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Natural Stress Relief Tips

Whether you are feeling stressed out by your job and your demanding boss, or feeling the stress of dealing with your home and family, sometimes you just need a break. When you are craving relaxation, you need to look for creative ways to unwind and melt away the stresses of the day.

You do not have to spend big bucks at the local spa or take time away from the duties of work and family. Here are 10 simple, natural stress relief tips to alleviate tension and de-stress.

1 – A Long, Hot Soak

Treat yourself to a a soothing bubble bath. Nothing melts the cares of the day away quite like a tub full of warm bubbles. This relaxing indulgence costs only pennies, but it will make you feel like a million bucks.

2 – Take a Walk!

A brisk walk around the block or a relaxing stroll through the woods can relax your mind and make you feel better about the world.

3 – Curl Up With a Good Book

Reading a good book will engage your mind and help you learn new things. The next time you are feeling stressed, just head to your bookcase and grab your favorite volume.

4 – Give Yourself a Facial

Make a homemade facial mask. When you feel better about your appearance, you will feel better about your life. Just whip up a facial mask using ingredients from your own pantry and feel your stress melt away.

5 – Take a Power Nap

Napping in the middle of the day is a great way to treat yourself and unwind from the stresses of the day.

6 – Have a Cup of Restorative Tea

Drink some green tea. Green tea is good for you, and its soothing aroma will help you relax and unwind.

7 – Treat Yourself Sometimes

Indulge in your favorite sweet treat. Whether you scoop up a big bowl of ice cream or treat yourself to some delicious chocolate, the pick me up will do you good.

8 – Spend Time With a Friend

Have lunch with an old friend. The next time you are feeling stressed, just call a friend and schedule a lunch date or cup of coffee.

9 – Play!

Play with your kids. Nothing is quite as relaxing as playing with your kids. Whether you throw a ball around the back yard or watch them climb on the monkey bars, you are sure to have a great time.

10 – Zone Out for a While

Binge watch your favorite show. Close the door, turn down the lights, fire up Netflix and fall into your favorite TV show.

While we’d never say that you shouldn’t seek out medical treatment if you need it, natural stress relief methods are something that you can do for yourself every day to help stabilize your mood and relieve accumulated tension.

Stress is an integral part of modern life, but you do not have to let it get to you. The next time you are feeling stressed out and unsure what to do, just take a few minutes to pamper yourself and indulge in your favorite activities. You will feel less stressed, more relaxed and ready to take on the day.

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Nail Care Tips for Common Problems

Whether you’re a gardener, homesteader, or a straight up farmgirl, we all share one thing: a love of the earth. Literally. Most of us are notorious for gardening, cleaning, and caring for livestock without any gloves on. It’s hardly surprising when our nails start to show wear and tear from our soil-loving lifestyle.

Chipped nails, broken nails, frayed or split nails. Sound familiar?  How about spots, lines or ridges along your nails? In many ways your nails are a window to your health. They say a lot about how you live. If your nails aren’t looking their best, then you might benefit from taking a closer look at how you care for your hands on the outside and care for your body on the inside. Here are a few nail care tips for keeping those gardening hands as pretty as possible!

Keep your nails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria or fungi from growing and causing infections under your nails.

Don’t bite or pick your nails. Biting and picking at your nails can cause stress fractures which can lead to breakage. Both habits also damage your nail bed. If you are too rough and cut along the area, you can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection in the area.

Keep your nails conditioned. Using a moisturizer, petroleum jelly, or castor oil can help keep your nails from drying out.

Want more tips on caring for your gardeners hands? You might like: 7 Hand and Nail Care Tips For Every Gardener!

Wear gloves! You know those yellow kitchen gloves and outdoor work gloves that you’ve been ignoring? Put them on when you’re working! Yard work, gardening, washing dishes and cleaning can leave your nails chipped, frayed, broken or exposed to harsh chemicals. Wearing gloves will protect your nails and hands from damage.

Optimize your nutrient intake. One of the best nail care tips that we can think of is one that benefits more than just your nails. Get on a clean eating kick! Weak and unhealthy nails can be a reflection of a nutritional deficiency. Try introducing some more Vitamin B and E as well as protein into your diet.

Your nails aren’t tools. Using your nails to pick, poke or pry things can damage your nails.

Use nail polish. Wearing nail polish protects your nails from damage. For best results, remove old nail polish after about ten days. Nontoxic nail polish only, please!

Avoid harsh chemicals. Chemicals such as acetone, formaldehyde and toluene can dry out your nails and make it difficult to maintain healthy and strong nails.

Try a brush-on nail strengthener. Nail strengtheners are composed of the same proteins as our nails.

While our nail care tips can usually help improve the appearance of your nails, see a doctor or dermatologist if you suffer from persistent nail problems that don’t go away on their own or are accompanied by other symptoms. It may be a sign of an underlying medical condition.


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