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
Anxiety, Depression, Quotes, Self-Acceptance

How Can I Find Self-Acceptance With Chronic or Mental Illness?

I've previously been covering self-acceptance from a very general direction. I want to focus in a little more now. Personally, I have found self-acceptance extra hard due to my chronic illnesses and mental illnesses. It only makes sense that other people have the same problems, so I want to share my thoughts and solutions. Accepting Limits One struggle I have is accepting my limits. Whether you compare yourself to what society expects, or to what you could do "before", it is hard to accept that you can't just do whatever you
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
Self-Acceptance, Self-Love

Selfies: More To Them Than You Think

Did You Know There Is More Value To Selfies Than Many People Think?
You see people all over social media decrying the value of selfies. Claims of them being a symptom of narcissism, a sign of self involvement, or being a self indulgence are prevalent.  But are they? What is a selfie? From the Oxford Dictionary, a selfie is, "A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media." So, all it is, is a picture you took of yourself. Seems pretty harmless, right? Maybe it's the purpose of a selfie that people find
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
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
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
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