Staying healthy (both physically and mentally) during the COVID-19 outbreak

Staying healthy (both physically and mentally) during the COVID-19 outbreak

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning if you decide to make a purchase through one of my links, I get a small commission, at no additional cost to you. It's easy to get caught inside your own, small bubble. One day you're watching COVID-19 invade the lives of people in China, and the [...]

The Books I Read in 2019, A New Year, Slowing Down, and Making Time for The Things That Light You Up

The Books I Read in 2019, A New Year, Slowing Down, and Making Time for The Things That Light You Up

In 2018, one of the things I set out to do in the new year was to read more. I find activities like reading and coloring a way for me to calm down, detach from the world, and still feel "productive" while resting. Yet, the activity of reading often gets pushed aside when I'm busy, tired, [...]

How Do I Maintain a Healthy Relationship with Exercise During the Holidays?

How Do I Maintain a Healthy Relationship with Exercise During the Holidays?

It's easy to make the holidays about things they weren't ever meant to be about. Thanksgiving becomes all about Black Friday shopping and Christmas becomes a whole lot of stress over gift-giving—two holidays that were never supposed to be about materialism, consumerism, or worry. During this time of year, I think it's tempting to make [...]

You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Saying Goodbye to Labels and Befriending Your Body

You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Saying Goodbye to Labels and Befriending Your Body

There are a few standout things that make me cringe, and the phrase "clean eating" is certainly one of them. Any time I hear these words, my limbic system gets triggered and it takes biting my tongue and a few deep breaths to avoid going off on a tangent to whoever is talking. In this [...]

The Mind and Gut Are Connected: Recognizing Your Cravings and Intuitively Enjoying Your Comfort Foods

The Mind and Gut Are Connected: Recognizing Your Cravings and Intuitively Enjoying Your Comfort Foods

I used to think eating just one cookie would equate to 5 pounds on my body. I used to punish myself for getting seconds of my mom's famous scalloped potatoes and ham. I used to wonder how others were able to enjoy pizza, when all I could think about was how I'd burn off the [...]

10 ways to overcome body dysmorphia, and to begin seeing yourself in a new light

10 ways to overcome body dysmorphia, and to begin seeing yourself in a new light

I struggled with body dysmorphia for most of my teenage years and sometimes, I still struggle. Staring at myself so long, I start to perceive the most minor, unnoticeable, and often nonexistent flaws in myself. I'll never forget standing in front of the mirror and trying on formal dresses my senior year of high school, [...]