As many of you regular readers know, this is a tough time for me. I’ve got no idea what my future will be, or even who I am. It’s easy enough to say that it is whatever I want it to be (which I seem to hear so often), but it can’t be what I want it to be. Although it’s incredibly overwhelming, I spend a great deal of time thinking about the future and what it might look like (whether I like it or not)- while thinking about the future freezes me, not having any idea of what it holds also freezes me. This is going to be a very personal post, but one of my blog goals is to stay open with everyone.
You can find countless self care posts on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, but something that has come to the forefront for me is: when you actually need self care, it’s incredibly difficult to do. When life is a little tough, it’s easy enough to take some time and take care of yourself. When you have no idea what life even constitutes, doing one tiny thing, no matter what it is, feels like a mountain. These are the tiny ways that you can take care of yourself to make everything a teeny bit easier, that can help add a little bit of energy to your battery without using energy in the process.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a very real condition that affects many of us throughout the year, but most often in the darker winter months that we have looming ahead of us. It often sneaks up on you; it will come slowly so that you gradually adjust to it rather than realising that something has changed. I find that for myself I often start noticing the effects after the holiday season ends, as the brightness and coziness of get-togethers taper off with the New Year, but many people do start feeling it quite early in the season. There are some easy ways to fight SAD and keep your energy up in the winter months!
Although you will hear the cries of “FALL! LEAVES! APPLES! PUMPKINS! HOCUS POCUS!” on an endless loop for most of fall (at least until November 1), it is easy to find yourself lost in the shuffle and not taking time for yourself. I’m not sure about where you live, but here colds and flus are making the rounds like they get a point for every one of us they drag down. Life is only going to continue to get busier until the New Year for most of us, so now is the time to set some time aside for you! I’m sharing four ways for you to take care of yourself during this busy season…
Life is incredibly busy for me right- it is our craziest time at work, advising for sorority recruitment takes up a good chunk of my time, and sleep seems to be at a premium. Still, I’ve been trying my hardest to focus on finding the little things and keeping my sanity- it seems that when I’m overloaded and exhausted my mental and physical health take a huge dive (as I’m sure it does for many people). Today’s post is all about taking care of you and making sure you have what you need to stay sane!
Hi, I’m the Historian and I am a worrier. It could be a lazy day where I have nothing to do at all and I would have a care in the world. Probably five or six, if I’m being entirely honest. I worry about things that I have absolutely no control over and about things in the past that I couldn’t change anyways. I’ve been this way as long as I can remember, but in recent years I’ve started to work on coping mechanisms. These don’t erase my anxiety and fears but they do help to slow them down and at least give me a little control. Continue reading
Today, January 25, is #Bellletstalk! I will be live tweeting, instagramming, and Facebooking all day about mental health awareness and initiatives! I am here for all of my readers if you ever need someone to listen, or if you need help finding resources. 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental health problems and/or illnesses this year- we need to open up the conversation and end the stigma!
I’m hoping to see everyone out there- for every tweet, Facebook post, and Instagram picture tagged with #BellLetsTalk and #endthestigma Bell will donate 5c to mental health initiatives!
Readers, let’s talk about mental health!
I don’t know if anyone else is feeling the same, but I am getting run down. I’m not sleeping as much as I should, I’m not eating as healthy as I should, and I’m not taking time to make sure that I’m running at full capacity (or even half capacity, if I’m being entirely honest). Work has been particularly stressful, life is getting incredibly busy, and the littlest things seem to slow me down and preoccupy my mind. It’s time to go back to the basics and focus on what I need to be the best me! I believe that finishing the year strongly is just as important, if not more so, than starting the new year fresh. There are small things that we can do to take care of ourselves, and today I’m gonna to share some of my recommendations! Continue reading
Physical fitness is incredibly important for everyone; while you don’t need to win fitness competitions, we all need movement to keep us healthy. Staying in shape is usually the go-to for everyone when you say “health”. However, mental health and mindset is just as important as physical health, and we don’t necessarily place a high priority on it. Autumn can be a stressful time for people! School is starting, work can be busy finishing up the year, hobbies and activities often pick up, and while the holidays are warm and cheerful, they are also busy and stressful and expensive. Now is the time to take some time for you and focus on your mental health and stress! Continue reading