Life is hard. It can be made better.
This is the second post in a three-part series on how to slightly improve different areas of health: mental, physical, and spiritual. All three are crucial to overall wellness, but this one is the one I am most nervous about writing on. Mental health and wellness does not come easily to me; I feel things long and deeply (back when Twilight was popular, friends said I was like that idea of a vampire; emotionally, I get rather set in my ways). However, I've come to realize that this journey has given me skills where a lot of people have instinct - or, to put it another way, I have to be conscious of my mental health. I want to share a few tricks and tips I've learned along the way.
One of the hardest parts of jumping on the health bandwagon (ah yes, the "I'd rather live to a ripe and happy old age" bandwagon) is how freaking difficult it is to revolutionize a routine. It's important that your health routine is sustainable - I know I've burned out on intense routines more than once.
This is the first post in a series of three. I'll be looking at actual, effective ways to boost your spiritual, mental, and physical health. The three are absolutely tied together; there is no question about that, and several items on the three lists could be switched from one list to another. However, this list focuses on things with direct health benefits - after all, it's hard to feel happy or in touch with the universe when you feel like crap.
DISCLAIMER: If you are not religious, this blog post will still contain advice for taking time off and making sure you are well-rested. I believe everyone is designed to rest as well as work. With that said, taking a Sabbath (a full day off) is not easy. There are whole books devoted to the subject of the Sabbath. If you do a quick google search, dozens of reasons to take a Sabbath, why the Sabbath was commanded, and why it is still relevant will pop up. I'm not going to expound on those reasons, not because they are irrelevant, but because people much wiser and much more in-the-know have already written those books and articles. Frankly, those reasons don't necessarily help with taking a day off. Making time is a deliberate and often difficult process, but in this case, it's absolutely worthwhile. With that being said, here are five tips for making time for a Sabbath.
The best part about having a little corner of the internet that belongs to me exclusively is being able to put down ideas - sometimes half-baked ideas - and see the way people react. My last blog post on this topic (which you can find here) is one of my more popular blog posts, so I thought I'd revisit the idea. Let me know what you think of this second set!
I love Christmas. It's my favorite holiday by a long shot; I'm not even sure what holiday comes in second (it's probably Christmas Eve, if I'm being honest). The Christmas season can be difficult for people, and I know that I haven't had perfect Christmases every year. However, with that said, here are 12 Reasons I Love Christmas.
This week, I decided to throw it back just a little and show off some of my favorite music from the last decade or so. These are albums that might have been lost in the shuffle or overlooked on your radar, but that absolutely deserve some love and attention. For your listening pleasure, I've also included a section for albums that sound great with the featured album (or are other artist projects). You might ask yourself, "why stop at 2011?"