It’s no secret that we women carry our lives in our handbags. Riffle through any woman’s handbag, and the contents in there will tell you a short, succinct story of who she really is.
In this article, we’re very interested to know what’s in yours – but not because we’re inquisitive about the kind of lipstick you buy or the perfume you wear. We just want to make sure you’re kitted out with all the tiny lifesavers that can keep you healthy through the cold, winter months.
So here goes:
# 1: Hand Sanitizers
It’s flu season folks, and germs are festering everywhere. Whatever you touch, like a door handle or an innocent-looking office file, could be contaminated with sick-making germs, and a small bottle of hand sanitizer could stand between you and being laid up for the next 7-10 days with high temperatures, cough and cold.
Just, remember to use it!
# 2: Lip Balm
Lip balms or chapstick, as millions of women will tell you, is more than just a hydrating, soothing, emollient-rich beauty picker-upper. It’s a lifesaver, a mood enhancer, and a best friend they couldn’t imagine stepping out of the house without.
This co-dependency has reached such gigantic proportions that a debate rages on about lip balm’s so-called “addictive” properties. Experts, however, have discounted this theory, citing an `emotional’ factor that has many women forming an attachment to the tube.
Even if you don’t use them regularly, lip balms can literally save your day during winter months if you suddenly find your lips are preparing to dry out and flake (and you know that deeply uncomfortable feeling!).
# 3: Lotion Facial Tissues
If you have a runny nose this winter, stop using whatever tissue is close at hand. Ordinary tissues create painful friction with the skin after repeated use, and before you know it, your nose is red and scratched, making further wiping a painful process.
Switch to soft, facial tissues with lotion that lock in the moisture and save your nose from damage. Brands like Puffs and Kleenex (the ones with lotion and aloe) first come to mind…
# 4: Zinc Lozenges
Zinc is a mineral that keeps the immune system strong, during winter months. In fact, some studies have found that zinc lozenges may reduce the duration of cold, perhaps by as much as 50%, and may reduce the number of upper respiratory infections, particularly in children.
# 5: Echinacea Capsules
Echinacea, a health-promoting herb which was used by Native American tribes, stimulates the immune system and gives you the power you need to fight flus and colds. Research shows it increases the number of white blood cells in the body, which fight infections.
# 6: Nose Masks
No, they don’t look cool. But if you’re in a crowded space, like a bus, train or airplane cabin, this fabric barrier can give you some protection from people coughing and sneezing into the air you’re directly breathing. And they’re so small, you can stuff them into a handbag pocket and forget about them – until you actually need one.
# 7: A Bottle Of Water
Keep a small bottle of water in your handbag at all times. We cannot stress enough on the importance of staying hydrated to fight germs and infections in winter.
One of the top 3 resolutions people make, new year after new year, is living a healthier life. (Along with more money and more love.)
Whether it’s a heart-friendly diet or a weight loss plan or exercising regularly, people believe health goals are completely achievable because the onus is entirely on themselves. There are no bosses to please for the desired promotion or hoping for a perfect life partner to miraculously show up and offer the perfect relationship.
And yet, by February, approximately 80% of people give up on their new year health goals and revert back to their old eating habits and sedentary lifestyles.
Why is that?
Why do health goals fail so frequently, when succeeding at them is entirely a matter of personal choice?
Stop beating up on yourself if you have failed in the past, because it is not your conscious fault.
It isn’t merely a `lack of willpower’ as most people would think. The resistance, in fact, comes from long-terms habits (and beliefs) that have become ingrained in our brains.
The brain is a complex network of `neurological pathways’ that are established by repeated thoughts and behaviors. For example, if you have always eaten a tub of ice-cream to make yourself feel better during times of stress, you have unconsciously built a neurological pathway that accepts ice-cream as a `normal’ solution to stress. Breaking that default pathway and building a new one that involves going for a run instead cannot happen overnight. Just like a stream cannot change its course all of a sudden.
It’s a process that takes time and constant repetition to make a lasting imprint. And all the motivation in the world cannot replace old imprints with new ones unless you understand this basic principle.
But the good news is this: neurological pathways are `elastic’. (Scientists call it brain plasticity.) In other words, they can be manipulated and reformed by exposing your brain to not just what you do and think, but how you feel.
Feelings directly impact the subconscious mind, compelling the brain to rewire old channels, and right there is the secret solution to make your health goals stick.
In this article, we won’t talk about all the usual advice that experts offer on how to change the way you think about health and fitness. (If that really brought about lasting changes, every participant at a Tony Robbins motivational workshop would be leading perfect lives today.)
Instead, we will show you some simple methods that will incrementally change how you feelabout any goal you have set for yourself.
Try them. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? You’ll just end up feeling better?
# 1: Release Self-Judgement From Past Failures
Absolutely the worst thing that keeps us stuck in vicious cycles of failure is self-judgement. Nature taught us fear for survival reasons a long time ago. But society taught us something perhaps even more damaging: guilt and shame.
From childhood, when we were told we were a bad little person if we didn’t do what parents and teachers wanted of us, to adulthood when we’re constantly judged by family, friends and media for not being a certain way or aspiring to a certain lifestyle – there is no escaping the strangling web of guilt and shame that conversely keep us stuck in our old ways.
Because after years of conditioning to fit a certain mold, as dictated by others, we lose our individuality and sense of self-worth. And we subconsciously believe we are not good enough.
This is at the very core of the problem for a vast majority of human beings. We unconsciously scupper our own chances of success because we unconsciously believe we are not worth it.
If you can honestly face and address this belief, you’re basically unstoppable.
But how do you start doing that?
A small but very effective way, as propagated by Rapid Transformational Therapy expert Marisa Peer, is posting signs around your house that simply says: I Am Enough!
Yes, that’s it.
Write “I Am Enough” in bold letters on a piece of chart paper and stick it in your bedroom, where you will see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Post it on your bathroom mirror. Write the message on a sticky note and tack it to the edge of your computer. Make it a wallpaper on your phone.
Constant exposure to this short, self-empowering message will start to seep in after a while, says Marisa, who has successfully worked with celebrities, politicians and regular people like you and me, with incredible success. If you want to know more about this strategy, click HERE to hear Marisa explain it in her own words.
This is just one strategy. There are many more ways you can expose yourself to empowering messaging to change your own judgement of yourself. Do it repeatedly and continuously, and you will soon notice how differently you’re looking not just at yourself but at all aspects of your life where you previously felt short.
# 2: Disempower Your Negative Thoughts
Negative ideations are just that – ideations. They are not real. They’re figments of our imagination and they do not exist!
But worst-case scenarios are the thoughts we are most comfortable with. We may aspire to think best-case ones, but they vanish after a few seconds because our subconscious minds do not believe they are actually possible.
Thanks to well-established neurological pathways in our brains, we consistently default to negative thinking, which in turn, leaves us feeling angry, hurt, disappointed and discouraged.
Notice the pattern here?
Our habitual thinking keeps up caught up in the same cycle and all we do is just feed and repeat.
The only way to break out of this is to train ourselves to notice when negative thoughts are creeping in. And actively recognize that these are just thoughts. No more real than the script of our favorite Netflix show.
It needs practice, sure. But once you start policing your thoughts, you will quickly learn to recognize the self-defeating fiction for what they are. And once you recognize and release them, they can no longer hold you in their power.
Meditation is one of the best ways to teach yourself this practice. Journaling is another. Or lighting a candle in a quiet moment and keeping your attention on only the flame without the babble of thoughts crowding your mind.
# 3: Get Back On The Horse
Don’t lose faith and give it all up the minute you fail. Because fail you probably will. (Remember brain plasticity?)
There’s no shame in failing. But there is enormous power in being able to get back on the horse and keep riding in the direction you want. You may not reach in the 2 weeks or 2 months as you anticipated. But every time you re-embrace the reason you started on this journey with fresh enthusiasm, the distance still waiting to be traveled with get shorter and shorter.
The most practical way is of course to break up your end result into small, actionable ones. Celebrate each small milestone, however small they may be, because they’re all victories in their own right.
# 4: Enjoy Your Fantasies
What are fantasies? Nothing except believing fiction for real. This runs contrary to point # 2, but in exceptionally good ways. Power your positive feelings instead of encouraging the negative ones.
Vision boards work very well for this.
If your health goal is to lose weight, create a vision board with cut-outs of pictures that visually represent what you want. Like celebs who look the way you aspire. People who represent your idea of style. Favorite fashions you will be able to wear once you reach your goals. Stick them in a collage on a board and keep this board in your bedroom.
Allow yourself the luxury of feeling and imagining, even if it is for just a few minutes a day, as you look at this board. The best times are of course first thing in the morning, when your mind is as empty as it will be in the next 12 hours, and last thing at night, when you’re most susceptible to imprinting as you’re relaxing into a state of sleep.
# 5: Stop The Social Media Chatter
When will the world realize that social media is nothing more than a make-believe rat race?
We’re not saying social platforms are not entertaining – and sometimes even useful. But do take off the rose-tinted glasses and realize that your friends and family are not living the glorious lives, as captured in their images and videos, because they’re as human as you are. It takes a couple of seconds to click a `happy’ picture. A whole lifetime of struggle against challenges to achieve it.
Enjoy social media by all means but take all you see with a pinch of salt. And use the time you’d spend scrolling the life of others to build and improve your own.
What Does All This Have To Do With Achieving Your Goals?
Because we’re trying to steer you in a direction where transformation comes from within. We’re not offering band-aid solutions because they’re by definition, temporary. By clearing out old baggage of self-defeating ideas and beliefs that weighed you down in the past, we’re encouraging you to step into your own spotlight as the most glorious version of you.
Not as others expect you to be but in full and complete confidence of who you are.
Do you find it hard to transition from the holidays into the New Year without missing a beat?
If you do, you’re not alone.
Post-Holiday depression is a pretty common phenomenon during the tail-end of December in the United States. We all know the festivities are now drawing to a close, the lights and decorations will come down, and our emotions, which had been stretched like an elastic band during the excitement of the holidays, will soon snap back – with a vicious sting!
Back to normallife. Back to contemplating how we’re going to make the coming year better than the last one. What we’re going to do to improve yourselves, our circumstances, our lives.
Let’s face it. New Year resolutions are fun to think about, but pretty hard to act on sometimes. Which is why 80% of them fail by mid-February.
In fact, Strava, a social network for athletes that has analyzed over 31.5 million pieces of data on this has even predicted the day when the first cracks in our New Year resolutions begin to show: January 12.
Just 12 days into the year, we set ourselves up for failure.
Lack of planning mostly.
Ideas will remain just ideas unless you have a timetable of concrete actions to materialize them.
In this article, we’re going to help 55% of adult Americans who make New Year resolutions to live healthier, look better and feel great (according to the Personality & Psychology Bulletin) by itemizing an actionable plan that doesn’t weaken in less than 2 weeks and finally fall apart by mid-February.
# 1: Make A Vision Board With “Good Food” Inspirations
You will probably buy a shopping cart-full of salad ingredients in the beginning of the year because you have resolved to eat healthy. But if you don’t actually enjoy leafy greens, those packets of spinach and kale will just rot in the fridge, and all you’ll have done is waste money on food you somehow “forgot” to eat. (You know exactlywhat we mean.)
Romanticize the right kind of foods instead.
Create a vision board with pictures of wonderfully healthy foods. Display it in your kitchen, so whenever you’re about to prepare your breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can see just how tasty the cherry tomato looks. Or how mouthwateringly crunchy that caesar salad appears with just a tiny dollop of fat-free dressing. Or a nutty, tasty quinoa salad.
# 2: Plus The Good Foods – Don’t Minus The Bad Ones!
Concentrate on addition instead of subtraction. The more you think of what you can’teat, the weaker your resolution will get. Focus on all the food you caneat instead and expand your weekly food choices with them.
# 3: Don’t Wait Until You’re Hungry To Think Of Food
This is a very common mistake we make with our daily meals. When you’re hungry and don’t have a meal plan for the day, you’ll reach for all the wrong things when you realize you’re starving.
# 4: Detox Your Kitchen
Remove all temptations from your pantry and fridge. They’re called temptations for a reason!
# 5: Put On Your Exercise Shoes
Unless you’re a habitual runner or a fitness buff, motivation is hard to come by at the end of a tiring workday. We find that during those bittersweet moments when you’re choosing between a workout or the television, putting on your exercise shoes tips the balance towards the better decision.
Try it. You’ll be surprised.
# 6: Treat Failures Like Wobbly Footstools To Success
Don’t give up the first time you fail your self-improvement plans. It’s par for the course and nothing’s lost – yet. Resume your diet or exercise schedule and remember each day is a brand new beginning.
# 7: Find 3 Minutes To Experiment With Cryotherapy
Let’s put you in a cryrotherapy chamber for just 3 minutes and allow the exposure to extreme cold do its magic. You’ll come out feeling elated and energized by a rush of endorphins and happy hormones, and the feeling will last for days. In fact, do it once a week, and you’ll probably be sailing through mid-February with no thoughts of giving up on your New Year resolutions. (Book a Cryo session by clicking HERE. Or get in touch with us at a Hydralive therapy clinic nearest you, and we’ll tell you all about it).
# 8: Write: “I am Enough”
Finally, a golden piece of advice that comes from Marissa Peers, Britain’s best-known motivational coach. Personal failures, she believes, are born from a cellular memory planted during childhood of not feeling worthy of good things. The simplest and easiest way to break this disempowering psychological block is to write “I am Enough” and displaying it in a prominent place where you will see it every day. The 3-word affirmation of self-worth works like a charm, if you let it. Your subconscious mind will start letting go of its customary resistance to self-improvement and you’ll rock your resolutions this year.
Ever wondered how much we Americans spend on holiday gifts?
According to the National Retail Federation, it’s likely to be nearly $ 30 billionthis year.
And how many of those gifts will be returned or exchanged after the Holidays? Over 28 per cent.
When you think of the time and effort we put into choosing, wrapping and ribboning gifts that may well be returned to the store within a week after Christmas, it comes as no surprise gift cards have become so popular as a simple but satisfying option that pleases everybody.
And we at Hydralive Therapy are helping our clients gift good health and wellness too, with the introduction of Hydralive gift cards.
Our gift cards are not preloaded, so you can choose whatever money amount suits your budget. And we have membership plans as well, that are available throughout the year. (Click HERE to see the Membership packages.)
Even though IV therapy infusions, injections and cryotherapy are fast gaining popularity in the United States, a lot of people are still unaware these options are available at a Hydralive clinic near them in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. Gift cards, therefore, are the perfect incentive to make your friends, co-workers and loved ones come in and try the treatments we offer – from weight management, massages and mental health, to illness recovery, pain management and stress-relief.
Our experienced team of RNs are always on hand to help them choose the treatments they need to step into the new year feeling good and looking great! And what’s more, they can enjoy the benefits of IV therapy in the comfort of their homes and offices too!
Contact us for Hydralive gift cards by clicking HERE.
Not trying to scare anyone here, but the outlook on the current flu season is not good.
More than 42 million cases of flu were reported last year, and according to CDC (Center For Disease Control And Prevention) estimates, there were 61,200 deaths and over 600,000 people hospitalized. It was the longest flu season in a decade.
The portents for this year are alarming as well, and US health professionals are preparing for the virus to come back with a vengeance in the winter of 2019-2020.
Flu season started in October and is expected to ramp up between December and February. Now is the time to make sure you and your family are taking all the right steps to avoid the annual scourge of the flu and be present for the Holiday festivities with great health, enthusiasm and wellness.
We’re going to help you do just that with this list of anti-flu precautions. So keep on reading:
# 1: Please Get Your Flu Shots – If You Already Haven’t
More than 40% of Americans forgo this free service (the cost is included in your health insurance) our health department is offering to keep us protected. True, the efficacy of a flu shot is not a 100% guarantee. The flu virus morphs and regenerates every year – which makes it so virulent – but having the shot anyway reduces risks of complications even if you do happen to get sick.
# 2: Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize
Flu spreads with touch. And when you’re out and about, you are always touching something. Keep a hand sanitizer handy. And use it often. When you shake hands, open doors, hold the rails in buses and trains. Wash your hands as often as you can.
# 3: Fortify Your Body’s Natural Immune System
Zinc and Vitamin C are your best allies during a flu outbreak. Increase your dietary intake of both these infection-fighters with foods like sweet peppers, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and winter squash (for vitamin C) and lamb, beef, spinach, legumes, seeds, nuts and dairy (for zinc).
# 4: Don’t Compromise On Sleep
We know this is the festive season and you want to make the most of your evenings. Try to maintain a regular sleep timetable though, because that is when your body chemistry does all its imperceptible good work to make sure your health and immune system are functioning at an optimal level. And keep grinches, like the nasty flu virus, at bay.
# 5: Be Extra-Careful In Crowds
Crowded places like airline cabins or movie theatres are breeding grounds for infections to spread. This time of year, they are particularly unsavory because of the clear-and-present threat of flu floating in the air. We understand that wearing a nose-and-mouth mask may cramp your style when you’re out on a movie date night or traveling to join your family for Christmas celebrations.
At least wash your hands often. Don’t stick your hand into the chair pocket in front of you in an airplane. (Those pockets are literally the most germ-infested area in an airplane. Yes, more than the bathrooms.) Be aware that we touch our eyes, nose, mouth or face every 20 seconds, and make sure you’re not doing it with un-sanitized hands. If someone coughs or sneezes near you, hold your breath for as long as you comfortably can. And then exhale and inhale into a sanitized wipe napkin.
# 6: Be Extra Careful With Children
Kids will do what they will. Sure, you can keep an eye on them when they are at home or travelling with you. But other times? What can you really do? Teach them why they need to use the hand sanitizer while they are at school. If you think that message will stick, without turning them into a germophobe for life, we totally support you doing it. As long as you moderate your lessons.
# 7: Get An IV Therapy
IV therapy sounds like a hospital treatment when you’re sick. Actually, it is a very affordable lifestyle choice. If you want to live well, with your body functioning optimally, the nutrients, vitamins and other fortification minerals that an IV therapy can put into your body is absorbed fully and instantaneously. Get in touch with us at Hydralive Therapy if you want to learn how IV therapy can boost your immunity system and give you a short-cut solution to good health and good life – especially when the flu is running rampant in our communities.
You can buy memberships and gift cards during the holidays to gift that feeling of wellness to yourself – and family and loved ones too!
Stay safe, stay healthy and best wishes for a memorable holiday!