The first time was in my mid 20's. I decided to leave my 5 year old child's father (don't worry, it's been almost 20 years since and it was the BEST decision we made, we co-parented well and have a great relationship with each other and with our now 22 year old). I moved in with my parents for 3 years and worked full-time while getting my Masters Degree in Education. I was then able to get a better position in my career and was able to afford a house on my own. This was also when I started to date my now husband who was my high school sweetheart.
Burning my life down was a great decision.
The second time was from December 2022 to March 2023.
At the time there was some family stress going on and I felt like I was supporting everyone else and no one was supporting me. PLUS, I just started to feel "off" with my mental health. Looking back, that "off" feeling had been happening for a...
Are you starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel yet where you live?
Does life seem to be returning to a new normal yet?
Maybe you are heading back to an office or are starting to leave the house more frequently. This means that if you have been living in your loungewear for the past year, you might want to start branching out again.
This might mean that you will be looking at the clothes hanging in your closet for the past year.
It might mean that it's getting warmer where you live and have to try on last years shorts or swimsuits.
If you're like the most of us, your body might have changed while it was surviving a pandemic. And yes, your body might have needed to change while it was keeping you alive and managing stress the past year.
This can be frustrating and triggering for some. Let's get real...for many.
It's frustrating when your clothes no longer fit!
For many, trying on clothes...
Depending where you live and what protocols are in place regarding physical contact during the Pandemic, the Holidays for 2020 are going to look very different for so many.
You might not get to see a loved one because you can’t travel. You may not be allowed to get together with close friends and family or be able to see a loved one in the hospital or special care home.
I am not going to sugar coat this. It is devastating and I am not going to push aside the loss, grief and trauma that so many are experiencing. It is not helpful to ignore these feelings, so it is important to recognize, validate and feel all of it.
However, we don’t want to get stuck in these feelings long term. So for me, how I best process, feel and move my emotions through my body is to journal or talk with loved ones. Getting it out via writing or speaking helps it move through my body and release. Then I can make some room for new feelings.
What I hope to do with this article is to help you...
Yup, I still need to think about my mental health even when I am moving my body. You might be thinking “isn’t physical exercise supposed to be GOOD for our mental health? Isn’t that what “they” say?”
I am no doctor, but it does make sense that when we exercise and move our bodies, it releases all those yummy endorphins that our body and brains love. But our mental health is more than the chemicals running through it. It is also about our intentions, thoughts and mindset.
I see so many whose main motivation to exercise is to:
Shrink their bodies.
Have the perfect abs
Punish their body for enjoying a piece of cheesecake.
Now I know that is not everyone's main motivation. But I also think that there are many who are not even truly aware of where their motivation and intentions come from. There could be underlying damaging reasons as to why you are motivated to...
However, there may be those who are seeking ways to feel more “good” vibes during their days of self-isolation. If you are one of those good vibe seeking people, then I have one simple thing you can do in your day to UP your mood. You may have guessed it based on the title of this post. Yes, it is getting dressed. What we wear can absolutely have an impact on our mood and here are 5 reasons why.
1. Your outfit can make you feel more powerful. Studies have proven that what we wear can have a correlation to how we perform in a task. Now we don't HAVE to wear a power tie or heels to feel powerful, but we can have pieces and outfits that make us feel like we are going to kick our days ass. Do you think you will feel more ready to tackle your fighting children in your...