#142 Make That Appointment You’ve Been Putting Off

Getting those things completed that you have been putting off… especially when they are medical related may in fact, save your life.

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#142

Make that appointment you’ve been putting off

Almost everyone I talk to speaks to the fact that our lives are over scheduled these days. It’s become worse over the last several decades as we have to work longer and harder to meet our obligations or catch the American Dream. Consequently, those necessary appointments – the ones that hold our reality together – are often sliding to the bottom of our priority list.

Do you need to go to the DMV? Have you had your annual physical? Your 6 month dental cleaning? Have you procrastinated on your mammogram or colonoscopy? What about your fireplace or carpet cleaning? Sadly, most of us have to take a full day off – some of us, without pay – in order to accomplish these tasks.

Be Efficient

My recommendation is to make a list of all those ‘appointments’ that need scheduled and make as many of them in one day as possible. It’s the peak of efficiency to manage your day in this manner. This is practical time management solution.

Fear

Procrastination occurs for other reasons too… particularly with medical appointments. Sometimes it’s because we don’t want to fast or to clean out our system. We’re fearful of what the test may find or we anticipate bad news or judgment from the doctor. Occasionally people will tell me they don’t want to change parts of their lives – knowing that a doctor will make that suggestion (i.e., weight, smoking, drinking, etc.)

Overwhelmed

Sometimes we don’t make an appointment because the things we need to do leading up to them feel cumbersome and/or overwhelming. Something as little as getting a money order for an application can stifle the completion of that task. If you don’t need an ‘appointment’ for the pre-task, get that completed either before or after work.

Accomplishment

Getting those things completed that you have been putting off… especially when they are medical related may in fact, save your life. There’s always a sense of accomplishment when we get things done that we’ve been putting off. The appointments you keep for home repair and maintenance are for your welfare and safety. Don’t waste another minute… make that list and then…

Make that appointment you’ve been putting off.

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#149 Try a Cleanse

While there are a ton of products on the market that claim to ‘cleanse’ there are dangers to riding your body of too many of the nutrients that aid in the proper digestion of good things we eat.

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#149

Try a Cleanse

Yesterday, I offered the tip of fasting for a day and touted the potential benefits of doing so. One of them is cleaning the body of toxins. If denying yourself a meal isn’t your cup of tea, then perhaps a cleanse would accomplish much of the same objective.

Get the Bad Stuff Out

A cleanse is intentionally ingesting something that is designed to rid your body of the chemicals and bacteria that should not be there and/or is hazardous to your overall lifespan. There are a number of foods that purport to detoxify your body primarily by flushing fluids; very similar to the process we use in our home piping system.

Ideally, a cleanse is designed to encourage your liver, kidneys, and colon to do their job. THEY are the organs in our bodies that are perfectly designed to naturally keep the good things in and the bad things out. Eating foods that help them process more effectively and work better is the key here.

The Liver

Your liver filters toxins from your blood at the rate of 1.4 liters per minute. It breaks down alcohol, drugs, and chemicals we ingest. Dark berries and hot peppers (caspian) will help it work more effectively. The best advice however is to eat cleanly and avoid alcohol of any kind for the best liver function. The liver is divinely designed to heal itself naturally and will do so if there aren’t any deterrents

The Colon

The colon accumulates waste and prepares it for elimination. In order to do so, material needs to move freely and so hydration and fiber are critical components. Dr. Oz says whole grains and fermented food are key elements in this process.

The Kidneys

The kidneys filter toxins from the blood as well and are responsible in maintaining electrolyte balance and blood pressure. Hydration is a primary consideration here – a state that most human bodies today fail to balance. When properly hydrated, kidneys don’t need to be cleansed. Cauliflower, broccoli, and Soy products will support kidney function naturally.

Dr. Oz Recommends

While there are a ton of products on the market that claim to ‘cleanse’ there are dangers to riding your body of too many of the nutrients that aid in the proper digestion of good things we eat. A diet with only the foods listed here may be the only cleanse you need (not medical advice) says Dr. Oz who recommends eating the recommended foods over a 48 hour period to assist the natural efforts of your body.

When your body works the way it was designed, your energy level, your mood, and your spirit are likely to be organically balanced. If you don’t want to fast, you can …

Try a cleanse.

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#150 Fast for a Day

The postulation is that without food to digest, the body organically spends its energy cleaning house.

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#150

Fast for a Day

You may have done this recently for some kind of a medical test and decided that fasting was ‘for the birds’ as you denied yourself coffee or food because the doctor ‘said so’.

Personal Control

What if you fasted for a day because YOU wanted to… because you were demonstrating control over your body for the purpose of telling your cells ‘who’s boss’! Or, perhaps you’ve heard of “intermittent fasting” where you only eat food during an 8 hour time period and no more – giving your body a full 16 hours every day to process what you’ve put in it.

Perfect Design

Fasting has been a tradition, a happenstance of the environment, a spiritual practice, and a medicinal effort for perhaps as long as man has been walking the earth. At the very least, our bodies are designed to fast overnight as we sleep and they know what to do when they are deprived. In fact, many illnesses were called “Kings disease” because it was only those who were well fed that came down with particular ailments – attributed to gluttonous living.

Start Over

While there are significant debates among medical professionals about the types of illness that benefit from fasting, one tenet is common; fasting offers the body an opportunity to ‘reset’ (akin to ‘wiping the hard drive’). This may be especially helpful when beginning a healthier eating phase or starting a weight loss program – a kind of ‘jump start’ for your body by cleansing the system of accumulated toxins.

Fasting – consuming water only – for a day allows the body an opportunity to enter the stage of autophagy which basically means that the body naturally works to repair damage that has accumulated. The postulation is that without food to digest, the body organically spends its energy cleaning house. Intermittent fasting (one day a week, for example) has been demonstrated to be very helpful for some medical conditions.

Be Smart

Some people fast for longer durations. These intense fasting sessions should be done under medical supervision as the experience is very similar to detoxing from hard core drugs according to people who have suddenly eliminated sugars and refined carbs from their diets. When the body is denied these ‘drugs’ and the reserves it has to use run dry – there is a withdrawal experience.

Before you grab the bull by the horn and dive into a fasting experience, pick a day when you will be distracted by things or people you love (to detract your attention away from hunger), do a trial run by…

Fasting for a day.

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#163 Clean Your Lampshades

Allowing too much dust to accumulate invites the critter ‘dust mite’ into your life.

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#163

Clean your lampshades

While this may seem like an odd suggestion in terms of creating a ‘happier, healthier, and more productive life”… it does fit into the ‘healthier’ category. Lampshades are a significant culprit for holding dust. Have you looked at yours lately?

And the problem is…

Accumulated dust can be problematic for a lot of us, in particular, those who suffer from asthma. Think of how much dust is wiped away with a weekly furniture dusting. If you don’t dust your lampshades equally, the layers build and contribute to pollutants in the air of your home. For the purpose of this article, a lampshade can reference any light cover so it includes the ‘globes’ that adorn many hanging light fixtures. They are all rather invisible as we routinely move a dust rag through the house.

The Tools

I prefer to vacuum mine… when I get the gadgets out to do baseboards, I’m usually in the frame of mind to get the dust creatures lurking in random spaces so the lampshades (who are major culprits of hiding those buggers) – get a good vacuuming with the brush gadget. A microfiber towel lightly sprayed with dust spray or slightly damp will also work as does a good, old-fashioned sticky lint roller. Organization and cleaning experts suggest filling the tub and washing anything that can tolerate water. (A tub is large and can easily accommodate larger shades.)

Dust particles exist everywhere in our environment and while there are some ways that we can reduce their presence, they’ll never completely disappear simply because living things release their dead cells constantly. Clean air filters on your HVAC system will help, air purifiers trap more, and frequent vacuuming and dusting support the efforts.

Little Buggers

Allowing too much dust to accumulate invites the critter ‘dust mite’ into your life. Many people are very allergic to mites and experience consistent sinus and respiratory issues. Reducing dust in often ‘invisible’ areas – such as lampshades – reduces the potential nesting areas for mites; creating a better breathing environment all around.

Would your shades pass the white glove test? You may want to grab the gadget of your choice and do your lungs the favor of …

Cleaning your lampshades.

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#164 Try a Facial

Aside from looking better, the time you take to either get a professional facial or a DIY one will be ‘me time’ – self care at its best.

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#164

Try a Facial

If you’re headed to the spa for the massage that I recommended yesterday then I’d like to suggest that you also treat yourself to a facial while you’re there. Why? A facial cleanses, exfoliates, and nourishes the skin on your face and neck, keeping it healthy, potentially more firm, and younger looking!

Types

There are different types of facials which is why your best bet is to use the services of an esthetician is preferred. They are trained to identify any problems your skin may have such as blackheads, level of hydration, and issues with acne. As with other professions, they are trained to identify a problem and then educated as to the best way to treat or serve that particular issue.

Problem Solving

If you experience any acne, excess oil, large pores, dark circles, puffiness, sagging, pigment difference or have fine lines and/or wrinkles – you can benefit from a facial. Different facials offer different benefits. There are facials to firm and lift the skin, calm visible redness, depigmenting dark spots, detoxing skin, hydrating skin and so many others. Considerations about which type of facial is the best for you include diet, allergies, lifestyle, medications, activity, stress, and your home skin care routine. Based on all that information, your esthetician will know how to best meet your needs.

Process

Most facials include some element of facial massage, a fantastic benefit as your face muscles do get a workout with each sentence you utter not to mention your day-to-day facial expressions. There is typically a deep steaming to cleanse the skin and preparation for exfoliation – removing all the dead skin cells that sit there. It’s often a very soothing and relaxing experience. Next is generally some kind of mask… an effort to pull toxins out of your skin so that is is fresh and clean. Lastly, your face will be massaged with a moisturizer designed for your skin type, leaving your face feeling healthy.

Masks

If you can make an appointment for a professional facial, don’t fret as there are some good alternatives that will accomplish the basic elements important for a facial. Harper’s Bazaar recently posted the best 14 Face Masks of All Time – giving us a nice list of alternatives to a salon experience. It may be a great activity for a girlfriend sleepover, a bridal party activity, or a quiet sole evening. Frankly though, for a few more dollars – someone else can do the work!!

DIY

If you want to have a do-it-yourself facial evening without all the costs and perhaps from a more organic standpoint, it may be as easy as heading to your kitchen. This article highlights homemade recipes for face masks that will detoxify your skin, hydrate, and cleanse with common food items like bananas, honey, oatmeal and milk.

Benefits

Aside from looking better, the time you take to either get a professional facial or a DIY one will be ‘me time’ – self care at its best. You’ll experience a sense of relaxation, calm, and potentially time away from the daily stressors of your life. According to dermatology experts, facials are the best way to rejuvenate our skin and can prevent premature aging. It’s another item to add to your ‘wish list’ – you know, the one you are making so that when someone ask what you want for your birthday or the holiday’s you can tell them you want to…

Try a Facial.

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#165 Get a Massage

All this in a quiet room with soothing music and low light. If it’s a gentle massage, you’re likely to fall asleep.

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#165

Get a Massage

One of the most wonderful self care practices you can participate in is the treat of a massage. There are few treats better than settling into a state of complete relaxation while someone gently moves their hands across your muscles in a way that continues to promote a deeper sense of comfort and calm. All this in a quiet room with soothing music and low light. If it’s a gentle massage, you’re likely to fall asleep.

Differences

There are different types of massage and it’s important to ask for the one you want with clarity because if you’re expecting a gentle rub down but end up with deep tissue kneading – you’re likely to be disappointed. A Swedish massage is where many people start – it’s wonderful for people sensitive to touch, desiring something relaxing, and soothing. The sensation of long strokes along the lines of your muscles is quite relaxing. It’s wonderful for working out small knots in the shoulders, neck, or back and can last as long as 90 minutes on average.

Variations

For a variation on the Swedish massage, try asking for Hot Stones! In addition to their hands, a masseuse will use heated stones in place of their hands to ease muscle tension, relieve pain, and improve the flow of blood toward the heart.

In addition to hot stones, your massage may include Aromatherapy which can add a healing boost to your experience. Depending the type of ‘aroma’, you may enjoy a mood boost, reduction of stress or anxiety, and/or pain relief just from the aroma in the room while you enjoy your massage. Some of the essential oils may also be used as oil that is rubbed into your skin – increasing the overall health benefit.

A deep tissue massage may be a better option if you have chronic muscle problems, pain, or anxiety. There is a stronger pressure with each stroke and with finger movements during a deep tissue massage. While it shouldn’t ‘hurt’ or leave you feeling sore – it’s not the kind of massage you want if you are specifically seeking relaxation and maybe a little nap.

Benefits

There are a number of other options available for massage treatments so it’s important to have a good conversation with your therapist to decide which is better for you. Massage can be helpful with circulation, sore muscles, lymph drainage, and overall stress management. Asking for gift certificates or finding deals on sites like Groupon will help keep them affordable. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to practice a little self-care by taking time to …

Get a massage.

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#189 Go to a Salt Room

Halotherapy has indicated benefits for a number of respiratory and skin ailments; in-particular allergies and eczema.

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#189

Go to a Salt Room

You may ask “what?” as you conjure images of a nice big Porterhouse steak hot off the grill with a shaker of pink Himalayan salt… but no – that’s not the intent, goal, or process behind a ‘salt room’.

Halotherapy

Salt rooms offer Halotherapy which, is a process of sitting in a room filled with fine particles of salt. In doing so, you inhale micro particles (similar to breathing ocean air) and it settles on your skin as it does after an ocean swim. Salt is known to reduce inflammation both when inhaled and on your body. [Mosquito bites heal much faster after ocean swimming.]

Relaxation

During your stay at the Salt Room, you’ll be sitting comfortably in a chair or on a yoga mat and the session is often coupled with a guided meditation, shifting your relaxation into high gear. Taking this ‘quiet’ time for yourself is a fantastic addition to your self care regimen.

Benefits

Halotherapy has indicated benefits for a number of respiratory and skin ailments; in-particular allergies and eczema.  It’s safe for people of all ages and there are no reported negative side effects. So far, there is only anecdotal evidence for the benefits of Salt therapy but the testimonies from people who have experienced their benefit is difficult to ignore.  

Popularity Increasing

Prior to a year ago, I’d never heard of halotherapy and I’m now aware of two rooms within reasonable driving distance of my home. There’s a high probability of one near you. At the very least, a number of spas have introduced some form of salt therapy in their offerings. The combined benefit of meditation would direct me toward a full functioning location and so I encourage you to take a step out – try something new – and …

Go to a Salt Room.

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