10 Essential Oils to Enhance Your Yoga Practice

I LOVE essential oils! Those beautiful, sensual aromas have the power to transform your mood, whether it’s to pick you up, calm you down, or even make you feel a little sexy! They have become an integral part of my yoga practice and I like to incorporate them whenever I can. They’re gorgeous, natural and grounding, and they make me feel connected to nature even when I’m trudging my mat through the proverbial concrete jungle.

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Self Care Sundays

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m lucky to be celebrating with my fiancé tonight, but before we head out I wanted to take a moment to talk about Self Care Sunday. As much as it’s important to recognize our love for others, it’s possibly even more important to our overall well-being to show ourselves the love as well.

I’ve been meaning to write a post about Self Care Sunday for weeks, but my seemingly never-ending to-do list has made the idea of stopping to take time for myself almost stressful. This is the opposite of what Self Care Sunday is all about! Self Care Sunday is about taking the time to look after yourself mentally, physically and spiritually despite the other things going on in our lives. This may mean different things to different people, but what remains constant is the promise to take a few moments to do something that makes us feel good. Even a few small things can add up and make a big difference in our lives.

Here are some of the things I’ve been doing to show myself some love on Self Care Sundays.

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On #BellLetsTalk Day Let’s Not Forget to Listen

I am what I would describe as high functioning. Despite living with clinical depression, anxiety and at times a slew of other issues, I have been fortunate in that I’ve managed to hold myself together for the most part. Gathering the courage to ask for help from medical professionals wasn’t the hard part for me, and I am thankful for that. It was getting people to listen that was the problem. Continue reading “On #BellLetsTalk Day Let’s Not Forget to Listen”

Don’t Wait Until January, Here’s How You Can Start Improving Your Life Today

Ah, December 1st, you have arrived. It is my annual tradition to spend way too much time this month reflecting on the past year. I love setting resolutions and goals, planning adventures, establishing steps to get closer to my dreams, reflecting on my memories, moments and the things that affected me. I try to focus on the good stuff and learn from the bad stuff. This year I’m also thinking a lot about myself as a person, and the kind of person I want to be (and the life I want to lead) going forward. Continue reading “Don’t Wait Until January, Here’s How You Can Start Improving Your Life Today”

10 Ways To Increase Happiness

I have a million things to be happy about and yet some days I am beyond sad. Depression’s greatest power is its ability to rob us of our happiness without our consent. It took me a while to come to this conclusion, but eventually I realized I needed to play a more active role in my own happiness. I needed to take action to find happiness and make it a part of my life. So I tried a few things and learned a few tricks that help to almost immediately improve my mood. Continue reading “10 Ways To Increase Happiness”

On Making (and Taking) Time

I love the above quote. I don’t know the history of it, where it was first said or who first said it, but it has become a bit of a mantra for me. Whenever I feel like I don’t have enough time, which is quite often these days, I remind myself of this quote and I embrace my inner Beyoncé.

If I want to do things, if I want to get things done, if I want to become the person I want to be, then I need to make the time for it. Continue reading “On Making (and Taking) Time”

On Letting It Go (+ Tips for Letting It Go)

I haven’t been feeling my best these past few weeks. It’s made it hard to concentrate and I’ve fallen behind on some of my writing assignments and projects as a result. The whole thing has made me rather frustrated and stressed. I hate when I feel like this. So I did what any good yogi does: I went to the studio and I let it go. Continue reading “On Letting It Go (+ Tips for Letting It Go)”

On anxiety and yoga

I am an anxious person. I wish I wasn’t, but the truth is I worry about everything. I worry about things before they happen, as they’re happening, and after they’ve happened. I worry about things that will never happen. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night worrying. Other times I can’t sleep at all because I’m worrying. I make people text me when they get home. I check all my doors twice. I take Ativan when it all gets to be a bit too much.

For the longest time I accepted my anxiety as just part of who I was. I’m a worrier! I’d say. I come from a family of worriers! It’s in my blood! But last year I started getting sick of my anxiety. I wanted to go one day without imagining the worst possible thing was going to happen. I wanted to embrace this care free spirit I knew was inside of me. I wanted to take chances without fear of retribution. I wanted to sleep better at night and worry less. Continue reading “On anxiety and yoga”