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Healthy For You – Relaxing With Prayer

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Life can change at any moment in our life. Right when you think everything is going great something happens and changes everything. Your plans get canceled or they change. Either for the good or for the bad. That is a lesson that we all go through in life. There are lessons to be learned. Sometimes we learn from them and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we go through life’s lesson over and over until we get it. Life goes around in a circle and keeps going around until we stop it by learning the lesson. Don’t let life get you down and get you stuck. Learn the lesson, pick up the pieces and move on. It can be healthy for you when you relax with prayers.

MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY – LIFE CHANGES

My spiritual journey started at a young age. It has led to many life changes. Some changes were for the good and were a blessing. Some changes were not so good and I had to learn the lesson. My spiritual walk with Jesus is full of life’s lessons. As I am going through life I am learning how to appreciate the world around me, my family, friends and the people I come in contact with. I am also learning how to love and respect everyone.

In my experience I have learned that we need to make small changes that can lead up to bigger changes. Taking little steps every day helps making the change easier.

Sometimes we may believe that the change is not necessary at the time until someone points it out to us.

I read my bible everyday now for many years. There are times I stray away but I get back on track. A few years ago I started my spiritual journey by praying daily. I have had some tragic personal issues happen and that’s when I started relaxing myself so I could meditate and pray more often. I asked for things to change in my life.

Devastating Times Ahead

It all started when I lost my job and my husband business slowed down. Money was getting tight. At the same time we were in the process of losing our place to live due to family health reasons. We were having a hard time to find another place to live around where we were living.

We didn’t box, boxeswant the kids to change school, but it didn’t work out that way. Our income decreased due to me losing my job and our credit was poor. So my kids and I were encouraged to move in with family that lived far away from my husband and our friends.

My husband stayed behind living in a hotel because he didn’t want to close his business right away. He wanted to give it some more time to pick up. He didn’t want all of us to live in a hotel. He wasn’t sure for how long so we both decided it would be a temporary move for us and we would be together soon. We moved to San Bernardino county with his family. We were very sad to be moving in with family. We had to do this until we could be together again.

TEMPORARY MOVE – FAMILY’S HOUSE

journey-trip-travel-destinyOur life journey led us to San Bernardino to live with my husband’s family. This was a temporary move for us until we got back on our feet again. This was around December 2015. We arrived at our family’s house. We were welcomed with opened arms. They said don’t worry about anything we will help you out. They also said that we will be okay and everything will work out for the better. My husband assured me that we will be together soon and he would come and visit often.

Well I thought to myself we need to get settled in and unpack our suite cases. They let me and my daughters share one of their daughter’s room. My son shared with his cousin which was around the same age. They also said that one of my daughters could share with the other cousin and she was around the same age too

redroom, room, bedSo it worked out and it gave us the space that we needed to live comfortable. We were grateful to have a safe and comfortable place to live until things got better. This temporary move to our family’s house was not easy for us but made us realize that we need to appreciate the things we have in our lives because at any moment we could lose it.

PLAN OF ACTION – TO ENROLL KIDS IN SCHOOL

I made a plan of action to enroll the kids in school. First on my agenda was enrolling my two high school students. One was a junior and the other a senior. They were so lucky that they didn’t have to start school until after plan of action-things to do-list of things to dothe holidays because of the way their credit system worked. It was different from the school that they went to before. Their semester only had two weeks left anyways. So the counselor said they could start in January.

Second on my list was getting my son enrolled in middle school with his cousin. He was going into the 7th grade. He was given his books and a chrome book to bring home to do homework. That was easy to do.

Third on my list was enrolling my baby girl in elementary school. She was going into the 3rd grade. She was happy to be able to have new friends.

This was a little scary for all of them to be going into a new school and to be a new students but they were able to adjust.

Next on my list was to find us doctors, a dentist and an eye doctor that we could go to. I transferred our records over. It took some time but it got done. I was able to make us all appointments for check-ups. That was pretty much what I had to do with my plan of action and to get settled in our family’s house.

EVERYDAY – CHALLENGED

Everyday was a challenge to be under our family’s roof. If you have lived with family you probable already know how it is. You really don’t feel comfortable. It felt like I was being watched everyday like was doing something wrong. It was very stressful for me and it was hard to please everyone. Everyone had different personalities and attitudes. It was hard for me to adjust. I was getting irritated and frustrated. I was praying everyday to have our own place again.

clean, cleaning, houseEveryday I tried to keep calm and told myself this is only a temporary move to our family’s house. I needed to do what I could to keep peace in our family. Which was difficult at times with all the kids. All of our kids had different personalities and attitudes that we had to deal with each one separately. Every night I would relax myself with a prayer by looking out our window and looking up at the stars. I was desperately waiting daily for my husband come to live with us. So we could be a family again and get our own place.

THE SCHOOLS – SAN BERNARDINO

The schools in San Bernardino are very clean and organized. They are very protective of all of their students. They seem to care more for the safety of their students. They were strict with their safety policies. Each student was provided with a chrome book to bring home so there were no excuses for not turning in homework.desk, classroom, school

MY DAILY ROUTINE – AT FAMILY’S HOUSE

My daily routine at my family’s house started out by getting up at 6:00 am. I then took my shower, woke up the kids, helped my younger one get ready, made breakfast, packed their snacks and took the kids to school. They all entered and got out of school at different times. So I was always coming and going throughout the day. After I dropped of the kids at school, I would read my Bible for about 30 minutes and then relax myself with a prayer. I did my part to help clean the house and cook for the family. My husband helped with the rent, bills and food. At this time in our life I was receiving assistance so it also helped with whatever we needed.

HARD TO FIND WORK – BEING RESPONSIBLE

I tried so hard to look for work but their were not too many jobs. It was also hard because of the school schedule everyone getting out at different times. My sister-in-law was taking care of an older lady and her mom. I didn’t want to give her more responsibilities of taking care of my kids. My husband said don’t worry about it to just take care of the kids.

My husband came to visit every couple of weeks. It was a long drive for him. He stayed the weekend and then went back to work. We didn’t like being away from each other. We called each other everyday. It was hard for both of us. Everyday felt like there was something missing. I felt alone and depressed. I know deep down inside I had to be responsible and keep going forward with the plan.

PRAYING – PLANS CHANGED

Everyday I started taking time out to relax with prayers. praying-bible-spiritual-healingI would pray about many things but my main concentration was on when we could be together as a family again. Many months passed and our plans changed. My husband’s business was picking up again. He decided that it wouldn’t be a good idea for him to close his business and move. He purchased a RV to live in instead of sleeping in a hotel. It saved him some money.

I was tired of living without my husband and living with family. I decided when the kids were out for summer vacation we were moving back. I packed up our stuff. We said our goodbye and thank you. Took the kids and we went back to live with my husband in the RV. I told my husband it is better to live all together in our own little and tight place in the RV. Then living in with family and being separate from each other. In the RV we lived in peace and were very comfortable.

I continue to relax with prayers everyday. After one year we found a house to rent.

I AM GRATEFUL FOR WHAT I HAVE – ANSWERED PRAYERS

You know that living with family can be very stressful even when they make you feel comfortable. It is not the same as living in your own place. Even though our life doesn’t go the way we want it to go. I have always believed that everything happens for a reason and there is a lesson to be learned. We all should appreciate what we have because you never know when you may not have it anymore. I am grateful for what I have and my answered prayers. We have a place to live together again. It was a hard time in our life to live apart from each other but we survived it. I am glad that I took the time to relax with prayers and thanks to GOD that he answered my prayers.

MY LIFE CHANGED – RELAXING WITH PRAYER

My life changed it was a step backwards for our family but it was a lesson to be learned. Even though our life changed we didn’t let it get us down for too long. We dealt with the situation and then we got back on track. Do whatever it takes to make your dreams and goals come true. Life is full of surprises. Take one day at a time.

STEP – HOW TO PRAY.

  • You need to find a quite time in the day to pray.
  • You need to find a quite place to pray.
  • You need to find what you want to pray about.

Begin your prayer buy addressing the Almighty GOD. You can speak out loud, in silent, while thinking it or you can sing your prayers. Some of your prayers can be recited from your memory, read from a book or it can be like a normal conversation speaking from your heart. You need to open your prayer by calling upon GOD and then asking for his help. It can be anywhere you want and at anytime of the day. He is always listening.

STEP – TO READ YOUR BIBLE

  • You need to find a quite time in the day to read your Bible.
  • You need to find a quite place to read.
  • You need to find what you wan to read about.
  • Try to read daily and for at least 10 to 15 min.

Begin your reading with a prayer and asking GOD to give you understanding of what you are reading. Ask him to guide you and inspire you as you read. You can pick and chose on what you want to read about or you can let GOD guide you through you emotions that you are having that day. You can use a study guides or join a study group. It is all up to you. Just remember the more you read the better you will know GOD.

My Word of Advice.

***I am only telling you this from my experiences in life that it is healthy for you to relax with prayers. I am not suggesting that you to do it. It depends on your beliefs. I am only giving you advice on what worked for me.

Questions To Ask Yourself.

  • The choices you make in life will it help you?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • How has your life changed through prayer?
  • What can you do when you are stuck?

I would love to hear your response to these questions above. Leave them in the comment below.

If you have any questions or concerns please leave a comment below. I will get back with you as soon as I can.

To your health,

Mary

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Healthy For You – Relaxing with Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy can be done either with an aromatherapy treatment with an aromatherapist or we can Essential Oil, Aromatherapyexperience the benefits of it in the comfort of our home. We all need to find a moment out of our busy day to dedicate time to ourselves. Where it is healthy for you relaxing with aromatherapy. This will create the perfect healing mood.

Using a diffuser to put a favorite essential oil scent. This will help us relax and enjoy a peaceful moment of pure concentration to find our balance.

We use these essential oils  to help us improve our balance both emotionally and physically. While helping us take the time to relax our mind and body. It also helps us reconnect ourselves for a moment. The fragrant smells that we experience through aromatherapy have a spiritual effect on our mind and body. This is  experienced through our sense of smell which is then connected to our deepest parts of our brain that control our instincts, thoughts and emotions.

Image A Hard Day – Aromatherapy

Image what aromatherapy can do for you after a hard day at work or school. You come home and change into something more comfortable, you do some light cleaning and cooking. Get the kids to go to bed. Turn down the lights, put on some of your favorite relaxing music make some hot herbal tea, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in your diffuser, sit back in your comfy chair, close your eyes picture yourself in a beautiful place and smell the aroma.

bath, tub, relaxing in the tubImage that you come home from a hard day and this time you dim the lights, put on some soft music, make some hot herbal tea, draw hot bubble bath and drop in some essential oils and dip into a relaxing soothing bath.

What is Aromatherapy – Essential Oil

Aromatherapy is made of plant materials and plant oils from using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots, or other parts. Using just one drop of essential oil can have a very powerful health benefits. This essential oil is for improving our psychological and physical well-being.  It can provide as therapy or as a form of a replacement for medicine.

Essential oils can also be absorbed through our skin. The oils can travel through our blood stream and can promote our whole body healing process.

Aromatherapy – The History

The history of aromatherapy is over 5,000 years old. The plant extracts have been used for many year for their aroma and natural healing powers. They are rich in botanical and antioxidants. The plants oils encourage shinny healthy skin, working at a cellular level to keep our complexion soft and looking young. By taking control of  their healing properties, aromatherapy works to improve our physical, mental and emotional state.

Aromatherapy – The Health Benefits

The health benefits of aromatherapy is the ability to balance hormones, to reduce anxiety and depression, while boosting our energy levels, and speeding up the healing process. It can cure headaches, help with sleep, strengthen our immune system, reduce pain, improve our digestion and increase circulation in our body.

On a more physical level essential oils help to ease muscular aches and pains, improve circulation, ease sinus congestion and act as a strong antioxidant.

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Essential Oil -Storage

WARNING!!!

***Warning essential oil should never be stored in plastic or containers, as the oil can burn through the plastic when they are undiluted. Over time oils can degrade plastic.

This also means that essential oils should not be applied to plastic surfaces in the house.

When stored in plastic, essential oil will break down the plastic which destroys the oil and often causes it to leak. However the quick solution to this issue is to use or reuse glass jars, spray bottles, and containers.

Aromatherapy – Performed in Several Ways:

  • Diffusing a combination of essential oils into the air.
  • Inhaling oils through the nose directly off of a cloth or from the bottle.
  • Receiving massage therapy utilizing oils.
  • Soaking in an oil-infused bath.
  • Rubbing oils directly onto the skin.

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sun, blisters, sun demageAromatherapy – Harmful Side Effects

The are some harmful side effects when using essential oils on your skin or when we ingested them. Although essential oils are mostly natural and they have a lot of health benefits it doesn’t mean that they don’t have unsafe ingredients.

 

Here are a just a few key points to keep in mind before using essential oils:

  • Skin Discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Burning
  • Sores

Wide Variety of Essential Oilsessential, oil, bottle

There are a wide variety of essential oils available on the market and each one has its own healing properties.

There are a few essential oils that can cause sun sensitivity and burning when exposed to ultra-violet (UV) lighting.  Here are just a few but not all of them:

  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Cumin
  • Bergamot

***So be careful before you go outside into the sun without wearing the proper protection. It is very important to ensure that you wait at least 12 hours once a photo-sensitizing oil has been applied to your skin. It depends on the oil and the length of exposure to the sun. Skin reactions from certain oils can range from mild discoloration to severe swelling and blistering burns.

relaxing, candleMy Opinion – Aromatherapy

In my opinion and research aromatherapy is a natural gift of nature for us to enjoy the health benefits. Our whole body is rejuvenated by the use of aroma. Aromatherapy regulates the physiological, spiritual and psychological uplifting for the new phase of our life. This therapy is not only preventive but also can be used in the acute and chronic stages of disease.

 

Essential oils can be a useful non-medicinal option or can also be combined with conventional care for some health conditions, provided safety and quality issues are considered.

My Word of Advice.

We can continue to use essential oils but with caution. Essential oils have many health benefits that are good for relaxing our mind and body. Yet there are some health risk that we need to consider before purchasing essential oils for our healing purposes.

We should consult with an aromatherapist for the right combinations and blends for us.

So lets explore the many essential oils benefits and uses. Lets us open our mind to a whole new way of preventing and reversing health conditions that we have been battling for years.

Questions To Ask Yourself.

  • Which essential oils should I use?
  • Which essential oils should I be careful with?
  • How much and how often should I use essential oils.
  • What are the health benefits?

I would love to hear your response to the questions above please leave them in the comments below.

If you have any questions or concerns about this article please leave your comments below and I will get back with you soon.

To your health,

Mary