Damn the Gram?

In an age where societal norms no longer reflect the quintessential charms of Mayberry, there are now apps on which to build relationships, forums on which to swap stories, and social media, on which to connect with others.  Though the Leave It To Beaver neighborhoods and the Lucy and Ethel camaraderies have all but dissolved,Continue reading Damn the Gram?

My Depression, My Anxiety, and Me

A lyrical melody written by yours truly: *Medically-inspired rewrite of ‘My Rifle, My Pony, and Me’ LED lights, down the hallways Paper gown, that can’t be tied With my three good companions My depression, anxiety, and me  Gonna hang my IV drip Near my hospital bed Coming home, ER darling Just my depression, anxiety, andContinue reading “My Depression, My Anxiety, and Me”

From Stressed to Blessed: My Story

Man, was C.S. Lewis right when he said, “It’s not the load that weighs you down, it’s the way you carry it.”  The monstrosity of the load I’d been carting around – known to some as the infamous year 2020 – was bursting with financial troubles, political woes, and overall dysfunction.  With absolutely no discretionContinue reading “From Stressed to Blessed: My Story”

Thought Life

“Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” Anonymous Our mental health, as we are now aware, is just as important as our physical health. The thoughts running through our heads are more than simple to-do lists; theyContinue reading “Thought Life”

What Madness Is This? The Trouble With Anger

Anger, when properly used, is an incredibly helpful emotion. The danger lies in unchecked anger, which often turns to rage and can not only damage relationships, but also our own health. “Anger is a punishment we give to ourselves, for somebody’s else’s mistake.” Anonymous Chronic anger has health consequences far beyond that of a suppressedContinue reading “What Madness Is This? The Trouble With Anger”

Four Keys to Happiness (Part II)

There are four main chemicals in our brains that set the foundation for happiness: Serotonin (the mood booster), Endorphin (the painkiller), Dopamine (the ‘reward’ chemical), and Oxytocin (the ‘love’ chemical). In this post, we will zero-in on how to hack that painkilling superhero, the Endorphin. Watch a comedy Laughter is an impressively effective painkiller. DiscomfortContinue reading “Four Keys to Happiness (Part II)”

The Importance of Recreation

In order to pursue a healthy, balanced lifestyle, we must learn to prioritize recreation (and all that falls under it’s heading). Sports participation, hobbies, and hangouts are great contributors to maintaining stability, both physically and mentally speaking. We as Americans often get swept up in the whirlwind that is life; our responsibilities and even relationshipsContinue reading “The Importance of Recreation”

Overcoming Fear

While we were all born with that built-in danger sensing mechanism, fear, most of our frights are those that we have learned. Why is this important? Our brains are capable of change, adaptation, and unlearning! Fear is a healthy instinctual response to danger, thus steering us from the harmful. The lines begin to blur, however,Continue reading “Overcoming Fear”

A Lil’ Self Care

Sometimes, we need to take a bit of time for ourselves, regardless of how busy life might be. This is what a small slice of R&R heaven looks like to me: A vanilla latte face mask & exfoliating scrub Organic Vanilla Bean Coffee Grounds Unrefined coconut oil Mix 3/4 parts coffee grounds to 1/4 partsContinue reading “A Lil’ Self Care”