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The clock is ticking for 2016. As I am reflecting on 2015, I notice every day that although I have some great systems in place to take good care of myself and my family, there is still a LOT of room for improvement.

The thing is, I’ve always been a multi-tasker. There are so many different things in life that intrigue me. So much I want to learn, do, and see. As is the challenge with so many of us, I
want to do it all, and want to be good at them, too, haha. Add my packed schedule with the kids, our social life, and my blogging passion, and I purposefully need to seek balance. I need to weave some more wellness ideas into my everyday.



I usually do things for myself in the evening after the kids go to sleep. I take my baths, read my books, do the laundry, and finish most of my blogging related work. The evening hours go well into the night, and my sleep can suffer as a result. I’ll be mindful to balance this a bit better, and get more sleep in 2016.

Another sleep problem I sometimes have is due to international travels. We travel internationally almost every year, and on both ways I get major jet lag. Both my husband, and I plan to supplement with Nature’s Truth Melatonin the next time we fly overseas. Our friends tried it and really liked the results. I read up on it and learned that Melatonin is a hormone that helps maintain the body’s circadian rhythm, and it helps improve the quality of rest. * When our levels get low, sleep can be broken and restless. Taking Melatonin as a supplement can assist in occasional sleeplessness.*



I know I need to take my vitamins daily. I am not too bad at this, but I can always do better. I want to make sure not to skip taking them; sometimes in extra busy mornings I am guilty of just that. One supplement I am adding to my routine is Fish Oil. I’ve been hearing about the benefits of Omega-3. I read that Fish Oil may help to maintain health in more than one area.

There is even supportive, but not conclusive research, that consumption of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. ** Nature’s Truth Fish Oil with natural lemon flavor (to prevent the fishy aftertaste) contains EPA and DHA & Omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also purified to eliminate mercury and heavy metals.



I always have fitness goals. Working out is an important part of my life, and an area where there is no limit. I feel like you can never say I am the most fit I can be. There are always more ways you can stay active and moving.

I take my dog Emma to daily walks (besides more structured workouts). This is of course beneficial for physical health, but as importantly it is also a time I clear my head, and rest my mind. I plan to increase our walks in increments, and hopefully will add thirty minutes to them everyday.

How can you increase your daily exercise?



As I believe wellness comes from the mind, as much as the body, I want to start de-charging by having tech-free time every single day. I’ve always been someone who wants to stay in touch; even years and years before smart phones and blogging.

Now that I have both in my life, I feel like my phone has become an ever loyal sidekick. I catch myself constantly checking my emails when I find a couple minutes, responding to Facebook & Instagram comments, texting friends. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy all these. I accept that my phone is important for my lifestyle. On the other hand, one of my goals for 2016 is to have tech-free hours every single day to reset and just live. 🙂

Do you take offline time for yourself?


I think we can all benefit from focusing on the present. When I find myself thinking of the next task, event, or appointment I stop, take a big breath and re-focus my attention to the present. It’s not easy and takes a lot of practice everyday. I’ll keep working on this for my wellness in 2016, too. Carpe Diem, ladies.


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I purchased my  Nature’s Truth  products at Rite Aid, but they are also available at other retailers such as Walgreens, Amazon, and

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

**Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

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Hope you all have a great new week ladies. Stay healthy! XOXO,


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  • Absolutely brilliant tips, Elif! Thank you for getting the time to write this post.
    Although I know it all, I do slip out of the right path sometimes and I know I need to get back there.
    Have a wonderful coming week, dear! xx

    • Theboxqueen

      So happy to hear you liked the tips Lu. Exactly! We tend to forget to take care of ourselves sometimes and I like reminding myself that I need to from time to time. 🙂 Thanks so much dear. XOXO, Elif

  • It’s so easy to ignore ourselves and just “get things done” – but these are great reminders to focus on ways to keep ourselves together and on track. #client

    • Theboxqueen

      So true Michelle. In the midst of all the activities, and our busy lives it’s easy to ignore some practical and effective ways we can take care of ourselves. I am happy to hear you like these reminders. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. XOXO, Elif

  • Great tips! I really need to set aside some tech-free time. Also, I love your leggings!

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks dear! AND yes!! I certainly have a goal for ongoing tech free time regularly. I think we all need it. 🙂 Happy Tuesday evening. XOXO, Elif

  • Great tips, especially the tech-free time! I’m reading more this year as it gives me a chance to just disconnect and stay away from screens for a while 🙂

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    • Theboxqueen

      Mica that’s a great way to de-stress for a bit! I also find reading an amazing time to unplug and relax. I really need to make an effort to stay tech free for a set amount of time on a regular basis. Have a wonderful WED. XOXO, ELIF

  • heidi

    The tech free time is so good for me. i get caught up in a routine of checking email and twitter. And I loose time doing things I really enjoy because of it.

    • Theboxqueen

      Same with me Heidi! Those tech routines of constantly checking email and social media does take up big chunks of time when they add up. It’s definitely a goal of mine to do it less. Thx for sharing your thoughts! XOXO, Elif

  • Morgan Wieboldt

    Sleep is always my number one and the hardest for me to get. Your pup is SO cute!

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks so much Morgan. I love her. 🙂 And Yes I almost never get enough sleep either and it’s on top of my list for this year. Happy Tuesday! XOXO, Elif

  • I love these tips! I need to work on all of these this year. I think just a few more minutes of each everyday would make a big difference!

    • Theboxqueen

      So happy you like them Lorna! I’ll do my best to work on each all year long myself. Thanks so much for sharing. XOXO, Elif

  • I’ve gone through periods where I stay up too late and I started setting a bedtime alarm to remind me to unplug and go to bed! It works!

    I’ve also found melatonin to be very helpful for improving the quality of my sleep, not just during travel, but anytime I notice I’m not sleeping well and/or having trouble falling asleep at night.


    • Theboxqueen

      Chrysta bedtime alarm clock sounds like an amazing idea, especially as it works!! Melatonin is great after long travels but I’ve never thought of it to improve sleep during regular times, thx so much for sharing your thoughts on that. Happy Tuesday! XOXO, Elif

  • Cheryl

    Great tips! I do pretty well with taking care of myself, but I admit that I do not take any vitamins or supplements and I really should. That is something I can definitely work on.

  • Sibel Gultekin

    Tech-free time always makes my family happy and gives us a chance to bond. Getting quality sleep is also a priority, but it is hard for me to achieve that goal!

  • Linda Manns

    I have never tried Natures Truth before. I actually have not heard of it. I will have to check it out soon. I love your suggestions. I need to do better on taking my supplements. I do take Melatonin at times and it does help. Thank you for sharing