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Learn How Your House is Messing With Your Hormones and How to Fix It

Learn How Your House is Messing With Your Hormones and How to Fix It

These days many women suffer from different forms of hormone imbalance, which wreaks havoc on their bodies. If you are one of them, you are struggling to stick to a chemical free diet, eating only fresh, non-refined products. You’re also ditching chemical cosmetics and you go all natural or rely on home-made products.

And you are going to great lengths to reduce the amount of stress in your life and decrease your cortisol levels, trying to balance your hormones. But chances are you are skipping the most important endocrine disruptors: the home cleaning products.

Just think of the content of your cleaning kit! It’s probably filled with bleaching agents and other harsh chemicals which alter your health in many ways. The more you use these products, the more harm you do to yourself, as they leave tiny amounts of chemical residues on your home surfaces; in time, these small deposits grow and lead to allergies, mood changes and hormone imbalance.

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Household chemicals are linked to many ailments and conditions, so you need to give up on them and go green. But this can pose other issues…

Going green with household chemicals

Before you go shopping for “green” cleaning products you need to know that most so called eco-friendly products are not regulated by the government. The manufacturers are not forced to disclose the ingredients, which often means your “green” cleaning products are more dangerous than regular ones.

To avoid these products, simply turn to the nature: lemon, salt and vinegar are the most effective cleaning agents and they are completely safe for your hormones.

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1. Coffee for a fresh fridge

Coffee has multiple unexpected uses, among which is the ability to deodorize spaces. If you want to deodorize your fridge, oven or an item, just place a bowl with used coffee grounds in the funny smelling space for one day, then enjoy the fresh smell. The same effect can be achieved with lemons.

2. Sponge sanitizing

Sponges gather bacteria faster than any other object, so you need a strong solution to clean them. This solution is easily made from cold water and lots of salt. Dip the sponges in this solution for two hours to remove the germs.

3. Baking soda cleaning

Baking soda is one of the most versatile cleaning agents in your house, so stock on it. You can use baking soda to clean the oven or the microwave, without risking to eat traces of chemicals. Sprinkle baking soda on the oven, spray water on it and leave it to action for a couple of hours. Wipe out everything and rinse with a mixture of water and vinegar to remove the baking soda.

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Baking soda also works great as a carpet deodorizer and cleaner: sprinkle baking soda on the dirty carpet and leave it sit for a couple of hours before vacuuming it. You can also spray the baking soda area with water to remove stains and dirt.

One of the most dangerous chemicals in your household is the product used to unclog the drains – ditch it and use baking soda to do the job. Pour ¾ cup of baking soda in the drain and then pour ½ cup of white vinegar. Put on the plug and leave the drain sit for 30 minutes, then pour a kettle of boiling water.

Commercial products are rich in chemicals, so you can use baking soda to disinfect your clothes (add one cup to your laundry), floors and other germ-loaded areas, such as the kitchen counters or even the remote control.

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4. Pay attention to the vacuum cleaner

If you have carpets you need to rely on a good vacuum cleaner and baking soda. To make sure your vacuum doesn’t spread the dust around the house, causing allergies and respiratory issues, pick one with a HEPA filter. Other features to look for in your vacuum are strong suction power and rotating brushes, which you need to remove the baking soda and water mixture from the carpets.

A steam cleaner is also handy to clean the floors, furniture and other surfaces which require disinfecting.

5. Do the laundry the eco way

Regular detergents are loaded with toxic substances, so switch them with orange oil cleanser, which is safe for your health. You can use this natural product to do the laundry, clean the dishes and even the mirrors, thanks to the astringent power of the orange oil.

Featured photo credit: Maurizio/Flickr 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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