Being a homeowner has its own set of challenges. Some of them you can see and feel, such as basic repairs or upkeep. However, not every issue is identifiable, especially to the untrained eye. Check out these most common hidden dangers in a home to stay safe.
If you live in an older home, it may very well have lead paint on its walls. Before the 1970s and 1980s, it was typical to use lead paint in homes. However, it was soon found to be extremely toxic to humans and was subsequently banned. Anyone living in older homes can purchase a lead paint sample test to detect its presence. Call a professional to remove any lead paint if you find any.
Mold is another often hidden peril. Lurking in bathrooms, basements, and other moist areas, mold is hazardous to your health. It causes respiratory issues and allergy symptoms and weakens the home’s foundation. Fortunately, there are many ways to detect mold growth in your home. Most often, you can smell it. However, you’ll want to check under rugs, bathroom corners, closets, and other areas with high moisture content.
Asbestos is another one of the most common dangers in a home. Asbestos, like lead, is often found in older homes built before the 1980s. Originally used as a flame-retardant insulation material, the EPA banned its use in 1989. Still, asbestos has been found to cause a variety of respiratory ailments. Exposure can lead to asbestosis and mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. It has also been shown to lead to cancer in the stomach, ovaries, and larynx.
Finally, look out for pests. Mice and cockroaches are nocturnal creatures. As you sleep, they wreak havoc on your home. Not only are pests annoying to deal with, but they also carry their own set of health-related concerns. Mice, for instance, carry various diseases. Meanwhile, t Do yourself a favor and call pest control if you feel you’re under invasion from unwanted critters.
For Marla Stone of I-Deal-Lifestyle Inc
“How to kick Anxiety and Depression to the curb”
Welcome to 2022! A world very few of us expected to be what it is, and even then we are shocked to the core! Soooo much going on that no one prepared any of us for.
From politics to religion to economy to shutdowns to masks etc have all caused the Human Dynamic to short circuit on the vibratory levels!
With that said, we are facing an explosive increase in Anxiety & Depression cases globally! Why? What is Anxiety? What is Depression? Are they the same?
First of all, let me briefly tell you about my personal experience with both... And even suicide!
Quick flashback to a gorgeous and sunny morning of June 2002, I’m driving in traffic on the 405 fwy to a client’s house for a meeting. (BTW the 405 is called the 405 because it takes 4 or 5 hours to get somewhere!)
Sipping on an organic cup of coffee with raw creamer and as Tony Bennet was doing his thing in the background, I started having sensations of blurriness, tight chest, heart started palpitating, and my left arm went numb!
To make the rest of the long story very short, from my client’s house I called 911 and they rushed me to the ER! NOT FUN!
After a few hours of every possible test on the planet and finding nothing wrong with me, the doctor came in and asked me to take a small blue pill! 20 minutes later I felt GREAT, which confirmed to the doctor that I was experiencing Anxiety & Panic! He sent me home with a Xanax prescription, yet I was never one for pills, so I decided to figure out how a 32 year old, healthy, successful, etc grown ass man can have Anxiety!
The next few months were very rough as I also developed a serious case of Depression and was committed to finding solutions to all these new emotions and states of weakness!
In some of my darkest suicidal moments, I made a promise to myself, that when I come out of this, I will one day create systems to help people either avoid these situations or get out of them much faster than I did!
Here’s what I learned that eventually birthed the brand Badassery Factory!
Through thousands upon thousands of hours of research, therapy, coaches, events, seminars, etc... I realized that I was the culprit!
My thoughts and words were creating exactly how I was feeling at any one given moment! This also begs the question as to where these thoughts and words come from? Are they from an external influence? No, thoughts and words are based on my beliefs, aka my blueprint!
I learned that 2 pieces of matter cannot occupy the same space at the same time! Meaning that I cannot hold a positive and a negative thought at the same time, nor a positive and negative emotion at any one given moment! This right here is the magic to the formula!
I realized that every moment was up to me and I had the power to create Anxiety and Depression, or Happiness and Joy!
Let’s quickly pause and understand the difference between Anxiety and Depression! Anxiety is nothing but worry and concern the conscious mind makes up about a possible negative future outcome! And the mind loves to run with that and create horrible scenarios about something that is not real! Depression is based on the past traumas, regrets, etc... The only way to have Depression is to bring the past to the present moment. Again, the mind loves to run with that and beat you up until the system vibration level drops low enough to where the body feels depressed!
Remember, nothing happens in the body that does not happen in the mind first! The amazing human body is sounding board letting us know if we are on or off track of our mission here in this life...
Ok so what did I actually do to kick Anxiety and Depression to the curb?
The real journey was to become self aware. To know who I really am at the core. My values, my fears, my limiting beliefs, my triggers, basically understanding the current blueprint!
The first step was to quiet the mind. Various meditations and breathing techniques are the perfect tools to achieve a peaceful state.
For example, here’s one... Close your eyes, focus on your chest/heart, inhale through your nose for a count of 8, hold for a count of 8 and exhale through the mouth for a count of 8. And repeat this 10 times! Do this right now and you’ll see how simple this all is.
The second step was to rewire my blueprint through repetition of self empowering beliefs. These beliefs will adapt to the new thoughts and words I use! The goal here is to love ME a LOT!
The third and very important step was to do inventory on everything that was currently entering my being. What toxic foods/drinks was I consuming? What chemicals was I introducing into the body via deodorant, toothpaste, creams, etc? Are the people I’m hanging out with positive and happy or miserable and complainers? What was I watching on TV and listening to in the car? And I can go on!
Everything you do will one day have an affect on how you feel!
I will leave you with 2 nuggets to assist you in the not so fun moments. One phrase I teach clients to use is “I Am Safe”! This little gem does wonders! The second one is to tell yourself “This too shall pass”!
Fast forward to present day, I feel amazing, I am emotionally balanced, love myself, am a great husband and father, and travel the world helping others achieve Happiness & Joy via coaching, trainings or from stage!
To your Badassery,
Andre Popa badasseryfactory.com
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