Spring Cleaning Blues

Spring Cleaning Blues
It's spring again, ladies! And you know what that means - it's time for spring cleaning! I know what you're thinking because I’m thinking it too!, "Ugh, not that time of year again." I don't know about you but, Spring Cleaning does NOT bring me joy.  Hear me out though. I hate to clean probably more than most of you but even I have to admit that there's something about a clean house that just gives you peace and even a sense of accomplishment..... for like the 15 minutes it stays clean.

Now, you know that I'm not talking about just any old cleaning products. We're going natural here, people. Let me introduce you to my good friend Thieves. It's natural, effective, and will have your house sparkling in no time. So, grab your sassiest can-do attitude and let's get to cleaning!

First things first, let's talk about the benefits of natural cleaning. Not only is it better for the environment, but it's also better for your health. Traditional cleaning products are filled with harmful chemicals that can cause respiratory issues, allergies, and even cancer. Natural cleaning products like Thieves Cleaning are made with ingredients like lemon, clove, cinnamon, and eucalyptus, which not only smell amazing but are also effective at removing dirt and grime.

Now let's get into the nitty-gritty of spring cleaning. Start by making a list of all the areas you want to tackle - your closets, your kitchen, your bathroom, etc. Once you've made your list, take it one room at a time. Start at the top of the room and work your way down. Dust off your ceiling fans, clean your windows, and don't forget to vacuum under your furniture. I skipped that one yesterday…. I mean it's just gonna get dirty again and I have to do it before we have guests over on Friday. I’m just being real here!  Okay, when it comes to Thieves Cleaner, a little goes a long way. Dilute one capful with water and you'll have a natural cleaning solution that can do it all.

Next up, let's talk about decluttering. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to get rid of all the things you don't need. Go through your closet and donate clothes that you haven't worn in a year. Clear out your pantry and get rid of expired food. You'll feel so much better once you've decluttered and organized.

Now, let's talk about the finishing touches. Add some fresh flowers to your home, put purification in your diffuser to clean the air, and open up your windows to let in some fresh air. Don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done because you mustered up the motivation and focus to tackle it. Your home is now clean, organized, and smelling amazing thanks to Thieves.

Spring cleaning may not be your favorite activity, but it's necessary to keep your home healthy. And let's be real, there's something about a good deep clean that just feels really good. With Thieves, you can clean your home naturally and effectively, without any harmful chemicals. So, put on your favorite playlist, grab your Thieves Cleaning solution, your family (because you shouldn’t have to do it alone) and get to cleaning! You'll feel so accomplished and your home will thank you for it.

Want to learn more?  I have a Thieves Facebook Class starting May 1st.   Go on over FB and join the class.  Time to Clean House

Ready to get your THIEVES products?
Ditch and switch your cleaning products to reduce the toxins you are exposing yourself to.  The product I use can replace every cleaning product in your house!  I got your cleaning kit HERE When you pick that up I can send you a guide to help you make the switch.  In our members only group we share about switching out our personal care products too. 

Opt for Real Energy and Stress Management Techniques During Exam Time

Opt for Real Energy and Stress Management Techniques During Exam Time
Exam time is upon us!! Either for you or your kids?
We all know that the exam season is one of the most stressful times of the year for college students, heck even high school students. As a Mama of both, I hate to see my girls stressing and try to encourage healthy habits. It is essential for students to adopt real energy and stress management techniques that can improve focus, and keep energized and stress-free during exam time. Here are some tips that can help students stay sharp and focused during this critical time.

Fuel Your Body with Healthy Foods
As tempting as it may seem, relying on cookies and other carb-laden treats, those won't give your body the energy it needs to power through your studies. Instead, opt for nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Really.... get over to that dining hall and hit up the salad bar! Throw some chicken or pepperoni on that thing.... Yum! These foods provide your body the vitamins, fiber, and other essential nutrients it needs for optimal brain function, improved concentration and sustained energy.  You know, all the things you need to do your best on that test!

Prioritize Physical Activity
It is easy to get stuck in front of the computer or the books for hours on end, but this can cause fatigue and brain fog. Take a break to move your body by incorporating some physical activity into your day, such as going for a short walk, stretching or doing a quick at-home workout. Dust off that yoga mat, visit the on-campus gym (Its free you know). Studies have shown that even just a few minutes of physical activity can help to refocus your mind and boost your mood.

Use Aromatherapy for Stress Reduction
If you're feeling overwhelmed, essential oils are great for stress reduction. Essential oils like lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus have a naturally calming effect and can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Make sure they are a quality brand! (Here is what I recommend). Consider using an oil diffuser or diffuser necklace, or mix a couple of drops into a carrier oil and apply to your temples or wrists. You can use a diffuser or simply inhale the scent directly from the bottle for quick relief.

Take Regular Breaks
It may seem counterintuitive, but taking regular breaks during your study sessions can actually help you to retain information better. The brain can only retain so much information in one sitting, so taking short, regular breaks can prevent mental fatigue and frustration. During your breaks, consider engaging in activities that promote relaxation, such as deep breathing, meditation or visualization exercises.

Get Sufficient Sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for optimum brain function and academic performance. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in concentration, focus, and cognitive performance. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night consistently during exam time. It is also important to optimize your sleep environment by minimizing noise, light, and maintaining a comfortable temperature.

While it may be tempting to reach for junk food and skip all self-care routines during the exam period, it is essential to prioritize self-care to keep yourself energized, focused, and stress-free. By making small changes to your lifestyle choices, including your food choices, physical activity, aromatherapy, regular breaks, and sufficient sleep, you can achieve optimal performance during this critical time. By following these tips and putting your health and wellness first, you'll be able to breeze through your exams confidently and successfully. Good luck!

For more inspiration, join our community of women over at Joy for Everyday Women of FB and subscribe to our email list. 

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Interested in using essential oils….. But…… you just are so sure about it.  Wondering if it's all just hype? Want to learn more before you make a purchase so you don’t waste your money? It’s all good! You can create a free account HERE.  Be sure I’m listed as your enroller (Ila Schepisi) so that I can get you into our education groups.

Is Inflammation Making You Feel Out of Control?

Is Inflammation Making You Feel Out of Control?
Are you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and out of control? Have you been trying your best to do the right thing but feel like there's something blocking your way? The answer for me is, yes! I've been on a rollercoaster of work & family stress.  The answer to that block might surprise you – it could be inflammation. Yes, inflammation! Research shows that inflammation can not only affect our physical well-being, but also alter our behaviors and emotions.

What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural response from the body when it encounters something dangerous or foreign. It manifests in the form of redness, swelling, heat, and pain — often as a result of an infection or injury. In most cases, we think of these symptoms as short-term issues that can be treated with medication or healed over time. However, chronic inflammation — which can last for months or even years — can lead to more serious health issues such as heart disease, dementia, and diabetes.

How Does Inflammation Affect Behavior and Emotion?
Recent studies have linked inflammation to changes in behavior and emotions. Scientists believe that this is due to shifts in neurotransmitter levels in the brain caused by inflammatory cytokines (molecules released by cells during an immune response). According to one study from 2018 published in Frontiers in Immunology, people who had higher levels of inflammatory cytokines were three times more likely to suffer from depression than those with lower levels. Other research has suggested that chronic inflammation can lead to increased stress-related behaviors like overeating and substance abuse.

The Role of Diet & Lifestyle
So what does all this mean for us? Well, it suggests that diet and lifestyle play a key role in managing our inflammatory responses - both long-term and short-term ones. Eating a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats/oils (like olive oil), nuts/seeds (like chia seeds) is key; consuming processed foods high in sugar and unhealthy fats increases systemic inflammation levels significantly. Regular exercise helps too - physical activity improves circulation so that nutrients reach all parts of our bodies faster - including the brain! Finally taking some time for yourself each day is essential; this could be anything from practicing yoga or meditation to reading a book or listening to your favorite podcast - whatever it takes for you to relax! Taking care of ourselves helps reduce stress levels which inevitably reduces inflammation too!

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately – it may not just be “in your head” – it could be related to underlying inflammation caused by poor diet & lifestyle choices! So take some time today to think about how you can make healthier choices throughout the day – starting with what’s on your plate! Not only will this help manage any existing inflammation but also prevent future episodes before they start – giving you back control over your own well being! Cheers ladies! Let's get started on a healthier tomorrow today!

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This is the program we are using for gut health, nutrition and reducing inflammation.  
It's a totally free program called the 11 Day Jumpstart 🙂 (all you have to pick up is the few vitamins and minerals you'll need to do the jumpstart) This is the last time you will ever need to "diet", and it starts again soon so just let me know if you're in,(either by message or email) and I'll get you the details of what you need, and what the program entails. Need just a little more information about what you get for FREE??? Check it out HERE.

Inflammation Can Affect Your Mood and Behavior—Who Knew?

Inflammation Can Affect Your Mood and Behavior—Who Knew?
It’s no secret that our bodies are affected by what we eat, but did you know that inflammation in our body can also affect our mood and behavior? You’ve heard of the gut-brain connection, right? Well, turns out there’s more to it than just being mindful of what you put in your mouth. Let’s take a look at how inflammation affects us on an emotional level.

What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a bodily response to injury or infection. It helps protect your body from harm by releasing white blood cells, hormones, and other substances to heal the area that needs attention. This inflammation can be visible in many forms such as redness, swelling, pain and heat in the area of the injury or infection. However, this type of inflammation isn't always visible; it can be present without any visible symptoms at all - known as "silent" inflammation.

How Inflammation Affects Us Emotionally
The physical effects of silent inflammation are not limited to the physical realm; it can have a profound effect on our emotions as well. Studies have shown that chronic silent inflammation (inflammation that has been present for a long time) can cause changes in brain chemistry which may lead to depression, anxiety and other emotional issues. Silent inflammation has also been linked to memory problems and dementia in older adults. Additionally, studies have found links between silent inflammation and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Gut-Brain Axis
The gut-brain axis is a complex network of communication pathways between the brain and the digestive system. The gut-brain axis helps regulate digestion, mental health functions such as mood regulation and behavior control, immune function, hormone balance and much more. When this system is thrown off balance (due to things like poor diet or chronic silent inflammation) problems with mental health may arise due to changes in neurotransmitter levels caused by an imbalance in the gut microbiome (the bacteria living inside your digestive tract).

To sum it up: if you want to maintain emotional well-being then reducing silent inflammation and paying attention to what you eat is essential! Not only should you be mindful of consuming foods high in nutrients but also make sure they don't contribute to low-grade chronic inflammatory responses within your body which can manifest themselves emotionally! {Hundreds of people are doing this in the 11 day jumpstart] So if you're feeling particularly overwhelmed today take some time for self care - nourish your body with healthy foods so you can get back on track with feeling good again!  You can do it Joysisters!

If this is top of mind for you, you might want to check out our resources below. 

11 DAY JUMPSTART

For gut health, nutrition and reducing inflammation: 
It's totally free program called the 11 Day Jumpstart đź™‚ (all you have to pick up is the few vitamins and minerals you'll need to do the jumpstart) This is the last time you will ever need to "diet", and it starts again soon so just let me know if you're in,(either by message or email) and I'll get you the details of what you need, and what the program entails. Need just a little more information about what you get for FREE??? Check it out HERE.

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How Faith Brings Joy to the World (And What You Can Do To Help)

How Faith Brings Joy to the World (And What You Can Do To Help)
We all know that faith brings joy to the world, but how? And what can we do to make sure that faith is truly bringing that joy? This blog post will delve into the various ways in which faith brings joy and provide some practical tips for how to make sure it does.

One of the primary ways in which faith brings joy is through its ability to help us see beyond our own limited perspectives. When we have faith, we are able to look at a situation from a higher perspective and gain insight on how our actions will affect others. This allows us to act in a way that has a positive impact on those around us, rather than only focusing on ourselves.

In addition, faith encourages us to be more compassionate and understanding towards others. By recognizing that every individual has their own unique journey and struggles, we are able to show them kindness and empathy even when they may not respond in kind. Faith encourages us to recognize our common humanity so that we can create a more just and equitable world for everyone.

Finally, having faith gives us hope for a better tomorrow even when things seem bleakest. It helps remind us that no matter how difficult or challenging life may be at times, there is always something bigger than ourselves out there guiding us along the journey. This helps give us strength during hard times as well as peace of mind during more trying moments.

Faith is an incredibly powerful tool for bringing joy into the world. But it is up to each of us individually to ensure that this joy is shared with others. By actively working towards understanding one another’s perspectives and striving for compassion and justice, we can ensure that faith truly does bring its promised joy into our lives and into the lives of those around us. So don’t forget: you have the power within you - take action!

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CULTIVATE JOY
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Faith
 
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