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Let’s talk about Mental Health

Is it just me, or is everyone talking about their mental health lately? Recently I have seen a surge of people using social media to express their struggles with depression, anxiety, addiction, among others. But I clearly remember when not too long ago we would only hear about celebrities and their mental problems only when they were getting DUI’s, shaving their heads… never in a good light and always being judged. My best bet is that social media allows people to be so open and transparent, even with the possibility of being judged (helloooo trolls), that celebs have decided why not share this other side which is also very important, not everything is pink, bubbly, and perfect.

AND IT IS ABOUT TIME!

For far too long people with mental health problems have had to hide their struggles for fear of being judged. The stigma that comes with admitting that you have to visit a psychologist or psychiatrist is HUGE and it helps that people in social media have decided to take a stand and talk about it. It’s not about glamorizing mental health, au contraire, it’s about shedding light into something so common that everyone should be aware of and have no fear to talk about!

Mental health has also taken the TV world by storm with the recent Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why which showcases the struggles teenagers endure during high school. All the drama, the cliques, but most importantly the BULLYING. Bullying is a very important topic that needs to be addressed in schools and at home. Watching this show has made everyone aware that parents don’t really have a clue of what goes on in their kids’ lives! This show has done a great job at getting people to TALK about mental health and TAKE ACTION. Bullying is one of the many causes of depression in teenagers, and as we know, depression can sometimes lead to suicidal ideas and even attempts. The show has been heavily criticized for glamorizing suicide, showing explicit ways to take your life, and not actually talking about the underlying problems that build up to a person deciding to take their lives, BUT at the same time we have to be thankful for shows like this that get the conversation going.

This may seem like a venting session, but it’s not. As a future mental health professional, and it being Mental Health Awareness Month, I feel very passionate about these issues and extremely proud of everyone that has come out with their personal struggles with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, among many others. I am also very excited about the future! We have finally begun an open and judgment-free conversation on mental health!

Visiting a shrink should bring no shame to people. It’s just like going to the doctor for the common cold. Your brain can have a chemical imbalance, life circumstances can mess you up, LIFE HAPPENS! And all you have to do is seek out help, otherwise the odds of ending up worse than you are right now are extremely high.

Anyways, to close this session LOL, Mental Health Awareness Month should be everyday! Let’s keep the conversation going!

N

Apartment Essentials: A List

Moving is always overwhelming. Doesn’t matter if you are moving 30 minutes away from your current home or half-way across the country, maybe even overseas…plain and simple is it STRESSFUL. I just moved to Miami from Puerto Rico and even though I have a full month before starting my work orientation it still feels like time is quickly running out. Between all the packing, throwing out stuff from the old apartment, sending boxes, shipping cars, and finding THE perfect apartment, it is very easy to forget to be excited about this new stage of my life. Also, we very easily lose track of the basics we need to move. So without further ado, this is my new apartment essentials list, which applies to an apartment that is fully equipped with appliances (otherwise, some other items might take precedence, like say, a fridge LOL). I hope you find it useful and even add to it! Don’t forget to share in the comments below what are YOUR moving basics.

BED + MATTRESS | One of the biggest signs that you have made it as an official adult is when you look at your bed with pride, said bed not being a twin size anymore haha. SO when relocating make your bed your top priority. You want something that will be long-lasting and comfortable since half of the free time you have will probably be spent indulging in long hours of sleep. Don’t forget to buy soft and comfy sheets. I LIVE for the Liquid Cotton Sheets by Liz Claiborne. These can be found exclusively at JCPenney, they might be a bit pricey so try to get them when on sale. They are the definition of soft and silky sheets, even at 300 thread count. A MUST!

SOFA | Another area where you will be spending most of your downtime will be your living room, for said reason one of the items that you should consider splurging on is a nice sofa. This sofa will most times work as the center of your entertaining area so try to find something big and comfortable, but appropriate in size for the space you have. As I was sofa shopping, my initial idea was to get a sectional sofa as it provides lots of seating but I quickly noticed they were not on my budget. I was lucky enough to find a big and comfy sofa at a fraction of the cost just because it was a display item at the store. Sometimes these are the steals your pocket is longing for when you are on the move.

KITCHEN SUPPLIES | This is pretty basic but in addition to doing your grocery run and stocking up on all the ingredients to make delicious meals, you need to have the dinnerware and cookware to serve and prep your food. A staple in your kitchen should be a ceramic sauce pan and pot, it helps that they are nonstick and cook your meals in no time. Also you will need a spatula, cooking spoon, utensils, steak knives and a pretty basic set of kitchen knives. Remember to at least stock up on 2 plates and bowls with mugs and cups. You can finish out the set of four later on in your move if money is tight.

DINING CHAIR + TABLE | If your apartment does not have a kitchen counter you will need to buy a kitchen table. No need to splurge on this since many accessibly priced tables are available at Target and even Overstock or Wayfair. Just don’t buy something too cheap because it may backfire. Next up would be dining chairs. Here it all depends on the look you want… some may be looking for upholstered chairs to make it more decadent or you want to be funky and go for metal bistro chairs (My personal favorite! A plus is that they come in a variety of colors and can help add a pop of color in a boring white rental. )

TV | So this is a point of debate because a TV is not a necessity, less so now when we have iPADs and computers where we can stream our favorite content. But if you feel like you can afford it and it is something you will be using a lot, consider investing in a 4K TV since it’s the latest tech in TVs and it will look awesome AF! I am a movie buff so for me a TV was sort of like a necessity LOL. I have been a Sony girl since forever but the TV I chose for my new apartment is a 4K LG… and I don’t regret it. The graphics looks great, and even better than some Sony’s. Consider it the next time you are purchasing a TV, its a bang for your buck.

Stay tuned for a follow-up post on the best purchases for your home : )

What are your essentials?

Share in the comments below!

N

5 Ways to Feel Less Stressed

Personally I am always on the lookout for ways to feel less stressed. Medical school is a stress-inducing environment and one should look for healthy ways to cope, otherwise you crash and burn. Food is always a tasty safety net to fall into but not the healthiest one since we tend to reach out for sugary treats that give a nice rush. But this nasty habit comes with extra pounds, a muffin top and self-esteem going down the drain. So along the past 4 years I’ve experimented with various ways to de-stress, and so far this is what has worked:

Write notes | Making lists is a must if you want to get stuff done efficiently. But what is really important is to prioritize in these lists because there are things that, believe it or not, CAN wait. Not everything must be done in one day, and this is something I’m still working on because us type A’s tend to be very obsessive about certain things. Also, before taking all your worries into bed try making a list of things you are thinking about and stuff you have to do so you avoid a bout of insomnia.

Get an oil diffuser | For years and years the benefits of aromatherapy have been discussed. I don’t know if you are a skeptic or a believer but let me tell you, it works wonders. Lavender is one of the most popular oils. I’ve used it to go to tranquil sleep and also to quiet down my speedy brain. Peppermint is refreshing; it alleviates congestion and helps improve mood. Chamomile is great to calm you down after a hectic day and it is a well-known mood lifter.

Turn up the volume | Most people think that to relax everything has to be calm and silent but that is not true. Music has the ability to change your mood, calm you down, its just a matter of choosing the right kind of music. You can find many playlists on Spotify that provide nature sounds, like rain or the waves at the beach which provide relaxing background music to your day.

Bake | This is a personal favorite of mine, and I don’t know if it is relaxing for anyone else, but I love to bake. Baking gives me ME-time and lets me create a delicious treat for me and my friends. You can find 5 ingredients recipes that are easy to make online and on Pinterest. You can also go to the Life-Batter section of the blog or follow our Life-Batter board on Pinterest for some inspiration : )

Coloring | Lately there has been a boom in adult coloring books. There are many variations, those with complicated designs and many with mandalas for relaxation. I’ve used Enchanted Forest and it is awesome. Head to Amazon to get a copy.

What are some ways you unwind?
Share in the comments below!

-N