Showing posts with label Wellness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wellness. Show all posts

How I Clear Up My Eczema | Glowy, Healthy Skin Edition

I hosted a live video chat on my Instagram channel earlier this week sharing how eczema has affected not only me but my children for years. Eczema has been a skin problem that has plagued me and my children and I have been on a diligent search to find a solution that would clear up the irritating breakouts.

I'm not saying I've found a cure, but I've definitely found that the following solutions have reduced our eczema flare ups dramatically.

Use an apple cider vinegar rinse as needed.

I've found that by using an apple cider vinegar rinse on my hair and skin, most of my eczema has dried up as a result. 

I typically mix one part ACV to one part water in a bottle. My eczema is concentrated to my scalp, so after co-washing, I'll pour some over my scalp and rinse with cool water. To treat my scalp in between washes, I use a spray bottle to spritz affected areas. I have not had to do this in almost a year. Before implementing the strategies I'm sharing today I had to apply the ACV rinse almost weekly.
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4 Ways to Be Your Best from the Inside Out

People are often surprised by my age and think I'm younger than I am. I don't mind it now, but when I was in my twenties I hated looking young. I think the assumption is derived by observing my height (I'm 5,1) my build (I weigh 120 pounds), my hair, skin, and nails. 
4 Ways to Be Your Best from the Inside Out

In my early twenties, self-care became very important to me. Taking time to do things that made me happy and nurtured me from the inside out was a normal part of my routine. This got a little harder when I became a wife and mom. In all honesty, it fell by the wayside for some years. When our kids were little, self-care was put on the back burner. As my kids got older, I didn't naturally resume self-care habits. It wasn't until one day when my husband forced me to stop putting everyone first all of the time and to take time for myself. He noticed I was often unhappy and tired. I didn't realize, the kids had gotten older and it was okay to not give them every bit of my time and energy.

When my youngest son was eight years old, I put me back on the priority list. I set a goal to cultivate a habit of pampering myself with quality products, food, and healthy habits again. Five years later, I am glad I did. I just turned 40 years old and I feel amazing. Here are some of the main habits that contribute to my youthfulness and overall inner peace.
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4 ways to prep your bedroom for a good night's sleep

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Last year, my goal in remodeling my bedroom was to turn it into a sanctuary for a good night's sleep. I wanted it to be a place where my husband and I could relax, sleep and wake up well rested. The older we get, the more important it is for us to sleep well. Our days are full with running two business, managing our family and the tasks those roles entail. To do what we do, we need to be rested and focused.

To create our sleep sanctuary, we brainstormed specific things our bedroom needed to help us sleep better. We knew we wanted to address issues of noise, light, comfort, and serenity. Once we knew what kind of atmosphere we wanted, we prepped our bedroom with the following four solutions in mind.
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6 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health

1. Eat whole grains.

Eating whole grains will improve your digestion, make you feel fuller after meals and provide more of the nutrients your body needs.

If you're feeling sluggish on between meals it can be directly related to your food choices.

Ever since I started eating whole grains I've felt more energized and less bogged down throughout the day. Having the energy I need allows me to be a better wife and mom because I'm not cranky from feeling tired.

2. Exercise.

This is a no brainer but hard to do. It's taken me years to convince my mind and body to desire exercise and even now it's a daily decision.

I'm not sure if I'll ever be at a point where I don't have to talk myself into working out but what makes it easier are the rewards I put in place.

Since I like to shop, I treat myself to something exercise related whenever I reach a goal.

Set a fitness goal, find something that motivates and reward yourself when you reach your goal.

3. Drink a gallon of water a day.

One of the easiest ways to track your water intake is by using a dedicated bottle. The best option is a gallon sized jug. On the jug you should make three equal marks.

mark #1 - Drink by 11 a.m.
mark #2 - Drink by 3 p.m.
mark #3 - Drink by 7 p.m

Taralynn's water bottle above is another example of how to mark a water bottle.

Water hydrates you, improves digestion and the quality of your skin. The easiest way to determine if you are taking in the amount of water your body requires is by looking at the color of your urine.

A fairly healthy persons urine will range in color from clear, to pale yellow to a deep amber. The lighter your urine the better.

4. Eat raw and whole foods.

In a nutshell, begin eating more foods that haven't been cooked. These would include fruits and vegetables as well as raw nuts.

A salad with olives, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, broccoli. red onion, artichoke and sesame seed is one of my favorite raw food salads.

If you have a blender or juicer, it will be easier to incorporate more raw food into your diet in the form of juices and smoothies.

5. Get 8 hours of sleep.

This is one of my favorite tips. I don't know when our society began thinking less is more when it comes to sleep. 

The lack of sleep leads to many problems that can be avoided by just getting more sleep.

There are some instances when this is not possible, however if you have a schedule that allows you to get eight hours of sleep take advantage of it.

A rested body is a calmer body.

6. Schedule a monthly mental health day.

There's nothing wrong with taking a day to plan something non work or family related. Your mental health day should involve activities that leave you feeling rejuvenated.

The goal of mental health day is to take connect with things that bring you joy. When you are joyful it changes your outlook on everything else in your life.

The health decisions you make today will determine your quality of life in the future. 
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