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Tips to Simplify Your Life

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Use these tips to simplify your life.

With all that’s going on in the world, couldn’t you use a way to simplify your life? Let’s be honest, we all could. But how do you get started? We’ve got some great tips that will immediately take some of the pressure off, and help you get the most out of life. Best of all, you can start today! 

How to Simplify Your Life

Before you can simplify your life, you first need to identify what it is that is making it so hard in the first place. Are you stressed? Are you unhappy or depressed? Are you overweight, but don’t have time to exercise? Are you engaging in a toxic relationship? There are so many factors that can weigh you down and keep you from enjoying your life. The key is to figure out what they are, and do something about it.

Common Sources of Unhappiness

Take a look at some of the most common reasons people say they are unhappy, and some tips on how you can change those burdens and ultimately simplify your life.

You are Stressed

Stress can have a very negative impact on your life, so finding ways to reduce it, even just a little, will be a major step in your quest to simplify your life. Try these stress relieving techniques and see how it changes things for you.

You are Unhappy/Depressed

It’s hard to simplify your life when you constantly feel down. If you are feeling unhappy or depressed, and it’s impacting your quality of life, do something about it.

  • Disconnect – Technology is a blessing and a burden. When possible, turn off the TV, put your phone on silent, and ignore the news and social media. Chances are, you’ll feel better immediately.
  • Get Outside – Fresh air and sunshine does wonders for your happiness. If you can’t make it outside, open a window. Even just a few minutes of fresh air will have a major impact on your mood.
  • Talk to Someone – If you don’t have a therapist, find a friend or family member to talk to. Voicing your troubles feels much better than keeping them inside.
  • Treat Depression – Beat the blues with natural supplements such as John’s Wort.

Value Your Time

Is a lack of time keeping you from doing the things you love? There is always a way to save time and simplify your life, sometimes you just have to be crafty. Try these tips:

  • Say No – If you have a choice, say no. Even if you’ve previously agreed to do something or go somewhere. It’s okay to choose to spend your time on yourself.
  • Get Up Early – Even if it’s just fifteen minutes, getting up earlier means you have more time for you.
  • Schedule “Me” Time – If you live by your calendar, pencil yourself in.

Once you find ways to simplify your life, you’ll never stop looking. Why take the difficult road, when you can travel the path of least resistance? Make a choice to choose you from now on, and see what you can accomplish with this life. Good luck!

Health Goals to Set for Yourself in the New Year

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Here are some health goals to set for yourself in 2021!

It’s here! 2020 is finally over! It’s time to move on with our lives and set our sights on a new, healthier 2021. This year, we’ve got major health goals (that’s what happens when you’re stuck in the house for almost an entire year). So, let’s not wait any longer. Your 2021 health goals await you!

2021 Health Goals

There are just some things we can’t do on our own, like fighting a global pandemic, so let’s leave the tough stuff to the experts. But, you’re not off the hook completely. There are still plenty of things that you can prioritize to make this year the healthiest year yet. So, without further ado, here are four health goals you’ll want to set, and crush this year.

Prioritize Your Immune System

If we’ve learned anything from this past year, it’s that we need to make a strong, healthy immune system one of our main health goals. Here are the key things you should focus on to ensure your body is ready to fight, whenever it needs to.

  • Exercise Regularly and Maintain a Healthy Weight
  • Eat Colorful Fruits and Veggies at Every Meal
  • Boost Immunity with Support Supplements
  • Reduce Stress
  • Get Enough Sleep
  • Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco

Prioritize Your Mind

When we think of health goals, we don’t always think of our mental health. We should though! Our mental health is the foundation of our whole health, so make sure you’re taking the time to check in with your head to make sure it’s getting what it needs too. Try this:

  • Meditate for 15 Minutes Each Day
  • Journal About Your Feelings
  • Take a Vacation (or at least a break!)
  • Talk About It (share your feelings with friends or a therapist)
  • Get Creative (draw, write, paint, etc.)

Prioritize Your Diet  

Weight loss is the number one New Year’s resolution; however, so many people seem to fail at it just a couple of months in. Instead of thinking about what you need to take away from your diet, start thinking about what you can add to it. Pack your plate with veggies, fiber, whole grains, and lean protein everyday. Be consistent with high quality supplements, don’t take them for a week and then forget about them. Supplements only benefit you if you remember to take them regularly.

Prioritize Happiness

One thing this past year did for us, it is to expose what may be lacking in our personal lives. So, reflect on what’s missing and set one of your health goals toward fixing it. Here are some easy things you can do immediately to feel happier.

  • Smile!
  • Compliment Someone
  • Clean Up and Declutter Your Space
  • Call a Friend You Haven’t Seen in a While
  • Get Outside More
  • Take a Break from Technology

This year, instead of making resolutions you know that you won’t keep, set your mind to complete these achievable health goals. Have a safe and healthy 2021.

Why You Should Use Herbal Tinctures Instead of Whole Herbs

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Tinctures have been used for hundreds of years to distill and preserve the essence of medicinal herbs. Occasionally used for culinary purposes, the vast majority of tinctures (which are plant chemicals isolated and preserved in alcohol) are found in the herbalist’s medicine cabinet. There are various tinctures labeled for specific health concerns, and those that are formulated for general purposes. Herbal medicine, and specifically tinctures, are a form of alternative medicine medicine with a longstanding history in all corners of Eastern and Western cultures.

So why would you choose a tincture instead of a whole herb? After all, whole herbs are alive, and can be grown right in your garden or kitchen. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with using whole herbs freshly snipped, but there are several advantages to using tinctures that just can’t be beat. 

Here’s our best argument for using tinctures instead of whole herbs. 

Tinctures are Concentrated

Typically a tincture is produced by submerging a large amount of herbal plant matter in a relatively small amount of high proof, usually grain alcohol. Left to sit for a predetermined amount of time, the medicinal chemicals that grow naturally in these healing herbs are dissolved into the alcohol, thus being transferred from leaf and stem to the surrounding liquid. 

As you might have guessed, this makes tinctures (potentially) much more potent than whole herbs, meaning that you have to consume a whole lot less to feel the effect. Most tinctures call for doses of 20 drops or so, which is convenient for most of us. Because this tiny dose is almost guaranteed to pack a punch, most of us find it more convenient to make a habit of tincture consumption than to regularly eat, drink, or otherwise prepare whole herbs. As with most aspects of herbalism, consistency is key, and tinctures make consistency a breeze.

Quick absorption

There is simply no faster way to absorb the healing properties of an herb than to put a tincture drop under your tongue. This tissue is among the body’s most absorptive, so you’ll be sure to get the most out of your herbal discipline if you ingest the tincture this way. Of course, some tinctures are bitter due to their herbal payload, and grain alcohol isn’t palatable to most of us anyway. However, even if you want to put your tincture into tea, water, or what-have-you, you’ll still digest the liquid faster than you would a whole herb. 

Long Preservation

One of the main reasons tinctures were created was to preserve herbal harvests. Dry herbs won’t last forever. Tinctures remove the plant material that breaks down over time, preserving the essential medicinal compounds. Also, tinctures have a small form factor that works in favor of long term storage. Of course, there’s room in your herbal practice for both if you prefer, but if you were to choose only one, we’d recommend tinctures over whole herbs any day of the week. 

Tinctures are easy to make on your own. Now that spring is just a matter of weeks from bringing our gardens into bloom once more, why not start to plan out your 2021 herb garden. You’ll be able to preserve the best of your harvest using simple tincture-making methods that can be learned anywhere online. If you’re ready to start building your tincture library but it’s still too cold to garden, why not stock up on Immune Tincture by Nutritional Frontiers and Milk Thistle Tincture by Genestra. These tinctures could have a positive effect on your immune system and liver/antioxidant response, respectively, and they’ll open up your mind to a whole new world of herbal tinctures.