It seems like once a year (at least) it’s inevitable that I come down with a cold. And the only thing worse than getting sick, in my opinion, is having to take all the medicine that comes with it. I find that antibiotics do a number on my digestive track, so I try to save them for the worst of the worst. If I can, I prefer to try and sooth the cold away naturally. And I have to say, I’m convinced these methods work. I figured some of you might feel the same way, so I put together a few of, what I think, are the best way to naturally ease a cold. Definitely let me know in the comments if you have any remedies as well!
Despite the various Valentine’s Day DIY and recipe posts you see here on the blog, that’s usually the extent to which we celebrate Valentine’s Day. I waiver between feeling like it’s a made up, Hallmark holiday or thinking of it as a day to show love just a little bit more. Sean and I are usually just really low-key about Valentine’s Day in general. It sort of feels awkward though, especially when we try to explain it to people. This doesn’t mean we don’t try to do something special for the other! If you’re in the same boat as us, I figured it would help to share a list of non-traditional ways to express love! Oh and p.s., these tips are great if you’re on a budget, too.
I’ve always shared wellness ideas and topics here on the blog, but one wellness trend, in particular, has caught my eye lately — journaling. I mentioned it before in my wellness series, but didn’t really go into tons of detail… especially in regards to my practice of using a gratitude journal. It’s something I’ve been into for a while, so I thought I’d make a post out of it and share tips on how to start a journal yourself, how I use journaling and why a gratitude journal specifically appeals to me.
Today’s post is all about how to make your own hidden crystal candle — aka a really great project if you’re snowed in! Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in a place where the thermometer currently reads above sixty degrees. But, if you’re like us here in the PNW (or those poor unfortunate souls current stuck in a polar vortex), you still have a fair amount of winter to get through. And what better way to cope with dark, drafty days than with a candle? But not just any candle: one that’s infused with beautifully scented essential oils and topped with a handful of artfully faceted crystals. The finished product is a decorative art piece and a mood enhancer. Plus, it’s super easy to make!
Technology is an incredible tool that has become a necessity for us to function in our everyday lives, but I’ve been finding myself more and more anxious to step away from it lately. I literally try to respond to every DM and email that blog readers send my way — which can amount to a lot of time spent on my devices. I love hearing from you, but feeling a need to keep up 24/7 is sort of exhausting, too. Recently, I realized that it’s taking over every aspect of my life and I really need a tech detox.
So that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do lately. I haven’t stepped away for weeks (or even days) at a time or anything, but I’m trying to be a little bit more aware. And as it turns out, there are some incredible benefits to taking a break from technology! Here’s what I’ve learned/noticed so far in my journey to take time to go tech-free:
Usually for my Weekend Wellness series, I like to talk about something either trending or that I’ve received lots of questions about. But today, we’re going rogue! Instead, I want to talk about a habit of mine that I try to engage in pretty much every weekend. I call it my Weekend Morning Ritual, and quite honestly, I do this because it helps me to set the tone for the rest of my time off from work. I decided to start being mindful of my routines when it felt like each weekend slipped away faster and faster. I want to savor the slowdown, embrace a lazy morning, and shift my brain into a calmer place. These habits have helped me and I hope they resonate with you, too!
The holidays are fun, but that’s only a brief moment in the long season that is winter. Although I’ve always been someone who appreciates living in a place where I get to experience all of the seasons, as I’ve gotten older, winter and shorter, darker days have started to take a toll on me. When I started researching how I was feeling, I realized I had Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD – what an appropriate acronym, right?).
I think SAD is a pretty common thing for a lot of people, but I wanted to dedicate a wellness post to it and shed some light on what you can do to turn things around. Plus, I’ve been talking about it on Instagram and have gotten several questions, so why not write a post!
Here’s what I know about Seasonal Affective Disorder (based on my own personal experience and research) and what I’m doing to combat it. I hope you find these tips helpful!