on walks, exploring local parks, and hiking nearby trails. Maybe you’ve even hosted a socially distant garden party as a way to spend low-risk time with loved ones. Time outside is great for our mental health in a number of ways, and we should continue to make an effort to get as much sun and fresh air as possible. 

Don’t get us wrong – the pandemic has come with major, undeniable challenges. But amid all the difficulties, we have learned which coping skills empower us to live the fullest lives possible. We should never let go of that drive to find joy wherever we can.

Baby, Wellness

Skin Care: Natural Laundry Detergent

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Hey loves! I know it’s been a minute or two since I have posted. Mommy life, work life, and wife life were taking up every second of my 24 hours, and to be honest I was having a difficult time finding the energy to log on and post. At the end of the day, even my fingers were exhausted but, here I am!

Today I’m sharing my top picks for natural laundry detergent.



7 Daily Affirmations For Self-Care and Success

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Now more than ever, I’ve realized the importance of strengthening my mind. Anxiety, stress, and procrastination will creep up on me if I don’t and I’m not trying to entertain that at all.

I remember when I was praying for God to bless my husband and I with a baby, and I had to write down positive things about my body. I wrote down that my body was healed. I wrote (and said) that we would have beautiful, healthy children. Even on the days when I could not see it, I had to tell myself that it would.

My game plan changes every few months usually but, right now I have decided to:

  1. Wake up between 5:30 and 6:00.
  2. Get my day started with prayer and affirmations.
  3. Get my body moving (stretching or a workout routine on YouTube or Instagram).
  4. Knock out some work (even 15 to 30 minutes helps a lot before the rest of the house is up).

I was never big on affirmations a few years ago because I felt like it was some fairy, “pie in the sky” stuff honestly. Combined with prayers though, it helps a LOT to get me in the right head space to face the day. Whenever I have one too many days where I feel overwhelmed, on edge, and unmotivated I know that I’ve fallen off of my routine.

Here a few affirmations that I say in my head and out loud sometimes. I also make a habit of writing them down in my journal:

I am exactly where I need to be. I welcome the challenges and opportunities that I am facing today and I will grow from them.

I push fear aside to take action in faith, because I know God is with me.

I honor my desires by asking for what I want.

I am amazed by my body and its abilities.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and I treat my body as such.

I practice self-care regularly.  I feel good about taking care of myself.

I embrace success in all areas of my life.

Your mind is so powerful! Get into the habit of doing and saying things that will promote good thoughts because it really does become your reality. Believe me, I know that some days it is tough but also know that it can and will get better.

Which affirmations are you repeating each day?

Eats, Wellness

Coronavirus: How to Protect and Prepare Holistically

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In this season of the flu and coronavirus, it is difficult to know what the next best steps are.  On Instagram this morning, my favorite nutritionist and health coach, Gessie Thompson shared the five things you can do to help protect yourself and your family. 

  1. Boost your immunity.   Your immune system is the defense that helps to fight off viruses, diseases, and so much more.  Therefore, doing things to make sure your resistance is strong, is so important. 

What you can take:

The Breathe supplement from This supplement helps to boost and repair the respiratory system. Also, consume foods that boost your immune system like elderberry, black mulberries (packed with iron and vitamin C), and camu camu (the highest source of vitamin C), and ginger.

2. Boost your gut health.  Your gut health is directly linked to having a strong immune system.  Prebiotics and probiotics are important in nourishing thegood bacteria found in your gut and put back good bacteria into your gut.

What you can take:

If you have daily bloating and constipation, healing is important first. Detox30 and Detox7 protocols from The Detox Now program.   

After healing your gut, getting a good prebiotic and probiotic will help your gut flora to be in balance.

Prebiotic- Manuka honey

Probiotic- Coconut yogurt by Coconut Cult

3. Good hygiene habits.

Wash, wash, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 10 to 20 seconds.

4.  Stock up on supplies the electric way.  In the event that stores are closed or people have to be quarantined, you want to have enough food, toiletries, and water.  We typically think of stocking up on non-perishable items like canned foods but, they are usually laced with BPA (a heavy toxin).

What you can do:

Get frozen organic vegetables and fruits. For a list of the electric, non-inflammatory fruits and veggies, download your free list at   From the good food list, what you can’t find frozen, you can buy them fresh and wash with a fruit and veggie wash (food -grade hydrogen peroxide and distilled water).  Then, cut them up and place them in BPA-free freezer bags. 

Buy grains, lentils, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, walnuts, etc.

5.  Boost your peace. 
Whatever you do, protect your peace.  We want to be proactive, not stressed out and panicked.  With all the constant news updates, social media posts, and everyone’s opinions and speculations, it can be overwhelming and send you into anxiety mode.  Finding ways to be at peace will lower cortisol levels, cut down inflammation, and help keep you healthy. 

What you can do:

Pray, meditate, exercise, practice breathing exercises, recite positive affirmations and scriptures, and journal.  Also, being mindful about the information you take in and how often you are allowing it into your mind.   

Check out the full video below and follow Gessie on Instagram, @coachgessie.

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#CORONAVIRUS — GET PROTECTED & PREPARED HOLISTICALLY WATCH THE FULL VIDEO! Today, as I’m readying my family for the outbreak that is spreading way too quickly, I wanted to share 5 TIPS with you to help you BOOST your way through this biological storm: ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ 1. BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY: My go to Immunity Booster is our supplement Breathe (available at ?in BIO)! I take it daily and also give it to my 8 year old daughter. You can also build your immunity with foods like Elderberries, Black Mulberries, Ginger, Camu Camu and others. ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ 2. BOOST YOUR GUT HEALTH: 80% of our Immune System is in our GUT and healthy bowel movements are evidence of a productive digestive system. If you deal with frequent bloating and or constipation, I highly recommend you do ou @TheDeToxNow DETOX 7 Mini-Cleanse or our DETOX 30 Fruit DeTox — depending on how severe your case is. If you simply need to boost your gut health, I recommend you add electric prebiotic and probiotics to your diet (watch the video for my picks!) ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ 3. BOOST YOUR HYGIENE: Wash Your Hands for 10 to 20 seconds after any activity that involves other people, places and your own bodily fluids (like going to the bathroom, wiping your nose, touching your eyes, blowing your nose). ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ 4. BOOST YOUR SUPPLIES: Stock Up on foods, household, toiletries, cleaning items so that you have more than a 2 week supply in case you have to be restricted to your home for your own protection. Watch the full video for my breakdown of tips on ensuring your foods are as healthy as possible! ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ 5. BOOST YOUR PEACE! Maintain a Positive & Peaceful mindset. If we let it, the news cycle of updates will suck us into a vortex of fear, anxiety and downright terror — all of which trigger cortisol causing inflammation! So, PRAY/MEDITATE and trust God! Need help REVERSING or PREVENTING a health issue or not sure which DETOX is for you? START HERE: REGISTER for our FREE DETOX Weekly Group Consult at to have our team review your case and recommend the best plan for you!

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