5 Ways to Help Soothe Your Eczema

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Do you suffer from eczema? Whether mild or severe, you can find relief with these 5 tips! My brand new favorite tip is GOLD BOND® Ultimate Eczema Relief #ad

One thing I LOVE is to wear short sleeves or sleeveless dresses.
I don’t live in a climate in which this is possible year-round, YET, but a girl can dream! The warm months are my favorite, but in many ways, those are the toughest times to hide eczema. Eczema is characterized by itchy red rashes on your skin. It is more common for kids, but it can stick around through adulthood too. Everyone who has it experiences it a different way – from mild to severe – but we all find ourselves in similar situations. 

This is a snapshot of what it can be like to have eczema:  

1 – You can’t trust yourself overnight. That’s right – you can try to control the itching/scratching pattern during the day, to some avail, but overnight can be really rough on your skin. You might sleep with gloves on to protect your skin. 2- People will tell you to “Just stop scratching” as if that will solve everything! 3 – You’ll get the red, itchy rashes in odd places. Mine are often on my arms but it can be anywhere. 4 – Summer, with its moist skin, doesn’t necessarily make you feel better. You’ll still feel like you’re shedding dry skin. 5 – You’ll try many things and maybe everything, in order to soothe it, until you find what helps.

Here are five ways to find itch relief and soothe your eczema: 

 

1 – Put ice on it. Make a quick compress with a washcloth or gauze dipped in cold water. You can even use an ice pack or frozen food from the freezer. I’ve used ice cubes in small bags. This helps to numb the area and find some relief. 2 – Take Melatonin. This may help you to sleep through the night. 3 – Using coconut oil can help nourish the skin. 4 – Take a warm bath for 15 minutes and add ground oatmeal to the water for extra soothing. 5 – Discover GOLD BOND® Ultimate Lotion Eczema Relief

Do you suffer from eczema? Whether mild or severe, you can find relief with these 5 tips! My brand new favorite tip is GOLD BOND® Ultimate Eczema Relief #ad

 

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It has a steroid-free, patented formula that blends colloidal oatmeal – like I mentioned above – as well as seven moisturizers and three vitamins and relieves my itchiness, dryness, scaling/peeling, roughness, and redness/irritation. I keep it at home and always pop it in my travel bag for long days or nights away from home. I once had a terrible rash while away from home and I haven’t had a problem since bringing this along. It hasn’t just helped me! The formula was clinically tested. 8 out of 10 people saw and felt significant skin improvement in two weeks. 8 out of 10 people experienced significant relief of dryness, scaling, and roughness in two weeks. And 9 out of 10 people experienced significant relief of redness/irritation in four weeks. GOLD BOND® Ultimate Eczema Relief is available at all major mass, drug and food retailers for $9.99. 

 

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7 Ways to Support Your Energy

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Here are my 7 tips (hacks) for maintaining all day energy and helping to manage your busy life! Keep your energy up all day long! #ad #MyDayWithEnergy

So can we talk about energy levels right now?

Surely, you get me. It’s summer and no longer the very start of it. Maybe you’re chasing littles. Maybe you’re doing camp drop-offs and pick-ups with the startling realization that they are NOT easier than school drop-offs and pick-ups! In fact, they might be harder! They’re suspiciously early and you don’t have to put together a lunch, snack and backpack. Rather, it’s a lunch, two snacks, two changes of clothes, a clean towel (where on earth are the clean towels??), a swimsuit, an extra swimsuit, shoes, money for the snack bar, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, rain gear, and a signed summer field trip form.

And maybe you work a job or two, as well? And have a younger child at home? Whatever our reasons, summer can zap our energy. It’s the busy life, as with the school year, but with heat and humidity and kids afoot. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE summer – but sometimes if I’m not careful, I find myself losing motivation after 3:00pm or so. And I’m someone who needs to keep moving. I need regular exercise, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and a whole lot of water. Before summer began, I was actually nervous. I felt ill-prepared for the transition from having one in preschool and one in elementary school to having one in camp and one mostly home with me. Could I manage my already-busy life but in new summer style?

And then to be followed by back-to-school style, since this is a short summer for us?

I think my situation is unique in that I am 100% home and on-call for the kids, but I also work full-time. I work 2-3 jobs on a normal basis, and sometimes even take on a fourth. To say I’m busy is an understatement. Yet, I need to find balance in the over-scheduled times and in the downtimes, and I need to know when to take a break and when to power through. I need to figure out how to make sure my kids are safe and happy at all times, but I also need to make sure that I am, too. In fact, that’s just as important.

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Here are my favorite tips/tricks/hacks/ways of maintaining all day energy. I hope you’re inspired!

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1 – Get up at the same time every day. This is where I struggle with transitions from school to summer vacation and then from summer vacation back to school. Getting up at roughly the same time every day will help your circadian rhythm. Life changes, and the light changes, so you want to stay consistent. Bonus activity. Get yourself some morning light, assuming it’s not raining! Go for an early morning walk or eat breakfast/read the paper next to a sun-lit window.

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2 – Water before coffee. I know, I know, but bear with me. Here’s the secret. Save that coffee for when you really need it – when you feel more sleepy later in the day. In the morning, drink a full glass of water. This will set the tone for your whole day.

3 – Bust that stress. Does stress weigh you down? It does for me. Everyone has their own ways of busting stress, but some effective ways include laughter, stretching, yoga, long walks, reading a book/magazine, and doing a nice thing for yourself.

4 – Stretch it out. Whether you’re doing a few stretches at your desk or taking a whole yoga class, everyone agrees that it helps to fight the drooping energy levels in a big way.

5 – Evaluate your eating habits. Instead of grazing all day, try to eat your meals/snacks at the same time every day. And make sure you are pairing proteins with carbs. Protein helps me get through 13 hour days at the theme park with kids.

6 – Music. Breathing. Thinking. Whether you meditate or not, maybe you have found out how to find your happy, safe space. Whether you meditate, deep breathe into your abdomen and listen to music at the same time, or mix them up, these are three powerful ways to get your groove back. I tend to make separate times for all three, and then combine both silence and music, with deep breathing. Whether I’m slowing my thinking or my breathing, or speeding up my music, I re-energize.

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Enjoy!

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