Uncategorized, Life Tips

My Holiday Musts

My Holiday Musts
When it comes to the holidays, some things I try to do every year no matter what. Whether I'm looking forward to the festivities, dreading them due to depression/anxiety, or not able to do much due to a chronic illness flare, this doesn't change. These are my holiday musts. Songs I'm not the type that likes to play Christmas music much. I hate how it is everywhere once Halloween is over, and I don't listen to it on the radio. There are a few songs that tend to get in my
Cleaning, Anxiety, Depression, FYI

12 Extremely Useful Spoonie Cleaning Tips

12 Extremely Useful Spoonie Cleaning Tips
I wrote a post with a few cleaning tips before, and enjoyed sharing some of the shortcuts I've found over the years. I recently had a request to share some more, and I was happy to compile another list of spoonie cleaning tips. These really work for anyone who wants to spend less time and energy on housework but, obviously, my fellow spoonies come to mind first. :) [caption id="attachment_1196" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This is what we are trying to prevent![/caption] Vacuuming We need to vacuum our carpet almost daily, since we have
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
FYI

Random Acts of Kindness Day

  February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day in the United States. I compiled a list of ideas for you to choose from to celebrate. Some ideas are quick one shot type of things, and other ones are more of an ongoing type of thing. Compliment someone. Pay for the person behind you in line at the drive through. Offer to help someone carry out their bags at the store. Take a cart back for someone. Send a nice card to somebody for no reason. Pay someone else's library fines. Ask your local nursing home for
FYI

My Personal Love Story

The first time I remember really noticing Josh was our sophomore year in high school. He'd had long hair for as long as I could remember, and he came to school one day with it cut short. I had heard some of the other kids giving him a hard time about it, and I didn't want him to feel self-conscious, so I gathered up my courage, and told him I thought his hair looked nice. We ended up having a few classes together that year, but I remember talking to
Life Tips

10 Self Date Ideas

Self Date ideas
You don't need to wait for a partner to go on a date. Treat yourself, and try some of these ideas for a self date. 1) Go to a bookstore and roam around. Buy yourself a book or a nice journal to write in. 2) Visit an animal shelter and spend time with the critters. Adopt one if you connect, and have the means to provide a good home. 3) Take a favorite book to a coffee shop and hang out. Time with a choice drink, great book and maybe a treat
Life Tips

10 Cheap Date Ideas

Since it's getting close to Valentine's Day, I've gathered some cheap date ideas to share with you. You don't have to spend a lot to have fun and get romantic! 1) Movie Night at Home Popcorn, Netflix, maybe some snacks, and your sweetheart is all that is needed for this date. What's more romantic than getting to snuggle up with your Valentine? 2) Game Night Pull out the board games, and have fun together! You can even invite some other couples over and have some friendly competition. 3) Bake Together This has the potential to
Depression, Life Tips

How I De-stress

How I De-Stress
Everyone has their own ways to de-stress. There are numerous ways to go about it, and none of them work for everyone. These are the ways I relax: 1) Games on my phone This works fantastically for me. I can distract myself from any intrusive thoughts with games. I have both mindless and more brainy types so I'm set no matter what I need. Some people might actually find this stressful, but it is a great diversion for me. Puzzle games and word games are my favorite. 2) Coloring Unless you live under
Cleaning, Depression, Life Tips

This Lazy Woman’s Guide to Housework

This Lazy Woman's Guide to Housework
I have never liked housework. Now that I deal with fibromyalgia, dysautonomia, and arthritis, I'm less able to do it. It still needs to get done though, so here are some of my thoughts and tips to get the most done with the least effort. Work out what your bare minimum is. What do you have to have done for you to feel you are not living in filth? For us, that includes vacuuming, sweeping the kitchen floor, doing at least one load in the dishwasher, and a load of laundry.
Cooking, Life Tips

4 Cooking Shortcuts (Plus 5 Really Easy Recipes)

4 Cooking Shortcuts and 5 really easy recipes
Even perfectly healthy people can find themselves short on energy at the end of the day. Anyone with chronic and/or mental illnesses knows that fatigue is a real problem. You still need to eat though. I usually find myself short on energy for cooking, so I've collected some helpful shortcuts over time. I'd like to share a few with you. 1) Buy frozen, precut veggies, like onions and bell peppers. This really reduces prep work. Bonus, they are easy to keep on hand and won't go bad if you don't use them