Mental Health Importance

Do you ever have those days where you’re both excited, yet tired; motivated but unmotivated at the same time? Lately I’ve been experiencing those same emotions when it comes to my own work and for good reason. Working in an animal shelter has the highest rate of depression, PTSD, and other mental health problems due to the overwhelming amount of trauma and stress we encounter on a day-to-day basis.

Crazy, huh?

I wanted to talk about the importance of mental health today because it’s not just limited to your every day job. Bloggers can feel the pressure, whether self-made (one of my biggest weaknesses) or pressure by companies to fulfill promises, can really drain a person. It’s not a healthy way to live and it is something that I constantly work on. I have a horrible tendency to work extremely hard at everything I do and not give myself any rest in between. This leads to burn out really quickly! This past week I took a mental health day from work because I had had enough.

I was working too much (250 hours in February alone).

I wasn’t eating the best.

I was overextending myself too often.

I wasn’t being creative anymore.

I was starting to feel depressed about things that usually give me joy.

Do any of these sound familiar to you?

If so, you’re not alone. By taking that one day off from work/blogging/unnecessary responsibilities, I finally allowed my mind to relax. I took the opportunity to run our Cooper River Bridge and spend time with my mom and boyfriend and it did me wonders! I even took it a step further and pampered myself on Sunday with a face mask, pedicure, and being absolutely lazy. It also helped that it was a cold, rainy day here and I felt no pressure to be outside. Thank you rainy days!

But those creeping, unsettling feelings can still creep up from time to time. Especially when you’re in a creative field by trade and pursue those same outlets personally, it can be a drain. There’s only so much my brain can cook up! Thankfully I’ve devised a plan for myself to beat those days and truly work on having a better mental health.

 

  1. Say No

Something that I’m horrible at is saying no. I will say yes to anything in a heartbeat and instantly regret it. Why do I put myself in those positions?! Instead I’m working on saying no to more things that I feel will drain me later on. Things like events back to back can be hard on a person, and I actually don’t like being a part of a large crowd for long. It makes me feel overwhelmed and that’s not how you want to feel at a gathering! Instead I’m a little more picky about what events I’ll attend and that has been a saving grace!

2. Breathe

Isn’t it funny how worked up we get over the littlest things? I find myself getting worked up over the smallest details. Why isn’t that person going at the green light? Why aren’t these jeans fitting right? It’s all absurd and helps no one. Instead when I feel that moment of anxiety bubbling up, I take a deep breath and move on. Nothing that small should capture my attention like that. Instead when you feel overwhelmed by even the smallest details, just breathe.

3. Take a Day!

Listen, PTO time is like the holy grail of any job (aside from health care, can I get a amen?) but sometimes you need to use PTO for you and not save it up for all those weddings you’ve got to attend. It was the most miraculous thing to take some PTO for myself the other day. I came back to work re-energized and ready to tackle projects that I’ve been sitting on. I even was able to finalize our new website and launch it successfully by noon! That’s huge for me and my organization! Take those days to really disengage from work and focus on what’s important to your mental health. That to me was running 5 miles (yes, I’m crazy but I’m also preparing for a race) and pampering my body.

4. Disengage 

I want you to take your phone and put it on silent for a few hours. If you can’t live without your phone, at least silent any social media notifications and especially email. Truly get away from it all. It helps. In order to keep me sane because I get emails at all hours, I have a “bedtime” for my phone. I place it on silent at 8PM so I cannot receive any alerts until 7:30AM the next day. Why? Because like everyone else, I’m compulsive to answer anything that comes through. Now I know that if it’s truly important my phone will ring, if not, it can wait.

Mental health is a crucial part of being a healthy person. You need your brain to be stress free, relaxed, and running at all times. Whenever you feel like it’s hitting that capacity point, take a break. Use my steps to take it down a few notches to relax and recharge. If you need someone to talk to, please feel free to leave a comment! I’m always here to listen to any venting or complaints, sometimes it helps to have a random person listen!

What are your steps to having a better mental health? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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Tips for Radiant Skin

Ah Spring, one of my favorite times of the year. The birds are singing, the weather is warmer, and my skin begins its yearly freak out. Right on schedule skin! If you’re anything like me, you struggle with acne popping up from time to time but it really starts when the weather starts changing. Thankfully, this year I’ve got an early start on preventing any unnecessary bumps with my new Remington Facial Cleansing Brush! I’ve partnered with RemingtonWalmart, and Walmart.com to bring you my top tips for achieving radiant, smooth skin for spring.

1. Clean Your Face!

The first thing I always recommend to make sure your face is always looking its best is to clean it! Cleaning your skin, and yes I mean day and night, will drastically reduce the amount of blackheads, acne, and dry skin that you’re experiencing. The Remington Facial Cleaning Brush has saved my life because I constantly suffer from small bumps when the season changes (thanks skin!) but when I use the daily cleaning brush it helps eliminate those issues and leaves my skin feeling well, clean! I’ve tried other brushes and they’re just too harsh on my skin, leaving it red and even dryer than before. Not any longer with this brush! It’s brush head is super soft, flexible, and I can use it in the shower. Score! That means I can incorporate it into my daily beauty routine by using it in the shower, which I’m all about saving some time!

2. Toss Out Any Old Makeup

So you’ve cleaned your face, it’s looking fresh to death. Now what? In order to keep your face radiant and ready for spring, you’ve got to clean out your makeup! Did you know that makeup can go back within 6 months or less after opening it? That’s crazy fast! Not to mention the amount of bacteria and other gross things that can live inside those dark, dank bottles, it’s enough to make anyone freak out! Below is a quick and simple guide to when to throw out old makeup:

Face makeup: 6 months for liquids, 2-years for powders
Mascara: 3 months
Eyeliner and Eye Shadow: Liquid eyeliners, 3 months; cream eye shadows, 6 months; pencil eyeliners and powder eye shadows, two years
Lipstick and Lip liner: Lipstick and gloss, two years; lip liner, two years or more
Nail polish: One to two years
Skin care: Check the expiration date on the bottles, typically 6 months to a year
Sunscreen: 6 months

3. Listen to Your Mother, Use SPF!

Remember when you were a kid and you’re mother always told you to wear SPF? Well she’s not wrong! Mothers are great for passing down invaluable beauty lessons and this is one I always swear by. Reduce the amount of damage caused not just from the sun but from harsh chemicals in the air by wearing SPF. Most facial creams have SPF in them which is fantastic! I typically wear 15 SPF for every day use like going to work, running errands, or hanging outside with friends.

But if I know that I’ll be outside for more than a few hours, I try to make sure I use a facial cream with around 20 SPF so I know that my face is totally protected! Wearing SPF isn’t just great for protecting your face against the sun but it can also help reduce premature aging, lower skin cancer risks, and helps enhance the healthiness of your skin.

4. Hydration

If there’s one thing we can always do more of is hydrate. Drinking water every day has amazing benefits for your body, not just your face. I mean, Beyonce drinks a gallon of water a day, so clearly she’s on to something! I always try to have a water bottle on hand at all times during the day. I can tell when I haven’t had enough water too! My body feels dry and even my eyes feel less hydrated. How crazy is that?!

If you’re struggling with consuming enough water every day, try purchasing a cute water bottle that’ll make you want to drink more every day. I love my S’well bottle and carry it everywhere! Whenever it’s empty, I immediately refill it and consume around 3-4 bottles of water every day. Plus, help save the planet by using reusable water bottles rather than using plastic ones!

Get your face ready for spring with the Remington Facial Cleansing Brush! They’re available for purchase at Walmart and Walmart.com and it’ll help revolutionize your skin care game and make it radiant for spring!

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What Books to Start This Weekend

Wearing: Dress // Glasses

There’s something about winter time where it’s cold, rainy, and quite dismal that makes me want to stay inside and do nothing but read. One of my top resolutions this year was to watch less TV and read more. As a young girl, I kid you not, I could read 100 books a year. 100! That’s a ton of reading! Now that I’m an adult with a full time job, relationship, and personal business it’s so easy to fall into the trap of endless Netflix and Hulu watching and not pick up a single book.

Y’all that is just so sad!

To reclaim my inner book nerd, I’ve promised myself that I’ll read one book per month (more if I can!) and really start limiting the time I spend in front of the TV. There are so many benefits of limiting TV time and reading like:

  • Better muscle memory
  • Keeps your brain young
  • Melts away stress
  • Boosts your vocabulary
  • Feel more connected to others
  • and best of all, can help encourage your life goals! What a win!

So clearly there are some advantages to reading! I’ve listed some of the books that are on my must list but I’d love to know what’s on yours? I’ve asked this already on Instagram and got an overwhelming amount of responses! It seems like I’ve got some fellow book worms out there!

One’s I’ve Read (and loved!)

  • Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
  • Thug Kitchen (hilarious and full of great recipes!)
  • Dark Places  (really all her books are fantastic)

2017’s Must Read Books (recommend by you!): 

  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up (this one was recommended by Danielle of The Town Serif and she can’t put it down!)
  • The Girl on the Train
  • Interrupted
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • The Compound Effect
  • Paris for One and Other Short Stories

If there’s one thing that makes reading a good book even better is by curling up in a big comfy sweater and drinking a cup of tea. This dress from Zaful has quickly become my “it’s too cold let’s stay indoors and read” outfit. Because yes, in the world of PMP, there’s even an outfit for reading! Crazy, right?

What other books do you recommend for my growing book list? I’m really excited to see what other books you have to recommend! I’m terrible at recommending books because I love too many of them and I don’t stick to just one genre of books. There’s just too many interesting stories out there! Tell me all your favorites, must reads, what’s even on your list in the comments below!

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5 Simple Tips to Decrease Post-Holiday Bloat

We are well into January now but many of us haven’t fully wrapped up the holidays until now. The holidays are all well and fun but you know what’s not? Bloating. I have such an issue with bloating and it’s such a pain. There’s nothing like wearing a cute tight dress only to bloat post-meal!

Thankfully there are a few easy tricks you can use to help decrease your post-holiday bloat. I’ve started utilizing some of these and I’m seeing a dramatic decrease in bloating!

Slow Down!

One way to decrease you post-holiday bloat is to slow down on eating. Yes, Aunt Mary’s potatoes are super good but press the brakes! The slower you eat the less likely you are to bloat afterwards. Even better, it’s nice to slow down when eating so you can truly enjoy the meal.

Drink Dandelion Tea 

Tea is amazing for a number of reasons. It can help with headaches, curb hunger, lower blood pressure, and is a major relaxer! Drinking a healthy cup of dandelion tea will not only help you de-bloat but also detoxify! Skip that post-meal coffee and instead opt for a cup of dandelion tea. Another helpful tea is green tea. I like to drink it post-meal to help me not eat as much or as fast.

Water

If tea isn’t your friend, sip on some water! Sipping on water throughout the day will help decrease bloating. Also let’s face it, water is the magical elixir for everything.

Avoid Excess Sodium

I don’t want to join your doctor’s bandwagon of avoiding sodium, but they’ve got a point. Not only will it help your heart’s health but also your tummy’s. To make sure you’re not ingesting too much sodium, check the serving label on the packaging and follow their recommended serving suggestion. If you’re cooking, try to not use so much salt when sauteing vegetables and meat.

Pack on the Potassium! 

Fruits and vegetables high in potassium also contain amino acids that help with bloating. So stock your fridge with fruits and vegetables like bananas (one of my favs!), mangoes, spinach, and tomatoes.

Nobody has time for bloating! By taking these easy tips and implementing into your daily diet and routine, you’ll be happier and your stomach will thank you!

Do you take any steps to debloat after the holidays? I’d love to hear what you do to fight the bloat!

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