Rainy Days

Where I live has had rain for the last 2 days – and I mean constant dripping where everything is soaked and some bodies of water are flooding – and we will continue to have rain for a couple more days.

So what do you do when it rains as an adult?

Sure you can absolutely go jump in the puddles, but it’s cold out and I don’t want to be any sicker than I am already.

So here is my list for your rainy, cold days:

  1. Run errands. Today is a great day to drive to where you need to go, spend time in let’s say the grocery store and check off the list that seems to be growing. You will be inside most of the time and you are honestly not missing any nice weather opportunities.
  2. Cook/Bake. Make some treats or a fancy meal for yourself or others. I plan to make some chicken and veggies tonight but I bought some items to make my own marinade. Simple, time consuming and yummy.
  3. Clean. Not a huge fan of this option, but some people (you know who you are) apparently love cleaning? So this is the time! Just like errand running – it checks your items off the list and you’re not really missing out.
  4. Indoor sports. I love golfing as of late, so why not go to an indoor range?
  5. Catch up with a friend. Reach out and be social, sometimes it’s nice to cozy up alone but the dreary weather gets to most people – so go warm up with a friend with some coffee and a chat.
  6. Read. Go to the store and pick up something you’ve really wanted to read or dig out an old book. Curl up with a beverage of your choice and relax.

 

What are some of your favourite rainy day ideas?

 

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When Is Summer?

Hello lovlies,

I have been gone and hiding behind a textbook for the last little while. I am in my last 2 weeks of my first semester of practical nursing – I am obsessed with my future profession. But holy cow is it work.

I miss writing and my outlet though and wanted to take a me moment to really embrace some of my passions that centre me.

How are you doing in loving yourself today?

I have been back into meditation and I am actually eating better. The working out thing still needs improvement but there are very few who have perfected this trifecta. I will be back soon though with some reviews and routines and collections.

Thanks for sticking in with me!

Let’s Be Serious For A Minute

I’ve touched on it before – that I’m super passionate about mental health. I love learning and knowing different disorders and how it effects an individual. Today I wanted to touch on Bipolar Disorder and some coping with manic episodes.

A lot of the key things involve prevention, but just like any other illness, episodes are not always preventable no matter how hard you work and how healthy you are. So what do you do when you feel that energy and panic rushing in?

  1. Stop. Realize this is an episode and not you. It can feel like you’re losing it, but you are not you are totally ok. Deep breathes.
  2. Reach out. Let your support team know what’s going on. Whether this be your doctor, your family, your friends, whoever is your support – reach out to them.
  3. Assess. Is this manageable? If you can bring yourself down and ride it out then just hold on, if it is worse then let someone know you need more help

Then the coping begins:

  1. Bubble bath. This instantly brings peace, light a candle or some aroma, make huge bubbles and keep it warm but not too hot. Bring a water bottle beside you too because hydration is huge.
  2. Water. Drink it. The best thing you can do is be good to your body while you’re riding out a high.
  3. Meditation. Ok yes it will be extremely difficult but even 3 minutes of zen will help calm the onset.
  4. Yoga or walking. Really any form of low impact exercise. It helps to sweat it out, but you don’t want to work yourself up.
  5. Writing. Write it out. When mania or hypomania hits it can feel like a wall of a million thoughts hit you at once. Start to write it out, it will not only slow you down but allow for some room to form in your head.
  6. To-do lists. You may feel like doing everything NOW but you are not your most productive or focused. So keep a list of stuff you feeling like you NEED to do and re-assess it at a later point.
  7. Avoid caffeine and simple sugars/carbs. Chamomile tea is amazing. And avoiding the sugars and simple carbs will help your body not to spike in blood sugar making you feel sicker. A great mindless munch for a sweet tooth is almonds. (Maybe some chocolate or yogurt covered too).
  8. Ride it out. If you have been diagnosed for awhile you know this feeling. You know it will pass and its a big wave right now but you can do this, ride it.

In the end, help yourself, and reach out for help from a support group.

Fall Essentials.

I love summer don’t get me wrong, but I am the girl who enjoys her pumpkin spice flavours, fall colours, cozy sweaters and warm blankets. Here are some of my fall essentials so far…

So I’ve started to use a new foundation and serum combination (review to come) but I think I’m in love. It is the Estée Lauder serum – Idealist Pore Minimizing and the Estée Lauder foundation – Double Wear. This combination is mind blowing.

Of course candles are on the list of fall essentials. I’m a huge fan of any scent most of the year round but especially during fall – lavender and mint, marshmallow, and just got a new creme brûlée scent!

Sweater weather. Two key words, with not much explanation needed.

Food wise, classic grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup. It is warm and comforting and all those great childhood feelings wrapped into a meal.

Another go-to is having a girls night in, loving netflix and a good early 2000’s show ‘Scrubs’. It is a hospital comedy – really amusing.

I also have been enjoying journalling more and writing down whatever comes to mind. This could mean to-do lists, blog ideas or just how my day went. This with meditation is very stress relieving and calming.

Who doesn’t love to feel good?

When life catches up

I have clearly taken a leave of absence after only a couple of blog posts but I have come to realize I love to write and need to write. Do you ever have that? A need that just internally satisfies you? Writing has always been that for me since childhood. So how do you make time for your small true loves?

  1. Plan it.
    • This is key. Whether you are tech savvy and use a smartphone app, or old fashion and love a day planner (I use both).
  2. Indulge.
    • Enjoy it! Allow this time for your passion to completely consume you in the moment.
  3. Repeat.

So what do you love to do?