Help-I’m Looking for Tofu Recipes

tofuI’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of a plant-based diet and am considering giving it a try for health reasons. I don’t think I’m ready to go all vegan or even meatless. But I have been trying to eat a few vegan meals each week. Yesterday the grocery store had tofu on sale. I don’t ever remember having tofu, so I thought I’d give it a try.

The problem? I don’t know how to cook tofu or what to make with it. So I’m asking for your help. Please send my any helpful tips or recipes you love with tofu. I am excited to give this a try and looking forward to your ideas!

What’s in My Purse and Why?

purseAs I wrote the title of this post, I was reminded of the “What’s in your wallet?” commercials. It made me laugh a little, but I’m getting sidetracked. Unfortunately that’s how my mind works most of the time.

Anyway, purses are amazing. They make it possible for us to carry around the essentials and can be a great fashion statement, too. At the same time, it’s possible to get carried away and have too much in your purse. We all know the person with the huge bag that has everything in it. In the interest of being honest, I have been that person. That just weighs it down and leaves you with a sore shoulder or back. Before something goes in my purse, I like to think about the likelihood I’ll actually need it. If I’m not going to use it, it doesn’t need to be taking up space and adding weight to my bag. So what’s in my bag and why?

What’s in My Purse?

General/Obvious stuff:

  • Of course there’s the usual, like my wallet, keys, and a couple of spare keys.purse
  • Altoids or other breath mints. This needs no explanation.
  • Small water bottle. I get a dry throat quickly if I’m not staying hydrated.
  • Sunglasses and case. I have difficulty driving without sunglasses.
  • Small flash light. You never know if you’re going to be stranded in the dark.
  • Ear buds and portable charger. Of course, these are for my phone, which goes in my bag before I leave the house.

Cosmetic and sanitary:

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  • Travel size hairbrush. This is probably more a case of vanity than actual need, but you ladies will understand. Sometimes you need to redo your hair and you can’t do that without a brush.
  • Lip gloss and chapstick. Too long without and my lips get so dry they burn.
  • Safety pins, qtips, and floss picks. Safety pins because I’m clumsy or have a last minute wardrobe malfunction. Floss and qtips are for last minute cleanups.
  • Nail file and clippers. I can’t stand to have chipped or broken nails and like to have quick access to a way to fix it when it happens.
  • Feminine products. A small supply just in case.
  • Travel size hand lotion. I have horrible dry skin and need lotion often.
  • Homemade hand sanitizer. (Find it in this post.) I am extremely sensitive to fragrances and will get sick using the soap in public restrooms. I use this hand sanitizer instead.
  • Deodorant. This might seem like a waste of space, but if I don’t freshen up from time to time, no one wants to be near me.

Health:

  • Rescue Remedy spray. I use this to calm anxiety and it’s also good for headaches.
  • Peppermint oil. Also good for headaches.
  • Accupressure bracelets to relieve motion sickness and candied ginger, also for motion sickness. I can go months without having an episode of motion sickness. But every so often, it’ll hit me out of nowhere. If I’m not prepared, the consequences are not fun.
  • Cough drops. There are several triggers that can cause a coughing fit, so I always have a few of these in my bag.purse
  • Tylenol/ibuprofen. I actually try to avoid taking pain killers as I don’t like the effects. But sometimes it can’t be avoided.

This probably sounds like a lot, but each item has a purpose and a place. With a well organized bag, it doesn’t need to be huge. I have a small cross body bag with lots of pockets that actually holds everything on the list. And as you can probably see, some of the extra items are for health reasons.

What essentials are in your bag? Do you like a large bag or a small bag? Let me know in the comments below!

How to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

pamperSometimes you need to take some time and just pamper yourself. Whether you need a break or you’ve been feeling stressed or anxious and just need to unwind, it’s healthy to take that time for yourself. Even taking 15 minutes has psychological and physical benefits. You’ll feel refreshed and happier. When you focus on an activity just for you, your stress level goes down. Taking the time to refresh yourself is good for the people around you, too. If you’re less frustrated, you get along with others better.

This pampering or me time can be anything you enjoy, whether it’s a bubble bath, a long hike, or a good book. It just needs to be something you enjoy and leaves you feeling refreshed. But what if you are tight on money? How can you pamper yourself and recharge the batteries when it seems like you have no cash to spare? Read on!

Spa Time

Maybe you enjoy the pampering of a spa day. That can get pricey. But with some homemade pamperitems made with stuff you probably already have around the house, you can create your own spa day!

  • Make a turmeric facial mask, found here. I love this mask and try to use it a couple of times a week. It leaves my skin cleansed and soft.
  • Have a warm foot soak with epsom salt and your favorite essential oils. I personally love lavender for relaxation. This foot bath is amazing. It keeps the water hot, has soothing bubbles, and rollers for massaging the bottoms of your feet.
  • Better yet, take a hot bath with epsom salt and essential oils. Or make these amazing homemade bath bombs. This is another idea that you can customize with different essential oils.

Bookworm or Netflix Addicts

pamperI love to read and I also love Netflix. But I often read at night to fall asleep or listen to Netflix/Hulu as only background noise. This means I’m not fully paying attention. So if I really want to pamper myself, this is what I do:

  • Turn on my diffuser with my favorite blend of essential oil blends. My favorite is an equal mix of peppermint, lavender, and grapefruit oils. I also enjoy cinnamon oil.
  • Make a cup of my favorite tea. I especially love hibiscus tea. Sometimes I grab snacks, too.
  • Put on some comfy clothes, whether it’s sweats, pj’s, or a soft, comfy robe.
  • Get comfortable on the sofa and enjoy a good book or a show I’ve been wanting to see.

This one could also become a theme. For example, make it a Star Wars marathon or a chick flick marathon.

Other Ideas

Try these other ideas for me time:

  • If exercise recharges your batteries, take a walk or go an a hike. Plug in your headphones with your favorite playlist.
  • If you love to cook or bake, pick a recipe you haven’t tried before and make it.pamper
  • Invite a friend or friends over for tea, coffee, or a meal.
  • Spend time helping others.
  • Learn a new hobby or craft or catch up on some projects that need to be finished.
  • Get a massage.

There is no right way to take some time for yourself. The important thing is to choose something you enjoy and that leaves you feeling refreshed, whether it’s spending some time by yourself or with friends. Hopefully you’ve gotten some ideas and can enjoy yourself without spending an arm and a leg!

How do you relax and recharge? Let me know in the comments below!

 

What is Anxiety and How Can You Cope?

anxietyAnxiety is a terrible thing. It can range from mild to severe. Anxiety is defined as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes.” Basically, anxiety causes a person to worry excessively about things that haven’t happened, or worry over things that have happened and what they should have done differently, or any of a million and one things. Everyone worries from time to time, but anxiety is an entirely different beast.

People with anxiety overthink everything. I personally have over analyzed past situations in my head, replaying them over and over and over, thinking about what I could have said or done differently, replaying the scenario if I had done something differently. I struggle in social situations. I usually do okay in small groups, but I hate being in large crowds. At parties, I end up being a wallflower. I don’t like to be awkward and I’m always afraid of interrupting other people’s conversations, so it’s easier to sit on the sidelines.

Sometimes severe anxiety leads to panic attacks. I have had a few of these and they are terrible. I’ve hyperventilated until my arms felt numb, my heart racing, crying uncontrollably, unable to catch my breath. There are various triggers for panic attacks, and a person can’t always predict what those triggers might be. This informative article from WebMD gives more information on panic attacks.

How can a person cope with anxiety and reduce the effects?

As always, please remember I am not a doctor and this article is presented for informational purposes only.

Calm Yourself Down

In the grip of anxiety, it can be difficult to calm yourself. Sometimes I experience irrational thoughts and it always seems to be worse when I’m alone. If my husband is with me, he seems to know exactly what to say and the best way to calm me down. It’s important to get your breathing under control. I tend to hyperventilate, but some people hold their breath in an effort to calm down. Taking deep, calming breaths can alleviate the symptoms much more quickly.

There are some methods that are helpful whether you are experiencing mild anxiety or a full-blown panic attack.

One technique that is helpful is the 54321 method. It goes like this:

  • Name 5 things you can see in the (such as a chair or photo)
  • Name 4 things you can feel (such as my feet on the floor, the air on my skin)
  • Name 3 things you can hear right now (such as the radio, people talking outside)
  • Name 2 things you can smell right now (such as food, perfume)
  • Name 1 good thing about yourself (such as I am strong)

There are other techniques that can help, too. If you Google “grounding techniques for anxiety” you will find plenty of ideas.

Reassure Yourself

The following statements can help when you’re in the grip of anxiety:

  • I know this will fade away.
  • I know a panic attack can’t hurt me.
  • I know that I am not in danger.
  • I know I will be okay.

A lot of my anxiety stems from self-esteem issues. This isn’t something that can be fixed easily. After a bad episode with anxiety, it can help to remind yourself that you are valuable. The following statements are a great way to reassure yourself:

  • I am not my mistakes.
  • I am proud of my accomplishments.
  • I am enough.
  • I choose to be positive.
  • I matter. I am allowed to say “no” to others and “yes” to myself.

Other Methods of Dealing with Anxiety

Sometimes you need a little more to calm your anxiety. There are several essential oils that can alleviate anxiety. You can put these oils in your diffuser or inhale directly from the bottle. These include:

  • Lavender oil is calming
  • Ylang ylang helps with optimism and soothes fearfulness
  • Bergamot relieves stress as well as helping with depression and anxiety

Another product I love is Rescue Remedy, made by Bach Flower Remedies. Amazon carries it here. It comes in drops, spray, cream, and a few other forms. I personally love the spray. When I’m anxious I just spray in the back of my throat and it helps almost immediately.

Make sure to get enough sleep and eat right. It’s hard to function when you’re tired or not anxietyproperly nourished. Make sure to give yourself some me-time. Take a walk, work on a hobby or project, or soak in a hot bath. Do something that will help you relax and leave you feeling refreshed.

What helps you with anxiety? Let me know in the comments below!

Easy Jam and Jelly Roundup

jelly I love jam and jelly. It’s great with so many things, from PB&J to oatmeal, to peach-smothered pork chops(as a bonus I’m sharing that recipe at the bottom, too). I was surprised to learn that homemade jam is incredibly easy to make, and even better, you know exactly what’s going in it. About a year ago, I ended up with all kinds of fresh produce that was locally grown. I knew I’d never use it all before it went bad, so I started looking up recipes, and of course jelly recipes came up.

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite jam recipes from around the web, made from apples, pears, pumpkin, peaches, and even hot peppers for those of you who like a little spice . Some of these are so easy they can be made in the slow cooker! It doesn’t get muc

 

h better than that. And none of them are made with pectin. It may just be me, but I don’t like jams and jellies made with pectin.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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This recipe is super easy and tastes amazing! Find the recipe here. You can make it a little on the chunky side or blend it if you prefer it smoother.

Spiced Pear Butter

This is another one that’s made in the slow cooker. This is one of my husband’s favorites and is great on toast. Get the recipe here.

jellyPeach Jam

This is my personal favorite and is made with only 3 ingredients. It tastes just like summer in a jar! You can also use almost any fruit in place of the peaches. The recipe is here.

Hot Pepper Jelly

I am not a fan of spicy foods but my husband loves this one. Here is the recipe.

Spiced Pumpkin Butterjelly

This recipe is fantastic! I like to make it with fresh pumpkin that I’ve prepared myself. Get the recipe here.

Bonus: Peach Smothered Pork Chops

These are hands down the best pork chops I’ve ever had. I love to cook these up with homemade peach jam.

What are your favorite homemade jam and jelly recipes? Let me know in the comments below!

Natural Pain Remedies

painI have experienced chronic joint and muscle pain since I was about 16. Arthritis runs strongly in my husband’s family, so he also deals with pain issues. We’ve both taken our fair share of pain killers such as tylenol, ibuprofen, and aleve. But the more I learned about the dangers and side effects of taking excess pain killers, the more I wanted to find a better way to manage pain. Pain can be alleviated with essential oils and other natural remedies, without the dangerous side effects.

Please note, I am not a doctor and this article is intended for informational purposes only.

Essential Oils for Pain

  • Lavender oil definitely tops this list. Its anti-inflammatory properties can relieve body aches. Mix a few drops with coconut oil and massage into the affected area. It’s great for headaches, too! Using lavender oil in a diffuser or warm bath can also help you sleep!
  • Peppermint oil relaxes muscles in the lower back, reduces tension headaches and even pain caused by fibromyalgia. Peppermint oil should definitely be mixed with a carrier oil before applying to the skin; otherwise it could burn.
  • Ginger oil is effective in treating pain caused by autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. It can be used topically or inhaled. Ginger oil has been found to have no adverse side effects even when used for extended periods of time.
  • Lemongrass oil relieves aches and pains. It has anti inflammatory properties and improves blood circulation, relieving muscle spasms, back aches, sprains, and cramps. Try rubbing diluted lemongrass oil on your body or use it in a foot soak along with epsom salt.

Other Pain Remedies

  • The curcumins in turmeric are anti inflammatory and can be purchased in capsule form painto manage pain. It should also include black pepper, as it has properties that help the body absorb more of the curcumin rather than having most of it flushed from the body by the liver. I prefer to purchase organic powdered turmeric and add it to our eggs along with black pepper.
  • Arnica is a lesser known pain remedy but it works wonders. It’s used topically and reduces pain from insect bites, bruises, and even arthritis. It’s also great for pain caused by carpal tunnel. For some, the arnica helps enough that they were able to avoid surgery. It can be purchased as a gel or cream and used directly on the skin.
  • The old stand-by of a hot bath with epsom salts is great for relaxing sore muscles. You can even add in any of the essential oils mentioned earlier for increased pain relief and relaxation.

Homemade Pain Remedies

Try these homemade remedies to manage your pain:

What natural remedies help you with pain? Let me know in the comments below!

How to Use Bentonite Clay for Your Health

bentonite clayRecently, bentonite clay is gaining popularity for its healing properties. What is bentonite clay, how can you find a good quality clay, and how do you use it? Today I will answer all those questions.

What is Bentonite Clay and How Can I Find Good Quality Clay?

Bentonite clay is made up of aged volcanic ash. The name comes from the largest known deposit of bentonite clay in Fort Benton, Wyoming. Bentonite clay produces an “electrical charge” when hydrated, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. A good quality bentonite clay should be gray or cream in color, not white. If you intend to use it internally, make sure the clay is food grade.

Uses for Bentonite Clay

There are many ways to use bentonite clay:

  • Use on the skin to relieve itch or draw out toxins. Make a paste with the clay and some water, then spread on the affected area. Once it dries and starts to crack, wash it off. This is great for bug bites or itchy skin. I also used it when I had MRSA to draw the infection to the surface.
  • Bentonite clay can improve tooth and gum health. I use it in homemade toothpaste, which you can read about here.
  • bentonite clayUse as a detoxing foot soak. Make a paste with the clay and some apple cider vinegar, coat the bottoms of your feet, and wait until it starts to dry and crack. Soak your feet in warm water and epsom salt for 15-20 minutes. Use a pumice stone to remove any clay and dead skin. (You can also add essential oils to the water.)
  • Used internally, it can help with digestive issues-nausea relief and vomiting in pregnant women, constipation, and even IBS symptoms. Drink 1/2 to 1 teaspoon once per day. Mix the clay with water, preferably in a container with a lid so you can shake the clay and make it dissolve. Then drink it right away.
  • It’s safe for pets, too. You can add bentonite clay to your pet’s water to help with vomiting. It can also help with parasites, such as worms. Add 1/4 to 1/2 of a teaspoon mixed with bentonite clayyour pet’s water or on his food. Make sure your pet has plenty of water available.
  • Use in place of baby powder. Apply the clay to the skin of a baby that is irritated, red or needs soothing in the same way that traditional powders are used. Allow it to sit for several minutes before wiping or rinsing it away.

 

What are your favorite uses for bentonite clay? Share in the comments below!

26 Scenic Photos of the Navajo Reservation

We live in on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona. It’s a rural, isolated area. There are definitely challenges to living in such a remote place, but it is home to Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. Today I want to share some of the scenery that makes our home such an amazing place to live.

  • Navajo Reservation
    Spider Rock is my favorite place in Canyon de Chelly. The rock formation is 750 feet tall. This picture was taken on a rainy day.

My husband and I like to take a drive every so often just to enjoy the scenery and take some pictures. I have many, many pictures from around the reservation, so it was difficult to pick just a few to share with you. I hope you enjoyed them!

 

 

 

Winter Crochet Roundup

crochetI love crafts and DIY. Hobbies help me unwind, give me something to focus on when I’m depressed, and give me a sense of satisfaction at having accomplished something with my own 2 hands. I’ve enjoyed scrapooking, making cards, knitting, jewelry making and bead work, and sewing. With the colder weather, I’ve been working on projects to keep myself warm. Today I would like to share some of my favorite crochet projects from around the web, along with pictures of my finished projects.

Knee-High Socks

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You can find the pattern for these socks here. I added three rows of crocodile stitch to the top. I love to wear these with boots. My feet are perpetually cold in winter. With these socks they are so warm and cozy. This pattern would also be pretty in a variegated yarn.crochet

Crochet Beret

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I love how that rhymes! Find the pattern here. The great thing about this pattern is how versatile it is. It works up quickly, too. I think it took me about 2 hours to finish this one. You could add a crochet flower to make it a little more feminine, something like this. crochet

 

 

 

Fingerless Iron Man Gloves

crochetThese have got to be the coolest pair of gloves ever! The pattern is here. The website also includes a free printable version of the pattern. Iron Man is my husband’s favorite Avenger, so I knew as soon as I saw it I would have to try out this pattern. This isn’t the best picture, but they turned out awesome.

 

 

 

Crocodile Stitch Fingerless Glovescrochet

The pattern I used is no longer available for free, but this one is pretty similar. I LOVE these gloves. It did take a few tries to get the hang of the crocodile stitch, but the results are worth it.

 

 

Crochet Ruffle Scarf

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What winter project list would be complete without a scarf? I love the ruffle scarves that have become popular in recent years, but the special yarn is a bit pricey. I came across this pattern that uses regular yarn, and was very pleased with the results.

 

 

 

My current project is a blanket made from African flower hexagons. It’s a great project for using up those last little bits of leftover yarn. It’s going to take a while, though. I need about 200 hexagons. I’ll share more as I make more progress on it. What are your favorite winter crochet projects? Let me know in the comments below!

How I Treated My Depression Without Antidepressants

depressionDepression affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide. In the United States alone, an estimated 16 million people suffer from depression. That is about 7% of the population. Depression comes in many forms-major depression, persistent depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, post-partum depression, psychotic depression-the list goes on.

The purpose of this post isn’t to go into detail on each form of depression, but rather to give you a basic overview of depression and its symptoms. I would also like to share my personal experience with depression as well as how I was able to wean myself off of antidepressants and treat my depression naturally.

I am not a doctor and this article is not intended to be medical advice. It is presented for informational purposes only.

What is Depression?

We all experience sadness and grief from time to time, but they usually don’t last. Depression is more-it is a period of overwhelming sadness accompanied by other emotional and physical symptoms.There is no one risk factor or cause for depression. Risk factors include:

  • brain chemistry, hormones, or genetics
  • low self-esteem
  • anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • abuse
  • chronic illness
  • substance abuse
  • some prescription medications
  • family history of depression

Just as the possible causes of depression vary, the symptoms vary from person to person, too. Emotional symptoms can include:

  • feelings of sadness or emptiness that persist
  • extreme irritability over minor things
  • anxiety and restlessness
  • anger management issues
  • loss of interest in favorite activities
  • fixation on the past or on things that have gone wrong
  • thoughts of death or suicide

Depression has physical symptoms, too. Some of them are:

  • insomnia or sleeping too much
  • debilitating fatigue
  • increased or decreased appetitedepression
  • weight gain or weight loss
  • difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • unexplained aches and pains

Left untreated, depression can lead to:

  • substance abuse
  • headaches and other chronic pain
  • phobias, panic disorders, anxiety attacks
  • trouble at school or work
  • family and relationship problems
  • social isolation
  • obesity due to eating disorders, raising the risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • self-mutilation
  • attempted suicide or suicide

Treatment for Depression

Depression is serious and should never be taken lightly. Almost 800,000 people die from suicide every year. Conventionally, depression is treated with antidepressant medication, psychological counseling, or a combination of the two. In more severe cases, transcranial magnetic stimulation or even electroconvulsive therapy may be used. You can Google those terms to find out more about them.

depressionAntidepressants come with a list of side effects. These include:

  • nausea
  • increased appetite and weight gain
  • sexual problems
  • fatigue and drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • agitation
  • irritability
  • anxiety

Another problem with medications is that they are not a cure. They only treats symptoms and if someone stops taking them, the symptoms come back. Some antidepressants can even  make the depression worse. But untreated depression is dangerous. So what can you do?

My Journey with Depression

I was first diagnosed with depression in my early 20s, though in retrospect I believe I suffered from depression from the time I was about 10 or 11. My family has a history of depression, so I’m sure that was a major factor for me. I also attribute my depression to abandonment issues from  my early childhood. My father has never been in my life, and that has always been very painful for me. It led to self-esteem and other issues. When I was diagnosed, I was not happy with my life. The job I had loved was quickly burning me out and I felt stuck.

Once diagnosed, I was prescribed Prozac. I was started at the lowest dose. It would work for a while, then I would need a higher dosage. Eventually I was at the highest dosage. My doctor put me on another antidepressant, though I don’t remember which one. This one made me very angry. I was crabby, to put it mildly, and my family didn’t want to be around me. I couldn’t blame them. After a month, my doctor tried another medication. I think I took that one for about 2 years. In that time, I resigned from  my job and got married. I definitely felt that my life had moved forward. I also began to notice side effects from the medication that weren’t there before. So I wanted to make a change.

Natural Treatment Alternatives

I began by researching natural treatments for depression. (If you are a regular reader, you know how much I love to do research!) I love the book Prescription for Natural Cures. You can pick up a copy here. This book has helped me many times.

Sometimes depression is affected by what we eat. A healthy diet helps to create healthy brain chemistry. You may need to make radical changes to your diet, especially if you eat a lot of processed or fast foods. Eating enough protein will boost your energy levels. Caffeine and refined sugars may give you a temporary boost, but will lead to a crash, making you more exhausted or irritable. Try to minimize your intake of these foods. Food allergies can also contribute to the symptoms of depression. This article explains how an elimination diet can help you determine whether you have food allergies. One food I cut out is wheat. That dietary change helped reduce many of my health issues.

Supplements can help with depression, too. 5-hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP, taken with a good vitamin B complex worked wonders for me. Vitamin B6 is required for the 5-HTP to be metabolized. 5-HTP is a naturally occurring substance derived from the seed pods of griffonia simplicifolia, a West African medicinal plant. 5-HTP works by restoring serotonin levels and can improve general mood, depression, anxiety, insomnia,weight loss, pms, chronic headaches, and migraines. 50 mg taken 3 times a day is the recommended dosage. A couple of other helpful supplements are a good multivitamin and fish oil. Both contribute to general health and nutrition.

depressionFinal Thoughts

Other possibilities to consider are spending time outdoors. It’s helpful to get some sunshine each day, especially if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder. Regular exercise can improve depression. My husband and I walk as often as possible. We would like it to be every day, but we can’t always make that work. Build a good support group of friends and family. Sometimes just talking things over with someone you’re close to will lift your mood. Some people also like to keep a journal. Make the effort to do things you enjoy. Depression can make it hard to be interested in hobbies, but I have often found that one I push myself to get started, I enjoy whatever it is I’m working on. Do what you reasonably can to reduce stress in your life. Be sure to get enough sleep. Being tired will make depression worse. Essential oils are useful as well. I personally love lavender oil; it’s calming and helps me to sleep.

If you do stop taking antidepressant medications, it is important not to quit cold turkey. You should be weaned off gradually and this is best done under the advice of a doctor. Some of the antidepressants I took gave me the shakes and dizzy spells if I missed a day.

Be patient as you figure out what works for you. It may take a little trial and error when experimenting with treatments. Make a list of what does work for you when you figure it out. Sometimes on a bad day I don’t think about things that can help me. You will still have bad days. I do. Sometimes the difficulties and stresses of life get me down, or I’m down and don’t even know why. It’s going to happen. But it does pass. My husband is a huge help and support during these times. He is so patient with my bad moods and crabbiness. He also helps me by reminding me what I can do to help myself on the bad days. I don’t know what I would do without him.

What helps you with depression? Let me know in the comments!