Anxiety, Depression, Self-Care

The 3 Steps I Use To Embrace Change I Want In My Life

The 3 Steps I Use To Embrace Changes I Want In My Life
Change is hard. Yeah, yeah, you know this. Everyone knows this, but did you know that even simple changes that you want, and you know will make your life immensely better, can be scary? My Experience With Change One such change for me was treating my anxiety. I have treated my depression a few times, but never really focused on my anxiety. I finally decided it was likely a bigger problem than I realized, so I made myself an appointment. While I was eager to treat my anxiety, so it would stop
Anxiety, Depression, Self-Care

Figuring Out Your Basic Self-Care Needs

Figuring Out Your Basic Self-Care Needs
I was never any good at self-care. I was a typical teenager who ate and drank whatever and skimped on sleep. Soon after I was a young mother putting her kids first. That continued about 14 years until about four years ago when things had to change. At around the same time my depression and anxiety got worse and I started suffering from inflammatory arthritis and fibromyalgia. Self care had to become my priority. So how did I figure out what I needed? Mostly I just started with the
Reviews, Self-Care

Self Care: 5 DIY Spa Day Recipes

Self Care: 5 DIY Spa Day Recipes
Sometimes it's fun to have a spa day at home. You get to pamper yourself in the comfort of your own space. It may be the introvert in me that prefers that, I'm not sure. Anyway, when you plan a spa day, you either make sure you have stocked up on your favorite products, or plan to make some yourself. Personally, I enjoy making them myself if it is cheap and easy to do. I have a Pinterest board filled with DIY recipes that are, for the most part, simple
Anxiety, Depression, Self-Acceptance, Self-Care

Resource Roundup: Over 25 Amazing Sources on Self-Acceptance and More

25 Resources for Self-Acceptance
I've been told by my friends that I have awesome "Google-Fu" skills. Maybe that's why I love looking up things, or maybe I have great skills because I love the search. Either way, I spend a lot of time searching either Google or, more likely, Pinterest, for any and everything I'm interested in learning about. You can check out my Pinterest account for all of my finds, but I thought I'd round up some of my favorite, most useful pins here. [lwptoc]   Self-Acceptance First, if you are new here, you might want
Depression, Self-Acceptance, Self-Care

My Depression Peeks Its Head Out Now and Again

I actually had another post planned for today. I've been trying to finish it for days, and last night I had to concede that it wasn't going to happen. My depression has acted up, and that makes writing hard. My brain just won't cooperate. So I was lying in bed trying to figure out how I was going to have a post for today, and I remembered what I wrote at the end of February. The last time my depression surfaced, I got up in the middle of the night
Life Tips, Self-Care

Self Care: Daylight Savings and Sleep

The time change in spring and fall is rough on most people who have to go thorough it. I'm not sure if anyone outside the U.S. does Daylight Savings, but I know that there are only a few lucky states that don't. (I'm so jealous!) To try to help at least a few more people to get the rest they need, I researched some DST sleep tips. Daylight Savings Tips I think the best tip I found was to gradually transition over a few days. Starting a few days ahead of
Self-Care

Self Care: The Importance of Sleep Hygiene

In the U.S., the week before Daylight Savings Time, in March, is National Sleep Awareness Week. Proper sleep is extremely important to self care, so I thought I'd touch on proper sleep hygiene today. What is sleep hygiene? According to sleepfoundation.org, "Sleep hygiene is a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness." Why is it important? Good quality sleep is vital to good physical and mental health. Adults and children both sleep better when good sleep hygiene practices are used. The most
Self-Care

“A” to “Z” of Self Care

A-Z of Self Care
An overview of self care and many of it's aspects. A - Alone time - This is very important. Alone time gives us quite a few benefits. You can read about some here. B - Bath - Baths are a great way to practice self care. They are great for relaxing, relieving sore muscles, and some quiet alone time. C - Chocolate - Chocolate, or any treat you enjoy, should always be a part of your self care routine. D - Daily - Self care is not a special treat. It should be something you
Depression, Quotes, Self-Care

Pain Is Not A Competition

Pain is not a Competition
"Pain is not a competition. Just because someone, somewhere may have had worse in their life, it doesn't excuse or erase your pain."  This quote has meant so much to me over the past couple of years. I feel it applies to everyone, no matter what kind of physical, mental, or emotional pain they may have. Pain is pain If you are affected by depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, you may have a tendency to feel your condition isn't as bad compared to other people. In fact, I had no