1.20.2022

What Treatments Are Available For Your Mental Health?

One of the reasons that so many people have untreated mental health problems is that they’re unaware of the treatment options that exist. You’ve almost been conditioned to believe that this is something you have to deal with internally. As someone who personally deals with depression and anxiety; that’s completely and utterly wrong. 


There are different ways of getting treatment for your mental health, and here are some of the most common approaches that could help you:



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Traditional Therapy

I love therapy. I have been in therapy off and on since I was 16. I highly recommend it for everyone. It's just a great place to say how you feel without any judgement. Traditional therapy is a common treatment for your mental health. Here, you will sit down and talk to someone about your problems. This will usually be a qualified psychiatrist, and they can listen to your concerns and symptoms, providing a source of emotional support. 


In many people, this is all it takes to see a massive weight lifted from your shoulders. Speaking to someone about your problems and getting advice can help you rationalize feelings and understand why you might be suffering. It’s a very good way of getting to the bottom of your problems and finding some long-term relief. 

Medication

Yes, there are many types of medication you can be prescribed to help with your mental health concerns. This includes both antidepressants and antipsychotics, both of which can work, but they come with some complications. For one, you might be prescribed the wrong medication based on your issues because your doctor misdiagnoses you. Speaking to a medical malpractice attorney, this is a cause for a lawsuit. But, from a health perspective, it can mean you’re taking lots of medication that isn’t doing anything to help. 


Secondly, we can easily get hooked on prescription drugs for our mental health. A lot of people struggle to beat their mental demons because they depend on their medication to help them. When the meds get taken away, they continue to get all the bad thoughts they had before, so they are stuck taking them forever - which is incredibly harmful and means you never get to the bottom of the problem. So, while medication can provide some relief, it is never a treatment you should solely rely on. 

CBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an alternative therapy treatment that’s often used for people with mental health concerns. It’s a short-term treatment that focuses on finding the connections between your thoughts and feelings, figuring out why you may feel or act a certain way. From here, you will try to develop skills that can help you manage your symptoms in a more active manner. 


CBT is ultimately about changing your perceptions and how you view your life. It’s been proven to work for lots of different mental health issues, so it might work for you. 


The important thing to note is that one treatment might not work for everyone. For example, someone may succeed with CBT, while someone else might find that it does nothing. It’s a good idea to explore as many different options as you can. This can help you find a treatment that works for you, allowing you to overcome your mental health concerns. 











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1.10.2022

Why Are So Many People On Medication?

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According to official data, around 70 percent of people are on some sort of prescription medication, with 30 percent on drugs that alter the way their minds work. In the past, generations of people lived and died without any intervention of this sort, so why are we all so hooked? 


The statistics themselves are shocking. What’s more, with all these drugs in circulation, why don't people get healthier? Why is society sicker than ever before? More people have diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer than ever before? 


We Want A Quick Fix


Health isn’t something you can fix quickly. It requires changing your life from the ground up, prioritizing the body and mind at every stage. Holistic interventions such as diet, exercise, mindfulness, reduced workloads and so on require enormous time and energy to get right. Usually, they pay off, but it can take years. 


Society, though, wants a quick fix. We don’t want to worry about these factors when we can just pop a pill that will make the problems go away. However, unfortunately, they don’t disappear as easily as many people imagine, and most of the time, they don’t work at all. 


We’re Hooked


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As Sunshine Behavioral Health points out, the opioid epidemic is reaching epic proportions. Physicians have been prescribing people medications that create dependencies, preventing them from living their lives in a healthy manner. All that matters is getting the next bottle of medication. 


The problem with brain-altering drugs is that they set up reward loops. Once you have an opioid containing medicine once, it increases your desire to have it again. 


Benzodiazepines are even worse. These drugs essentially eliminate all unpleasant feelings for a while, allowing the user to overcome practically any psychological obstacle that they face. Unfortunately, they can also damage the brain over time. 


We’re Not Moving Enough


Most people are entirely sedentary. They don’t get the minimum recommended amount of exercise – not even close. 


Because of this, problems begin to enter the physical body. Joints become stiff, arteries stop working properly and the mind begins to slow. What’s more, the longer a person remains sedentary, the more likely they are to struggle with movement in the future. Even something as simple as bending down can result in injury. 


We Don’t Accept Our Nature


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The modern world makes us believe that humans are supposed to live as people in big cities. But that’s not how nature formed us. Instead, we spent the majority of our time walking through woodland and interacting with wildlife. We were once wild animals. 


Our biology hasn’t forgotten this fact. In many ways, we still are wild. However, we’ve lost conscious connection with that aspect of ourselves. Because of this, all sorts of dysfunction is coming in. 


We Are Eating Dangerous Food


Lastly, we’re eating dangerous food – substances that actively harm us. 


Food should be whole and natural. That’s how we evolved to eat. But industrial processing is changing that. We’re eating substances nature did not design our bodies to handle, and so that’s leading to disease and premature aging. 











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1.07.2022

Nasty Bitch

I found this blog post in my drafts from about 9 years ago as I was just cleaning out some things. I don't know why I never published it. I still feel the same way I did then as I do now. I might not have the same anger this post kinda gives off but I do still believe in standing up for yourself ALWAYS! 

Especially in todays world; because as we know it's even harder NOW 9 years later to stand up for yourself and what you believe in than it was back then. 

Standing up for what you believe in has always been hard but now we fear backlash from friends, work and even family because some how we have moved into a time period where having your own feelings and beliefs isn't allowed anymore. If you don't believe and follow along with the masses you are looked at as weird or even a bad person. It's no wonder nobody stands up for themselves anymore. It seems to be much easier to just follow along. But let me tell you following along will only work for so long if you know something truly isn't right. Trust me it will break you down.

 Now is the time to stay strong to who you are and what you believe. I promise there are more of you out there than you may think. You are not alone. 

Below is the blog post I wrote from 9 years ago. I didn't change anything or add anything. Everything including the pictures/quotes are the same. I even kept the same blog title. I didn't want to change anything because I feel like thats who I was at that time and there is nothing wrong with that. 




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hello loves! so today's post is gonna get a little real & honest. I usually like to keep it light weight around here but because of recent events I wanted to write about this.....
 
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I have always been a strong headed person. I was brought up that way - not the let others walk all over me. To stand up for what I believe in. To fight for what I feel is right.
 
So you better believe it when I see something isn't right or I feel I'm being walked all over I say something. But you know what I have been realizing?
 
Standing up for yourself seems to make ME the nasty one.
 
Some how I have become the hater.
 
When on earth did standing up for yourself become wrong? It's no wonder so many people keep their mouths shut anymore....everyone is too afraid of the backlash.
 
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It is already SO hard to be a women in this world & yet we continue to fight and back stab each other just to get ahead....it saddens me, that us as women can't get it together.
 
We should be joining as one & take on this world together-  Not against each other.
 
 But clearly that is hard for a lot of girls to do & would rather just stay in high school.
 
If I can get anything across to you from this post it would be to stand up for what you believe is right. Don't let others make you feel afraid or that your just some crazy bitch. And I don't just mean in the blog world. I mean in REAL life - take a stand
 
Stand up for what you believe in. Don't let these 'passive aggresive' people tear you down. And if you lose a friend or whatever over it - then good. You don't want people like that in your life anyway. You need to be surrounded by people that accept you for the REAL version of you. We should never ever be afraid to speak our mind, especially when we know its right.
 
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How to Support Your Partner During a Challenging Time

When you're in a committed relationship, it can be hard to know how to support your partner through difficult times. However, it's essential that you do everything you can to help your partner get back on their feet and find joy again. In this blog post, you'll find some strategies for supporting your partner during challenging times.



#1 Don't downplay the situation

The first thing you should never do is downplay the situation. For example, if your partner lost their job, or maybe is receiving the best testosterone replacement therapy, don't tell them that things could be worse and that there are probably people in much more difficult situations than theirs. This does not help anyone because it's dismissive of what they're going through right now, which can make your partner feel as though everyone else has it together except for them. 


It will only cause more pain and suffering by making your partner feel isolated from those around them who may have experienced similar events but managed to get back on their feet again quickly. Furthermore, trying to minimize how hard this event was for your partner turns into an insult after time - no one wants to be told that what they've been through isn't a big deal.

#2 Help where you can


The best way to support your partner is by helping them out in whatever ways you can. For example, if they lost their job, offer to help them look for a new one. Just be sure not to take over or do things for your partner that they are capable of doing themselves - this will only make them feel more helpless and unsupported. Instead, try asking what kind of help they need specifically so you can provide the most effective assistance possible.

#3 Make them the priority 


This is where you can show your partner just how much they mean to you. When their family and friends are around, try not to be the center of attention or get all the praise. You might even want to take a back seat sometimes if that's what makes them feel like they're still doing well in life.


Of course, there may be times when this isn't possible (for example, during special events). Still, it should be your priority, as many other things will fall into place once you do whatever it takes to strengthen your relationship with support!

#4 Check-in from time to time


It's also a good idea to check in from time to time, even if things are going well. This lets your partner know that you're still there for them, no matter what. You can do this by sending a text, email, or making a phone call - whatever is most convenient for them. Just be sure not to become overbearing and constantly checking in; this will only make your partner feel smothered and like they can't breathe. Instead, a healthy balance of occasional check-ins will let them know that you're still supportive, even when you're not around.


By following these tips, you'll be able to support your partner through any challenging times they may face!











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1.02.2022

3 Hair Care Tips for Travelers

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If you love traveling around, then you should know that you need to still keep up a fairly effective routine for your hair and skin. Just because you’re on vacation means that the responsibilities for taking care of yourself end.  It thankfully doesn’t need to be difficult at all to manage a hair care routine while you’re traveling. More than likely, you’ll be able to follow your regular routine without any potential problems.

However, this could vary on several factors such as how long you’re gone for traveling, your mode of transportation, and even the weather.  In general, most types of hair textures will benefit from having a routine and even following the routine while away from home. So these are some helpful tips for keeping a nice grooming routine while you’re on the go.

Buy a silk or satin pillowcase

The fabric used at hotels and other accommodations isn’t necessarily the best. Unless you’re staying at a 5-star hotel, don’t put your hopes on the quality of fabrics. With that said, you’ll want to protect your hair and even your skin. Bringing a silk or satin pillowcase but also wearing a silk or satin nightcap can help a lot.

Soft fabrics such as silk and satin are excellent for preventing frizziness in the hair. Regular cotton pillowcases and fabric can suck out moisture which also causes friction with the skin and hair. So packing a pillowcase and even a nightcap can do your hair a lot of good.  Just keep in mind that silk and satin are fabrics that do require a bit of extra care than regular fabric. So it’s best to look into the proper instructions on how to clean these textiles.

Avoid over washing

This is something as you know I stand by and have since the beginning of MessyDirtyHair. I always try to go as long as I can without washing my hair. Embrace the mess, remember? Over washing your hair is a constant mistake that many tend to make. While you don’t want to under wash since that’s bad for your hair, over-washing can be just as harmful. This is one of the challenges for many, and it’s understandable. It can be hard trying to find that sweet spot on what’s best for your hair and scalp. Washing too much will strip the natural oils that are in the hair.

This is going to make your hair feel so dried out. If you can, try to wash your hair at the very maximum of three times a week, but it’s better to do it twice a week. You’ll also want to be careful with using dry shampoo because too much of that can be bad for your hair as well.

Don’t be afraid to try out local hair care tips

One of the beauties of getting to travel is having the chance to learn and grow more. Beauty varies depending on where you are, and this even includes beauty tips. Don’t be afraid to try out and even embrace hair care tips from the countries or regions you’re visiting. It may even be a fun opportunity to visit a hair salon and get yourself a new hairstyle. These sorts of things are one of the best souvenirs that you can give yourself while traveling.  














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