Weekly Tips for March 12, 2012

Posted on 11. Mar, 2012 by in Uncategorized

After two long weeks of change around our launchpad, it is exactly what we needed to really look at how lucky and fortunate we are in our lives.  There are lots of tangible things we “could” have or “want” to have, but when it all comes down to it, what we really “need” is our family, friends and health. This has lead to lots of spring cleaning and clearing out the useless stuff around the rocket.

Here are this week’s tips to get you cleaning out the clutter, physically and mentally.

NICE:

No one likes to clean alone. Some put on music, some talk on the phone and some even Skype. Here is an idea, find a friend who needs to clean their house just as much as you do, and do it together.  It will help out your friend and she will help out you in return.  A chore that everyone dreads will be more fun and go much faster.

GREEN:

Cleaning doesn’t require you to use lots of harsh chemicals and nasty detergents.  Think back to what our grandmothers used when they cleaned: vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda.  The vinegar can clean the kitchen, the bathroom and even be used as a natural fabric softener.

Lemon juice can be used as a metal cleaner and wood polish, even deodorize the garbage disposal. Baking soda can be used as an abrasive cleaner and deodorizer. Click here for more cleaning ideas, organization and checklist.

HEALTH:

According to a recent University of California at Berkeley study, changes in women’s lives, little or small, cause more cortisol to be excreted than men and causing women to have more stress and stress triggers in their lives.  Cortisol is a steroid hormone and is released in response to stress and a low level of blood sugar.  It also suppresses the immune system by “muting” the white blood cells and decrease bone formation. That is a number of effects based on stress. We are always fighting to reduce stress. It has taken a number of years for me, but if women can accept the stress triggers and handle changes, the levels of cortisol remains balanced.  If women can learn to maintain their levels, it is not only healthy for you but also your mind and your body.

Personally, my life has been change, change and more change. Honestly, I have never handled change well at all, thus my cortisol levels were extremely high for extended periods of time. Now, with age or preferably education and knowledge, consciously controlling stress and its factors, controls the hormones in your body which in the end help control and maintain a healthy you.  Just try it out. Start small, the clerk with the attitude, the guy that cut you off, the customer service rep not making any sense on your bill — little changes that  will set you off, “letitgo!”.  Not a typo, it is one word “LETITGO!” Deep breath, control the cortisol and just say “LETITGO!”  It will get easier, especially in handling the bigger stressors.  Just try it and “LETITGO!”

 FOOD:

Tell your kids you are making them “boats” for dinner and they will run for their pirate outfits, oars and other nautical toys.  They will be so excited they won’t even realize it is vegetables.  Click here for our Stuffed Zucchini Boats.

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