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If you’re like most of us who are working on your farm and still keep a regular job to make ends meet, then stress is something you are sure to experience from day to day. First, there’s a fight for space in the bathroom to use sink or mirror. People get in each other’s way and chaos follows. At other times, morning mayhem comes from simply being disorganized. You can’t find your briefcase, you’ve just run out of breakfast cereal, and you forgot to arrange day-care for the kids the night before. And if that weren’t enough you get to participate in the morning rush to work. It’s all one big headache that makes you want to turn around and head back home, right? But there is a way to begin the day with a smile instead of a grimace. Here’s how to enjoy mornings and create a positive mood, no matter what the morning has in store for you.

Grab “me time” in the morning

You might not realize mornings are ripe for “me time.” The rest of the day may be filled with chores, but when you open your eyes, you can affirm your sanity and peace of mind. Rise and shine before your family gets up or the neighbors are noisy.

Get up and greet the morning with a mug of coffee and ease into the day. Or meditate, use positive affirmations, and set a healthy intention to take into the rest of the day.

Prepare for a terrific day

Gather all you need for the day the night before so you are ready. Not needing to panic will give you space to breathe calmly and enjoy the morning without dashing. Also, your preparation will make you feel positive and capable. Having gathered all the tools required to make sure your day goes well, you’ll be off to a good start and continue to be upbeat and organized.

Remember to get tiresome chores out the way you would rather not deal with in the morning the day before too. Make necessary phone calls and arrangements, prepare your packed lunch, and take out the trash so your to-do list isn’t chock-a-block when you rise.

Don’t begin the morning with stress. Otherwise, your mood will be negative and you won’t have a good day. Prepare and organize the night before and set the alarm to wake you a little earlier than normal so you can enjoy time to yourself. As a result, you’ll start the day without anxiety.

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Safer Styling: 5 Steps to Protect Your Hair From Heat Damage

Heat damage can leave your hair brittle, dry and unmanageable. Heated styling appliances, blow dryers and strong sunshine can all damage your hair. Taking steps to protect against heat damage is important for keeping your hair healthy. Follow these five steps to protect your hair from heat damage.

Dry Your Hair Before Styling

Heated styling appliances, such as straighteners and curling tongs, are extremely hot and, when used on wet hair, the sudden change in moisture and heat can cause severe damage to the hair follicle. Blow dryers use warm air that is far less damaging to your hair, especially if you use the coolest setting.

Blow drying your hair or allowing it to dry naturally before using your heated styling appliances significantly reduces the risk of damaging your hair. In addition, you should avoid towel drying or rubbing your hair while it’s wet, as this can damage the cuticles. Instead, wrap your hair in a towel and allow it to soak up the moisture.

Apply Heat Protection Products

Heat protection products coat the hair follicle and help to prevent damage, including split ends. Heat protection serum, cream and spray can all be used before styling your hair. Heat protection spray is ideal for use on sunny days, as you can reapply it at regular intervals to protect your hair from the sun. Some styling products now contain added heat protection, so it’s worth checking the labels before buying new products.

Choose the Coolest Settings

The higher the heat setting on your appliance, the more damage it can do to your hair. Always use the lowest heat setting possible to achieve your desired hairstyle. The length of time the heat is in contact with your hair is also an important factor for preventing damage. Try to avoid using your appliance on the same section of hair for long periods of time.

Use Hair Masks Regularly

Hair masks help to nourish and repair your hair. Using a hair mask at least once or twice a week helps to moisturize the cuticles and prevent your hair from drying out. Look for hair masks that contain vitamin E, keratin or egg albumen, as these can all help to repair damaged hair.

Take Care of Your Scalp

Excessive heat can damage your scalp and lead to skin irritation, dandruff and even fungal infections, all of which affect the health of your hair. Applying a natural oil such as coconut or olive oil to your scalp at least once a month helps to keep your scalp healthy. Leave the oil on for at least an hour, or preferably overnight, before washing out thoroughly.

Heat damage can make your hair brittle, dry and difficult to manage. Drying your hair before styling, applying heat protection products, choosing the coolest settings on your styling appliances, using hair masks regularly and taking care of your scalp will all help to protect your hair from heat damage.


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