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Tips and Tricks for Anxiety Relief

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Rise and shine! Your feet have not even hit the floor yet but, your brain already has 25 tabs open and your heart is racing thinking about them all. It’s enough to make you want to stay in bed and pull the covers over your head but, you have things to do and no one has time for anxiety and its antics.

Sound familiar?

Here are a few products and tips to help ease your mind and conquer your day.

  1. Stress Check Face oil by This Works

2. Peace Juice from Organic Olivia

3. Super Good Vibes from Sabaidee Co.

4. Set a consistent morning routine. Doing this has really changed my life. I used to be the most anxious, on-edge person in the mornings and consciously being aware of the steps I take in the morning has been a lifesaver for my nerves. When my mind is not racing, I don’t feel overwhelmed and stressed, I’m better prepared to deal with any challenges that come my way throughout the day and I can check off a lot more from to-do list.

It’s a win-win.

What you do within the first twenty minutes after waking up definitely sets the tone for the rest of your day so creating a morning routine that helps you to be at peace and ready to attack the day, is crucial.

Here is a snippet of a typical morning for me:

*Anxiety is a real mental health issue. If you find yourself literally paralyzed or having suicidal thoughts please see a physician.

A good resource is the National Institute of Mental Health Information Resource Center, where you can speak to someone via phone, email, or online chat.

To reach someone after hourse,  SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a great resource.

Here’s to living in peace and walking in purpose this year!

What do you do to relieve anxiety?


Eats

My Holiday Wish List: Home Edition

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I rarely make lists of all of the things I would like to have—especially not for Christmas.

For one, it makes me feel like a slight narcissist. I would rather focus on getting things/ doing for others (when I can), and since Benjamin came on the scene two years ago, it’s all about him.

But for fun, I decided to share a few of the items I have been eyeing since we moved into our home.

I know I must be getting old because everything single thing on this list is for the house but hey, a beautifully furnished and clean home makes me so happy!

Anyway, here’s my list:

  1. A Ruggable rug- well, specifically a runner for my foyer. They have lots of designs to choose from and they are washable! Ha!
  2. Z-Gallerie Clifton Console Table– this modern piece would look so fly in my foyer also.
  3. Restoration Hardware Adler Panel bed – I imagine myself having heavenly dreams in this bed. It’s gorgeous!

Well, I’m putting it out there. Maybe hubby will read this and feel extra generous *wink*.

What’s on your Christmas/holiday list?


Baby

Healthy Kids’ Guide

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My journey to living a healthier life does not stop with me. Since having Benjamin I have been super careful about what I put in or on my son’s body. I always say that he is the one who fuels my love for green juice and all-organic everything, even more.

I always get asked which natural products I use on him and what do I feed him so, here are just a few of things I have used or still use that have great ingredients without all of the crap.

Why all the fuss?

For me, I do not want my son to suffer from conditions and illnesses that, in my opinion, could have been prevented. Everything we eat, drink, and put in or on our bodies has an effect.

And yes, I know you can’t prevent everything but, I’m sure going to try!

The things we use on a daily basis should not lead to disease.

This list has products that I have personally used for my son. Some of them are not completely natural, depending on your definition but, what I look for in products are:

  • no parabens
  • no sulfates
  • no phthalates
  • no formaldehyde
  • no mineral oil
  • organic ingredients

Food

Once Upon A Farm

Earth’s Best Organic bars

Arden’s Garden– as a family, we love their cold-pressed juices and smoothies

So Delicious dairy-free yogurt

Ripple pea protein milk

Califia Farms almond milk

……and I always buy organic fruits and veggies!

Diapers/ Pull-Ups

Honest diapers ( they have the cutest prints and I love how absorbent they are! I would like to try the pull-ups next)

Skin

Alaffia

Burt’s Bees

Earth Mama

Shea Moisture

Hair

Shea Moisture

Alaffia

Vitamins/Supplements

Sambucol Elderberry gummies for kids

Mamas (and Dads), which natural products or foods do you buy regularly for your little ones?


Fit Life

4 Natural Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

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Hey loves! In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’m sharing just a few of the ways we can all lower the chance of getting breast cancer. Of course, this is no guarantee as there are many factors that can play into the risk for this disease. However, anything that could possibly give me more of an edge, I’m all for it.

  1. Eat more plants. Less chicken.

…..Or any other meat for that matter. This is not a post to get any of you carnivores to stop eating meat but, the fact is that including more vegetables and fruits is one of the best ways to lower your cancer risk because they help to keep your body in a more alkaline state. Cancer or any other disease cannot survive in an alkaline body. You especially want the bright and dark-colored fruits and veggies like spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, , eggplant, blueberries, and strawberries.

2. Exercise

I know, I know, you’ve heard it a million times: exercise is good for your body and mind. Well, you can add to the list that it can help reduce your risk for cancer.

Most of us know this but, actually doing the exercise we need consistently can be hard. What I’ve done is to break my sessions up into 10-minute intervals and aim for 30 minutes a day which equals 3 sessions. Chunking my workouts like that helps it to seem like less of a chore when I’ve been working all day and running after a two-year-old.

3. Get more vitamin D

There’s research that links low vitamin D levels to an increased risk of getting breast cancer, and most of us (including me) are walking around with dangerously low levels without a clue.

A test from your physician can cut out all of the guesswork but, whether you think you are deficient or not, taking a vitamin D supplement is always a good idea.

4. Quit Smoking

If you are a smoker and were looking for a sign to quit here it is:

The use of tobacco increases the risk for many different cancers including breast cancer according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

If you’re currently a smoker but, desparately want to put the cigarettes down and don’t know where to start, check out these resources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking/in-depth/nicotine-craving/art-20045454

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