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Can CBD Oil Help My Stress?

 

As we embrace a new year, we habitually open the flood gates with the constant reminders and inspirations of “new year, new you.” Whether that means setting a goal to lose that stubborn 15 pounds or setting personal boundaries, we are on the prowl for improvement… for becoming the best versions of ourselves. For that very reason, we want to rephrase the overused mantra and view it through the lens of a “new year, better you.” 

One easy way to start feeling good is to practice self-care. For moms, specifically, this can be very challenging as we seem to always place our needs at the very bottom of our list of priorities. With the never-ending planning, preparing, errands, playdates, activities, drop-offs and so forth, it can feel like we are on a hamster wheel. It is stressful, taxing and exhausting. Am I right? That’s where Pure CBD Oil and Hemp Extract Oil comes into the picture as research and scientific studies are showing the benefits CBD may have on managing everyday stresses to support greater focus, clarity and calm. What mom doesn’t want that? 

What is CBD Oil?

CBD (scientifically referred to as Cannabidiol) is one of 100+ known cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD, as well as other naturally occurring cannabinoids, are shown to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help restore balance and physiological homeostasis. 

The cannabinoids, including CBD, are first extracted from the raw hemp plant to be consumed and used in oils, tinctures, edibles, capsules and topical creams. CBD Oil and Hemp Extract Oil are amongst the most preferred methods of consumption due to bioavailability, efficacy and fast-acting relief. 

How Does CBD Help Stress?  

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) performed testing trials and released a report in 2019 that showed CBD decreased stress in animals. The subjects were observed and CBD was credited for improving their behavioral and physiological symptoms including breathing and heart rate levels.

CBD is shown to affect the CB1 receptors in the brain, which may also impact serotonin. Low serotonin levels are found in those suffering from depression or anxiety. Medications for low serotonin levels like Zoloft of Prozac are not natural and synthetically alter the chemicals produced by the brain. If you are concerned about synthetic medications impacting the brain’s chemical production, CBD and other cannabinoids in Hemp Extract Oil may be a great alternative. As always, safety is of our utmost concern so please consult with your doctor before making changes to your medications, or if you are interested in supplementing CBD Oil in lieu of these medications. 

New Year, Better You

It can be hard to shine when we are tired, anxious, stressed or suffering from pain. CBD Oil may be a real solution to these real-life problems. Make yourself a priority this year, where you focus on your health—mentally and physically—because when we are healthy, we are happy. And when we feel our best, we do our best; for ourselves and others. Combining regular exercise and a healthier diet, supported with daily CBD routine may just be the perfect trifecta for finding greater relief from stress. Here’s to a year with less stress and better health.

Taking Action To Change Your Life

 

Taking action to change your own life is never as easy as it sounds. The lifestyle you enjoy each day can be incredibly difficult to shatter, with many people being drawn back to the old ways they enjoyed before too long, and even more so finding themselves miserable when they are unable to achieve the results they want. Of course, though, like many areas in life, there are some simple tricks which can be applied to this which will make it much easier. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the tricks which can be used, giving you the chance to start changing your life as soon as possible.

Weight Loss

Losing weight is something which a lot of people struggle with, and it makes sense. Not only do you have to change your life to make something like this work, but you also have to do things which most people simply don’t enjoy, and this means that you will feel opposed to it before you even start. Healthy weight loss is far from impossible to achieve, and most people have the skills and resources they need to make it happen. Of course, though, it will be hard to do this if you don’t have the right ideas in mind.

It’s always worth working on both your diet and exercise at the same time. While it will feel harder to make such drastic changes at the same time, this will have the biggest impact on your weight, giving you something easy to focus on to motivate yourself. It’s always worth using your results to drive and motivate you, rather than thinking too much about the food you eat or the exercise you do. This will make you feel good when you achieve your milestones, while also distracting you from the fact that you’ve had to change your lifestyle to make this work.

Habit Breaking

There are a lot of habits out there, and most people who have something like this will want to stop. Smoking, drinking, and a huge range of other vices fall into this category, and many of them are unhealthy, making it worth seeking a change. Of course, though, habits form when you do something repeatedly for a long time. This makes it incredibly difficult to break them, and many people find this nearly impossible to approach. Thankfully, though, there are some tricks which can help you out.

Replacementing habits is far easier than getting rid of them altogether. Something like smoking can be replaced with using an e-cigarette or going on a walk, while those who can’t stop themselves from eating junk food all the time could consider filling their home with healthier snacks. Alongside this, it can also help to tell the people around you that you’re going through this process, as this will make you feel accountable, and this can often be the best motivation there is.

Financial Thinking

Money is one of the most stressful parts of life for people across the world, making it something which is worth thinking about when you want to improve your life. Working with money isn’t easy, and a lot of people find it just about impossible to save when they aren’t earning very much. The best tool you have to help you out with this is your smartphone. There are loads of apps out there which make it easy to follow a budget, and many of them come completely free, making it worth giving one a download to see if it could work well enough for you.

Social Surges

Being social can be hard when you’re having a rough day, and this can often impact the relationships which people have. If you’re unable to go out because you feel too tired or simply don’t want to talk to people, it will be hard to keep in contact with the people you care about, and this can be tricky to overcome. In some cases, your friends may come to you, forcing you to be social, and this can make things much easier. Of course, though, not everyone will be able to do this, and you may have to help yourself a little bit.

Changing the way you feel about spending time with other people can often be achieved with some simple reflection. The people you like and care about will enjoy spending time with you, and you will enjoy spending time with them. Even if it feels like a chore at the time, this makes it well worth working hard to see as many people as possible in your day to day life. Some people will find this easier than others, and it will be worth working hard to make sure that you’re always in a good mood when you go out of your way to see your friends.

Improving your life isn’t always an easy task, and a lot of people struggle to achieve this goal on their own. In reality, though, when you have a lot of people around you, it should be nice and easy to achieve your goals. Not only will people be happy to see you making changes, but they will also have gone on their own journeys and will be able to offer advice and support to make the whole thing easier.

10 Little Things You Can Do Make Yourself Feel Better

 

A new year can be a daunting time, as everyone talks about ‘new year, new me’ and all the things they are going to do, what they achieved last year, what they want to accomplish this year and how they’re going to do it. You can’t move on Instagram or Facebook without seeing collages of peoples’ top moments, lists of how great the last decade has been for them, and those who have already started the year off hiking, going to the gym or cooking vegan everything. Well done to them, but for those people who aren’t in the right place for this, the people who had a hard time over Christmas and New Year and don’t feel ready to throw themselves into the new year, that’s okay. Take the pressure off, forget about it being a new year, and concentrate on making yourself feel a little better. The key is to start small, so if you aren’t feeling quite right at the minute and all the talk of new years resolutions is making you feel even worse, then here are a few things you need to do to make yourself feel a little better:

Avoid Social Media

Step one is straightforward, and it will make you feel better without even realizing it. Just take a break from social media, from posting things yourself but also from looking at what others are doing. You know it’s not real, it’s only the ‘best bits’ so remove yourself from it, so you don’t have to see it.

Get Enough Sleep

This is very important, especially when you’re not feeling quite yourself, you must make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Tiredness can make you feel so much worse, more unhappy, and of course, with little energy. If you need to catch up on some sleep, then do that. Have some early nights, cancel plans, and focus on getting back to normal.

Spend Time With Animals

If you don’t have a pet to spend time with, then head to borrow my doggy or another site like it so that you can borrow someone else’s furry friend and enjoy lots of love and cuddles. www.timeforpaws.co.uk has a great selection of toys and food for pets, so you can treat them too to thank them for making you feel good.

Try Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises can be a great way to make you feel better. Whether it’s five minutes in the morning before you go to work, five minutes before you go to sleep, or in the middle of the day when you’re feeling overwhelmed, breathing exercises can help with your concentration and your mood, and you only need five minutes.

Connect With Nature

Spending time in natural environments is so good for you. Make a point of getting outside each day, walking through a park, being around greenery, and getting some fresh air. You might not notice the benefits instantly, but even just a ten-minute walk each day will start to make you feel better.

Eat More Vegetables

Don’t put pressure on yourself to start a new fad diet or completely overhaul your eating and drinking habits. The key is to make small changes and vegetables have so many benefits that just by adding more to your diet, you will start to feel better. This has a ripple effect, and as you begin to feel better and look better, you will want to continue this.

Talk About Your Feelings

If you are feeling rubbish, tell someone. Even just five minutes on the phone to a friend or family member each day will make you feel better. It’s essential to connect with people, so if you don’t do this as often as you would like, then commit to just five minutes a day.

Meditate

Try a meditation app or some videos on YouTube and take some time – again, it doesn’t need to be lengthy – just five or ten minutes. Take yourself off somewhere quiet and try it. There are also some great meditations for helping you to sleep.

Color 

Adult coloring-in books exist for a reason, and they are trendy with many people. Again, take five or ten minutes each day and set it aside for coloring. Commit to this, because even on the days when you’re feeling good, it’s essential to carry on, and it will continue to make you feel good.  

Have A Bath

It’s effortless, but it really can make you feel better. Not only will you be cleaner, but a long hot soak in the bath relaxes your muscles, gives you some peace, warms you up, and takes away the stresses of your day.

Who knew staying healthy could be fun

 

The cold season is in full swing. Have you been successfully able to remain “cold free” thus far? What about flu free? Knock on wood, no one in my family has been sick, with the exception of a few sniffles.

As a parent, I always drove it into my kid’s heads to wash their hands regularly, sneeze and cough into the bend of their elbow (or a tissue if handy), and try to stay away from people who are sick.

I work with children, and I try to get them to do that same thing. Sadly, kids still cough without covering their mouths, and use their sleeves when they have a running nose. Gross!

I LOVE working with children, but their questionable hygiene grosses me out. This is why I always clean and disinfect things, and I use my own crayons and markers when doing crafts or coloring.

Children, most especially young ones, don’t rely on using tissues as much as they should. I think it’s because tissues are not fun and not something that they think of. But what if tissues COULD be seen as something “fun?” It’s possible, thanks go CUBE Tissues from Smart Care.

CUBE Tissues completely revitalizes the category by taking the classic tissue box and turning it into fun figures featuring some of today’s hottest licensed characters including Minions, Thomas and Friends, PAW Patrol™, Trolls, Shopkins and Jurassic World. Additional licensed characters will be added to their product line in the coming months. 

CUBE Tissues are not an ordinary looking tissue box with licensed characters on them – they are 3-D tissues boxes!

I was sent some CUBE Tissue boxes to review. I was sent one from each of the mentioned product lines – Minions, Thomas and Friends, PAW Patrol, Trolls, Shopkins and Jurassic World.

Minions are favorite characters of my family, so that was the first box that I opened and placed in the bathroom. Check out how totally cute he is!

Please disregard the two air fresheners. We are not a “stinky” family. I was trying to use them up since they are holiday scented.

The Minion CUBE Tissue box has “boxy” feet and “boxy” arms. They really make the box come to life. How cute!

I also have the Jurassic Park dinosaur CUBE Tissue box on my desk.

With this box you have a tail, arms, feet and a long nose and mouth.

What little boy or girl (or us not-so-little-kids) wouldn’t enjoy seeing one of amusing tissues boxes? I personally think that these boxes would encourage children to use tissues more frequently, and not their hands or clothing. Don’t you agree?

Here are the other boxes I was sent. I haven’t opened them up from their outer boxes (yet). I am waiting until the Minion and dinosaur are empty before using them.

There are 85 2-ply tissues per box.

The tissues are nice and soft. I have used them several times. They are strong tissues too.

If you are interested in learning more about these adorable, 3-D tissues boxes, visit CubeTissues.com or SmartCareUS.com.

You can purchase the tissues on their sites, or on Amazon.com.

What do you think of these tissues boxes? Do you think your child would be more likely to use tissues in your home (school, daycare…) if they were in one of these boxes? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Start off 2020 right with a Higher Dose Sauna Blanket

 

The holidays are just about over. We just have New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day to contend with.

The holidays can be very stressful for a lot of people. Between cooking, baking, entertaining, shopping, wrapping… it can be overwhelming at times. With all the craziness that goes on, many of us (myself included) would love to take some time to ourselves to rest and unwind. A trip to a spa would sure be nice. Sadly, not many people are able to afford such a luxury as a day at the spa.

When I feel the need to unwind and relax, I am fortunate to have a sauna available to me at our condo complex’s club house. I have used it here and there over the years. I’d use it more often, but I don’t like sitting in the sauna with total strangers (especially people of the opposite sex). I find it uncomfortable.

What if you could bring a luxurious sauna and spa treatment to your own home? I’m not talking about building a sauna room in your home (that would be too expensive), but I do have a viable option. It’s called the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket. Yes, you read that correctly – a sauna blanket.

Perfect for traveling or at-home use, the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket detoxify the body, delivers fresh nutrients to muscles and boosts metabolic rate—so you burn calories like you’re working out, without working out. As you relax into the soothing, yet stimulating heat, infrared also triggers your brain’s happiness chemicals. The result? A healthy, rejuvenating experience that leaves you feeling euphoric.

PHOTO SOURCE: Higher Dose

The Higher Dose Sauna Blanket is a special “blanket” that you lie inside (kind of like a human burrito, or similar to a sleeping bag) that uses infrared technology to heat your skin/body. Just like with a traditional sauna, the Higher Dose blanket helps to detoxify harmful toxins from your skin/body, all while making you feel relaxed and refreshed when you are done.

The Sauna Blanket has several unique features. It is low EMF and made with high quality non-toxic materials, such as a medical grade magnetic strip for improved blood circulation. It is constructed with a layer of healing amethyst to deepen the benefits of infrared, a layer of tourmaline to generate negative ions, and a layer of charcoal and clay to amplify the detoxification process.

I was sent a Higher Dose Sauna Blanket to try out for myself.

The box the blanket came in is pretty heavy, but the blanket it’s self is not that bad.

The blanket resembles a body bag (as per my kids). That is not exactly what I was thinking when I first saw the blanket, but after they said that to me I cannot help but think of it as a body bag. I’ve even referred to it as that from time to time (jokingly of course).

There are precautions and steps you need to take before you can use the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket.  The most important thing is to CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR first and foremost, especially if you have a skin disease, heart disease or other medical conditions.

You need to rest the blanket on something that is non-flammable, because the blanket heats up. They recommend using yoga mats or towels. Do not use it on your bed or furniture. If you happen to have a massage table, that would be a great choice, but not many of us have that. I put ours on our living room floor with two yoga mats (going horizontally, with the blanket vertically) and a beach towel on top of the yoga mats. You can put a towel inside of it as well for extra padding.

When you are going to use the Sauna Blanket you need to be dressed from head to toe in breathable, cotton clothing (including socks), that includes long sleeves and long pants. Trust me, you’ll still reap the benefits from the blanket even fully clothed.

I have read that others go “in the buff,” but I wouldn’t dare try that at home. I’d also be afraid of burning myself.

When your blanket is set up, all you need to do is lie down in it and wrap yourself up in it. Then turn on the heat setting that works best for you (1-9, 9 being the highest setting). Then lie there, relax, unwind and let the blanket do all the work.

Otherwise have recommended having water on hand and make sure to drink it. Trust me, do it! I didn’t drink any water at first and I was so thirsty. I think it’s because you SWEAT LIKE CRAZY using this blanket. But you sweat in a good way. The sweat removes the toxins and bad things from your body.

You can use the blanket up to an hour. I recommend starting off at 15 minutes and working your way up to an hour. I mean, you can start off at an hour, but I would suggested working your way up to it.

After you are done using your blanket, be sure to wipe it down and clean it off (all that sweat!) and let it cool down and dry out before folding it up and putting it away.

The brand says that this could be used when traveling. I suppose it can, but I think it’s too bulky to stuff in a suitcase.

I have been using this blanket a few times per week for the past 6+ weeks. This is my take on my experience.

It’s very relaxing. After a long, stressful day I look forward to spending time in the blanket, even if it’s just for a half hour.

I feel like my skin looks better. It’s probably from sweating out all the impurities in my pores.

I have read that this can help with weight loss. I have not seen any significant weigh loss to date, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t work for others. There are probably a lot of contributing factors to if you lose weight (and how much).

I find that my body feels better (muscles). My body feels rejuvenated (for lack of a better word).

Even though you feel relaxed when using the blanket (and afterwards), I also feel happier and I have a little more “spring to my step,” so to speak.

The Higher Dose Sauna Blanket folds up so you can tuck it in a closet, under the bed or where ever you can fit it.

I honestly don’t really see much of a “downside” to this product, with the exception of the price (it’s nearly $400). However, if you use a sauna at the gym, or you pay for spa treatments, this would probably pay for it’s self in a few months.

For the record, no one in my family was willing to be photographed as a “human burrito” (LOL). I don’t like my picture taken either, which is why I had to rely on stock photos. Sorry.

Overall, I am pleased with the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket.

If you are interested in learning more, visit HigherDose.com. Click on “Infrared Sauna Blanket” on the top task bar to go to the blanket’s page.

The brand can also be found on Instagram.

What do you think about the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket? Does it sound like something you’d want for your home?

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

5 Reasons Why Eating Grass-Fed Beef Is Good For You

 

 

Who doesn’t like a juicy steak of grass-fed beef now and again? You may have heard of this type of beef but maybe you’re not sure what the fuss is all about. Grass-fed beef describes cattle raised on grass or alfalfa at least half of the year. There are serious health benefits to be had from eating grass-fed beef, rather than grain-fed cattle raised on products made from soy or corn.

So if you’re looking for fresh ingredients in your next family meal, talk to your local farmer. Or keep an eye out for beef with the American Grassfed Association (GFA) seal. Otherwise, learn more about why this type of beef makes all the difference.

What’s The Difference Between Grain-Fed And Grass-Fed Beef?

Most grain-fed cows are reared and mass-fed in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). However, as CAFOs are unclean, the cows are injected with antibiotics to prevent sickness. They’re also given steroids to increase their growth and boost beef production.

Grass-fed cattle, on the other hand, are free to graze naturally grown grass. Most farms with grass-fed cattle don’t use antibiotics, steroids or pesticides, as it’s been proven that these substances can have damaging effects on humans.

What One Grass-Fed Beef Steak Contains

Just one 214-gram steak of grass-fed beef contains all of these lovely vitamins and minerals:

  • 49 g Protein
  • 45 mg Omega-3 fatty acids
  • 14.3 mg Niacin
  • 0.3 mg Riboflavin
  • 28 mcg Folate
  • 1.4 mg Vitamin B6
  • 2.7 mcg Vitamin B12
  • 1.5 mg Pantothenic Acid
  • 139 mg Choline
  • 16.3 mg Betaine
  • 4 mg Iron
  • 118 mg Sodium
  • 49 mg Magnesium
  • 454 mg Phosphorus
  • 732 mg Potassium
  • 45 mcg Selenium
  • 7.7 mg Zinc
  • 19 mg Calcium

So What Are The Health Benefits?

1. Fewer Calories

The total fat content of grass-fed beef is lower because their diet is more natural. If your average consumption of beef per year is approximately 67 pounds, you could be saving yourself 16,642 calories a year.

2. Healthier Blood Sugar Levels

Grass-fed beef contains a fatty acid that’s good for you called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Indeed, a recent study showed that CLA can help prevent conditions such as obesity and diabetes, with 37% of those who were given CLA showing better insulin sensitivity over those who didn’t.

3. Helps Fight Against Cancer

You’ve already heard about CLA, but this amazing substance is one of the strongest anti-cancer nutrients out there. It’s also the only anti-cancer nutrient that comes from meat. There’s twice the amount of CLA in grass-fed beef, compared to grain-fed beef.

4. More Healthy Fats

Grass-fed beef delivers up to six times more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef. If you’re still considering going for grain-fed beef because it could be cheaper, it contains higher levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which are already over-consumed in most regular American diets.

Meanwhile, increasing your omega-3 intake can result in significant health benefits that have been proven by studies:

  • Helps rheumatoid arthritis by reducing stiffness and joint pain
  • Increases mental well-being for sufferers of depression
  • Aids mental focus in conditions such as attention deficit disorder (ADHD)

5. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

There’s clinical evidence to show that CLA, the nutrient that’s abundant in grass-fed beef, lowers your risk of heart disease. By eating grass-fed beef, there are other ways that you’re protecting your heart with:

  • High amounts of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Antioxidants including vitamin E
  • Lower amounts of bad cholesterol (a sign of heart disease)
  • Less unhealthy fats

The Last Word

Grass-fed beef contains more vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids plus CLAs than grain-fed beef. So if you’re serious about eating delicious meat that’s also great for your health, try buying the highest quality you can afford.