Who Else Wants to Break the Snooze Button Habit?

The snooze button may seem like your friend, but your relationship is probably toxic. Your alarm clock could be interfering with the quality and quantity of your sleep.

What happens to your brain when you keep hitting the snooze button each morning? You experience several stages of sleep throughout the night. Towards morning, the percentage of rapid eye movement or REM sleep increases. That’s when you dream and enjoy more restorative effects.

“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep”
― Albert Camus

That’s also when you’re likely to hit the snooze button and interrupt the cycle. As a result, you tend to feel groggy and that sleep inertia can continue for hours.

Say goodbye to your snooze button and say hello to pleasant dreams. Try these tips for waking up more naturally.

How to Quit the Snooze Button Habit:

1. Make a commitment. Are you short-changing yourself on sleep so you can work late hours or watch Netflix? Remember that chronic fatigue can contribute to weight gain, heart conditions, and other health issues. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep a night.


2. Keep your distance. Put the snooze button out of reach. Move your alarm clock or phone off your nightstand and place them across the room.


3. Budget your time. Do you set your alarm early so you can press snooze several times? Calculate how much time you really need in the morning and eliminate that leeway.


4. Plan a treat. Dangle a reward that will make you want to throw off the covers. Eat a delicious breakfast with grilled fish and fresh berries. Sign up for an early yoga or spin class before work.


5. Seek support. Let your family know what you’re doing. Cats and dogs can also be very persuasive when they want you to open your eyes.


6. Try an app. Sleep apps tend to be inaccurate because individual sleep patterns vary so widely. However, they can help you to be more aware of your behavior, especially while you’re trying to change your habits.


7. Vary the sounds. Maybe you’re so used to your alarm that you turn it off without even realizing what you’re doing. Use different sounds to capture your attention. You may also want to experiment with devices that use light or vibrations.


8. Deal with relapses. A long-standing snooze habit can take time to break. Be patient and grateful for gradual progress.


9. Talk with your doctor. What if you’re sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night and still having trouble waking up naturally? See your doctor to discuss whether you might have a sleep disorder.


“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

Additional Tips for Restful Sleep:

1. Be consistent. Giving your mind and body sufficient rest is the most effective way to break the snooze button habit. Go to bed and rise at the same time each day as much as possible, even on weekends and holidays.


2. Block out noise. If the neighbor’s stereo is keeping you up, buy a fan or white noise machine. Look for comfortable ear plugs if you need more help.


3. Adjust the lights. Exposure to morning light changes your hormone levels. You’ll find it easier to wake up in the morning and fall asleep at night.


4. Turn off electronics. Bright lights and exciting movies stimulate your brain. Turn off the TV and other devices at least one to two hours before bed.

The next time you’re tempted to hit the snooze button, ask yourself if increasing your chances of a long and active life is more important than 9 minutes of fragmented sleep.

A consistent sleep schedule and other simple habits can help you wake up feeling fresh and enjoy each day more.

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― Colette

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Does Your Income Affect Your Health?

“All the money in the world can’t buy you back good health.” Reba McEntire 

Our level of income directly affects our health. Did you know that? How much money you make helps to determine how healthy you will be. Doesn’t really make sense, if you don’t’ look at the broader picture. For example…In the big picture view: you are educated, have a degree, and are exposed to tons of information during your college years. You are exposed to health classes, athletes, and all sorts of professional people who already understand the importance of health in your life.

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“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” Buddha 

You’ve graduate college. Your income is nice, and you have the opportunity to purchase magazines, health and fitness (of course). Can you see how your education and intelligence levels affect your health? This example is a generalization; All you have to do is observe yourself verses some one whom does not have the  same advantages of health. Sad but true. Standard of living and health are directly related.

“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” Anne Wilson Schaef 

The availability of better care, whether it is through better company paid insurance, life in a metropolitan area versus rural area, or simply being able to afford a more specialized doctor when the situation warrants. In most cases, higher income families live in more populated areas, with access to better doctors and larger medical facilities. Often their employers have nurses or doctors that are retained, if not on staff, as emergencies warrant.

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“People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding. I am now working on an initiative to create awareness

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“Dogs never bite me. Just Humans” – Marilyn Monroe

 

The Quality of Life: Is Health Important?

As a matter of fact, all responsible persons should take the time to educate themselves, and their children, about the benefits of healthy eating. Learning to eat for life in a health conscious way is one of the best guarantees for a long and fulfilling life. The quality of our lives is as important as the quantity to most individuals, but because of debilitating of not feeling well. We are often forced to make a decision and choose between quality and quantity.

Thanks to the advancements in modern medicine, the average person’s life span can now exceeds seventy years. If you stop to think, that’s quite a long time to walk around on this earth. Along with the wonderful life expectancy increases, we have the detrimental effects of overeating and unhealthy eating. It seems that as we advance in one area, we regress in others.

 

The issue of obesity brings this debate to the forefront:

  • The first question I always ask, is how did we get here?
  • What kind of quality life can someone have because of their weight?
  • How did we go from one of the most physically fit nations, to just wallowing in our weight?

The answer lies in our lack of education about the weight gaining, process, and a lack of concern about our children learning how to eat and exercise correctly. Today, we must determine:

  • How much nourishment
  • Physical exercise is needed, and
  • How best to accomplish those goals.

The question raised in the title of this article, would have a resounding YES as the answer. The life you choose to lead, no matter what your field of interest, your level of education, or your level of income, your life is tremendously affected by your health. Maintaining your health is one of the most important things you can do as an individual; to enjoy what time you have on this earth. It is also one of the most important things you can do for you family. As we become an older population, and our life expectancy increases, do we want to become burdens on our children? Or do we want our time with our children in our retirement years to be something we and they have enjoyed?

There are so many things to do in life that allow us to enjoy the fruits of our labor. All of these options can be cut short if we haven’t taken the time to take care of ourselves.

Calorie, nutritional, physical, and educational needs are now information we should understand. There is massive amounts of information available to help educate and to help you make good health choices, no matter what the age group. However, we encourage you to visit a licensed medial physician (doctor). Quality of life is as important making healthy decisions to living a meaningful life:

  • Education of the healthy choices we can make,
  • Make the right healthy choices, and
  • Living life to the fullest should be the ultimate goal of every person live.

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“Health is correlated with quality of life. If you get regular physical activity, have social connections, control your cholesterol, keep your blood pressure at a normal level, don’t smoke – these things can make an enormous difference not only in how long you live, but how much you enjoy your life in those years.” Tom Frieden 

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Do We Need Meditation?

“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.” Anonymous

Meditation, an exercise recommended for everyone, but especially those of us with hectic, stressful lifestyles, is defined as an engagement in contemplation, especially of a spiritual or devotional nature. Meditation has been shown to relieve stress, and promote overall good health, by simply reflecting upon our day, and finding happiness within ourselves. This and other mind exercises help us to keep our mind fit, and functioning at top performance levels. But up until the last twenty years, meditation was something the western world new little about. Is it necessary for our health? Or have we just come up with a new fad, to fill up the empty hours of our day?


“The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace.”
J. Donald Walters

Well, the empty hours don’t exist for most of us. Quite frankly, without the opportunity to reflect and relax, I would quite possibly go completely mad. Our spirituality and meditation practices are the tools we have available to keep our mind as fit as we keep our bodies. The mind is a complicated and versatile machine, but it can become overwhelmed and unable to function correctly, if we don’t take the time to keep it cared for.

Our mind has varying levels of operation, known as brain waves. As we pass through the different stages of our day, we enter various stages of brain wave activity. The brain uses this tool as one way to allow us time to rest our busy mind, and cope with all the pieces of information we’ve received, a way to kind of “mind file” for the day.


“Meditation is being in tune with our inner energy source.” Anonymous

Modern alternative health and holistic healers believe in the power of the energy that flows through our bodies; this energy radiates from our mind as well. It is believed to be the chief from of transportation for our body’s nervous system to carry out communication. Breathing techniques, music, aromas, and candle therapy are all ways we utilize the opportunities to reflect on our day, allow our mind to rest and replenish itself for further use. But are these methods keeping us mentally fit? Yes, it does help to keep us mentally fit.

The great benefit in meditation; the mind’s ability to transform itself into a vehicle for higher awareness. Meditation is a way for us to become aware of the fact that there is more to our being than just our physical activity. We have so much more potential locked away in our mind, resources that we never tap into until we have the chance to quiet the mind, quiet our surroundings and open the door to the possibilities we don’t examine on a day to day basis.


“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.”
Katherine Dunham

In our meditative state, thoughts that never have the opportunity to be heard during the bustle of the day are afforded the opportunity to come forward and be heard. Every step that we take is a step in some direction for our life. The opportunity to set our own destiny, develop our manifestation of what we believe our life should be, is the opportunity meditation provides. Every action we’ve ever taken started as a thought. The thought was then brought into reality by our action on that thought. So are we able to produce new thoughts, new possibilities, in this time of quiet reflection.

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Makeup Remover

An informative blog about proper make-up removal.

Not only does Seacret Direct Makeup Remover Wipes contain minerals from the Dead Sea, but it also include Cucumber Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, and Vitamin E to provide hydration and a smooth and soothing sensation.

It is important for people of all ages to take care of their skin. In the hectic modern lives we live, it is often too easy to neglect one’s health and well-being. The state of your skin says a lot about the state of your overall health, and with that in mind we have created a summary of how to properly remove make-up and cosmetics.

At the end of a busy day, it is difficult to resist the urge to go directly to bed without removing your make-up first. This is problematic for a number of reasons. Make-up tends to clog the pores of your skin, which can lead to significant skin problems. Your skin needs a chance to breathe, so it has the opportunity to regenerate itself. If you go to bed at night while still wearing your make-up, you are simply asking for trouble.

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You should begin by pulling your hair back and tying it in a ponytail. The best place to begin is with your eye make-up. Using a cotton ball or makeup wipes like Seacret Direct Makeup Remover Wipes that has been moistened with make-up remover, gently remove the make-up.  Be careful to avoid getting it in your eyes.

The next step is to perform a proper facial cleansing. There are a number of excellent products on the market today, so take some time and do some research about each of them. Test a couple of different products, and be sure that you end up with one that is ideal for your skin type. Place a small amount of your chosen cleanser into the palm of your hand, and lather it on your moistened face.

During this stage of your daily cleansing routine, you should pay special attention to cleansing the areas where your make-up was applied. It is best to use lukewarm water, as it will assist in the breakdown of your make-up and will ensure that your cleanser is able to reach its optimal lather. Take your time, and be sure you don’t miss any of the areas where make-up was applied. Rinse with warm water at the appropriate time, and be sure to remove all of the cleanser. When you have completed this step, do it again. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Proper facial cleansing is a simple procedure, but if it is not done regularly and in the proper manner your skin can become damaged. As we have said, your skin needs to be able to breath to maintain optimal health and regenerate itself. Try to incorporate a proper cleansing into your bedtime routine. Your skin will thank you for it.

We cleanse, balance nourish and moisturize our face twice a day and add the extra step of exfoliate/ treat (mask) once a week. If you have never exfoliate/ treat (mask) your skin, you will feel a tingling sensation and/or redness due to the product removing the dead skin. Make sure your toner is water base.

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Vitamins That Help With Hair Growth

Loss of hair, or baldness, is the result of not having enough vitamin B supplements. Vitamin B is very important, as it contains B3 niacin, which is very important for growing hair. Vitamin B6 is another important vitamin, containing nutrients such as sulfur, biotin, magnesium, and zinc. Without these vitamins, your body won’t be able to grow hair as much, which commonly results in balding or hair loss as we get older.

What many people fail to realize, is the importance of vitamin B. Research has shown in the past that vitamin B is very important to hair growth. Men who consume foods that are rich in vitamin B are less likely to experience hair loss. Vitamin B is an essential vitamin, and also one that enriches the overall quality and thickness of hair.

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Vitamin A is also important with hair growth. To get the proper amount of vitamin A, you should consume fatty acids. Some examples include flaxseed oil, primrose, and salmon oil. If you consume these types of fatty acids, you’ll get the right amount of vitamin A that is needed to enhance the growth of your hair. If you are worried about hair loss, you should make sure that you are getting enough vitamin A and vitamin B.

Vitamin E is also important for hair growth, as it stimulates your intake of oxygen and helps to improve your blood circulation as well. If your blood is circulating properly, then the growth of your hair will be enhanced. The proper circulation of blood is very important with hair growth, as the blood is what helps your hair to grow, and the necessary vitamins to flow through your body.

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Another necessary vitamin for hair growth is biotin. You can find this essential source in rice, green peas, oats, yeast, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. It is also found with some types of shampoos as well. If you are using shampoo that contains biotin, you’ll be getting into your root tips faster, which will help to promote the growth of your hair. Even though you may be using shampoo that contains biotin, you’ll still need to take the necessary vitamins and supplements as well.

Before you take any vitamins or supplements, you should always consult with your doctor and get his/her opinion. There may be some vitamins and supplements that you shouldn’t be taking, which is why you should always consult with your doctor before you make any decision. Your doctor will be able to run tests and go through your history with you, letting you know what you can and can’t take. This way, you can choose your vitamin supplements accordingly – and know without a doubt that there will be no long term side effects or problems.

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What Makes Us Well?

Wellness refers to the condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and habits. Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do. Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes. But what makes us well?

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The first place to start would be with the examination of your eating habits. Since we are a product of what we eat, if our eating habits are unhealthy, or do not provide for the nutrition we need, we’re not going to be healthy individuals at the end of the process.

  • Do you take in more calories than your body needs?
  • Are you supplementing your vitamins and minerals to make sure you are getting your recommended daily allowances?

If you’re not making the most basic of efforts to take care of your nutritional needs, you aren’t a well individual.

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Next, you might want to look at your exercise habits, if there are any. If there aren’t any exercise routines to examine, no wellness. Everyone, no matter what their age, benefits from exercise. Whether it is organized exercise activities, free weights, or simply establishing a personal routine, exercise is an excellent wellness tool. It keeps our bodies conditioned, our mental sharpness working at top speed, and thanks to the physical aspect, we get a boost to our cardio health, extra calorie burn, and more oxygen to those cells!

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Being able to deal with and handle the daily stresses of life keeps us well. Making sure we take the time to accommodate our needs for stress relief, such as downtime, therapy time, massage time, or simply take the time for a nice, hot bath. The body tends to retain stress in the muscle of the shoulder and back. Taking the time to relax, do relaxation exercises, and combine this with physical exercise for the entire body, and you shouldn’t have any trouble maintaining a state of wellness.

Our personal habits either keep us well or prevent us from being well. If you smoke, drink, or lose sleep to excess you’re not the well individual you could be. Smoking, drinking, and loss of sleep work to our detriment, and it takes extreme discipline to stop. Smoking fills our body with carcinogens, and works to keep us tired and lethargic.

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Giving ourselves adequate time to devote to all areas of our physical needs, from our nutritional intake needs, to our physical fitness needs, to the need for quite time contributes to our level of wellness. How well we allocate time for these needs, and the choices we make in fulfilling these needs, keeps us well.

There are so many occasions to stop and question our efforts at maintaining optimal health, that we usually don’t even take the time to begin the examination. But it is beneficial to our overall health, the quality and quantity of our life, to make every effort to be well, healthy, individuals.

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Live Life

Life. Isn’t it a beautiful thing?  Freeing yourself to become the fabulous you. Sometimes we let people dictate our moods, in which, it is an reflection on what we wear and even our attitude. 

So lets begin the day with a positive outlook freeing our mind, body and soul to be a better you.

The role of a holistic health coach is to guide individuals to live a balance healthy lifestyle such as recommending:

  • Food and nutritional importance,
  • Personal care,
  • Consulting,
  • Healthy dieting,
  • Physical activities,
  • Beauty tips,
  • Hair, Skin and Nails,
  • Relationships,
  • ….and much more.

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Let’s look at the Positive outlook on Health and Wellness; A Lifestyle Change to Your happiness is important. Freedom of a happier you… a Healthy Stylish you.

I hope to find a better you for today, tomorrow and Evermore. 

Be a Kind Human.

Live. Love. Life.

Read our previous blog Happiness and Conquering Your Negative Thoughts 

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Vulnerability

A word people say and fear to feel. An experience you loathe and can’t forget. Avoiding it burns you up. Acknowledging it tends to sting. It’s a battle that will shaped your personality. My health journey began with self care. I had to reevaluate my health, skin, hair, body and mindset.

When I got on the scale; I literally got off the scale when it went got 195… ! I Started Nutrition plan and varies types of conventional and unconventional exercising. Besides the doctor saying I needed to lose weight. It was about time for me to stop lifting my belly to buckle my pants! I got serious. I lost over 25 lbs and I feel amazing.

I decided to exercise and network with amazing Personal Trainers, Nutritionist, Health Educators and Licensed Health Care Professionals whom grown in their practice. The Department of Labor states that the average worker spends about 9 hours or more at work a day. It is time to show you how to have a healthy lifestyle.

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Midnight Cravings

The end of the month is a day away. How are you controlling your cravings?

We were remembering when we were in college; when money was tight- Jack in the Box came out with 2 tacos for 0.99 cents. A full day of keeping willpower on high, sometimes it’s only a matter of time before we drop our guard and fall victim to the dreaded midnight snack attack.

Here are 7 helpful tips for handling nighttime eating:

1. REMOVE TEMPTATION

Out of sight out of mind. 

2. EAT A BALANCED DINNER

3. ADOPT A NEW HABIT OR ROUTINE

4. CREATE SNACK ALTERNATIVES

5. HOT TEA

6. If Tea isn’t your thing..try unsweetened almond milk or calorie free sparkling water

7. Something…MINT-Tee

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References:

28 Day Healthier Lifestyle Challenge

Today – 6 Strategies to Control Late Night Cravings

Healthline – 11 Ways to Stop Craving Unhealthy Foods

The Science of the Midnight Snack

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NUTRITIONAL GUIDE: WE ARE NOT MEDICAL DOCTORS: therefore, we do not diagnose illness or prescribe pharmaceuticals. We are nutritional consultants and make suggestions relating to nutrition. None of the information offered here is intended to replace any program that your medical doctor has prescribed for you, nor does it conflict with any pharmaceutical medication you are taking. It is recommended that you take your products at least one hour prior to taking your medication so that the minerals offered can be fully assimilated.