21 Ways to a Happier Depression

21 Ways to a Happier Depresison
21 Ways to a Happier Depression

 

I have spoken before about my constant battle with stress and anxiety. This is a real thing that some people just do not understand. I don’t think that I have it super bad, but I know some people do. I get stressed about cleaning, MONEY, work, if I am doing the right things for my kids….the list goes on and on and on and on…… The stress and anxiety have gotten so bad that I was unable to really function. I was not happy at home…I REALLY wasn’t happy at work. When I was at home I would completely ignore things that needed to be done as far as housework goes. I couldn’t do it all so I just didn’t do any of it.

This is an ongoing battle for me and for others.  Aside from medication (which I recommend if you need it….don’t let the stigmatism around mental health prevent you from being healthy and happy), I have searched for other ways to relieve some of this stress and anxiety. I have joined a Facebook group, started eating healthier and working out more frequently (still not as often as I should), yoga and meditation and reading some books.

“I couldn’t do it all so I just didn’t do any of it.”

The first book I have read is called 21 Ways to a Happier Depression. It has some interesting ideas on how to deal with anxiety, stress, and depression, like trying your hand at painting, or writing a letter to someone who has touched your life in some way whether it is your favorite artist or baseball player or even an elementary school teacher. This book is written by Clinical Psychologist, Seth Swirsky and are things that he not only uses himself but recommends to his clients.

De-stress, be happy, and get rid of anxiety
De-stress, be happy, and get rid of anxiety

If you are thinking, “I don’t have time to read!” Then this book is literally for you. It is a quick and simple read. You will have a sense of accomplishment when you finish reading it.  I read half of it in one day and I have a 4 year old and 1 year old. You can totally knock this book out in a couple days and then you can start putting some of these into practice and really start to feel less stress and be happy again.

 

 

20 minute Full Body Workout

20 minute full body circuit
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So I got up yesterday, got ready to go for a run, opened the door, stepped outside and turned my butt right back around and came back inside. It was too cold out there for me (I’m a wimp) and it was really windy. I decided to come up with a 20 minute full body workout that I could do in the safety and warmth of my own home.

If you like to sweat or like to be sore the next day (which I do) then this 20 minute full body workout is for your. It requires no equipment which means anyone can do it anywhere. So no excuses! I would say this is a medium experience workout so feel free to adjust it to your needs.

This is a circuit workout so do each exercise for 30 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, do the next exercise for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest and then repeat the section 3 times before moving to the next section.

Without further ado, here it is! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

20 minute full body circuit
20 minute full body circuit

Try it out and let me know what you think!!!

 

If you liked this workout, check out this 20 minute cardio workout!

Bone Broth

How to Make Bone Broth
How to Make Bone Broth

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This time of year especially, our immune system needs all the help it can get. There are many different things you can drink, eat, and essential oils you can use to help give your immune system the boost that it needs. One of those things is bone broth!

This can be chicken or beef bone broth. This broth is simmered for hours to days to extract as much nutrition from the bones and whatever vegetables you put in it. And it is delicious. My favorite is the beef broth!

Whatever you choose, chicken or beef, it needs to be organic grass fed beef or organic free roaming chicken. I used “all natural” chicken once and believe me I could tell a difference. (At the time, I did not realize there was a difference.)

This broth is known to help with immune system, decrease joint pain, help with arthritis  gut issues. I try to drink at least 1 cup a day, and if I am feeling crummy, I drink 2.

Bone broth is high in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus which makes it great for bone and dental health. And because it has a high collagen content, it is also great for your joints!

If you don’t have the time (or urge) to make your own bone broth but still want to get the benefits from this amazing source, there are plenty of good ones on the market! You can get go here to get some bone broth.

How to Make Bone Broth
How to Make Bone Broth

It is pretty easy to make. You need a big pot. (I use a five gallon pot.) If it is beef bones these first need to be roasted in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes. Add them to the pot, pour in filtered water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and let soak for 20 minutes. The apple cider vinegar helps get the bones ready to release there nutrients.

How to Make Bone Broth
How to Make Bone Broth

Next add in your vegetables. I did 1 onion loosely chopped, 3 stalks of celery, and about two handfuls of baby carrots. All vegetables are organic. You can season with whatever you want. I just seasoned with Himalayan salt about 2 teaspoons.

Next bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer. For chicken bone broth, simmer for 24 hours. For beef bone broth, simmer for 48 hours. Check it about 2 hours in and skim off the impurities that float to the top.

Enjoy!

How to Make Bone Broth
How to Make Bone Broth

Healing Bone Broth


Total Time 12 minutes
Author Wellness by Tracie

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs poultry or beef bone
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 stalks organic celery loosely cut
  • 1 medium organic onion loosely cut
  • 3-4 organic carrots loosely cut
  • 2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 2 chicken feet (optional)

Instructions

  1. If using beef bones, roast these in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes.  

  2. Then place these in a large pot (or place the 2 pounds of chicken bones in the pot), pour in filtered water, and apple cider vinegar.
  3. Let sit for 20 minutes to get bones ready to release nutrients.
  4. Place all vegetables in pot with bones and add in any seasonings you are wanting to use. 

  5.  Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. 
  6. If making chicken broth, simmer for 24 hours. If making beef broth, simmer for 48 hours. 

  7. Enjoy!

 What herbs do you put in your bone broth?!