Living life off-line

In the beginning of the year I made a post titled “My relationship with social media” where I talked about how I intended to use social media versus how I was actually using it. A few months ago I decided to stop using my Instagram accounts. I don’t go on Facebook at all and I use Twitter minimally to promote my writing. To be honest, I got tired of the barrage of advertisements, especially those in the guise of “health” posts meant to “inform” readers. I also got tired of the habit of scrolling, mindlessly, and seemingly endlessly. I didn’t…

Finish the year strong

Okay so first off, forgive yourself for all the Christmas cookies you inevitably ate today and stop talking about how you “need” to start a diet. Be gentle with yourself and let your mind and body readjust from the holiday festivities back to normal life. Don’t be in a rush to make New Years Eve plans. Let yourself breath a little. If you don’t have some swanky party to go to for New Years that doesn’t mean your 2019 isn’t about to be insanely successful. Finish out 2018 strong by prioritizing yourself. Think about it, you just spent the past…

What A Gratitude Practice Is And Why You Need One

What is a Gratitude Practice and Why You Need One It seems that the word “gratitude” is a big buzz word these days, especially within the health conscious community. It is nearly tied for first with “mindfulness” on this century’s holistic health hot topics list. And not without good reason! Gratitude is such an important emotion to feel, and state of mind to cultivate. When we feel grateful for what we have it releases endorphins and serotonin within our brains that help to strengthen our immune systems and stave of mental health calamities. But you don’t just have to take…

Basketball as a workout

Are there machines in the gym you see someone using and realize that you never even knew it existed? You’re curious, but not wanting to leave your comfort-zone, you eyeball it from afar until you eventually forget it exists again and use the same few pieces of equipment that you’re familiar with? Today’s equipment review will be of something commonly found a community fitness centers: THE BASKETBALL What is it? A leather ball that is inflated to bounce, approximately 9inches in diameter. What can you do with it? Shoot hoops, run dribbling drills, pass drills, and play games. Keep in…

Blossom this Spring

Set some time aside for yourself today and just be. Don’t put any limitations on yourself by having expectations of a certain outcome. Just sit, breath and be good company to yourself. Allow space for your inhibitions to leave you, making way for a consciousness of only breath. There is nowhere you need to be. Nothing that needs to be done. No you that you need to be better than. There is just this moment. And in this moment where you sit with yourself, listen to your body. Stretch. Relax. Lay down. Hum yourself a song. Breath heavily, loudly, and…

Favorite recent reads and listens

This month I’ve been on a super tight schedule, but posting is still very much a priority of mine :)! Expect 1 new post every week. Today, as promised, I’m giving an overview of my favorite reads and listens aka books, articles, websites, and podcasts of this month so far. Lately, I’ve been enjoying and learning a lot from the TED Radio Hour sponsored by NPR on Spotify podcasts. My recommendations: Circular Where Joy Hides Quiet The Food We Eat What Makes Us… Us All of these can be found on the Spotify App. As for reading, I recommend: My…

My relationship with social media

Hello loyal readers, Did you miss me this past Tuesday? I missed you! But, with Spring semester in session I’ve allowed myself a bit more flexibility in my posting schedule. I will keep you posted with any changes (pun intended). I’ve decided to reserve one of my two posting day per week (Tues/Thurs) to keep you updated on my favorite articles/books/podcasts that I’ve been reading or listening to. Stay tuned for that! Now, let’s get to discussing my relationship with social media. Since Autumn I’ve been making a conscious effort to wean myself off social media. Not because I saw…

Community: Women’s Health 4 of 4

Communities of women have been the cornerstone of society since the beginning of time. Sometimes, the overlooked or neglected cornerstone, but still an integral part of the fabric of humanity nonetheless. It’s so important that there be places where women can go where they feel safe and supported in discussing all of their struggles and ambitions. This goes beyond family and friend groups. Organizations whose primary missions are to empower women need to be given regular recognition. For more information on these check out this article on Mental Floss. I was disappointed to discover that the first two articles I…

Mental disorders: Women’s health 3 of 4

Discussing mental health seems to make people uncomfortable. Albeit, we’ve come a very long way since the start of the century where people were made to feel morally corrupt or impaired for having mental health issues. There is still plenty of stigma around mental illnesses; ranging from addiction, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, –just to name a few. Not to mention the many sub-types of the various psychological disorders found in the DSM-IV. Aside for explicit diagnosed mental health issues there is always the major factor of excessive STRESS that can wreak absolute havoc in the otherwise mentally…