5 Simple Habits…

unnamed-2If you’ve ever tried starting a blog, then surely you realize how time-consuming the process is. It seems appealing in the beginning but then you realize how much time really does go into every single article written. The web is completely saturated with websites and personal blogs these days. If you spend some time surfing the internet, you’ll realize that most of the content out there is similar. Topics trend and websites and blogs sort of all cover the same material, at the same time. If I were to focus on every single detail, I’d lose sight of what really is important to me. I can only focus on the fact that doing this writing is like therapy for me and to share it with you gives me a true sense of giving back. Read an article of mine and live a day in the life of me. If you can see the world through my eyes, you’ll get a different perspective. I go about my life much differently than most people do and if you stick around for while you’ll start to figure out what I mean by that. With that being said, I’m going to put myself on a normal work schedule with this website and do my writing on a regular basis. I seem to focus mostly on the Diary section but in reality, this entire blog is really is my Diary. As I write, I continue to incorporate each subject and branch of this amazing tree into my daily routine. Mind, Body, and Soul.

Since this is a Wellness article, let’s get to it. I’ve found that if I don’t keep myself in check, incorporating healthy routines into my life, I’ll start to get lazy. It can be as simple as drinking enough water every day (which is crucial). Unless you have someone following you around telling you to drink water all day you can forget to do it. Or if you’re like me, you’ll substitute an iced latte for water, which can wreak havoc on your body. Having said that, let’s begin with the water. This past month I’ve found myself slipping a bit, not nurturing myself as much and when I look into the mirror I’ve noticed a difference. I’m vain, I care about my appearance and something that I’ve tried and tested to be true is the practice of a healthy lifestyle leads to a better looking ME! I had to take a step back and look at what I have and have NOT been doing recently. In certain categories, the simplest ones… I’ve seemed to fail. I’ve now compiled a quick list of very effective and simple habits to put into action.  I’ve realized that if I do these things, I look and feel my best. Here we go:

 

1.Move Your Body
Pretend that you don’t have a car. Instead of driving to the grocery store, walk there. Instead of driving to get coffee, get up 15 minutes earlier and walk there. Enjoy your walk. If you live in an area that isn’t walkable then walk in a different area. Perhaps you walk during your lunch break instead of driving. If you live in an area that the weather prevents you from walking, find an indoor shopping area or mall and put your headphones on. Pretend the people aren’t there and get into the zone. Walking has done so much for me physically and emotionally. When I walk I take in everything visually and notice whats true and unique to my surroundings. This keeps me in an appreciative state of consciousness, otherwise known as the “attitude of gratitude”. Living in a city like Los Angeles makes it easy with our perfect weather. If you live in Southern California get out and walk! You have no excuse!

2. Turn Off Your Phone
If you are like me you are always glancing or fidgeting with your phone. It becomes a nervous habit or addiction. If you find yourself consciously waiting 5 or 10 minutes to return a text so that the person won’t think you’re staring at your phone all day, its time to unplug. It has been proven that digital technology can cause anxiety and stress. Put your phone away completely for a couple of hours a day. Does that sound crazy? Pick up a book and do some reading and if you find yourself unable to concentrate on your reading material because you wonder whats going on with your phone…you may want to work on bonding with another human being instead of a piece of technology.

3. Drink Water
This is one that is just so easy that we tend to overlook it completely. If that makes any sense? Water is very important! Constantly drink water to stay hydrated. Water can cure a headache, fatigue, joint pain, and more. We need water to detox our bodies and for proper brain and liver function. Also, the heart can move blood to our muscles easier during exercise if we are drinking enough water. I could go on and on with this topic, I could write a book on the importance of water alone (I won’t tho-boring). Drink your water!

4. Add Herbs And Spices To Your Diet
I will continuously write more on this topic because there is so much good information to share. I’m beginning to learn that herbal alternatives can provide energy as well as stress relief. For me, this concept was difficult to believe. It just seems too easy or too good to be true. How could we possibly gain energy through something so natural and pure? In a world full of artificial stimulants, how could there be another way? Begin to educate yourself a bit on this topic. This is another one that I could write a book about. Most likely whatever it is that is bothering you or ailing you, whatever you feel your body isn’t producing on its own naturally…there’s probably an herbal remedy for. You just have to try different things and you have to believe that it will work. Start with an herbal tea and go from there.

5. Give Yourself A Break
If you are like me and meditation is a challenge, take up a sport or hobby that is mind consuming and can keep you at the moment. I have friends that have become surfers because they just couldn’t manage to “slow” down their minds. A surfer is forced to stay in the moment and that’s why to some people, it becomes a lifestyle. For me, writing this article right now is meditation. I’m completely focused at this very moment of expression. Personally, I’ve found something that works! If you are still trying to find your way, Google search ways or “different methods” of meditation. Anything that can shift your focus from your own day-to-day challenges to that place of pure concentration (even if it’s just 15 minutes a day) will do wonders for your emotional state of being.

There you have it, my own personal get well soon list! With these methods implemented correctly, you’ll be on your way to a much better version of yourself. One good habit leads to another and you’ll find that when you get the momentum going, you’ll become more and more excited to learn and find different ways to take care of yourself. Also remember to check in with me and see what I’m up to if you don’t have time to research, most likely I’ve done it for you and will write about it. You can be sure to expect to hear more from me now that I’ve put myself on a schedule with my article writing. Hey, can you put YOURSELF on a schedule with YOUR own method of meditation? If that oil painting project or restoring that old piece of furniture clears your mind..can you find a way to dedicate 30 minutes to an hour of your day to focus on your new project? How about every other day or perhaps just once per week? Find a way to schedule an actual break for yourself and you’ll feel a difference!

 

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I’ve always loved a good scented candle. To me a nice candle is an affordable luxury.   I’ve always been a sucker for whatever new candle is available and I’m was always the one to give them away as gifts. Some candles are packaged so beautifully that you’ll just buy one because it’ll look so pretty on your coffee table.  You’ll see a beautiful candle and you inhale that amazing scent, endorphins are released and then BAM…they’ve got you! Item SOLD.  Not only did you just spend way too much for a chunk of paraffin wax but you’re also about to put your health at risk. Most scented candles can pollute your air and are considered to be as dangerous as second-hand smoke. A lot of candles are also made with paraffin wax. Paraffin is a petroleum waste product and has to be chemically bleached before it can be made into wax. When paraffin wax is burned it releases carcinogens. The toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in DIESEL fumes.  Scary!

As far as the wicks of the candles? Many scented candles have wicks that contain heavy metals like lead. In the US, lead wicks have been banned and wicks are supposed to be made of cotton or paper.  Still somehow studies have shown as much as 30% of candles still contain heavy metals in wicks. Why? Lack of regulation I presume.

Exposure to high amounts of lead can cause hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems.

Most candles also contain artificial scents and dyes, which release additional chemicals when burned.

What are the alternatives? Well we do have choices! Soy based candles are a great way to go and even better (in my opinion) are beeswax candles. Beeswax candles give off the same affects as the standard paraffin candles but without the toxic effects.

The Breakdown:
Choose candles that use a cotton or paper wick, and are either unscented or scented with essential oils. The candles themselves should be made with 100 percent soy, beeswax, coconut wax, hemp oil, or some combination that doesn’t contain any paraffin.

 

Source: greenamerica.org