…no wonder why you feel stressed out.
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened, or upset your balance in some way. In small doses, stress can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
There is no doubt that women have a lot on their plates these days, between balancing work responsibilities with commitments at home and still trying to find time to do the things they enjoy. Often women feel overwhelmed by the things that are expected of them and do not take the time to plan for and achieve the things they want.
According to the findings from the 2013 Work/Life Balance Survey conducted by Maid Brigade, 78% of women feel they work a “second shift” when it comes to their daily life responsibilities, such as cooking, cleaning, running errands, and taking care of family. In 2012, the survey yielded 72%.
The survey also showed that 51% of women feel the need for control over their lives. The lack of control over the minute-to-minute chaos that fills each day may be a leading stress trigger.
The survey’s findings showed that daily home and family repsonsibilities prevented some women from persuing their individual hobbies and personal health goals, which added stress in their lives.
In honor of April’s “National Stress Awareness ” month, here are some preventative measures that can help combat stress and help you lead a more balanced and healthy lifestyle:
Learn to delegate properly and be comfortable with it. Delegating things that you don’t like to do can lighten your load and free up some needed time. Make a list of all your routine tasks. Decide what can be delegated. For example, hiring a cleaning service is one way to take that large weekly chore off your hands and free up some time.
It is important to delegate responsibilities to create that “me time” you deserve (and need).
Taking “me” time when you have a family, work, home, and life to keep may seem like a selfish act, but guilt may be our greatest setback to creating a more balanced, calm and happy existence for ourselves and our families.
Because of our demanding schedules, there is often very little time or energy left for for ourselves. Decide what really matters to you and what you can realistically achieve based on other commitments.
Stress may not be completely eliminated from your life, but you CAN control how much it affects you. Relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing can help the body and mind relax. When practiced regularly, they can lead to a reduction in everyday stress levels and can also increase your ability to stay calm and collected under pressure.
It is that time of the year again! The weather is warming and the birds are singing. The signs of winter are quickly becoming a memory. Early spring is a great time to get the remnants of winter out of the house. Open those windows and circulate that fresh air!
Dry the condensation on the windows and clean the window sill. Use a paste of baking soda and water to remove any mold or dirt stains in the tracks. Clean windows with a vinegar/water solution and a squeegee. Remove dirt from window screens by wiping both sides gently with a microfiber cloth. Spray with an ample amount of vinegar, wipe with a damp sponge, then rinse with warm water. Repeat on the other side of the window.
Dust blinds with a microfiber cloth. Launder curtains and spray with your favorite freshener.
To make your own air freshener spray, grind a few teaspoons of your favorite spices (cloves, rosemary, oregano, or thyme), or add some essential oils (lemon or lavender) to distilled water with a few teaspoons of vodka. Shake up and mist on curtains and around room.
Breathe deeply, and relax!
Let’s face it, we all have stress in our lives, some more than others. How we cope with the stress is what is important. So, when the going gets rough, here are a few tips to keep in mind when quick stress relief is needed:
Take a breath. Breathe in and out. Be aware of your breath as it moves through your lungs. When you exhale, focus on the tension leaving your body with each breath.
Go for a walk. If the situation allows, go for a quick walk. A short burst of exercise will get your blood flowing. It will help to bring endorphins and other mood elevators back into your system.
Alter your perspective. When we focus on a stressful situation, it may be difficult to see things differently. Look at yourself in the mirror and try to see your situation the way an outsider may see it. If you have a problem with a friend or colleague, try to visualize their point of view. Often, this will lead to clues for a resolution.
Vent. Use your friends as a sounding board. Stress that is held close or bottled up may contribute to health problems over the long term. Calling a friend will alleviate stress and may offer the fresh perspective you need.
Touch. Contact with other people or pets is valuable for people who are stressed. Touch can be reassuring and comforting. Whether it is a hug from a friend or a few minutes petting a furry friend, touch lowers blood pressure and reduces other physical manifestations of stress.
Go to your happy place and laugh! Thinking happy thoughts actually can reduce stress. Focusing on the positive in any situation changes your overall outlook. Laughter increases endorphins, regulates breathing and provides a physical release to help reduce tension.
Last week, government health officials reported that more than half a million children (or 1 in 38) in the United States have lead poisoning.
Too much lead can harm developing brains which can mean a lower IQ, impaired hearing and behavior problems. Lead can also harm a child’s kidneys and other organs. High levels in the blood can cause convulsions, coma, and even death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that children who get lead poisoning sometimes live in old homes or ones under renovation. Children can also pick up lead poisoning from paint chips or dust that gets into their mouths, or from soil contaminated by old leaded gasoline or from tainted drinking water.
New testing and preventative measure are needed but because of budget cuts last year, programs and grants for lead poisoning were eliminated.
After ingested, bacteria in the gut breaks down carnitine. The carnitine turns into a compound that can harden arteries.
So, the more red meat a person eats, the more carnitine is converted to a compound, increasing its effects.
Carnitine is also found in poultry, fish, certain vegetables, and wheat, but its main source is red meat, especially lamb.
Vegans and vegetarians eat fewer foods that contain carnitine, so their gut bacteria does not process it as easily, which is one of the benefits of a meatless diet.
Try using lemon juice (an acid) to help with grass stains (alkaline). White vinegar can also be used to combat grass stains.
Borax (alkaline) is a great cleaner for protein and acid stains. Corn starch, diluted or sprayed on clothes, is very absorbent and works beautifully on protein stains.
Ditch the petroleum-based detergents and opt for vegetable-based soaps which are better for the environment. Castile soap, which contains olive oil, is a great vegetable-based soap. Use Castile soap or Washing soda on grease stains.
The water and bubbles in club soda work wonders in lifting acidic stains like berries and wine.
Cream of Tartar is color-safe and can be used on coffee or tea stains.
Borax, Washing soda, and white vinegar can be used on stains like tomato juice.
The spring cleaning months have finally arrived! To help you get started on your “journey of cleaning,” here are some ways to clean your bathroom that are healthy for your family, and environmentally green for the earth.
The only ingredients you need are lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar, Dawn liquid detergent, borax, lavender oil, and a few microfiber cloths.
To remove hard water build-up around faucets, spray lemon juice on the affected areas, wait about 10 minutes, and rinse.
To get rid of soap scum, make a paste of baking soda and water. Spread mixture onto soap scum, scrub with a microfiber cloth. Rinse.
To make your toilet bowl shine, pour 1/2 cup Borax into the bowl. Let it sit for about 1 hour. Scrub with a toilet brush. Flush. Clean the lid and rim with vinegar and wipe with a clean microfiber cloth.
For a natural antibacterial spray, add 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon lavender oil into a spray bottle. Shake and spray.
When cleaning granite countertops, use straight soap and warm water to clean. Avoid using vinegar on granite.