It’s that time of year when everyone is stuck inside and about every post you see is someone complaining about being sick, or their kids being sick, so you see a lot of “Lysol everything” posts.
Instead of being cringe worthy or shaming anyone for using Lysol, I wanted to share some information.
We don’t know what we don’t know until we know it - confused yet? Sorry…..
Did you know that Lysol spray is purposely made sticky?
You spray it in the air and it doesn’t actually get rid of any of the smell, it just covers it up. The sticky spray particles are inhaled by you, and anyone in sniffing distance, coating the hairs in your nose so you can only smell the Lysol. The bad smell is still in the air, you just can’t smell anything but what is stuck up your nose, hence anyone in smelling distance, their nose hairs are also coated.
The sticky particles are also inhaled into your lungs. Your lungs will produce mucus to rid the of the sticky substance. When excess mucous floods your lungs, you start noticing chest congestion and wheezing. Maybe, hopefully, coughing to clear it out, but ultimately, you are drowning in your own phlegm. This is an asthmatic reaction that can send the more sensitive to the Emergency Room.
Do you really want to subject yourself or loved ones, who may already be sick, to something that causes even more breathing problems?
Lysol also has other harmful effects that damage body systems. Did you know that toxins found in everyday cleaners, including Lysol, contribute significantly to mental health disorders like ADHD, autism, and other learning disabilities? Think of infants and children who are still developing.
We need to stop overwhelming our endocrine system, think hormone production, growth and development, production of melatonin and cortisol that regulate sleep and stress. When we subject our bodies, and our kids bodies, to the toxins in cleaners like Lysol, we really start screwing with these systems are supposed to be doing. Changing how things are supposed to work can lead to changes in behavior, motor skills, anxiety, and even impaired cognitive and memory functions.
Being the gatekeeper to our homes is one of our biggest responsibilities. We may not have much control over what company puts what into their products, but we can control what products we allow into our homes. We need to educate ourselves and each other and protect our families. Let’s face it, all those huge companies out there - do you think their top concern is ridding toxins from your home and making things safe? Or in maxing out their income potential?
Again, we don’t know what we don’t know…...until we educate ourselves and the people around us.
Let’s educate about toxins and mindsets that are EVERYWHERE and learn more about the healthy, natural alternatives that are available to us. Options that strengthen our bodies and minds.
What are you doing on the first day of the new year? Trying to figure out new year resolutions? Has that worked for you in the past?
I’ve tried some type of resolution every year and every year, within the first couple months, its right out the window. But what if we focused more on creating a clean slate for the new year…..maybe set ourselves up for success in the new year.
Here are the 5 ways to get started with a clean slate this year:
Avoid Comparisons: You are a good mom! No matter what ANYONE says, you are a good mom. There isn’t anyone else like you and you are exactly who your children need. Social media and TV show snapshots of our best moments but you don’t see the moments before or after them. Every mom is on their own journey and so are you. Do NOT compare yourself to any other mom.
Forget the “coulda - woulda - shoulda”: Stop guilting yourself for things you wish you would have done or for how you wish you would have acted. There is no such thing as the perfect mom, we all have our faults. Forgive yourself; you can’t change the past but you can make the best of things to come.
Set boundaries for you and your family: Are you stretching yourself too thin? Are you trying to take on too much? Are there people in you family’s life that are causing more harm than good? If you want a family night in, don't feel guilty telling a friend "no thanks" to getting together that night. Give yourself permission to say NO and to make your family and yourself a priority.
Self-care is important: As a mom, we never really get a day off and when mom gets sick it seems like the whole house falls apart…..so take care of yourself!! Remember those boundaries, set them with your family if you need to. Maybe it’s one night a week where you get an hour of alone time to soak in a hot bath or 30 minutes each morning for writing in your journal or for prayer time. Make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. To make this a little easier, make sure the husband and the kids are on board.
An attitude of Gratitude: Did you know that you can actually trick your brain into being more positive? Practice an attitude of gratitude and speak positivity and abundance into your life each and every day. It’s easy to compare yourself or think less of yourself when you focus on what you don’t have. But if you daily give thanks for what you already have, you’ll always have enough! Everyday take the time to write down 3 things you are grateful for....no matter how small.
These are just a few ways to create a clean slate. How are you kicking off the New Year? I love hearing all the ways moms get and stay positive!
If any of this resonates even a little bit for you, you’ll LOVE my guide to surviving being too tired to mom. Check it out here!