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9 Things That Will Happen When You Have A Salt Lamp At Your Home

9 Things That Will Happen When You Have A Salt Lamp At Your Home

Himalayan salt lamps are becoming extremely popular because not only are they beautiful to look at, they also have amazing health benefits. The simple flick of a switch will have you feeling better physically, mentally and emotionally in no time!

1. Your air will be cleaner

The most obvious benefit to having a Himalayan salt lamp is its incredible ability to filter the air in your home, removing dust, cigarette smoke, pollen and other contaminants in the air.

Himalayan salt lamps help filter the air by attracting water molecules and any foreign particles they are carrying, and absorb it.This is known as hygroscopy. When the lamp is turned on, the heat coming from it releases the water back into the air, but keeps all of the absorbed particles trapped inside the lamp.

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2. You’ll have reduced allergy symptoms

Since Himalayan salt lamps filter microscopic particles from the air, including pollen, dust, pet dander, mold and mildew, it can really cut out a lot of allergens from the air, making it the perfect home decor addition to any one suffering from allergies.

Also, the cleaner air will help you stay healthier, and get sick less often.

3. You’ll sleep better

Every molecule is made up of atoms, and every atom is made up of three types of particles: protons (positive charge), electrons (negative charge), and neutrons (no charge). Unfortunately, positive ions in the air can make it difficult for you to sleep. That’s because positive ions have a very negative effect on our bodies, yet positive ions are all around us. Himalayan salt lamps, however, release negative ions which will neutralize the positive ions.

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Keeping a Himalayan salt lamp in the bedroom can help you sleep by neutralizing the positive ions and improving the air quality. If you need complete darkness to sleep, just turn on the salt lamp for a few hours during the day and then turn it off before going to bed.

4. You’ll breathe easier

It’s also great for people who have asthma or any difficult breathing. In fact, Himalayan pink salt is really good for clearing your airways, and there are even Himalayan pink salt inhalers, which you can buy online.

5. You’ll have more energy

Positive ions are huge energy drainers. Studies have proven that being outside energizes you because there are a lot more negative ions outside. Since Himalayan salt lamps neutralize positive ions and release negative ions, you will feel a lot more energetic at home, too, when you use one.

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6. You’ll have fewer headaches

Himalayan salt lamps help enhance your mood, relax you and improve your blood and oxygen supply to your brain and other organs. This not only improves your concentration, but it also helps you de-stress, gives you more energy throughout the day, and you’ll have less headaches!

7. You’ll be happier

By increasing your blood and oxygen flow to your brain, more serotonin will be released and you’ll also be happier.

Himalayan salt lamps can be purchased on Amazon as a basket of Himalayan salt, or as a block of Himalayan salt on a base.

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Featured photo credit: Andrew and Annemarie via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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