5 Tips for Cultivating a Calm Weekend + Natural Vitality Giveaway

After a mind rattling week filled with project deadlines, travel planning and interpersonal family discord, I’m ready for a weekend of quiet calm. This is my time to dial it back, bring everything back into focus and prepare myself for the week ahead with more clarity and balance. Here are my top 5 tips on how to cultivate calm.

1. Start the day with a green drink. I can achieve a much deeper state of relaxation if I’m not suffering from digestive issues and bloating. This combination of mint, cucumber, fennel, ginger and apple goes down smooth! Get the green smoothie recipe in the free Calmful Balance eGuide.

2. De-clutter your space. I spend 10 minutes organizing my desk, scanning receipts, and filing away loose ends from the previous week before I hunker down in full weekend chillax mode. Clear space = clear mind

3. Practice Progressive Relaxation. Tense the muscles, one body part at a time, to achieve a state of calm. Inhale, squeeze, exhale, release. Repeat.

4. Aromatherapy. Nothing can transport me from chaos to calm faster than fragrance. Currently, I’m obsessed with lavender essential oil spritzed on my pillows for instant tranquility.

5. Take a magnesium + calcium supplement.  All of my stress manifests itself in the form of a physical cramp or pain. Most commonly, I’d wake up in the middle of the night with restless leg syndrome. To help calm my nerves and relax my muscles, I’ve been taking Natural Vitality Natural Calm plus calcium. Mix 1 teaspoon of the raspberry-lemon flavored vegan, gluten-free drink mix into 8 oz. water. This has been a lifesaver on many sleepless nights. I usually get relief from cramps about 30 minutes after taking Natural Calm.

:: Giveaway Details ::

One winner will be chosen on Feb.20, 2015 to receive a $100 Natural Vitality gift certificate! You must have a US shipping address to be eligible to win. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hrs to claim the prize or an alternate winner will be chosen.

To Enter:

1) Download the Calmful Balance eGuide

2) Leave me a comment letting me know how you create calm in your life.

Good luck! Want more tips to enjoy life with more fun, ease and less stress? The Calmful Balance eGuide is here to help with tips, recipes and reflections on bringing balance to:

Your home
What you eat (5 new recipes!)
How you shop
Helping the planet
Handling stress

We promise we won’t tell you what you’re doing wrong or report on the latest health scares. Instead we offer up inspirational ideas to realistically add some balance to your life.   Download your free Calmful Balance eGuide

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Natural Vitality. The opinions in this post are my own.
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What is your favorite vegan cheese? I’d love to know in the comments!

Be sure to enter the giveaway daily for more chances to win. We’ll select one person on Christmas Day to win 20+ gifts valued at over $2700!!!

 

 

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1) Follow Natural Vitality on Facebook and Pinterest

2) Subscribe to my YouTube channel

3) Leave a comment on this video telling me what your vegan travel essentials are

Giveaway ends Sept. 20.2013. Contest open to anyone with an U.S. shipping address. Winner will be notified through YouTube messages (you can sign up with your Gmail info).

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There will be a chance for you to win one of four prize -packs with my favorite products at the end of this post!

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November Conscious Box Giveaway!

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Getting my Conscious Box delivered each month is like having happiness arrive in the mailbox. Each box is packed full of food products, beauty samples, eco household stuffs, coupons and more.

October vegan box curated by EcoVeganGal

September vegan box curated by Brendan Brazier

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

  1. Please “Like” Conscious Box on Facebook
  2. Please subscribe to my Veggietorials YouTube channel
  3. Leave me a comment on this blog post letting me know that you’ve done steps 1 & 2 (leave your YouTube username)
  4. Contest ends Nov. 6, 2012 and I will select a winner. Open to anyone in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Conscious Box also ships overseas to APO addresses, as well as US territories.

*Products in the November box will differ from those pictured above*