Her Struggles | Dark Portrait

Mental health is tricky.  It’s not an issue everyone struggles with, but those of us who do can truly understand the uphill battle it can feel like.

It’s a struggle to not know how to improve our lives, and it’s even more frustrating when so much research has been done but we still struggle to apply our findings and see results.

Sometimes we need outside help, and it’s important that we seek it out.  Talk to friends, family, a doctor.

Just don’t hide away behind books, trying to figure it out alone.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

 

Fallen Tree | Self Care

A dark, green forest photographed in the Colorado mountains while hiking The Crags.

 

It’s always when we push ourselves too far that we realize how we’re not treating ourselves as well as we should.

Hindsight is truly 20/20.

Let’s be more in tune with ourselves and how we’re living, and pay more attention to the subtle clues that we need to take better care of our health.

 

To health and self-care, which we need to truly enjoy our explorations and adventures in life~

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photo of a magically lit forest.

A vivid green forest

Health for the New Year

Beauty

A new season is about to begin, as is the shortest day of the year!

Winter has officially begun and the days will start getting longer.  Soon enough, warmer weather will be on the wind, and the greenery of the new year will start to appear!

Although the new year hasn’t started, it’s always the perfect time to consider our lives, habits, new goals, and our progress on ones we’ve previously set.

It’s also never too early or too late to make a point to take better care of ourselves.  Ideally, health shouldn’t cross our minds only when we’re feeling horrible.  Health is something we constantly have to work for.  Filling up on junk food, too much salt, and entertaining horrible sleeping habits are definitely not ways to maintain health.

There’s so much easy stuff we can do to better and maintain our health, and these often leave us feeling immensely better than the alternatives we may be used to.

  • Eat healthy, real food.  Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, berries, and the like.  Try to cut down on the Yellow 5, artificial flavors, and other unnecessary chemicals and additions.
  • Prepare your own food.  This way you control what you eat, and enjoy the calm bliss that comes with making something yourself!
  • Have healthy snacks on hand and ready for when you get hungry.  Be sure you stock your fridge and pantry with healthy foods you actually like.  If you enjoy what you eat, eating healthy doesn’t seem like a chore, but a joy.
  • Stop bringing unhealthy food into the house, and avoid it in your travels.  It’s harder to binge on cheesecake at 2am if you don’t have any.  If the fridge at work is often stocked with cake and soda, stop looking in it.  Don’t tempt yourself if you don’t have to.
  • Make healthier versions of your guilty pleasures.  Make cake and cookies with reduced sugar, or use agave or honey instead.
  • Create and maintain a regular sleep schedule.  Not the easiest one, especially if we have  irregular work schedules.  Try to find a general time to go to bed and wake up that will be flexible enough for our usual work hours, class time, activities, etc.
  • Drink more water.
  • Exercise.  Even if it’s just walking farther to work, jogging around the block, or dancing around your home.

Definitely so much to look forward to this new season and new year.  Let’s work to make health something we enjoy!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Mushroom Gills Unique

DIY Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Photograph for a beauty DIY

Winter is fast approaching, and we may have already noticed our skin beginning to dry out.  And with that comes flaking and peeling.  Enter a DIY exfoliating scrub!

You can simply use water, but I tried using fresh grapefruit juice as it smells nice and was on hand, though the scrub doesn’t smell as fruity as expected.

Mix up in a small jar, or whip up even smaller batches as needed.

Only two ingredients, so you don’t really need a recipe.  Just add some granulated sugar to water/fruit juice so you have a goopy consistency.  If you make enough to store, stir it up before using!  Wet your face and body, slather some on, message around, and let the sugar granules exfoliate away!  Wipe/rinse off with warm water.  It’s a bit sticky, so you’ll notice if you need to rinse some more.

Pat dry and rub in some coconut or jojoba oil to help moisturize.

Perhaps this winter won’t be so dry, after all..

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

diydeodorant DIY oil candle

Remember Our Reasons to be Grateful

Look for Luck

Health issues can take a lot out of us.  It’s important to recognize and remember our reasons to be grateful, especially when illness leaves us feeling less then our best.

Even amid health issues, there is plenty to be grateful for and beauty to be appreciated.  There is always beauty to be found if we look past the weeds.

Let’s remember all the things we have to be grateful for, and spend time appreciating the beauty in life.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

fallen tree earth photography Summer Leaves Like Lace

How to Make Depression Less Depressing

Purple Buds

Depression is hard and painful.  Although it’s something I’m still struggling with myself, why not share some ways to help make depression less depressing!

  • Wash up.  Depression makes simple things like showering feel like too much effort and not worth it.  Do it anyway.
  • Get out of your pajamas/lazy-wear.
  • Wake up at a reasonable time.  And if you can’t, don’t bully yourself about it.
  • Stretch.  Or if you’re not as lazy as me, exercise!
  • Get some fresh air in your home.
  • Spend some time outside in nature, even if it’s just standing on the porch and admiring the trees.  Go for a walk or bike ride if you can.
  • Eat some healthy food and spend time preparing it.  Putting together a meal (even a small one) is calming and almost as enjoyable as eating it.
  • Avoid vegetating in front of the TV or aimlessly wandering the internet.  Read some books instead.
  • When you do spend time before the TV/computer, limit your time and watch things that make you laugh.
  • Clean up around your home.  Pick up any dirty laundry/garbage that’s accumulated, wash the dishes, and sweep up.
  • Spend some quiet time to yourself.
  • Listen to music that makes your heart sing and makes you dance.
  • Be kind to everyone you meet, and do something nice for others.  Making others smile will lift your spirits.  Happiness is contagious.
  • Create something.  Draw, paint, sew, photograph.
  • Read/listen to inspiring stories of others overcoming obstacles and finding happiness.
  • Find someone to talk to, be it a friend or therapist.

Depression is hard, but there is always hope.  Let’s do our best to take care of ourselves and make dealing with depression less depressing.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Depression Feeling Blue