Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a great way to stay active while also relaxing, and there are many health benefits that come with practicing yoga. If you haven’t given yoga a try, here’s a list of reasons why you should. 

  1. Prevents Back Pain 

Spending our days behind the wheel or in front of a computer can often cause back pain. To counteract these activities, practicing yoga will increase strength and flexibility. This decreases the amount of stress being placed on your back which prevents and reduces back pain. 

  1. Reduces Stress

Yoga requires concentration and complete attention to the movement of your body. Any form of physical activity is great for reducing stress, but yoga in specific helps you stay in the present moment. Having this time to focus on something other than your daily stressors can provide a much needed break. This break from your worries helps to reduce stress throughout the day. 

  1. Improves Joint Health 

Many people will experience joint pain over the years, and yoga is a great way to lessen this pain. Practicing gentle yoga helps strengthen the muscles around your joints which in turn reduces the weight on your joints. 

  1. Increases Self Confidence

Yoga helps to bridge the connection between mind and body. The movements in yoga are both big and small, having control over these subtle movements is what connects you to your physical being. Having this connection with your body can make you feel more comfortable, leading to improved self confidence. 

  1. Better Sleep 

Working out in general helps to improve your quality of sleep, but yoga has specific poses that lead to better sleep. Yoga tires you out much like a regular work out does, but it also relaxes your body and calms your mind. There are many yoga routines online that focus on improving the quality of your sleep. 

Yoga Poses for Sleep 

Sources: 

https://www.verywellfit.com/top-health-benefits-of-yoga-3566733

Fourth of July Activities

It’s that time of the year again, the time where we all get together to celebrate this country while enjoying some fireworks. Though we all have our traditions, it’s never a bad idea to add on some new Fourth of July activities. Here’s a list of activities to consider incorporating into your Fourth of July this year. 

  1. Get crafty 

Making crafts for the Fourth of July is a great way to express your creative side while decorating your house. Homemade centerpieces and wreaths will put you and those around you in the holiday spirit. 

Fourth of July DIY ideas

  1. Grill out 

A Fourth of July staple for many families is the annual cook-out. From burgers to brats to corn on the cob, everyone will find something they like and leave full. If you haven’t partaken in this activity in past years, then this might be the year to experiment in the kitchen! 

  1. Have a picnic

If grilling out isn’t your cup of tea, try having a picnic instead! Not only do you get to enjoy a nice meal, but you also get to enjoy the outdoors at the same time. The food options are endless when it comes to picnics, but since it’s a holiday, try making your meal red, white and blue themed. 

  1. Sparklers

If your local fireworks are canceled this year, have fun at home with some sparklers. These little fireworks are easy to find and make for some great pictures. 

  1. Backyard camping 

The best way to spend your Fourth of July night is under the stars. You can make a bonfire and have some smores, or just relax and enjoy the outdoors. Either way, watching the stars and fireworks will make for the perfect night. Just make sure to check your weather forecast beforehand! 

6 Superfoods to add Into Your Meals

Sometimes it’s hard to stay healthy when the food isn’t the tastiest, but there are some ways to make a meal healthier just by adding one ingredient. If you’re looking to include more nutrients into your day, then here is a list of superfoods that are full of healthy nutrients. 

  1. Kale

Kale is known to decrease the likelihood of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It also aids in digestion and helps to keep our bones strong. Kale can be added into a morning smoothie, a salad, or even made into chips! The options with this superfood are endless which makes this food a must have in your kitchen.

  1. Almonds

Almonds have many health benefits, including lowered cholesterol levels and controlled blood sugar. Just one cup of almonds accounts for 31 grams of protein, so the next time you’re looking for a light snack, grab a handful of almonds. 

  1. Apples

The saying is true, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This superfood helps to prevent dementia, reduces risk of stroke, and lowers levels of cholesterol. With the endless possibilities of how to incorporate apples into your diet, you will never get bored of this superfood.

  1. Avocados 

Avocados have a wide variety of health benefits, ranging from improved heart health to improved digestion. Avocados can be added to almost any meal, adding a creamy texture while also helping you stay healthy.

  1. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of diabetes, aid in digestion, and lower cholesterol levels. These tiny seeds can be added to your smoothies, yogurt, and  even your baking! Adding chia seeds wherever you can into your diet will be sure to improve your quality of life. 

  1. Blueberries

Blueberries are a superfood that are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants, which help to strengthen bones, prevent wrinkles, lower cholesterol, prevent diabetes, and aid in digestion. Eat this fruit by the handful or add it into your cooking, either way, your body will thank you. 

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Best Ways to Start Your Morning

Whether you’re a morning person or you enjoy sleeping in, you probably have a morning routine. If you’re looking to start off your morning even better, here are a few things you might want to add to your daily routine. 

  1. Journal 

When you first wake up, there are probably a billion thoughts running through your mind. Taking the time to put these thoughts onto paper can free up space to think about what you need to do during the day. Not to mention that journaling first thing in the morning is a great way to wake yourself up.  This is also a great time to write down things you’re thankful for and what your goals are for the day. 

  1. Get out of bed and stretch

Stretching helps to increase blood flow and reduce aches throughout the day while also energizing your body. The American Heart Association suggests stretching when your muscles are warmed up. So instead of stretching in your bed, get out of bed to let your muscles warm up a bit and then stretch out your body. 

  1. Avoid your cell phone

Do you check your phone almost immediately after you wake up? If you do, you are part of the majority. Though this is a common habit, it can negatively affect the rest of your day. Your brain is very impressionable when you first wake up, seeing something upsetting on social media can put you in a bad mood that will carry on throughout the day. Instead, take the first 30 minutes after you wake up to set a positive tone for your day. 

  1. Drink a glass of lemon water

Adding lemon to your water in the morning is a low cost and simple way to improve your health. Drinking a glass of lemon water before breakfast will help aid in digestion and can help avoid bloating. It also helps to reduce blemishes and energizes the body first thing in the morning. So next time you stop at the store, pick up some lemons! 

  1. Make your bed 

Though it may seem more favorable in the moment to ignore your messy bed, taking the time to tidy it up will start off the day on a productive note and leave you feeling accomplished afterwards. Finishing such a small task that could be easily forgotten encourages you to do the little tasks that you often ignore throughout the day. This is all made better when you come home after a long productive day to your nicely made bed.

Activities for Summer

We all have our favorite summer activities, whether that’s going for a long walk or spending the day gardening, these are hobbies that can only be fully enjoyed during summer. If you’re ever feeling bored on one of these summer days or just want to expand your list of hobbies, here is a list of summer activities that may spark your interest. 

  1. Outdoor Yoga

Yoga is an invigorating yet relaxing workout that you will look forward to implementing in your everyday routine. Though this workout is typically practiced indoors, taking it to your backyard or the park is the perfect way to enjoy a summer day surrounded by nature. Not to mention that practicing yoga outdoors is a natural mood booster.

  1. Hiking

Hiking is a nature immersive hobby perfect for individuals looking to be active and travel. This hobby will take you to many different places with spectacular  views. If you are looking to get into hiking, searching for your closest state park is the place to start. These parks have sights that capture the beauty of nature, and are especially beautiful during summer when the plants are in full bloom.

Parks and Hiking Trails in Lake Geneva 

  1. Kayaking

If you want to spend a day out on the water but don’t have a boat, kayaking is the way to go. This hobby does not require a license and is easy to learn. There are options to rent kayaks when you go to different lakes, or you can invest in a kayak. There are even inflatable kayaks that are easy to assemble and transport from place to place. Overall, kayaking can take a boring day to a perfect summer day on the water. 

Inflatable Kayaks

  1. Eat outside

For laid back days, taking your meal outside can make a huge difference. There are many advantages to being outdoors while eating your meals. Not only are you changing up your regular setting, but you are also reducing stress and boosting your mood just by being outside. This little change in your routine will bring excitement into your summer days. 

  1. Bird Watching

Bird watching is a hobby that some love and others dislike, which is exactly why you should try it out. You’ll never find out if you genuinely enjoy it if you never try it! Bird watching takes you to a variety of places, which makes this hobby perfect for those who love to travel. If you end up enjoying bird watching, it will keep you entertained for years. 

  1. Gardening

Once you start gardening, you’ll never want to stop. Whether you have a small yard, a huge yard, or no yard at all, you can still find a way to garden. Since you have complete control over how you want your garden to look, it’s a great way to personalize the outside of where you live for everyone to see. Not to mention that it has many health benefits since it reduces stress, is a moderate-intensity workout and is a form of therapy. Overall, this is a feel good hobby that you can only enjoy during these warmer months. 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With June starting, it’s time to start thinking about gifts to get for the fatherly figures in your life. Though we celebrate the fathers in our lives year round, Father’s Day is the time to give them a gift for everything they do. If you’re struggling to think of the perfect gift, here are some presents that are sure to put a smile on any father’s face. 

  1. Weighted Blanket

For dad’s that struggle to fall asleep, a weighted blanket could be a life saver. This blanket feels like a big hug and has been shown to raise serotonin and melatonin levels, reduce anxiety, calm the mind, and create a sense of security. 

Weighted Blanket

  1. Garden Kneeler and Tool Pouch

This gift is perfect for the dad who loves to garden. After a long day of gardening, his knees probably hurt and his pants are covered in grass stains. With a garden kneeler, his knees will be happy and so will your washing machine! Not to mention that it has a built in tool pouch, making it easier for him to access tools when gardening. All things considered, this item will become an essential part of his gardening routine. 

Garden Kneeler and Tool Pouch

  1. Indoor George Foreman Grill

Already got him a grill last year? Then how about a tiny indoor grill! Perfect for rainy days when he can’t grill outside but still wants to make burgers for the family. 

George Foreman Grill

  1. Wireless Earbuds

No matter what hobby he has, he will find a use for wireless earbuds. Whether he runs, gardens, woodworks, or cooks, listening to music or podcasts can make the time go by much faster. With wireless earbuds, he will be able to enjoy his hobby without wires getting in his way. 

Wireless Earbuds

  1. Custom Wood Branding Iron

If the father figure in your life enjoys woodworking, a wood branding iron customized for him is an item that will take his craft to the next level. After he finishes a project, he can proudly mark that he was the one who made it. This adds a personal touch that will last a lifetime. 

Custom electric branding iron

Roland Garros furniture

The Benefits of Being a Plant Owner

During this time of year, plants are growing and flourishing with the amount of rain that comes along with springtime. The grass becomes a rich green and for many people their tulips start to blossom and bloom. Leaves slowly start to bud and bring life to all the trees. The energy outside is high and alive. Plant owning brings a sense of responsibility and many don’t realize all the benefits that being a plant owner can bring. Here is a list of the benefits of being a plant owner:

  1. Help reduce stress and anxiety

Studies show that being a plant owner helps to reduce overall stress and anxiety. A specific plant that targets helping reduce anxiety is lavender and has been proven to improve sleep, while lowering heart rates too.

  1. Improve self-esteem and mood

There are also plants that target bettering mood and self-esteem. Common plants that are known as mood boosters include: english ivy, basil, and peace lily. These plants are also known to help with air purification in the home as well.

  1. Gain responsibility

In caring and owning a plant, one learns the basics of how to take care of a basic lifeform. Depending on your busy schedule, there are plants that are low maintenance that don’t need as much attention. A few of these options include: bamboo, succulents, and orchids.

  1. Decorative for both the yard and inside the home

Depending on what type of plants you are looking to have there is a wide range of options to pick. Certain plants thrive better outside, while some don’t need as much sunlight making them better house plants. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor plants, both will be sure to add to your home and make it more lively.

  1. We rely on them for food and medicine

Plants also have healing properties. Most plants are great in helping as air purifiers, but others also help aid in other forms of healing. Aloe plants are great in producing aloe that can be put directly on sunburns. Snake plants in the home have been known to help prevent headaches. Chrysanthemum when grounded up can be mixed in tea that helps to boost the nervous system.

Plants have a special way to add to any location they can be found. They amazingly help to aid in a variety of things and can be selected to fit your lifestyle too. Become a plant owner today and watch as the benefits unfold for you! To learn more about different plants and what they do check out the links below to read more.

Sources and Other Plant Remedies:

https://www.serenataflowers.com/pollennation/plants-anti-anxiety-benefits/

https://www.purewow.com/home/mood-boosting-houseplants

Easy Home Décor to Make for Spring

Holographic Vase

Spring has officially arrived in all aspects. Whether you are out enjoying the fresh spring air on a walk or are working on some spring cleaning indoors, this season has fully begun. When people think of spring words like flowers, rain, and outside usually come to mind. If you are looking for some seasonal decor ideas, here are a few easy ideas that can help you jump right into the season!

  1. Holographic Vase

This eye-catching vase will be sure to add a new look to any room. By simply using vinyl film and spray paint, you can showcase any spring flowers in your home. This shining piece can also be a fun gift to give to friends or a Mother’s Day gift. 

Robin’s Egg Speckled Mason Jars
  1. Robin’s Egg Speckled Mason Jars

Mason jars always add a fun rustic look wherever they are. These jars highlight a robin’s egg and oddly enough get its unique look by painting with a toothbrush. 

  1. Seed Packet Wreath

Use this craft to brighten your front door this season. If you already garden, simply save your seed packets to be reused. This craft is pretty easy and can be customizable to your liking by adding ribbon, flowers, and whatever seed packets you want.

Seed Packet Wreath
  1. Mason Jar Herb Garden

What better way to bring spring indoors than to start your own herb garden indoors? Choose from a variety of herbs to start off with planting. Click the link to watch a video of how to start one today.

  1. Wooden Birdhouse

This craft is meant to remain outdoors after making and can be painted, stained, or left in its original state. Get creative and add whatever twist to make this birdhouse your own!

Try adding any of these crafts to your home to add to the lively season. Customize each of these crafts to your liking and have fun while making them!

How to Reduce Stress in your Life

Stress is common to go through no matter who you are. Whether you are stressing over when you will have time to go get groceries or something way more serious, stress pops up in many different forms. Being stressed is a normal part of life as long as you don’t let it consume your every thought. If you’re struggling to cope with stressful things in your life right now, fear not because here is a list of things to do to help you reduce stress in your life:

  1. Make a List

Lists are super helpful in allowing you to regain control over your life. It helps people to regroup and prioritize when dealing with a lot at once. When making lists you can also add dates to help you keep track of when things are due and also add encouraging quotes to remind you to stay calm even when feeling overwhelmed.

  1. Go for a Walk

Sometimes just getting outside and stepping back from everything in your life is all you need. A little fresh air gives you time to go get exercise while also allowing your mind time to process everything going on in your life.

  1. Take a Bath

Baths always help the body destress in stressful times. If you aren’t big into baths though, find another way to pamper your body. You could simply get a new haircut or go and get a massage. Finding ways for your body to release tension can really impact your overall mood.

  1. Talk to Someone

People usually forget about this simple solution. Many feel as if they are burdening others when they speak up or that their struggles are insignificant in comparison to others, but people are allowed to express themselves and not feel guilt. Whether you talk to a friend or family member, sometimes it is helpful to just get things off your chest. 

  1. Find a New Hobby

A new hobby can help direct your attention on something you enjoy doing. When life gets hectic and you feel like you can’t control anything, find something you can control like your new love of gardening or your newly created workout routine that you are dedicated to working on. Find something that either challenges you or something you simply want to learn more about.

Stress can often cause us to struggle every now and then, but realizing that you are stressed and then reducing the amount will help you in the long run. If you are still feeling extremely stressed after trying a few of these stress reducers, maybe you need to take a little break from some things and people in your life. Remember that there are always professionals that you can reach out to and chat with as well to help you create a personal plan to destress your life.

Indoor Activities to do on any Rainy Day

 Rainy days aren’t always fun when they come around and sometimes they end up ruining plans. It may make you feel trapped and leave you feeling bored. Despite this, rainy days can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. It may allow you to take a much needed break or catch up on some things around the house. Needless to say, being cooped up can feel restricting, but here is some indoor activities to help keep you busy:

  1. Read a book

Now is the time to pick up that book that you’ve been planning to read, but haven’t been able to get around to. Go ahead and grab that book and find yourself a comfy spot to seclude yourself for that quiet time you need.

  1. Take a nap

What better time to catch up on your beauty sleep than now? Get cozy, snuggle up, and relax!

  1. Watch that new movie or tv show

Like that book that you kept promising to get around to, put on that new tv show or movie your friends have been raving about. Sitting down long enough to watch a few episodes of that new show won’t harm anyone.

  1. Bake

This one can be helpful in also curing that craving for chocolate you’ve had since last week. Depending on what kind of ingredients you have currently in your house you might have help in deciding what to make and how much of it too.

  1. Game night

Get all the kids out of their rooms! A little family time will be sure to leave you with plenty of laughs to help you pass the time. 

  1. Clean your house

Catch up on those odd jobs around the house that you know needs to get done, but keeps getting avoided. Cleaning can help you regain some control and order in your life too.

  1. Facetime your friends

Chances are if you’re cooped up, so are they. Give them a ring and enjoy a fun conversation with some of your closest pals.

Remember that everyday is a chance for you to make it your own, so despite the cards you may be dealt, enjoy each moment you have!