Coffee Talks: Potty Training Positivity

With two toddlers running around, potty training and positivity are not two words that I have felt meshed together lately. However, it’s a new year, …

Coffee Talks: Potty Training Positivity

Education Quotes — Big Sky Buckeye

Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life. A child is given to the universe to be educated. The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds. These quotes come from Frederick W. Robertson, English preacher and Christian […]

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Mother’s Day in Quarantine + Books About Motherhood

“To a parent, your child wasn’t just a person: your child was a place, a kind of Narnia, a vast eternal place where the present you were living and …

Mother’s Day in Quarantine + Books About Motherhood

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What To Do When The Toilet Paper’s Gone?

Are you like the millions of people currently rationing toilet paper? Are you, too, down to your last rolls of the all-important bathroom tissue? Fret not because I’ve got you with this two-part series. Watch the vids for more info!

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Be Calm, Yet Informed (COVID-19 Edition)

By now, I’m sure that you are familiar with COVID-19 which has been affectionately nicknamed “That ‘Rona.” For weeks, we have been inundated with minute-by-minute news updates that, at times, perpetuate more fear than fact. With the endless news cycle the questions, too, are endless: What are the symptoms, do I really need this much toilet paper, is it airborne, is ‘Rona going to affect my travel plans, why would people rather die of dehydration than to drink Dasani water? Like I said, the questions are endless.

Unfortunately, anxiety is often the byproduct of fear and the unknown, but it doesn’t have to be. Hopefully, after reading these six steps, you too will be able to manage your coronavirus anxiety.Be Calm, Yet Informed

1. Get outside

I’m not asking you to train for a marathon or to spend unholy amounts of time outside, but it has been proven that sunlight lifts mood and the coronavirus is sensitive to warmer environments. Getting outside and active also boosts your immune system which is a major benefit at this point. If you’re unable to get outside, opening a window and elevating your heart rate may help as well.

2. Create a to-do list

There’s nothing more fulfilling than being able to cross an item off of your to-do list and now more than ever, it’ll be especially significant. It doesn’t matter if the tasks include brushing your teeth, mopping the floor, or cleaning out the gutters. The purpose of this is to get a sense of accomplishment.

3. Limit social media/breaking news consumption

Believe it or not, social media can be extremely anxiety-producing. Sensory and information overload are real, especially during times of crisis. Step away from your phone or computer for a few hours a day to relieve some stress. This may also be a good time to pick up that hobby or learn that new task you’ve been putting off.

4. Call someone you love

This one seems to be pretty self-explanatory. Nothing like the comfort of a loved one to get you through a tough time.

5. Acknowledge your ruminating thoughts

Cut yourself some slack and acknowledge that what you’re feeling is real. It’s OK to feel scared, afraid, or worried about the present and the future. You’re human. Do the best you can to distract yourself with healthy activities. If at any point you feel that your anxiety is too much to manage on your own consider reaching out to a professional.

6. Know the facts

Remember that saying, “reading is fundamental”? It’s true, reading is fundamental and is especially helpful in combating anxiety. Information is key.

 

These are uncertain times and being anxious is proof we’re human. I am not a health care professional, just a person who manages her anxiety on a daily basis. For accurate, up-to-date information visit the CDC and WHO websites.

 

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I’m Excited About My Period!

“I’m so looking forward to getting my period this month!” -No one, ever. Well, actually, that was me this. Yes, I’ll be the first to admit it. I actually looked forward to Aunt Flo’s visit this month, but not for obvious reasons. …Obvious reasons?? This month was the month I tried a period cup or a menstrual cup and naturally, I want to tell you all about it! This post does not contain any pictures of blood, but it does contain a whole lotta TMI! Continue reading “I’m Excited About My Period!”