Hit a Healthy Home Habit Reset Button: Tune Out Tonight

Hit a Healthy Home Habit Reset Button: Tune Out Tonight

Janel Laban
Jan 18, 2016
(Image credit: Hayley Kessner)

The January Cure is essentially a big old reset button for home habits. It's a chance to try out different things, break patterns and set up new habits that will make it easier to take good care of your space, and by extension, yourself. Today, you don't have to clean or sort or declutter. All I ask is that you take a simple, small step toward a different way to spend an evening at home.

Your home is a space where you can retreat from the outside world and focus on what is healthful and centering for you. Today, you should make that retreat just a bit more intentional, a little quieter and deeper than usual. Take a break from what is for many of us the default way we relax at home; turn off the tv, put down the laptop and phone and and give a media fast a try.

Part of the takeaway of doing the Cure is having the experience of spending time in our homes in different ways, which helps us to find new ways to enjoy it. This media fast will shake up the routine a bit and give you a rare break from the energy of the outside world finding its way into your private space.

Today's Assignment

This evening (or whenever your main block of "home time" is) take a break from television, computer, tablet and cell or smart phone. It's an assignment that's simple in concept but can be surprisingly tough in the execution. But, stick with it. Like the scrubbed floors and clean closets, it'll be worth it and feels really good to complete.

Maxwell explains one of the perks of there exercise well in the Eight Step Home Cure: "As you experience your home time without the usual sights and sounds to listen to, pay attention to how you feel. While you may find it uncomfortable and unfamiliar at first, you will inevitably find yourself with time that is unfilled and now yours to spend in new ways."

Share how you feel about this exercise in the comments - is this something you do regularly or will it be a rare challenge? Are you looking forward to a break or does it feel like a challenging chore? If you have an idea of how you plan to spend your time "off", let us know in the comments - it can be a big change, even if it's only for one evening, so everyones ideas and support for giving this a try is definitely welcome.

Good luck and enjoy!

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