Television host and bestselling author Kym Douglas regularly shares her expert lifestyle tips on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, while also making viewers laugh on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. But behind her effervescent personality, Kym has faced it all, from balancing a busy family life to beating breast cancer.
Here, how faith, family and self-love have helped her find peace, strength and confidence every day
Connect with treats.
“Everyone loves tasty food that’s good for you too!” Kym smiles. “In my house, a simple family dinner is tacos with ground chicken, organic cheese, and cabbage and cauliflower mash. For dessert, we love avocado based brownies and avocado mousse with coconut milk and cacao — so delicious and good for you! Jerry insists on having dinner as a family, and every Sunday we have family guest night. This nurtures our spirits and keeps us connected!”
Discover peace with perspective.
“The thing that gets me through rough times is the saying, ‘This too shall pass,’” Kym shares. “Sometimes, I’ll drive to the ocean and look at this vast body of water and realize my problems are small by comparison. The ocean can renew and replenish itself every day, and so can we. This brings me great comfort and helps me put difficult times into perspective.”
Look for the beauty in all challenges.
“Since the pandemic, my son, Hunter, Jerry, and I have spent more time together,” Kym says. “We’ve read books, baked cookies and done 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles! I never counted the pieces because I knew they’d all fit, and it made me realize that’s how I have to trust God. He has my life mapped out, and this moment is just a puzzle piece. The picture will be beautiful in the end!”
Pamper yourself with love and care.
“During my cancer treatment, I’d take warm baths filled with Epsom salts and lavender oils and really get in touch with my body,” Kym says. “I’d do dry brushing before a shower, buy satin pillowcases and wrap myself in shawls for coziness. I started feeling good and getting my self-esteem back from treating me well.”
Boost your mood with gentle exercise.
“Women over 50 don’t need to run, jump, and fly to achieve good exercise!” Kym says with a laugh. “At this stage in life, I don’t want to push myself too hard.” So she walks a different route every day while listening to uplifting talks on her smartphone. “I feed my brain with positive things while I walk. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes, and at the end, you’ll feel great!”
Write before bed.
“I’ve kept journals since I was 12 years old!” Kym says. “It’s just a way for me to release a lot of thoughts. There’s usually a theme of ‘I’m going to make it through,’ ‘I’m going to accomplish this — it’s mainly about setting goals for myself rather than just writing to write. I journal at night, and many times, it’s to write through a problem I faced that day. I find that when I do it, I get to sleep easily and feel so free!”
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.