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6 Ways to Enjoy a Lazy Saturday

6 Ways to Enjoy a Lazy Saturday

As summer comes to an end, people are enjoying a little less travel and a little more relaxation on the weekends. But what do you do when you don’t have any big plans? While it can feel like a sin to not have any plans on the weekend, a lazy Saturday is sometimes the perfect end to a stressful week.

Here are some fun ways you can enjoy your next lazy Saturday!

1. Stay Comfy

Weekdays are for dressing up and impressing coworkers. A lazy Saturday morning calls for nothing more than staying in your favorite pajamas and cooking breakfast or playing board games with the family. There’s something about being comfortable and not dressing up for the day that makes a Saturday morning even more carefree and relaxing.

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2. Host a Carefree Brunch

Being lazy on a Saturday morning isn’t about being anti-social. It’s more about staying relaxed in your own environment. With that being said, feel free to invite over a few close friends and enjoy brunch.

The key here is to make the brunch as stress-free as possible. Running to the supermarket to get last-minute ingredients, forgetting to run the dishwasher, and burning the pancakes aren’t exactly good ways to start your day. Make everything easy by setting the table the night before, making a breakfast casserole that simply needs to be put in the oven, and using paper products that can be thrown away.

3. Enjoy a Bath

During the week, showers are probably your worst nightmare. You constantly oversleep and forget to leave enough time to dry your hair. Well, you can make up for these frustrations by enjoying a relaxing bath on a Saturday morning. Take your time. Get the temperature just right, grab a magazine, light some candles, and use a nice bath bomb. You’ll get out feeling clean, refreshed, and ready to conquer the rest of your lazy day.

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4. Crank the Music Up

While there’s nothing wrong with binge watching Netflix, you may be surprised to find that music is better for elevating your mood. Crank up the music throughout your house and enjoy singing along to your favorite tunes while reading a magazine or cooking.

5. Plan Meals for Next Week

Is meal planning stressful for you? If so, it’s probably because you’re always doing it last-minute. You may even be meal planning in the supermarket parking lot. Well, remove some of the stress and spend some time planning for next week’s meals on Saturday morning.

Turn on some music, hop on Pinterest, and find some healthy, tasty recipes that you’re willing to try. If you enjoy cooking and find it relaxing, you may even want to spend the day preparing meals ahead of time.

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6. Finish the Day Outdoors

There’s something peaceful about spending a late-summer or early-fall evening outdoors. Since you’ve probably been inside for most of the day, you’ll be happy to get some fresh air. If you have a porch, pouring a nice drink and sitting around chatting can be fun. If you have a large backyard, building a bonfire is the perfect way to close out the day. There are lots of options, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

Embrace the Laziness

While lazy isn’t a word that you want people to use to describe you on a regular basis, it’s okay to embrace it on the occasional Saturday. Sometimes, staying home in your pajamas, and hanging out by yourself or with family is just what the doctor ordered. Energize your body and mind so that you’ll be ready to face the new week with grace, inspiration, and motivation.

How was your Saturday?

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11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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