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What is Mindfulness?- How I Practiced It At A Nail Salon

What is Mindfulness?- How I Practiced It At A Nail Salon

What is Mindfulness?

In recent years mindfulness has grown in popularity, so you probably already know what mindfulness is or have at least heard of it. So what is this fantastic life changing practice that social media, health gurus, and counselors keep harping about?

The concept of mindfulness is so simple, it seems stupid.  The American Psychological Association says it this way: “…paying attention to one’s experience in the present moment. It involves observing thoughts and emotions from moment to moment without judging or becoming caught up in them.”

Or how about my definition: Mindfulness is simply being present in the moment. Being aware of what you are doing, what you are participating in and observing your thoughts, emotions, and body reactions in great detail.

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Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness

Slow Down Your Thoughts:

As a mom we ALWAYS have things that need to be done. School drop offs, lunches to pack, costumes to make or buy, soccer shorts to pretreat and wash, ballet classes for your 2 year old, crap, you forgot to bring the snacks again. You know the drill.

In fact many people wake up and it’s like a giant bungee cord is attached to them as they jump out of bed and go, go, go until they finally snap back to sleep at night. Or they try to. So many people have sleeping problems because they are unable to control their racing thoughts and shut off their brain. Mindfulness helps to quiet your mind.

benefits of mindfulness

Improves Your Sleep:

As you learn to quiet your mind at night, you will be able to fall asleep much quicker. There are many relaxation exercises that you can try before or while you are in bed.

Develop Conscious Appreciation for your Life:

When you practice mindfulness, you become aware of the minute details that you never noticed before. Instead of just seeing grass, you notice the beautiful ladybug flitting about, or the studious ants faithfully gathering crumbs.

Instead of complaining about the dark and dreary weather, you notice the cool drops on your face, the swish of the wipers, the spray of water thrown up by the tires.  In fact you put some boots on your kiddos and like the Peppa Pig, you all “go jump in muddy puddles!” Being mindful can help to reduce your anxiety and depression.

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Mindfulness is a stress reliever.

In 2010, a clinical study was conducted on people who attended stress reduction group based around mindfulness. After 8 weeks, they were tested using fMRI (brain imaging) against the control group that had not taken the classes.

The results were astounding. The participants in the mindfulness group had developed emotional regulation strategies different from that of the control group. In layman’s terms this means that when they watched the same film as the control group, the neurons in their brain was calmer and they processed what they saw differently than the control group.  Practicing mindfulness gave them more control of their emotions and lessened their stress.

Mindfulness helps to improve your relationships.

When you think about what you just read, this makes total sense! If you are practicing mindfulness and you are more relaxed and happy wouldn’t you approach your relationship differently? Instead of letting what is going on in the relationship stress you out, you can take a step back and form healthy thoughts. Practicing mindfulness increases relationship satisfaction. 

Mindfulness helps to develop flexible thinking. 

You can reason that maybe your partner is tired and that’s why he forgot to take out the trash instead of automatically assuming he’s lazy. You can even communicate in a more healthy way without judgment. Your outlook on life is brighter and you feel more happy with your relationship. This is because you have been practicing mindfulness and you have developed the skill of self-observation. You have developed flexible thinking and you now look at situtions in a different way. Mindfulness helps you to be less reactive and develops cognitive flexibility.

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How to practice Mindfulness

There are a ton of ways to practice mindful thinking. Just a quick google search will pop up 100s of results for you. Here are two of my favorite ways in which I practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness Coloring & Dot to Dot Books:

I’m sure you have seen these all over the place, you can pretty much find these books in whatever genre or style you are interested in. They range from pretty simple to extremely complicated. I currently have a Dot to Dot Book on Famous Faces.

Check out my connect the dot of Mother Teresa with over a thousand and twenty dots! I think this took me about 3 weeks to complete working on it steadily. These books essentially force you to focus due to their complexity. As you begin to color or connect the dots, you gradually begin to focus more and more on what you are doing.

Think about the crayon, or coloring pencil, or pen in your hand. Feel its weight. Watch how it glides smoothly over the paper. Marvel at the pretty colors and the masterpiece you are creating. Think about how your body feels as you do this activity. Are you relaxed and peaceful or are you concerned about getting it just right. Remember to observe your thoughts without judging.

Here are some pretty cool ones that I found:

Practicing Mindfulness at the Nail Salon

Do you know that you can practice mindfulness pretty much anywhere? Here’s a real life example for you. It was the day before my mother in law would leave after a 10 day visit. I decided to take advantage of the situation and go get a mani pedi. After all my nails were ghastly and as it’s pretty much summer I couldn’t continue to bear the scrutiny of  stranger’s eyes on my ragged toes anymore!

I was new to the area and it was the first time at this nail salon so understandably I was a little nervous on how it would go. Now let me just update you on my past experiences at nail salons. I’m normally quite tense and worried about the entire situation. The anxious thoughts kick in and thoughts such as “Is the manicurist totally grossed out by my feet? Oh no, she’s rubbing lotion all over my legs, I should have shaved!”

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Not to mention one of the salons I went to in the past obviously did not get clean their tools properly and I had gotten a nail fungus from them! This salon was top notch though, they opened a brand new packet of tools right in front of you. I also have huge scars on my knee from knee surgeries and a machete chop (yea that’s another story). So I almost never pull my leggings or pants higher than my knees because I want to be able to relax without worrying about people’s staring eyes.

So these were all the thoughts going through my head as I made my way to the pedicure station and sat down. Immediately my lady began running the warm water and I made sure to quickly roll up my leggings instead. She then placed my feet in the deliciously warm water. Determined to take my mind off of me and what she was doing, I began listening to the lady besides me who was chatting merrily away with her manicurist.

She was clearly a regular and regaled all of us who were listening with her interesting tales of being a 911 operator. She was a larger black lady, polite and with the most happiest attitude ever. I responded to her stories and we even ended up discussing wheel of fortune which was playing on the TV.

I was still not completely relaxed though and I admired how relaxed she seemed. And then, suddenly in the midst of all the chatting, giggling broke out. Everyone turned an looked and then we too started laughing. The source of the giggling was this petite Asian woman who was having her hands and feet worked on at the same time by 2 different manicurists. When the manicurist began scrubbing her feet she couldn’t help herself from giggling at the tickling.

Being in the Moment with Mindfulness

I think that just simply broke the ice for everyone, at least it did for me. One lady said, “You just go ahead and laugh girl.” And with that statement, I finally allowed myself to relax. At previous sessions I was always afraid to put the massage chair back because I thought I would impede progress. Now I selected exactly the settings I desired and reclined it as far as I WANTED. I notice that the little lady was closing her eyes as they worked on her.

I followed suit, leaned back, and closed my eyes. And finally put mindfulness into action. I enjoyed the gentle massage on my legs, felt the warm water as she rinsed, and the smoothness of the lotion. I opened my eyes and watched as she carefully painted my nails one by one. I noticed how relaxed my body had become instead of being tense and stiff.

When it was time for my mani I closed my eyes as she massaged and exfoliated my arms. I notice how relaxed I felt and how focused. I notice how I didn’t care what anyone else thought of me in that moment. I watched as she dipped the little brush in polish and observed the tiny brush marks it left behind. I didn’t force myself to talk.

Instead I decided to just go with the flow and with what I was feeling. And so my mind became quiet, I became focused, and I enjoyed those moments at the nail salon. To this day, it’s the best salon experience I’ve had. All because I decided to practice being mindful.

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Mindfulness Challenge

I hope my writings have inspired you to practice mindfulness. As I said before there are 100s of different ways in which to practice it. Here is a really good site I found with lots of free downloads. It has everything from mindful breathing, mindful body scans, mindfulness practices, sitting meditations, mindful movements, and guided imagery. You can also search for mindful meditation in audio or mindful meditation scripts. 

You have learned today what mindfulness is, then benefits of mindfulness, and some ways to practice it. My challenge for you this week, is to practice it for 5 minutes at a time every day. I think you will be surprised at how being present and enjoying moments of time without judgment can positively affect your life.

Cheers! Sincerely, Mrs. G


 

Disclaimer: The thoughts and ideas presented are gathered via careful curation, research, and experience. As a reader you are expected to utilize your own critical thinking and judgment in deciding what applies to you and the actions you take. Thank you for reading. 

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Blouse with bow-Shop my favorite women’s blouse!

Blouse with bow-Shop my favorite women’s blouse!

This blouse with bow will be your new favorite!

Psssttt. Mother’s Day is coming up and I wanted to share with you my current favorite women’s blouse! This blouse with bow has been around forever and it is so chic and goes so well with many outfits!

These blouses with bows always reminds me of genteel England, think Downton Abbey:

Seriously, read this!

Important: If you don’t know what Downton Abbey is or who these ladies are just STOP right now, cause it’s sacreligious!

If you’ve ever wanted a reason to join Amazon prime, they currently have all the seasons that you can watch for free with an Amazon prime membership!

Remember you can try it free for 30 days, enough time to get you hooked on Downton Abbey! 😉

First Season of Downton Abbey

 

 

Downton Abbey-Complete Season

If you still don’t want to bite the bullet, you can go the old school way and get the DVDs-

I mean seriously, we just cannot be friends, if you don’t appreciate this classic! 😉

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Lady Mary Outfits

Speaking of classics, Lady Mary was a classic girl and I can totes see her wearing this white blouse:

 

Or this darling black blouse as she debated whether or not to ever marry:

 

Or perhaps Lady Mary would wear these when Matthew came around:

Rose with just a tinge of black to prove that she was just as sexy as Lady Sybil.

 

You can never go wrong with polkadots.

 Um, the color of love of course, hmmm..Mr. Crawley?

Lady Sybil Outfits

Lady Sybil was also so colorful and the most beautiful in my opinion, can’t you just picture her wearing these beautiful floral blouses?

This one just looks like an English garden.

I also remembering Lady Sybil wearing a stunning blue dress, which blue blouse with bow is your fave?

 

I love them all!

 

Remember when Lady Sybil turned her skirt into pants? She would have further scandalized Downtown Abbey by wearing these:

 Blouse with lips, gasp, how uncouth!

 

She would have been sent back to the circus for this one!

 

 Can’t you just hear Lady Crawley remarking to “Leave the garden outside, my dear.”

 

Lady Edith Outfits

As for Lady Edith she reminds me of fall and muted colors like these:

 

I think green was well suited for her!

Lady Grantham Outfits

But we simply CANNOT forget Lady Grantham!!!!! We know she really cared about what one wore, remember her cutting remark to Mary after she cut her hair into a bob?

“Oh, it is you! I thought it was a man in your clothes.”

 

 Black-slimming and completely appropriate for the matriarch.

 

 Just enough ruffles to stay classy.

Lady Crawley Outfits

And last but certainley not the least, the Countess of Grantham, Lady Crawley herself! A woman so softspoken and sweet, so gentle yet with firm control on her family and staff. Lady Crawley embodies propriety, buttered scones, and English tea. Can’t you hear the clink of the cups, and the gentle plop of the sugar cubes?

 Lavender for the royal she was.

Classic black is a must of course.

Champagne to showcase her elegant frame.

She may have received a disapproving sniff from Lady Grantham for this outfit, but she did take chances, remember her glorious red dress?

Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts- Pin for Later!

And that’s all folks! I hope you join me in my love for these women’s blouses with bows and all things Downton Abbey! They are classic and timeless clothes and you will be sure to stun whatever the occasion! Best of all you can easily shop this blouse online! If you need me, I’ll be in the middle of a Downton Abbey marathon and sipping tea!

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Cheers, a committed Anglophile, Mrs. G

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Urinary Tract Infection Treatment- Two Natural Remedies For UTI

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment- Two Natural Remedies For UTI

You know the feeling! The itching, the burning, the difficulty peeing, it’s the dreaded symptoms of a UTI. Your mother in law is coming to visit and you don’t have time for this. Desperately you hop online, asking, “Can you self treat a UTI?” Read on dear friend as I share with you the best urinary tract infection treatment I have found to date. Learn about the natural remedies I used for my 2 year old this past week that got rid of her UTI in just 24 hours!

UTI Symptoms

Here is a short list of the main UTI symptoms in adults and toddlers. I know you are a busy mom so I’m making it super easy for you. Just pin these pins to your board on Pinterest and you will always have them for future reference. In an effort to distinguish the difference between adult and children symptoms of a UTI, I have created two pins. The first pin includes the general symptoms for BOTH adults and children. The second pin are symptoms a child demonstrates. It’s very important to take note of both as I feel adults tend to attribute these symptoms to a child just being difficult and misbehaving.

General Symptoms of a UTI

  • Frequent Need to Pee
  • Peeing small amounts at a time
  • Pain when peeing
  • Pee is cloudy and has a strong odor
  • Pee may appear pink, red, or dark
  • Pelvic pain, by pubic bone and pelvic center

Source: (Mayo Clinic)

Symptoms of a UTI in Toddlers or Kids

  • Your child cries or gets upset very easily
  • Your child looks tired, lethargic, bags under eyes
  • Your child peed herself or wet the bed and she’s potty trained
  • Pelvic region may feel warm to the touch
  • Fever and chills
  • Vomiting or child says she feels like vomiting
  • Your child says her side, back, or belly is hurting
  • Your child eats or drinks very little or not at all

Source: (Medline Plus)

Different Types of UTI Infections

There are 3 different kinds of UTI infections and they are named according to the area infected in the body.

Urethritis-

This is an infection of the urethra, which is the tube that is connects to the bladder and transfers the pee out of your body. Because a woman’s uretha is considerably shorter than a man’s, she is more prone to an infection due to the ease of bacterial transfer. Often there will be abnormal discharge with this infection.

Cystitis-

This is an infection of the bladder and occurs when the bacteria travels from the urethra to the bladder. Cystitis is what is most commonly meant when a person says they have a UTI. A UTI often occurs due to bacterial transfer from the anus to the vaginal area. Bacteria such as E. coli from the large intestine leaves the anal area and travels up the urethra. Most UTI’s are cause by the E. coli bacteria. However, it is important to know that if you continue to have recurrent or repeated infections, other more resistant bacteria may be present that have taken over your body’s cells and colonized. This type of infection is resistant to antibiotics the most commonly prescribed treatment. This type of infection requires a specific treatment plan as indicated by having 3 or more UTI’s a year. Source: (WebMD)

Pylonephritis

This is an infection of your kidneys and considered the most severe of all the types. Pain will be felt in the upper back and side and it is often accompanied by fever and chills. Vomiting and nauseau may also be present. A kidney infection should be treated as quickly as possible. I personally was hospitalized for 6 days with a double kidney infection. I was hooked on an IV, received 8 bags of potassium, and I was so weak I couldn’t walk. While there I ended up catching walking pneumonia. To this day it’s the closest I’ve ever been to death.

My Natural Home Remedies for UTI

Whenever a UTI hits, I do my best to get rid of a UTI without antibiotics. As I stated previously, an MD will mostly often prescribe an antibiotic such as Keflex, Cipro, and Levaquin (WebMD). I was a sickly child and grew up on antibiotics. I have many unpleasant memories of drinking thick pink Amoxicillin and swallowing bitter pills. If you research antibiotics you will learn that even though they work, they also tend to destroy the natural flora and bacteria in your gut. As a result your built in immune system is even further broken down. To this day I’m still trying to regain my gut health!

I first suspected Miss A had a UTI because she exhibited a low grade fever. She also complained about her belly hurting her, was refusing to eat and drink, and wasn’t her usual happy self. So I decided to administer a well-known method amongst naturalists-D-Mannose.

What is D-Mannose?

D-Mannose is a monosaccharide or simple sugar found in fruits such as blueberries, cranberries, apples, and oranges. I have only seen it sold in health food stores as a breakdown of the cranberry fruit. The D-Mannose supplement that I currently use says that this is because the entire cranberry fruit has an anti-adherence attribute.  Simplified, this means the magic in D-Mannose is that it this sugar attracts the bad bacteria floating around in your urinary tract. So instead of sticking to your urinary tract walls, the bacteria attaches itself to the D-Mannose. And then voila, when you when you pee, the bad bacteria is flushed out attached to the D-Mannose. Source: (WebMD, Jarrow Formulas). The recommended dose is one scoop of the powder mixed with 4-6 oz. of water daily.

D-Mannose is very easy to find and I highly recommend purchasing online as it will be much cheaper. I’m dropping a link below to the product I recommend through Amazon. Amazon also sells it in capsule form for adults, but stick with the powder for the kiddos. The drink itself justs taste like a light cranberry juice. I don’t think you can go really wrong with what kind or brand you buy. I’ve used the Solaray brand many times and hence my recommendation.

Dynamic Duo

When my 2 year old first started acting sick, I attributed it to the flu, which is why I stress paying close attention to your kid’s symptoms and making note of any changes. Hence I immediately thought of another crunchy mama’s favorite, Elderberry! Now I personally had never tried it myself but had heard of it’s miraculous healing properties many times via friends and family. I wanted to make the elderberry syrup myself, but unfortunately the closest place to a health food store near me, did not have the dried eldeberries. They did however have a ton of different elderberry conconctions and so I chose the one that I liked best.

This is the brand that I used:

However, while researching I also found this brand specifically for kids which is organic, vegan, and sugar-free:

But once again, choose the one you prefer the best. I chose this brand because it contained raw honey, organic apple cider vinegar, and propolis which are all very good for you. I figured that even if she didn’t have a cold or flu, the ingredients in the syrup would provide a much needed immune system boost!

UTI Home Treatment-The Magic Cure

Once I got my UTI medicine it was time to administer my UTI home treatment. The recommended dosage of elderberry syrup was 1 tsp. every 2 hours as needed. However, I ended up giving my daughter maybe a 2 tsps. in a 24 hour period. This was because as per UTI symptoms, she simply refused to eat or drink unless I heartily encouraged her.  I also mixed up a cup of the D-Mannose and started giving that to her. I would say though that she maybe drank 1/2 a cup in a 24 hour period. At the same time I was pushing fluids, mostly water. With a UTI, it’s advisable to stay away from sugary drinks as that will only worsen the problem and do your best to keep your child hydrated. Dehydration was my first fear as I didn’t want her ending up in the ER with wicked IV needles in her tiny arms.

I also monitored her body temperature, and I slept very little that night as I made sure her fever wasn’t spiking. From previous experience and research, I’ve come to realize that a fever simply means your body is fighting an infection. As long as it doesn’t go to high or be present for extended periods of time, there is no cause for alarm. Just try and keep the fever at a moderate temperature. Many people place their kids in cold water or put icy cloths on their heads and body to bring the fever down. This should NOT be done as it only worsens the symptoms. The child becomes more miserable as her body contracts and shivers trying to gain back the heat it lost. Instead use cool cloths and cover your child only with a light sheet. Dress your child only in light, non restrictive clothing.

Ok folks, let me tell you, this combination was like magic! In the morning, she was so much better! I went from worrying she would end up in urgent care to having a little girl who was almost back to her old self. Best of all, she no longer had a fever! This was so relieving as it meant the infection was going away. However, I would like to add a word of caution here. If you treat yourself or your kids in this way, please do not stop taking either treatment as soon as you feel better. Feeling better is an indicator that the medicine is working, but your body still needs time to recover and to wash out every last bit of the bad bacteria.

I found that out on day 2 when I stopped being as aggressive in doling out the medicine and noticed some of her symptoms coming back. So I resumed both treatments. If your child doesn’t want to take the medicine, try using a little psychology on them. My little one loves strawberries so she happily drank it when we told her the D-Mannose was strawberry juice. For the elderberry syrup we assured her it tasted like candy, which it does, as it’s naturally sweet. Another suggestion is to make it a habit to offer a sip of the D-Mannose every 15-30 minutes so your child drinks more of it. I also have found that if I put on her favorite show, I can give her it that way as she is too distracted to worry about what she’s drinking.

How to Cure UTIs

Here are some quicks tips on how to avoid a re-infection in the future:

  • Avoid taking long bubble baths
  • Try and use natural soaps instead of harsh, chemical filled soaps
  • Drink lots of water to help wash bacteria out
  • Take the D-Mannose and Elderberrry every so often to give your immune system a boost
  • Limit your sugar intake
  • Drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz. of water at least once a week

I hope you enjoy reading about my natural urinary tract infection treatment and the two natural remedies for UTI that I suggested. P.s. I am finishing this article about 4 days after my 2 year old had her infection and she is still in the free and clear! I am still administering the D-Mannose sporadically AND my mother in law came for a visit and the only trouble I had was to keep her from feeding all candy she brought to my kiddo!!! Sugar is a UTI’s dream! And now you know that you can self treat a UTI!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The above information was provided due to my own research, personal experience, and that of others. Please use your own discretion when following any recommended protocol and consult with your MD as needed. This article should not be taken as an official diagnosis. 

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