Natural Remedies To Help Start The New Year Right

Natural Remedies To Help Start The New Year Right

These practices can help improve your skin and overall health when used frequently.

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The start of a new year is a time where we feel like we can reset ourselves and begin a new chapter of our lives. Some people strive to meet massive resolutions and other people, such as myself, like to strive to fix smaller things in their life. In my opinion, this method increases your chances of success. Sometimes achieving little successes can have a ripple effect, improving greater problems that you have. My goal this year, especially during this upcoming semester, is to do what I can to better take care of myself. Just recently I learned about some natural remedies that not only can make you feel more pampered and healthy, but also save you money and from creating unnecessary waste.

For starters, my skin is always crying out for help. Maybe I wash my hands too much or something, but they are always dry. Apparently, avocados are not just tasty but are great for moisturizing your skin. I have used this trick quite a few times now as I often overestimate how long my avocado needs to ripen. Instead of throwing it out, I mash up my avocado and slather it on for like 20 minutes. It's a little messy, but I feel a thousand times better afterward.

Additionally, coconut oil seems to have the capability to be used for anything. You literally could be cooking with the coconut oil one minute and use it to hydrate your hair the next. Coconut oil can even be used to get rid of lice. That's crazy, right? Personally, I use it as another way to take care of my skin. Just a little scoop is plenty to sooth my scaly hands.

Now the next natural remedy goes out to all the ladies. Don't underestimate the power of the cranberry because you can prevent UTIs by ingesting them. They contain the glorious chemical called proanthocyanidins, which prevent bacteria from accumulating on the lining of your bladder. While its recommended to drink unsweetened cranberry juice, I say that you should add them whenever you can to your diet. It doesn't hurt to be a little extra with your cranberries because it can save you a lot of pain and money in the future.

While the next remedy is often known for its digestive benefits, when it contains "live active cultures", yogurt can even decrease your chances of getting sick. Just make sure that it contains if it contains Lacobacillus reuteri, otherwise, your yogurt will only taste delicious. All I know is that when it comes to exam time, I will definitely be eating more yogurt to make sure that I am on my A game.

Of course, there are many other natural remedies out there that I didn't even touch on. I have just had the best experiences with these and find them the easiest to make a habit. Nature has so much to offer us and all we have to do is put the effort into researching what simple remedies will impact our lives the best. As long as you are making smart choices for your own personal health and are paying attention to any precautions that may exist, why not give some natural remedies a go?

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Better Not Bitter

"Let your past make you better, not bitter."

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After completing my junior year at Iowa State, I have found myself reflecting on a lot of the experiences and people who have helped me get to the point I am at today. Family obviously comes to mind, followed by my friends, my sorority sisters, my boyfriend, my professors, and my mentors. I am able to contribute a lot of my success to their support and compassion that they have shown me throughout my past three years. I am also able to contribute my success to the woman I have grown to be and to the woman I have always wanted to be. You see, three years ago, the woman I was was buried in a toxic relationship that didn't allow me to flourish into the woman I was striving to be.

Let me take a step back, this article is not meant to bash the person who it is about. In fact, it's more of a thank you. Because you see, without him letting go of me, I would have never taken the leaps and bounds out of my comfort zone to become the woman I am so damn proud to be today. This is also not meant to say that I am I glad I was in such a toxic relationship, it was honestly so terrible that I wouldn't wish it upon anyone but I am in fact, thankful. I learned more from that relationship that I have in anything else in my life.

First, I learned to be a fighter, and not in a bad way. I learned to stand up for myself and what I believe in. I have become vocal about my passions and stand up for people when they are treated wrong. I no longer let people walk all over me, but rather I stand my ground firmly and confidently. Thank you.

Second, I learned to be fierce. Fierce in love, kindness, compassion, and willpower. I believe in my abilities and the things I am able to accomplish if I set my mind to something. I have learned that in being fierce, there is absolutely no time to doubt myself which has worked greatly in my favor. I learned that demanding respect in all relationships I have formed has been about me making the decision to make myself a priority and learning to never settle for any less than I deserve, ever again. Thank you.

Third, I learned compassion. I learned to be kind to the other woman, and mostly, to the person who chose to hurt me. It took everything in me to remain kind while I was being hurt, but I am so thankful that I stayed true to the values and morals I was raised on. I have carried this with me throughout the past three years by choosing to show compassion to all people around me, and looking deeper into the reasons behind the actions and decisions that people make. Often times there is something going on behind closed doors and because of that, it is important to always, always radiate kindness. Thank you.

I wanted to extend my gratitude to the person who hurt me because if you hadn't, I wouldn't be the badass, boss girl, powerful woman that I am today. I am confident, smart, loving, and fully capable of giving and receiving the kindest, most sincere kind of love. My life has changed for the better, and I wouldn't change a single thing. I wish you the best, because let me tell ya, it feels great.

By the way, if you ever feel like you deserve better than what you're receiving in a relationship, trust your gut & walk the hell away. It's worth it.

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