Stress is a big part of life. As adults we seem to have to deal with it everyday. Since it is such a big part of life, it makes sense to develop healthy habits that can protect you from its harmful effects. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop.
Talk with family and friends.
A good friendship is great medicine. Spending time talking as well as listening can be an excellent way to process thoughts and feelings. Call or email friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and be sure to listen to them.
Engage in daily physical activity.
Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Studies show that physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.
Embrace the things you are able to change.
While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others. As I’ve gotten older, my joints are wearing down and I have been forced to find a different form of physical activity besides running.
Remember to laugh.
Laughter makes us feel good. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip, even when we’re alone.
Give up the bad habits.
Too much alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine or soda pop can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, decide to quit now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation and be sure to eliminate soda pop asap.
Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush. Spread things out, if it doesn’t get done today, there’s always tomorrow.
Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks. Approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.
Practice giving back.
Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you. Contribute regularly to a legit charity.
The world won’t end if your grass isn’t mowed or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, but right now might not be the right time.
There are essential oils that you can use to help deal with the affects of stress. Bathing in a lavender bath, diffusing lemon or other citris blends are great ways to help alleviate stess!
As I get older I am noticing the harmful effects of gravity on my body. I pride myself in the amount of effort I exert each day at the gym trying to crunch, plank and cardio my way to better abs. Then one morning, while in my cardio class, the instructor said “remember ladies, your abs are made in your kitchen.” What? Did she just really just say that? You mean, all this time and effort at the gym is meaningless if I continue to eat the way I do? Preposterous!
Then, that very same day, as I went home and jumped on the computer and made my way to my email account I stumbled on this doosey of an article on MSN and I realized I am going about this all wrong.
So… starting today, I have turned over a new leaf. I work harder at home in my kitchen by watching what I put in my mouth and still do my work at the gym but with less worry and anxiety over whether or not it is actually working.
One other way that I am accelerating the effect of my work at the gym and to curb my appetite at home is using essential oil products to assist me in my journey. These oils are very effective in trimming down and increasing my energy. Be sure to ask me how.
Welcome 2015. Time again to think about what the new year will bring. Fitness goals seem to top most peoples lists of new years resolutions. I am no different, at this time of year I am always thinking about what I can do to become more fit. I am also a lover of lists, I am always making lists with bullet points, numbers and check boxes which really excites me. Lists allow me to organize and track my life; it also allows me to focus my research while preparing blog posts. Sooooo……here is the first list of the new year..here it goes….
Write down your workout – if you write it, you manifest and affirm it and you are creating your workout program. Don’t just write it once, write down what you plan to do every single week.
Mix up your workout routine – especially for cardio exercise. Doing this will help you to not plateau and will continually challenge your body.
Sleep – The U.S. is the most sleep deprived country on earth. Think of how healthy it is to sleep, so much occurs to our bodies during our sleep time, especially healing. Sleep is the best form of self care.
Change one thing about your diet – don’t make huge, sweeping resolutions to eliminate entire food groups, just start small, eliminate soda pop to start.
Exercise at least 20 minutes per day. You can always fit 20 minutes into a busy day. Getting up 20 minutes earlier to exercise is doable.
Focus on your gut – the best abs are created in the kitchen. Also include a probiotic into your food regimen
Drink more water – add your favorite citrus essential oil to 8 oz of water for a refreshing flavor that will help with detox. This is also a great way to wean from soda. Drink 1/2 of your weight in ounces everyday.
Eat a healthy breakfast that includes a protein. Breakfasts is still the most essential meal of the day, don’t skip it and be sure to add an egg or a good protein shake to the menu.
Always workout on Mondays. This will set the tone for the rest of the week.
Make your schedule more active. Go on active dates, have a meeting while walking, walk to lunch, take the stairs, go on a bike ride instead of watching t.v.
Try a new workout program – instead of going running, try Zumba
Let go of the past – if you didn’t meet your goals last year, it’s o.k. let it go and move forward!
Push yourself physically everyday – do one more pushup, run one more lap, add 5 lbs to your barbell.
Don’t overbook or over commit – make self care #1 and minimize the busyness in your day so you have time to get fit.
If you incorporate all 15 points into your fitness regimen, you will feel stronger, emotionally balanced and have increased energy during the up-and-coming year.
You exercise regularly, you eat healthy and done other things to clean your personal environment in your home including ditching BPA bottles, thowing out the Drano and stop using pesticides to kill spiders. But, unknowingly, you may still be exposing your self to serious levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCS). Research shows the EDSs can hijack hormonal systems in your brain and thyroid, putting you at risk for diabetes, unexplained weight gain, asthma and cancer. A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, links exposure to EDCs called phthalates – found in beauty products, processed foods and plastics – to a 13 percent lower testosterone level in men ages 40 to 60.
According to Heather Patisaul, a biology professor at North Carolina State University specializing in EDCs, “we’re swimming in a soup of nealry 90,000 chemicals, most of which have not been tested for endocrine disruption or safety. It is not something to panic over but simple lifesyle changes can cut exposure and reduce risks,” using these simple strategies:
Ditch Chemical Cleaners: Most detergents and household cleaners are full of EDCs, which you inhale and absorb through your skin. “Cleaning products are not required to list ingredients,’ says Caroline Cox of the Center for Environmental health, “so even if they’re marketed as ‘green’ or ‘natural,’ you don’t really know what’s in them.” Choose products that carry the EPA’s Design for the Environment seal, which Cox says certifies that products are safe.
Store food in metal or glass: One major sourch of phthalates is plastic food-storage containers and plastic wraps. “the longer plastic is in contact with food, the more likely EDCs are to migrate,” says Rolf Haden, director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University. Microwaving makes the phthalates leech even more quickly. Put your leftovers in glass or ceramic and pack lunches in stainless steel versus plastic bags.
Use old-fashioned soap: For your sink and shower, you want plain bar soap. Antibacterial soaps and body washes often contain either triclosan, which mimics a thyroid hormone and can affect your metabolism, or triclocarban, which may interfere with testosterone, Haden says. “Besides posing a health risk there’s zero proof synthetics clean any better than regular soap.”
Limit packaged foods: Anything mass produced and wrapped is suspect of containing high levels of phthalates. It’s impossible to avoid packaged food entirely, so as much as you can “eat fresh foods that have undergone as little porcessing as possible,” says Joh Meeker, an EDC researcher and dean at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Upgrade your couch: Furniture with foam is often treated with brominated flame retardants and one common type, called PBDEs, can impair thyroid function and brain development, says Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Replace the foam lining in your mattress or couch cushions with fire retardant-free foam, or buy a new model and double-check the brand via the watchdog website http://www.greenscienceepolicy.org.
Avoid synthetic fragrance: Air fresheners, candles, hand lotion, if it’s scented, you can bet it contains EDCs. “Phthalates are wonderful carries of fragrance,” Patisaul says. “That ‘new car’ smell? That comes from phthalates releasing into the air.” Eliminate all scented home and body products and look for brands that specifically say they’re phthalate-free, or that use natural, plant-based oils.
These are a few of many inexpensive and simple ways you can be detoxing your house today. Take some time and look for ways to improve your living environment. Besides, you don’t know what might be killing you.