At some point or another we start feeling drained and burned out or maybe picked up some bad habits that can cause you to feel tired and worn out. It’s best to take a pause and give yourself a good look, so you can try to improve your energy and happiness levels every day.
Here are some ways to help you from having your energy drained (both spiritually and physically) and to be happier throughout the year.
Put your devices away for an hour.
Be more grateful.
Go to sleep a little earlier. Allow yourself enough sleep to wake up refreshed.
Doing to much.
Spend more time outside. Take walks. Stand in the sun. More nature, more life!
Let yourself be sad without guilt. Don’t wish you felt better right away. Sometimes you need to be sad.
Write down your goals. Track your progress and make adjustment to your goals as needed.
Make a vision board.
Spend some time alone. Sometime alone is good for you.
Start a journal. Write about the day.
Read more books.
Eat a healthy.
Move your body more. Lift weights, try yoga , do Zumba, dance. Get moving.
Learn something. Learning is good for you. Never stop.
Take daily quiet time. Try meditation.
Get rid of some things. Don’t let yourself be buried in clutter. If it doesn’t make bring you joy, you probably don’t need it.
Spending unnecessary money.
Celebrate victories. Big or small.
Make people smile. One of the fastest ways to feel happy is by making someone else happy. Do a good deed. Smile at a stranger. Volunteer your time. Buy someone a meal.
Say no. Stop saying yes and feeling obligated to do things that you don’t want to do.
Every one has moments where they get into a funk. It can be because your doing to much, feeling uninspired, or to much of nothing. It can also be from SAD-Seasonal Affective Disorder which is more of a environmental issue. A lack of sunshine, under artificial lights, and even when the sun is outside, being covered from head to toe and not spending the amount of time outside like we would in the warmer months.
When I start feeling kinda blah or in a funk I like to ether pick up a book or tv series that I have been kinda interested in and is on my list to read or watch. For an example, I kinda wanted to start watching Riverdale, but wasn’t sure about it. Then one week I was in a blah kinda funk and put it on in the background, next thing I knew I was half a season in. I also find Pinterest and youtube both great sources to fall down the rabbit hole and come out with something fresh. Two words: Shane Dawson.
So here is a list of ways I like to get out of a funk.
For months I have been wanting to make this post after I made the switch last March from tampons and liners to a menstruation cup. I hated pads, they always felt like I was wearing a diaper. Not to mention in the summer, when it’s hot and sweaty. Ew, no thanks. Tampons did make my periods better and gave me more freedom but there were times they were just uncomfortable, like inside and they can leak. Liners where for the days I knew it will be starting or at the end.
Soo what is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a type of reusable feminine hygiene product. It’s a small, flexible funnel-shaped cup made of rubber or silicone that you insert into your vagina to catch and collect period fluid.
How to use a menstrual cup
If you’re interested in using a menstrual cup, talk with your gynecologist. You can buy one on online or in most stores, you need to find out what size you need. Most menstrual cup brands have a small and large size.
To figure out the right menstrual cup size for you, you and your doctor should consider:
length of your cervix
whether or not you have a heavy flow
firmness and flexibility of the cup
strength of your pelvic floor muscles
if you’ve given birth vaginally
Smaller menstrual cups are usually recommended for women younger than 30 years old who haven’t delivered vaginally. Larger sizes are often recommended for women who are over 30 years old, have given birth vaginally, or have a heavier period.
Before you put in your menstrual cup
When you use a menstrual cup for the first time, it may feel uncomfortable. Before you put in your cup, lubricate the rim with water or a water-based lube (lubricant). A wet menstrual cup is much easier to insert.
How to put in your menstrual cup
If you can put in a tampon, you should find it easy to insert a menstrual cup. Just follow these steps :
Wash your hands thoroughly.
Apply water or a water-based lube to the rim of the cup.
Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up.
Insert the cup, rim up, into your vagina like you would a tampon without an applicator. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.
Once the cup is in your vagina, rotate it. It will spring open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks.
You shouldn’t feel your menstrual cup if you’ve inserted the cup correctly. You should also be able to move, jump, sit, stand, and do other everyday activities without your cup falling out. If you’re having trouble putting in your cup, speak with your doctor.
When to take your menstrual cup out
You can wear a menstrual cup for 6 to 12 hours, depending on whether or not you have a heavy flow. This means you can use a cup for overnight protection.
You should always remove your menstrual cup by the 12-hour mark. If it becomes full before then, you’ll have to empty it ahead of schedule to avoid leaks.
How to take your menstrual cup out
To take out a menstrual cup, just follow these steps:
Wash your hands thoroughly.
Place your index finger and thumb into your vagina. Pull the stem of the cup gently until you can reach the base.
Pinch the base to release the seal and pull down to remove the cup.
Once it’s out, empty the cup into the sink or toilet.
Rise well and make sure to clean any groves.
Reusable menstrual cups should be washed and wiped clean before being reinserted into your vagina. Your cup should be emptied at least twice a day. Reusable menstrual cups are durable and can last for 6 months to 10 years with proper care.
How much does it cost?
Menstrual cups are more cost-effective than tampons and pads. You can pay roughly $20 to $40 for a cup and not have to purchase another one for at least six months. Tampons and pads can cost up to $50 to $150 a year, depending on how often, long, and heavy your period is.
Since I have made the switch to my Diva Cup. Holy Balls! It has been a life changing experience. I hardly feel the cup, once I trimmed the stem and it settles in. Honesty I forget sometime I have my period. The best part, absolutely no leaks. Let me say that again. No Leaks. Nothing. You can wear your cute undies and not worry about ruining them. Or the bed sheets. Unless it wasn’t inserted right. Which does happen sometimes and is easy to fix by reinserting.
I have also saved so much money since buying and switching from tampons and liners to my diva cup. You also save on creating zero waste for the environment, since it is reusable. There is much lower chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome, since it is being collected and not absorbed. I really only have to empty it once in the morning and once before bed. I love mine. I can’t express it enough.
I will admit I still have liners tampons leftover from when I was using them and I had stocked up on them. I gave a majority of them to family members. I did keep some for my purse just in case my period starts early and I happen to be out and bout. Since last March I’ve only had to use them once, because it decided to start like 3-4 days early and I don’t like the idea of tossing my cup in my purse, even in its little bag or wearing it days before.
I have said this before but I love mine. It was worth the try and switching. I will never go back to tampons. Ever. I feel any one with a vagina should at lest give a mensural cup a try.
Below are 10 crystals that you can use to help improve your health and happiness!
1. Turquoise The master healer.
Turquoise is the master healer. It is said believed to be a bridge between heaven and earth. Turquoise is a stone of communication that will help you to speak your truth.
2. Bloodstone The powerful energizer.
Bloodstone is a powerful energizer, helping you to overcome lethargy, negative thoughts and self-doubt. Bloodstone also can help to boost enthusiasm, increase drive and maintain emotional wellbeing.
3. Smoky The protective shield.
Smoky quartz acts as a protective shield against unwanted energy. It can also help you to let go of old patterns and belief systems that are holding you back. It releases any blocked, old and stagnant energy in the body.
4. Rose The unconditional love stone .
Rose quartz is known as stone of unconditional love that helps to open and heal the heart. It encourages the forgiveness of others and, most importantly, of yourself. Rose quartz emits vibrations of love, beauty and compassion and is known as a feel-good stone that nurtures and supports.
5. Carnelian The action stone.
Carnelian is an action stone that can restore motivation, confidence and joy. It removes blocked or stuck creative energy that may be dominating your min .This vibrant orange stone stimulates your passion to move forward and achieve your dreams.
6. Quartz The amplifier stone .
Quartz crystal is made of silica, one of the most abundant elements on the earth. It’s a powerful crystal that transmutes negativity and amplifies energy so it can raise your vibration and help you align with light and clarity.
7. Celestite .
Celetite an ideal crystal to place in your bedroom to bring tranquility and harmonious energy, encouraging restful sleep. When placed directly on your body, celestite can bring muscle and stress release to the area on which it is placed.
8. Citrine The manifestation stone .
Citrine is a crystal of light and happiness. This stone doesn’t hold any negative energy and emits large amounts of positive energy. Citrine is a manifestation stone that encourages you to dream big, maintain a positive state of mind and also attract everything you want in your life.
9. Aventurine The New opportunities.
Aventurine helps you to overcome feelings of self-doubt. It opens up the energy of the heart and attracting new opportunities. It helps to increase confidence, self-worth and optimism.
10. Shungite The EMF shield.
Shungite utilized as a powerful shield against electrical magnetic energy (EMF). Shungite helps to absorb negative energy and pollutants. When placed next to computers or wear on your body, Shungite as an energetic shield.
One of my favorite face care lines is Alba Botanica Acnedote. Since using them now for the last 3 months, I have notice such an improvement with my skin. I deal with cystic acne, along the hollows of my cheecks and chin area and what I like to call pop up acne, normal acne that comes and go. I still deal with some cystic acne but not as badly and or as long like before.
Cystic acne is when cysts form deep underneath your skin. This can be a combination of bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells that then get trapped in your pores in your skin and turn in to a red painful bump. There would be times when I would have a cyst and it would hang out on my face for weeks at a time. The pop up acne never really bothers me since they will disappear on their own after a few days and are hardly noticeable.
I now use most of their line for me face. I use the wipes, face wash, astringent, spot treatment and lotion. Every single night, expect for the spot treatment. I use that only when I need to. I also will use the face and body scrub that they have to and I really like it but ran out and need to buy another bottle.
I also picked up a cheap spin face brush from walmart last summer for like $5 and use that with a scrub and face wash. This really makes my face feels clean and smooth. I highly recommend picking up a face spin brush and trying it out.
As I said above, I have found to work well for me and I enjoy the simpleness of it compared to my last skin care routine, which you can find here, My More Consistent Skincare Routine which I still love all of the products I used.
Recently this pass month I went and had my yearly eye appointment. My dr made me go since I am diabetic and was due for one anyways. So I had to get the dilated eye exam done to make sure there are no signs of Diabetic Retinopathy. Which I am happy to say my eyes are healthy and I have no signs at all. He did say my astigmatism did improve and that my eye sight did change slightly but he wasnt concerned at all. He also gave me my prescription for glass some samples of contacts to try out and to come back in a few weeks to make sure they fit right on my eyes.
Normally after I have an eye exam I would pick out a pair of glasses right there but decided that I want to order a pair online. The last time I bought glasses, which was last June/July I ended up paying over $150 just for one pair, I picked out the cheapest frames and my prescription isn’t even that bad.
I had heard of a few sites, Zenni Opitcal and Eye Buy Direct where both having clearance sales. Zenni Optical had more styles and colors that I was looking for, so I went with them. The ordering process was so easy, I created an account and entered in my prescription information and save it, so it’s always there and I don’t ever have to retype it in again. The lens already come with free Anti-Scratch Coating and UV Protection Coating and you also get a hard case and a cleaning cloth with each pair.
But I picked out two frames and added a couple of extras to both pairs like Super Hydrophobic (water resistant) and High-Index UV+ Blue Blocker that also includes Standard Anti-Reflective Coating. I did have to measure my Pupillary Distance myself, which is between the center of one pupil to the center of the other. But they offer a print out so you can do it your self or with a friend.
Roughly for both pairs I only paid $40, so after tax and shipping it was $86. I will take that any day. In the past I never would get any “extras” beside insurance and the anti scratch coating. I paid standard shipping, which was 14-21 days, it took 14 days for me to get them.
I love them both. The first pair is oversized black square frames with a slight red color on inside. I picked these as my everyday pair. At when I first tried them on I wasnt to sure about them since I normally pick smaller frames for my face, so it has been an adjustment to get use to. Everyone so far has told me they like them on me, and they are now starting to grow back on to me. But I do have 30 days from the date I have received them to decide if I want to keep them or return them for another pair. I don’t think I will but I like the option.
My second pair is a Brown Vintage-Inspired Oval Frames with a solid vanilla color that turns to a swirling pattern. These were going to by my “Fun” pair but these might just be my everyday pair now. I havent decided yet.
I plan on ordering in the future from Zenni Optical again, my husband will be needing a second or third pair of glasses soon and I still have my eye on a few pairs from Eye Buy Direct as well. The only minor con in my mind is that you can’t try them on when ordering online but you can upload a picture of your self so you can get some kind of idea if the frames will work for your face. Which does help a bit.