Start Your Journaling Routine

Start Your Journaling Routine

The Earth Heals Anxiety

Start Your Journaling Routine – A Step By Step Guide

I created this journal as a personal project to begin my journaling journey. After searching, I couldn’t find one that included everything I wanted. I needed a journal to start by feeling gratitude. This journal starts by asking to list 3 things you are grateful for. I find that no matter what mood I am in, feeling gratitude can instantly switch my mindset. I also wanted a place that to keep track of my water intake, my steps, my protein intake, fiber and my sleep. I also wanted a space to list my personal mantra each day. I have learned it is important to enrich your mind, body, and spirit on a daily basis. I also wanted a blank page for basic journaling. Some days, I journal about how I feel, Some days I journal about what I did, Some days I journal about ideas. It is just a space to freely write. Starting a journaling routine can be a wonderful way to enhance self-reflection, boost mindfulness, and track personal growth. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you establish a successful journaling practice.

How to Start Your Journaling Routine

Set Clear Intentions:
Begin by clarifying why you want to start journaling. Whether it’s for self-discovery, stress relief, creativity, or personal growth, having a clear intention will give your journaling practice a purpose. It is important to be clear on your intention. For me, it is about mental well being and physical well being. I am trying to shift my focus to my health. After years of focusing on my Mom’s wellbeing, it has taken a toll on my personal wellbeing.

Choose Your Journaling Format:
Decide whether you want to journal digitally (using apps or word processing software) or with pen and paper. Choose the format that feels most comfortable and accessible to you. For me, I’m old fashioned. I need to write down my thoughts.

Select a Journaling Time:
Determine the best time for your journaling practice. It could be in the morning to set intentions for the day or in the evening to reflect on your experiences. Consistency is key, so choose a time you can commit to daily or several times a week. I choose the early morning. I have found that if I don’t steal this time, I won’t do it that day.

Create a Relaxing Environment:
Choose a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus without distractions. Creating a calming atmosphere can help you get into the journaling mindset. I choose outside (until the weather shifts) I take my coffee or matcha with me and just focus on the temperature, the taste and the sight of the drink. By noticing these things, you instantly feel happy, calm and grateful. The absolute perfect way to start the day. If your mornings are crazy, by getting up just a half our earlier will change your life.

Start Simple:
If you’re new to journaling, don’t feel pressured to write long essays. Start with a simple routine, such as writing a few sentences or bullet points about your thoughts, feelings, or experiences. My journaling started with more of a diary type format. It then shifted into an emotional dump of feelings, thoughts and goals.

Use Prompts or Themes:
Sometimes it’s helpful to have a prompt or theme to guide your journaling. This could be a question you want to explore, a goal you’re working towards, or a particular emotion you’re experiencing. For me, it has been this website. The Earth Heals. This year has been about moving to a natural and healthy way of life. Finally I am at a point where I can share with our community.

Let Go of Perfection:
Remember that journaling is a personal practice, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or making everything sound perfect. Just focus on expressing yourself. Some days, I will write a single sentence. This is usually when I am pissed at something. 😀 But, by writing that sentence, it brings my feelings to the present moment and forces me to fix the ‘why’ I am upset.

Write Freely:
Write whatever comes to mind without overthinking. Let your thoughts flow naturally. This can help you access your subconscious and gain insights you might not be aware of otherwise. I find that this comes freely to me now that i have been journaling for a few months.

Practice Gratitude:
Consider incorporating gratitude into your journaling routine. Write down a few things you’re grateful for each day. This can help shift your focus towards the positive aspects of your life.

Reflect and Review:
Over time, you can look back on your journal entries to track your progress, observe patterns, and see how your thoughts and feelings have evolved. I do this all the time. When something great happens, I look back at the previous days before the event happened. It is fascinating how your thoughts directly affect your future. The key is consistency. Daily journaling is transformational. I would not have believed it if I didn’t experience this myself.

Be Consistent:
Consistency is key to building a journaling routine. Set a goal to journal for a certain amount of time each day or week and stick to it. Every.Single.Day. Even if it is only 5 minutes.

Experiment and Adapt:
Your journaling routine doesn’t have to stay the same forever. Feel free to experiment with different formats, prompts, or techniques to keep your practice fresh and engaging.

Be Patient:
Like any habit, journaling takes time to become a routine. Be patient with yourself and don’t get discouraged if you miss a day or two. Just pick up where you left off. I noticed a big differnce after a month of journaling. It takes 21 days to form a habit. Then, it becomes a welcome time.

Remember, the most important thing is to make journaling a positive and enriching experience for yourself. It’s a tool for self-discovery and personal growth, so adapt it to your needs and preferences. I think it will change your life.  The journal below is one that I have published. I hope you will try it and that it will change your life too.
I hope you will Start Your Journaling Routine Today!

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Magnesium Unveiled

Magnesium Unveiled

Magnesium Unveiled: Decoding the Diverse Forms for Optimal Wellness”

 

We’ve all heard of Magnesium and the benefits that our bodies can reap from it. But, do we really know magnesium? Hopefully, after reading this you will have a better understanding of this powerful mineral, and you, along with your doctor, will be able to find the right form for you!

Magnesium is a mineral needed within the body to help maintain blood pressure, regulate muscle and nerve functions, keep bones strong, and keep your heart rate steady. It has also been found that having the right amount of magnesium in your daily diet may help with inflammatory diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and cancers.

Significant magnesium deficiencies can lead to serious health issues if not careful. Naturally, we can get magnesium from the foods that we eat daily. However, most people do not consume the foods needed. Some magnesium-rich foods include nuts, seeds, legumes, green leafy vegetables, and dairy.

So which one is right for you?
Let’s explore the most common ones below (taken from the National Institutes of Health):

Magnesium Aspartate
Magnesium Aspartate is used to treat or prevent low magnesium levels in extreme cases. It’s a mixture of aspartic acid and magnesium, which makes up a salt. This type of magnesium is easily absorbed and is used, at times, as a dietary supplement.

Magnesium Citrate
Magnesium Citrate is used in treating constipation. It is a mixture of magnesium bound with citric acid, a solvent that provides citrus fruits with their tart flavor. This usually comes in powder form to be mixed with a liquid. Unless your physician says otherwise, you should not take this supplement for more than a week. This type of magnesium is used often when prepping for a colonoscopy.

Magnesium Chloride
Magnesium Chloride is a mixture of magnesium and chlorine that is found in seawater and salt lakes. It is often used in people that are impaired in magnesium.

Magnesium Oxide
Magnesium Oxide is a salt mixture of magnesium and oxygen. You can easily get this form over the counter and in tablet, powder, or capsule form. It also comes in liquid form as in Milk of Magnesia. Although this form can be used for constipation it is also used for heartburns and other stomach discomforts. This type of magnesium is also very popular as a dietary supplement if enough magnesium isn’t obtained from food.

Magnesium Malate
Magnesium Malate is a salt mixture made from magnesium and malic acid. This type of magnesium is used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, health related issues that interfere with the neuromuscular system. Although more research is needed to prove it, magnesium malate is believed to lessen pain and soreness in the body.

– Magnesium Taurate
Magnesium Taurate includes the amino acid taurine. Although more research is needed, this mixture is found to play a significant role in maintaining blood sugar levels. It has also been found to balance blood pressure and strengthen heart health.

Magnesium Lactate
Magnesium Lactate is a salt mixture of magnesium and lactic acid. Your blood cells and muscles naturally generate this type of magnesium and your digestive system effortlessly absorbs it. Because of this, it is often used to treat those that have to take magnesium in massive doses because of a severe deficiency. Magnesium lactate can aid in relieving menstrual cramps. A plus in most women’s lives!

Magnesium Glycinate
Magnesium Glycinate is a mixture of magnesium and the amino acid glycine. Glycine, alone, is generally used for sleep assistance and is looked to in helping with inflammation and inflammatory related issues such as diabetes. Although more scientific research is needed, magnesium glycinate has also been found to lessen stress, depression, and anxiety! Here is the one I love:

Magnesium Orotate
Magnesium Orotate is a mixture of magnesium and orotic acid, a substance utilized for developing genetic material. This type of magnesium is generally used to increase energy levels and for heart health. Magnesium Orotate is on the expensive side. More research is needed to determine if it’s worth the cost.

Magnesium Sulfate (Sulphate)
Magnesium Sulfate has been used to cure constipation, however it can adhere to some major side effects if taken over the correct dosage. This type is not used as often as it once was since there are other forms that can be absorbed by your body much more easily. You should not take this form of magnesium if you have symptoms of nausea, stomach pain, or vomiting.

Magnesium L-Threonate
Magnesium L-Threonate is a mixture of magnesium and threonic acid, which is a water soluble substance acquired after the breakdown of Vitamin C and is easily absorbed. Although more research is needed, this form of magnesium is shown to increase concentration and help with certain brain disorders such as depression and memory loss.I’ve always had trouble with sleep during the night because of the chronic pain I endure. Also, muscle spasms in my legs would wake me up several times during the night not to mention dealing with restless leg syndrome! The lack of sleep increased my stress levels considerably the next day. I have one that helped me considerably!! It’ a magnesium supplement by INNATE Vitality. It’s the Magnesium Glycinate form. This is the first magnesium supplement that has had a huge impact on helping me get to sleep and stay asleep all night long!! It’s also helped with muscle spasms from my back during the night! This has been a HUGE game changer for me and I now wake up completely rested and ready to tackle the day!

These are just the different forms of magnesium that are most popular in the United States. Make sure that you understand dose amounts for each one. You can take too much of one thing! Remember, to talk to your physician before you begin taking any kind of supplement especially if you are on medication or have a chronic illness such as kidney disease, diabetes, or cancer. I am not recommending that you take these supplements. This is for information purposes only! I am not a physician by any means! Just a health nut interested in how the earth heals!

I hope you enjoyed the read! Until next time, Lovely, stay healthy & happy. Be sure to visit our Community Area. I can’t wait to connect with you!

-Alisa

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From Western to Eastern Medicine

From Western to Eastern Medicine

From Western to Eastern Medicine

“Unlocking the Secrets of Eastern Medicine: How Ancient Practices Can Revolutionize Your Health Today”

Hey there, Lovely! If you’re here, you are probably researching ways that you can take back control of your body, your mind, and your health! I’m so glad that you made it!! I pray that this information will travel to your heart and make an impression on you so that you may use it to become a happier and healthier you! I pray for guidance and restoration and above all, I pray that you love yourself!

Western Medicine. What is it? Well, in a nutshell, if you see a physician in the United States, you are taking part in Western Medicine. The definition of Western Medicine, according to Cleveland Clinic is as follows:

“Western medicine has its roots in the Western part of the world, namely Greece. Experts credit the Greek physician Hippocrates as being the father of Western medicine. Hippocrates and Hippocratic physicians believed that illnesses were the result of imbalances between blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm (what they called “the humors”). These physicians looked for bodily causes of illnesses. Their treatments focused on restoring this humoral balance.”

This was the beginning of Western Medicine! It spans millennia and many plants and herbs were used to treat conditions. You can even find many of the remedies used throughout The Holy Bible! Of course, with growing technology, Western Medicine does not have the same holistic approach as it did at one time. More and more synthetic drugs are being manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and used for the treatment of patients. This has been shown to bring along more side effects in patients which, in turn, will be treated with more synthetic drugs. It seems to be a never-ending cycle!

Eastern Medicine also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has its roots in the Eastern part of the world, mainly China. TCM is still strongly rooted in holistic approaches to healing and concentrates on ancient remedies that Western Medicine used. While Western Medicine focuses on using a specific drug to treat a medical condition in millions of patients, Eastern Medicine focuses on treating the person as a whole instead of just the symptoms. TCM does not only tackle the physical body but also looks at the mind and spirit. It consists of treatments such as massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and herbal remedies. Eastern Medicine does not have as many evidence-based findings as Western Medicine does, so it is not looked at as much in the Western World. However, some western physicians do incorporate TCM, more commonly known as “complementary medicine”, along with their prescribed antidotes.

So, which route are you taking now? Do you want to change it? Add it? Which medicine is better? For me, it seems the more I study Eastern Medicine the more I am drawn to the concepts behind it. I have seen chiropractors for years and have also practiced physical therapy and deep tissue massaging to help with my inflammation and pain and I absolutely love it! These things have helped me more than anything else I have encountered such as medications and surgeries. So I’m leaning more toward the East at this point in my life.

And that brings me here, writing my first blog “From Eastern to Western Medicine!” I am researching, learning, and applying it for myself at this very moment. I bring you, Lovely, on this journey with me and hope that, together, we may learn so many refreshing concepts about the earth and how it can heal. What do we have to lose? Let’s find our happier and healthier selves together!
Be sure to check out our Community Area. I would love to connect with you and share in your journey.
-Alisa

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Where Life Begins

Where Life Begins

Where Life Begins?

Life.
What is the meaning of it?
When does it begin?
When does it end?
Am I living it now?

Hey there, Lovely! If you’re here, you are probably researching ways that you can take back control of your body, your mind, and your health! I’m so glad that you made it! ! I pray that this information will travel to your heart and make an impression on it so that you may use it to become a happier and healthier you! I pray for guidance and restoration and above all, I pray that you love yourself!

Life, according to Webster’s Dictionary is defined as:

1. the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body
2. a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings
3. an organismic state characterized by the capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

1. the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual
2. one or more aspects of the process of living

As you can see, life has many meanings. And to top it off, these aren’t the only meanings listed in Webster’s Dictionary! Life means different things to different people. I know what it means to me. What is life to you? Is it the quality of it? Does it look happy? Healthy? Serene? Is it all based on your experience and growth? My life fits the definition of 2b perfectly. To me, it’s many aspects of the process of living. I want to live my life with the knowledge of how to make the process a most enjoyable one for me and the people around me. It may be something different for you and that’s A-okay! You do you, Beauty. Let’s explore this thing together!

You may be wondering where to start. I was in the same predicament and even though I wanted to do all the things to change my health at one time, I knew that would be impossible. And before I even started on this new journey I studied A LOT! I listened to podcasts, read blogs, followed health websites, read books, confided in others, and made some short and long-term goals. Once I had my thoughts on paper and a good foundation from researching I was ready to begin!

I have suffered from many ailments in my 47 years. Which, most of them have been over the course of the last 12 years of my life. It’s like I have been hit by one bomb after another! These things I’ll go into detail about later in other posts, but for now, I am just starting my journey to finding a happier and healthier me! I hope to find the exact combination that I need for my specific genealogy just as I hope you find yours as well.

I want to share with you how I started this journey. Feel free to follow the advice that I give but make sure that you take steps that are right for you. No two people are the same and we all must find our way ourselves.

Steps to begin the journey of healthy, natural living:

1. Find some podcasts about holistic living and/or ancient medicine
I had no idea where to start! All I knew is that I wanted to learn about other practices to maintain a healthy lifestyle and I wanted to conquer this naturally. So, I picked up my phone, opened my podcast app, and searched for “Living a holistic lifestyle as a Christian.” Since being a Christian is very important to me I added that to my search. I was bombarded with many podcast shows! I chose one and I started listening to it in the morning while I got ready for work and listened on the way to work. That was it. It was a small step, but it was one of the best steps I could have taken! We all have to start somewhere. No matter how small we start, it’s a movement toward something new and it has the power to manifest in our lives!

2. Figure out where you want to spend your focus on
I know, I know. Now you want to fix everything! After listening to some podcasts I’m sure you are feeling overwhelmed by all the poisons you’re putting into your body and you want them all out and replaced with nature! But, again, we have to start somewhere. So, choose just one or two things you want to focus on first. For me, it was gut health and inflammation because I knew that the majority of my issues came from the gut and my inflammation was causing me chronic pain in my daily life. Both were hindering my way of living. What’s yours? Brainstorm. Write down what is weighing on you. If you have it on paper, you’ll likely find THE THING that’s interfering with living.

3. Write SMART goals
Write short and long-term goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Making sure your goals are written with all of these objectives you’re more likely to reach those goals! Having short and long-term goals are imperative to success! We have to see our progress! Making goals too large and hard to reach will lead to frustration and oftentimes will end in giving up.

4. Put “Natural Healing” on the budget for the month
If you don’t put this new lifestyle expense on your monthly budget you will spend too much at one time. You’ll want all the things! Remember, we are starting small. One small step. Put the amount down that you know you can afford and don’t go over! Just do what you know you can do. If you don’t add the expense into your budget or you go over the budget you will tell yourself that you can’t afford to lead this healthy lifestyle and will quit in the end. By budgeting this and staying within your budget you’re also pacing yourself and not diving in too quickly.

5. Remind yourself every day of why you’re doing this
Make sure you do things throughout the day to remind yourself of what you are doing and why you’re doing it! Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are worth the extra expense. Write down different materials that pertain to you and hang them where you will see them often like on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator. It’s good to journal your daily walk into this newfound life too and to list 3-4 things that you are thankful for every day (one being the new healthy you, of course). Do anything that is going to cause you to have a more positive outlook in your daily walk. A happy heart is a heart that will have empathy for yourself and be quick to forgive the slip-ups on this difficult journey.

By following these simple steps and tailoring them to your own, I know that you’ll be able to begin your journey to a healthy, natural life! If you’re frustrated, I GET IT! If you’re confused, I GET IT! If you just feel lost, I GET IT! Together, Lovely, we will make this life mean so much more than we would have ever dreamed it to be! Here is to living the life we are meant to live! Here is to the true definition of life….our own.

Come over to our Community Area to share your journey. We are creating a community where we can share our successes and our journeys in a supportive and productive way.

-Alisa

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Candles

Candles

Who Doesn’t Love Candles? But, Do They Love You?

They set a mood and smell amazing! However, they can lead to unwanted health issues. For years I burned candles without even a thought that they were bad for me. How could something that smells so good be so bad?

When you light a candle have you ever noticed that black smoke that comes off the wick? That right there is emitting unhealthy chemicals into the air.

In this blog, I am going to break down what candles have in them and why it is bad. I will also direct you toward better options and what to look for.

Let’s start with what wax is the worst and what is the healthiest.

1. Paraffin wax- this is made with Petroleum. Petroleum is used to make gasoline, kerosene, plastic, and other byproducts. It contains many chemicals/ carcinogens such as:
Trichloroethane
Chlorobenzene
Carbon Disulfide
Butanone
Ethylebenzene
Cresol
Phenol
Xylene
Styrene
Trichloro
Acetone
Fluoromethane
Carbon Tetrachloride
Cyclopentene
Tetrachloroethene

That list alone would send me packing.

The health problems that can/could occur from everyday use of these are:

  • Allergies such as runny/stuffy nose and sneezing.
  • Asthma
  • The heavy hitter,  Cancer

The good news is there are healthier options out there that you can switch to and they are:

1. *Beeswax*- Beeswax is Non-GMO, slow-burning, natural and smokeless. This is the healthiest option!

2. *Coconut wax*- Natural, slow burning, and smokeless. This is another very natural eco-friendly choice.

3. Soy Wax– Plant-based, smokeless, and slow burning. Soy is a good choice however it must be 100% soy wax.

What to look for when purchasing candles:

1. Pure coconut, beeswax, or soy.
2. Pesticide-free soy base
3. Phthalate free
4. Essential oil fragrances

It is important to know that the wick of the candle is just as important as the wax. This is why you should purchase candles that either have an unbleached/pure wick or has a wooden wick. It is also important to watch out for keywords such as natural fragrances and parfum.

Do not let the word “natural” fool you.

I hope you enjoyed this article! Please join me over on our Community Area, where we can connect and share ideas and our personal journeys.

Candle Brands I Love:

Benevolence
Hemlock Park
Day Spa Body Basics
The Clever Mammoth

 

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Coffee

Coffee

“The Hidden Dangers Lurking in Your Coffee Cup”

There are several potential health benefits associated with moderate coffee consumption:

Boosts brain function: Coffee contains caffeine, which can help improve alertness, concentration, and cognitive function.
May reduce the risk of certain diseases: Regular coffee consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, liver disease, and some types of cancer.

Contains essential nutrients: Coffee contains small amounts of several important nutrients, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, and potassium.

May improve physical performance: Caffeine can help improve athletic performance by increasing endurance and reducing perceived exertion.

May reduce the risk of depression: Some studies have suggested that coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of depression and lower rates of suicide.

And, now the bad news….

With the benefits of coffee, there are some things to look out for. There are some nasty things hiding in there…. so here is the dish on our hot friend ?.

Coffee contains the following:
Mold
Pesticides
Insecticides
Yeast
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)
Acrylamide
Aflatoxin
Plastic Residue

PAH, Aflatoxin, and Acrylamide are probable carcinogens that have been linked to various types of cancers. They also have been linked to hormone disruption, hypertension, and brain damage to name a few.

How to reduce exposure to these dangerous cancer-causing items:
1. Choose coffee that is organically grown.
2. Looking for coffee that is roasted in a smokeless machine.
3. Choosing coffee that is tested for the absence of these ingredients.
4. Select coffee that is stored in a temperature-controlled facility.
5. Not buying coffee in plastic pods as well.

Here are some coffee great options:

Why not take it a step further and ditch the traditional plastic coffee makers? Consider brewing your own with a french press or a pour over.

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