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Earth Day 2018
Weekend before last was Earth Day 2018, a celebration of our beautiful planet and it’s amazing resources. This year’s theme was all about ending plastic pollution and the impact of the choices we make every day. When deciding where to shop, choose companies that produces less waste, uses less energy and helps keep the air and water cleaner.
According to the Earth Day Network, plastic pollution is one of the most important environmental problems we face today. We produce nearly 30 billion tons of plastic each year which never fully degrades in the environment, and means every item of plastic you have ever used still exists.
The company I am partnered with has saved 22 million pounds of plastic, 42 million gallons of gasoline and 48 million pounds of greenhouse gas since 1985. It feels good to know I am doing my part to help keep the earth a cleaner place. You can do your part too. Choose where you shop carefully.
What else you can do:
- Recycle your plastics
- Buy concentrated products
- Reuse containers
- Reduce your plastic pollution footprint. Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz.
From RHL’s March 2017 posts … enjoy!
There are many things to be fearful of, yet it’s not until we face and conquer our fears that things begin to happen. Talk to yourself like you’re your best friend and say, “This is what I’m afraid of. How can I change that?” Then do it. You can change what you want to, and many aspects of health and wellness – financial, physical, mental and emotional, and natural and spiritual. mlr
In the middle of the word “believe” is the word “lie”. Negative self-talk can make us believe a lie, for example, “I can’t change!”, “I can’t do it!”, “This doesn’t work!”. You can do it and it does work. You can improve your health, change the habit, improve your financial situation – whatever it is … just don’t give up, give it time, and keep moving forward. Don’t believe the lie. Believe you can.
When we know who we are, then we can start to develop relationships. It’s important to know who we are. mlr
We develop business relationships by asking questions and listening with both ears open. Oh, and this helps in personal relationships too! Today, listen to someone with both ears open. It can unlock a whole new world for the one listening and the one speaking. mlr
Do you ever feel like you don’t have any influence? If so, remember that the concept of being an influential person does not require materialistic influence, it requires passion. People convince themselves they need to have something before they are influential. Not true. — From the Monday morning business training I attend. These tips came from Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D.’s book, ‘Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion’.
Setting goals will help you stay focused. Staying focused with help you reach your goals. We can do this together. mlr
Post from March 5, 2014 ·
There is an ancient saying, “Let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’, and your ‘no’, ‘no’. When we stick to that, we save ourselves and others a lot of misery
When we say what we mean and mean what we say, it makes us very credible and trustworthy, in our businesses dealings and other areas of life. Be strong today. People will notice and you will encourage others to do the same.
Something I shared almost two years ago:
March 2, 2014 ·
The second you get on the bike is the moment you start learning about how to ride it.
We have to take the first step to get anywhere.
This is a quote I posted two years ago. I think it is a good reminder. February 26, 2014 · “When you know yourself, you have the strength to keep from being locked in a box without options.” — Floyd Flake
Commit: 2: to carry into action deliberately — Mirriam-Webster dot com What is your goal? What is your why? How are you getting there? Do you want to start a home business working from the luxury of your own home? Do you want to start a fitness routine or a nutritional routine? You can do any of these things. Be positive, and committed.
In all aspects of life, we find ourselves making decisions. It may be in relation to our health, work, finances, children, home, marriage — so many things. And we can go this way, or that way.
The decisions we make every day affect our course, either for that day, week, month or even further into the future. Sometimes knowing which steps to take can be difficult. Sometimes knowing where to get advice can be difficult.
Sometimes we talk to someone older who has had some experience in life, a parent, grand-parent, friend — and they say something that helps us know how to make a decision. Sometimes we see something on a video or website, or read something, that helps us just at the right moment. Like seeing Celia. She has some good advice about what to do before making a decision.
It helps our emotional and mental health, physical health, financial health and our natural and spiritual health, to make good decisions. Listening to our wisest like Celia, and getting help from the older persons in our lives can make a big difference. They are still taking care of us. Let’s take care of them, and listen to them.
Today, tea is one of the world’s most consumed beverage. With it’s popularity continuing to rise,why not take a few minutes and discover something new (possibly) about tea?
Some of the benefits that can* come to you from drinking chamomile tea are
If you are having a sleepless night, it may help you fall to sleep;
If you are feeling anxious, it may help you relax; or
If you have an upset stomach or gas, it may help settle your stomach or reduce the gas.
There is something magical about going through the calming steps of brewing ourselves a cup of herbal tea. Try it.
If you decide to try it, make sure you buy premium tea, high quality, exclusively sourced.
Many herbs are used for making teas that can be beneficial to our health in many ways. Some of the other benefits of tea are that it
Has polyphenol antioxidants
Is a digestive aid
Is calorie free
Is a weight-managing support.
Written by Martha Robards 3-9-18
PHOENIX ALLERGY SEASON
Allergy season in Phoenix is upon us. For those who experience seasonal allergies, using essential oils can help alleviate some, if not all, seasonal allergy symptoms. It does take planning, and some consistency and regularity, but can be done, and can help. Similar to using solar power, you do have to be pro-active — in other words, practicing ‘more natural’ ways of doing things takes effort, but oh, how worth-it it is! Not all of you live in Phoenix, but these ideas are helpful no matter where you live.
WHICH OILS CAN HELP
Using an essential oil diffuser, you can use eucalyptus, myrtle, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, thyme and/or tea tree essential oils to help with hay fever. These oils have anti-inflammatory, expectorant and immune stimulating, along with other properties that can help reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.
HOW TO DO IT
Depending upon which kind of diffuser you have, you may add a little more or little less essential oil to the water of your diffuser, and either turn it on, and let it produce steam into the air with the scent of the oil you added, or light a candle under the bowl to heat the water. Both work fine. Generally, 6 – 8 drops works well in either, but experiment to find which works best for you. You can combine some of the oils, or use one at a time.
This is where being pro-active and effort come in.
- You have to buy the oil. Shop at health food stores or online.
- Understand that natural healing ways help your body help itself. It takes a little longer than a pill. It takes being patient and consistent. We’re all busy and active, and have many responsibilities. When you’re at home, use the diffuser consistently throughout the day. If you are at work, use it at your desk or in your area, if possible. If that is not possible, you can carry a small bottle of the oil with you and sniff it several times throughout the day. In your car, you can keep some cotton balls in your car and put a few drops on the cotton balls every time you get in.
- Be consistent and don’t give up. Don’t expect immediate results. These things take practice to get used to, and consistency, but by doing them you can be setting a pattern in your life of healthy habits, natural healing and pro-active care of your health and that of your family.
Plus it smells good.
Of course, use only pure, high grade essential oils that you can track the origins of.
Some of this information came from:
A European Lung Health Study was published in the peer reviewed, American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine on February 16, 2018. This study is gathering great consideration worldwide.
6,230 women and men were evaluated in this ground-breaking, 20-year study which measured the long-term impact of using home cleaning products containing ammonia, chlorine bleach, and quaternary ammonium compounds. The study focused on lung health and breathing capacity.
In women, the study showed that accelerated lung function decline was comparable to the effects of smoking a pack of cigarettes every day for 20 years! The study came to the conclusion that long-term respiratory health is significantly impaired after using cleaning products containing these chemicals.
Why Be Concerned?
When we bring toxic chemicals into our homes, we put our families at risk.
The CDC says:
“We all face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. … Some are risks we might decide to avoid if we had the opportunity to make informed choices. Indoor air pollution and exposure to hazardous substances in the home are risks we can do something about.”
What can you do?
Make the decision to NOT bring toxic chemicals into your home.
Choose products that do not use ammonia, chlorine bleach, or quaternary ammonium compounds.
Look for safe, environmentally responsible ingredients that gently clean and disinfect.
There are cleaning products, you can use to get safer, worry-free cleaning. We recommend cleaning products that are so safe, they don’t require a childproof cap; in which toxic chemicals are not used, and which do not produce harmful fumes.
By Martha Robards
Occupational wellness, one of the eight aspects of wellness, is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and feeling like you are making a difference and contributing.
Sometimes, however, occupational endeavors seem to be more about making a living and putting food on the table. There are times when enjoying our jobs and doing it just to have an income seem to collide.
If you don’t enjoy your current job, there are things you can do to help. You can try to find something that better suits you. To do that you have to know what suits you. You do have to take some time to get to know yourself and what you do and do not prefer. HINT: It takes time. Do what you can now, do the best you can where you are, be consistent and don’t give up. Your time will come.
Check Your Attitude
Sometimes simply changing our attitude about our own circumstances and position in our current jobs makes a big difference. Here are some tips to help you come up with ideas to make your current job more enjoyable:
Get motivated to face the day to day. Do some positive self-talk. It’s okay.
Keep your work in perspective. Do the best you can in your current situation, keeping the bigger picture in mind.
Remember you are more than your work. You are not your job and your job is not you. It’s what you do.
Make a Change
If you are looking for a different occupational opportunity, take your time, do your research and stay employed while you do that. Side hustles (aka moonlighting) are as popular now as ever.
When you look for something to earn extra money, keep in mind that it will take time, energy and organization to pull this off. You can do it, but have a plan. Do research to fully understand what is involved. Think about:
How much time will be involved?
What is the learning curve?
What kind of training does it provide?
Is it a solid company?
Will you work from home?
Mainly, be persistent and consistent in your efforts. Don’t let things easily discourage you. There are aspects about every job, every side hustle – every day life, that are not necessarily fun. Get through it with a smile.
Martha is owner of RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, a health and wellness website that promotes healthy lifestyles, ideas and products for physical, mental and emotional, financial and natural/spiritual wellness. Martha’s work consists of opening shopping accounts for an on-line wellness company (think Costco meets Amazon), presenting, speaking, mentoring and coaching and people building. You can reach Martha at 505-750-7847, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook, here on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through her websites at RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, here, here, or ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com. She’s not hard to find. For those in the Phoenix area, the next workshop will be on the topic of How To Make Your Home Non-toxic, February 20, 2018.
The photos in this article came from the TPNSystem.
Foot Care And Your Health
They are our foundation. They help with our balance, posture and our personal presentation. With all this considered, it is also true that many of us, especially men, pay little attention to our feet. Unless we identify a problem they, for the most part, are an afterthought in our daily hygiene.
An article from HealthLine, focuses on the diabetic implications of your feet, but it also offers many suggestions that have nothing to do with that particular diagnosis and points out ways that you can prevent serious problems with a few simple steps in your foot care regimen. Healthy foot care and healthy lifestyles go together.
Your Feet and Healthy Lifestyles
You should take discrete care of your feet every day. Develop healthy foot habits. Pay attention to the risks that this article points out. It, as you read it, will surprise you with the ways in which we “ignore” our feet. When was the last time you washed and dried your feet separate from your shower?
The article also discusses toenail care and footwear selection and care. Your feet are an important part of YOU; treat them that way and many problems can be avoided. For example, using a moisturizer regularly can help you avoid dry and cracked skin on your feet, but never use moisturizer between your toes.
I have become increasingly aware of my feet and their care. My company has developed and manufactures a super moisturizer that really makes a difference. They also provide me with first-aid applications when I experience cuts or cracks on my feet. They’re your feet…stay on top of them.