Tag: mentalhealth

Alani Nutrition Balance Supplement Review

skincare, Uncategorized October 25, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I have been through a major transformation lately. I have been spending time really focusing on what is important to me and what isn’t. This has resulted me being in a stellar mood because I am not choosing to hide behind a mask anymore. Anyways, why do I bring this up? One of the contributing factors of  my steady and happy mood has been a nutritional supplement I have been taking for about three weeks. The supplement is called Balance by Alani Nutrition and it has been a hero in my daily life.

The backstory:

I have had chronic acne since I was ten or eleven years old and I have been on acne products my whole life. I took accutane around twelve years old and it cured my acne for many years. However, as an adult I suffer from mental illness which changed the chemistry of not only my brain but also my body. My acne has come back with much force due to this. Plus, I had a hunch my hormones have been out of whack for my whole life because I become extremely moody during my moon cycle and the days leading up and even after it.

The Results:

I originally had no idea what Alani Nutrition was but my sister who also suffers with acne found the company and sent me a bottle to try because she said the reviews were so fantastic. I did not question her and when I received the bottle I immediately started taking it. Within a week my skin had almost no blemishes and my mood had improved. I did not question that it was the Balance supplement that had cleared my skin but I wanted to test it further so I continued to take it since I had no adverse reactions. Two weeks later, I have noticed such an improvement in my skin that I could literally cry. Even my scars which have never made any improvement in my whole life have become lightened. I had a moon cycle during this time and it did not effect me as greatly as it would have if I had not been on this supplement.

Balance by Alani Nutrition retails for $49.99 for a 30 day supply. You take four pills a day with food in the morning and you do not have to worry about taking it at any other time during the day which is extremely convenient as many times with other supplements you have to take multiple servings a day.

Here is a bit of the science behind it:

Myo-Inositol– Promotes female fertility and restores insulin sensitivity. L-Glutathione– Brightens complexion and reduces wrinkles by aiding in hydration. DIM–  Estrogen metabolism prevents drastic increases or decreases in estrogen. Prevents conversion of testosterone in to estrogen. ALA– Combined with Myo-Inositol has been shown to increase insulin-sensitivity in women who are overweight/have PCOS. Chromium– Has been shown to improve blood sugar control and decrease weight gain/fat deposition in the mid section. Folate– Has a positive action in cardiovascular, neural and psycho-emotional health. Some may take this product to become fertile. Folate helps to support fetal development.

If you are even slightly curious about this product, I recommend you read some reviews on their website which you can find: here .

I hope this review will help anyone who is suffering from hormonal acne or mood or anxiety problems. It obviously helps in other areas too, and I can definitely tell I have more energy and am just feeling like myself again. If you’ve tried this supplement let me know because I’d love to hear if it worked for you!

Until Next,

Julie

Belly dancing for self-care.

spirituality October 13, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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As you are reading this it is likely Sunday –  which means self-care Sunday!

I have recently been enthralled by a certain type of exercise which has already changed my life. I love to work out, move, and dance but when I am in a depression I will barely be able to go for a walk. I wanted to find an exercise that I could do that would uplift my spirits and allow me to express myself as well as move. This is when I found belly dancing.

Belly dancing is a practice which has been around a long time, and it has not only physical benefits but it can also improve memory, self-esteem, and concentration. Who wouldn’t want to join?

There is a misconception I think that you have to be thin to belly dance but this is not true at all, you don’t have to be anything, you can be female or male, thin or heavy, and of any ethnicity.

The way I simply began was by watching a few videos on YouTube to make sure i understood what I could do if I worked daily on a routine. I then have been watching tutorials by belly dance instructors online. I have not taken an in person class just yet but I am actually rather keen to do so.

The reason I think belly dancing is such a wonderful idea for those who have mental health issues specifically is because it requires you to continually practice to get better and you can see your results every day if you continue to learn and grow with the dance.

You can make this a part of your daily routine and spend some time truly embracing the music, movement, and your body. Just the idea that our bodies can move around the way they do is truly an amazing thing. We can use belly dancing in gratitude and honor our bodies. Perhaps you could light some candles or burn incense or diffuse oils like I do during your dance to make it a true experience each time.

If you are not interested in belly dancing, I do encourage you to find some sort of movement that you find fun and interesting because those are the type of workouts that you will want to do when you are feeling down.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried to belly dance before or if you have any other activities you like to do as an act of self-care!

Until next,

Julie

How To Lessen Daily Anxiety

blog September 27, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I wanted to bring forward the topic of anxiety as my blog post because I know I myself suffer from anxiety and always have. I remember being quite young and getting so nauseous I actually couldn’t stop getting sick. It took until my adulthood to combat some of the anxiety and while it is still here I am able to cope with it a little better.

I am not a doctor or medical professional but I do have a lot of experience with mental illness and I hope it will help others who are reading this to know it is okay to feel the way you do and you are allowed to feel vulnerable. This being said, I want to talk about some things you can try to help lessen the anxious feelings you may have.

  1. Breathe. Breathing is so important, and it comes naturally to us but when we are in a state of anxiety we often cannot breathe the way we would at other times. So, concentrating on your breathing and taking deep breaths until you reach a level of calm is a quick and easy way to at least let your body know you are going to be okay.
  2. Talk about it. I know many of us cannot seem to express ourselves properly when we are under pressure or are feeling anxious but I’ve realized when I bring up my concerns to others, their assurance that everything will be fine is enough to get me out of the anxious mindset I was in.
  3. Aromatherapy. I use aromatherapy to not only let my body adjust to the aroma of the oil but to also set an intention. This can simply be taking out the oil and smelling it without even applying it and affirming to yourself everything is okay and you can rest easy for even a moment or two. I recommend looking into lavender essential oil specifically for relaxation or even insomnia.
  4. Write down your worries. This tool is a huge one for me when I am anxious. I literally write down everything in my head and let it out onto paper. Even if it is as simple as you need to clean your fridge, write it down. There is something so soothing about making lists or organizing your thoughts that can honestly eliminate a lot of fear. Having a plan is a great way to combat anxiety.
  5. Sleep. If you can get a good nights sleep, I promise you whatever situation you are worried about will not seem as bad tomorrow. We overwork our minds their capacity and this can cause even more stress and fatigue.  Try to get into a routine where you are finding yourself winding down before midnight and you will feel so much better.

Anxiety can be a treacherous and reoccurring thing that does not give up on making you feel horrible but it can be worked through. If your anxiety is causing you daily pain, I would recommend seeking professional help where they can assist you and walk you through what is happening. I know certain medications helped me in the past when mine was out of my control.

If you want to share how you cope with anxiety, please, please, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments so anyone who is reading and myself can learn more.

Virtual hugs for all!

Love,

Julie

3 Ways To Gain Mental Clarity

organization, spirituality September 4, 2018

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Hello, my dear ones!

I am going to be talking about how to maintain mental clarity when dealing with stress, anxiety, or anything else that may be cluttering your mind. We all have moments in our lives when it is just too much, and I came up with three different techniques I use to regain a clear mind.

  1. Meditate. I know we have all been told to meditate in the past but it is such a positive action we can take when our mind is busy. I suggest using a crystal that calls out to you and then setting an intention for your meditation. You could simply say you want to dedicate five minutes to your breathing or perhaps self-love. Meditation doesn’t need to be deep and profound all the time, it can simply be choosing to give yourself time and space to breathe.
  2. Smudge. You may have heard of smudging and it is a very effective technique to reset your space and yourself. I recommend tidying before you smudge. So, if there is an area of the house you need to tend to it may help decrease your anxiety too. Simply, light your smudge stick and blow out the flame and allow the smoke to rise. You can then focus the smoke on areas where you want to clear the energy of. I honestly think this mentally resets the mind to focus on what is before you instead of behind you.
  3. Essential oils. I tend to always buy clarity essential oil blends at the store but you can make your own or use peppermint, lemon, rosemary, etc. I honestly think when you smell a fresh smell it can clear out any thoughts you may be letting build up during the day. Use an intentional smelling method and deep breathe in the aroma and tell yourself as you do this that you will be clearing out any negative or busy energy or simply that you need to focus. Aromatherapy is a powerful tool that you should always utilize!

I think these are all effective methods of bringing peace of mind back to you. However, whatever works for you is wonderful! I think it is the setting the intention you need to focus and taking a  few deep breaths that works like magic.

I’d love if you would share any thing you do to clear your head in the comments~

Have a lovely day,

Julie

My New Morning Routine

blog, organization May 17, 2018

Hello, my loves!

Untitled.pngI know I have been missing posts this week, but I wanted to write about this specific topic because it may be able to help those struggling with their morning routines or life stress in general.

I am going to be talking about my new morning routine in this blog post, and the reasons this routine is so helpful.

The first part of my morning routine is waking up. I used to wake up with an alarm and it would actually make me sleep longer. Since most mornings I actually don’t have a commitment, I decided to try to wake up naturally. My body seems now to wake up around 730 AM, which is when I initially set my alarm anyway. I don’t feel so panicked now and worried that I will miss my alarm (because that was quite an issue). I know this isn’t an option for everyone but even setting an alarm and giving yourself enough time to wake up is an option.

After I am awake, I pet my dog, and open the curtains and make my bed. These are two things I do immediately because it helps let sunlight in and I feel like I’m getting things accomplished right away. I then have been using a citrus essential oil to help with any bad moods I may be in when I wake up, and I basically just breathe in the aroma and it works right away.

Next, I will grab my journal and start writing my morning pages. Morning pages are the most influential part of my new morning routine. I do not know why I did not try this sooner. It is basically just writing out three whole pages worth of thoughts on paper. I like this because I start off really negative usually but by the end of the process I am a lot more positive and my outlook has been changed by the time I am finished. I highly recommend this one step to add to your morning routine or even your evening routine.

I can become quite restrictive with my diet, but I decided I want to treat myself each morning to the option of coffee with [vegan] creamer. Coffee is just a nice way to start your day and wake up a little from the caffeine. While I’m making that, I usually pick up my phone now and start running through e-mails and social media or text messages. I’m really trying to break away from being on social media as much but it’s difficult to ignore sometimes. I’ll either eat breakfast now or when I’m done working out.

This is when I’ll go over my to-do list and see what needs to be done during the day. I am so lucky I have the flexibility of my day but I also need to get a lot of things done while at home. Lately, I’ll try to get a thirty-minute workout in on my treadmill or elliptical or even just deep stretching or yoga.

Once this period is over, I will wash up (I shower at night), and apply my skincare and makeup and then I’m ready for the day. Honestly, I feel so much better adding less social media and more self-care/work. The morning pages have brought me more satisfaction than I can express. I also have been journaling during the day more, if something comes up and is bothersome. Instead of getting upset or unmotivated I simply write down what is going on and work my way through it on paper.

I hope this has inspired you to look at your own morning routine and how you spend your time! I am aiming for another post or two this week – I am just dealing with a lot of random things in my personal life which are taking up a bit of time that I did not expect! Tomorrow is Friday which means the weekend is almost here! Hurray! Enjoy the rest of your day and until next time, much love and happiness and harmony!

  • Julie

Self-Care For The Goddess Within

blog, spirituality May 8, 2018

Hello, my dear ones!

I decided today I’m doing a little snippet of an e-book I am writing called Self-Care For The Goddess Within. I really want to bring light to feminine energy and self-care. I am all about self-care as you have read on my blog but I want to specifically talk about ways you can nurture your soul back to feeling whole again. Sorry for my posts not being regular this week but they will resume back to normal starting tomorrow!

Here is a snippet of the book:

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How often do you forget the pain that remains behind your eyes? For the comfort of others, just one more time? You believe you have relieved the control it has over you, but it grabs you so gently right before you have a chance to escape, and you suddenly remember everything. The pain is the part of you which you cannot erase but over time the feelings you have for it may form a revolution in your life, but know you are the only one with the power to change. Memories do not fade, but we can learn more from them if we only try. 

The first part of self-care for goddesses is knowing who you are and who you are only now. You are as you are in this moment, you are not what you couldn’t control as a child, you are not the poor decisions you may make in your future, you just are a pure light, which has been dimmed but needs no permission to shine, for you can at any given time. Embrace this moment now, and breathe deeply, my dear. You are all you have been searching for over the last several years. You are the glow in the realm of the dark, and I want you to be able to take action with breath from your heart. 

I am looking very much forward to working on finishing this book and it will probably be made available for free on a separate page of my blog, once I figure it out. Today I want to encourage everyone to go out and do something for themselves. You are worth it.

As Always,  Much love,

Julie.

 

 

 

 

How To Cope With Loneliness

blog, spirituality, Uncategorized April 25, 2018

Hello, my dears!

I want to make a special post for mental health week. I know I personally have struggled with mental health issues and have constantly been working on my own recovery for the last five years. I want to address a subject which I know we all have experienced at loneliness in at least a mild form. I have suffered immensely from loneliness and choosing to isolate due to my illness so I know it quite well. I’m going to talk about how you can cope with this feeling and learn from it.

Loneliness is a feeling some of us may feel more than others, but we all feel it at one point. Whether it is feeling lonely when you’re alone, or when you’re in a crowded room, it is still valid for whichever circumstance. Loneliness can make us feel sad, uneasy, and many other emotions which should be processed.

The best part of loneliness, if there is one, is that you can change it. The feeling may not go away immediately but you can try. The best way I find my sadness goes away is by being distracted. Distracting yourself keeps you not only busy but engaged by something productive.

Here are a few things I like to do to keep my mind off being lonely:

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  1. Read. Honestly, reading is so helpful because you can escape into another world and find a fictional place or a new found education on a fascinating topic. Find a new book, sit in a comfy chair, and find yourself a cup of tea. This is something you will not regret!

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  1. Doodle. This is something you probably did as a kid, but it is something very creative that anyone can do. You simply sit down, think of something you want to draw and turn it into reality. It’s so much fun and you are using your creative energies on something that will make you smile when you are done.

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  1. Aromatherapy. I’ve talked about this on my blog before but when I feel low I instantly think to light a candle or use essential oils. They are an instant gratification source which I use a lot. Find an essential oil blend to uplift your mood or relax you! I like to set an intention with each candle I light because it provides a chance to turn over your negative mindset and bring positivity into the moment.

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  1. Plan Social Events. I really like to reach out to my friends when I am at the lowest point of loneliness. I know it can be hard, and easier said than done. Text your friend you haven’t reached out to in a while, and see how they are. Even a small amount of communication can bring light to a dark time.

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  1. Get outside. Seriously, if you don’t do any of the other things, simply step outside into nature and enjoy it. Whether it’s for five minutes or five hours, you’ll appreciate what you have and realize that this is all just temporary. Tomorrow can bring on anything and you are blessed to be part of it.

These are just a few ways to make feeling lonely not so lonely. Mental health is not something that ever should be pushed aside. It is a very significant part of who we are as humans and self-care should be a priority in everyone’s mind. I am truly grateful for the help I have gotten over the last several years and I hope if you are struggling, you reach out for help. If you want to add anything else, feel free to talk in the comments! I am listening!

Love Always,

Julie