CLEAN UP YOUR CLEANING SUPPLIES
Good Trade has a comprehensive list of household cleaning brands that you can find at your local retailer. Read the list here: https://www.thegoodtrade.com/ features/natural-eco-friendly-cleaning-products-forthe-conscious-home.
by Sarah Knutson, Holistic Therapist, POET
Did you know many common household cleaners have
Non-toxic, all natural vinegar water can be used just
toxic chemicals that have negative effects on your
about anywhere in your house.
health? Even when properly used, these chemicals can cause severe symptoms such as respiratory issues,
asthma, reproductive problems, endocrine disruption
Some oils like Melaleuca (Tea Tree) or Cinnamon
and even cancer. These toxins can be especially
have antibacterial properties. Add a few drops to your
dangerous for small children and pets.
vacuum bag or mop water, or put a couple drops on a fresh furnace filter!
Trying to find household cleaners that are natural and eco-friendly can be a tall order. It can be challenging
to sort through the plethora of cleaning products. The
Several product lines are less toxic to you and the environment. My personal favorite is Norwex (not sold
TIDY UP YOUR WELL-BEING
in stores), a line of microfiber antibacterial cleaning products.
by Cole Fricke, Wellness Coordinator, POET What are you doing to clean up your health and wellness this spring? I’ve got good news for you: It’s not as hard as you think. The secret is the K.I.S.S. principle: Keep It Simple, Silly. Don’t try to do everything all at once. Start with small changes instead. Consider these three areas:
etc.) and build up from there! If exercise is something you normally like to do but you’ve slacked off a little in the past few months, be kind to yourself. Start where you’re at instead of looking back at where you’ve been.
TIDY UP YOUR MIND Finally, what are your daily habits that prevent you
TIDY UP YOUR NUTRITION This is the probably the area with the biggest potential for drastic positive change, but also the area where it’s often easier said than done. Theoretically, it’s easier to not eat 500 calories than it is to go burn 500 calories with exercise, but that is easier said than done when staring down those free donuts in the breakroom. So start small. Evaluate your eating habits (be honest!) and whether or not over time they meet your goals. If not, let’s clean it up! Make little changes, like adding in better substitutions (more fruits and veggies, less sugar and processed foods) and reducing your portion sizes. At the end of the day, eat real food!
from living your best life? Self-care is not selfish, and it’s never as hard as it seems. Remember: K.I.S.S. Start small and pick up some easy wins to get the ball rolling. Dine out a lot? Aim for a reasonable number of home-cooked meals for work and at home with family. Poor sleep quality? Put that phone down at night and set a firm bedtime instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media. (Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better about yourself and your friends, and you’ll sleep a lot better too!)
TIDY UP YOUR ACTIVITY
Whatever you’re working on, simply remember these
Notice I said activity — not just dedicated exercise.
overarching themes: Start small and keep building,
Exercise is activity, but not all activity needs to be
prioritize, have a purpose and goal in mind, and don’t
exercise. It would be awesome for you to immediately
be afraid to do this for yourself. If you focus on these
decide to exercise more, but if that’s not anywhere near
things, you’ll be just fine!
where you’re coming from, start small with something you like to do (gardening/yardwork, walking outside,
THE ESSENTIAL PERSPECTIVE