Celery is having a moment, don’t tell us you haven’t noticed. These crunchy green stalks have been sitting on the sideline patiently waiting their turn. They watched as kale went from a garnish to a worldwide phenomenon. Celery cheered on brussel sprouts as they went from yucky to oh-so trendy and everywhere. They even supported avocados from the very beginning...from guacamole, to toast, to more toast and beyond. Now, it is celery’s time to step out of the shadows and off a giant plate of chicken wings. Celery it is your time to shine as the main event, baby!
Chewing 13 stalks of celery first thing in the morning seems like a major time suck and a lot of chewing so we have put the power of 13 stalks of celery with a squeeze of lemon in our favorite glass bottles so you can reep on the benefits in just a few sips. This is Heal Me Up. What are the benefits of the new hot veg? Let us tell you:
The combination of cold pressed celery and lemon, that makes up Heal Me Up, is extremely alkalizing. Heal Me Up as a whole works to lower the level of acid in the body to maintain a healthy pH of 7.4. Acidosis can be caused by consuming too much sugar, alcohol, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, dairy, and meat. So if you’re feeling off after a weekend bender full of pixie sticks, diet soda, and McRibs...we know why.
Inflammation is basically the root of all evil in the body. It causes arthritis, acne, sore muscles, digestive issues, depression, anxiety, mood swings, bad hair days, and cracked iPhone screens. Okay, those last two aren’t true but the rest are and nobody wants any of those things. So why wouldn't you want to fight inflammation?
Celery juice is fabulous for skin due to its high levels of certain vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, B, C, K, niacin, and folate help to repair skin damaged by promoting the production of collagen which is vital to keeping skin smooth and firm. Celery is also high in calcium, potassium, and magnesium. These minerals are responsible for the brightening of skin. Lastly, Heal Me Up helps to repair a leaky gut which leads to clear, blemish-free skin.
As mentioned above, celery is full of magnesium. Those with a magnesium deficiency may have high levels of stress, anxiety and have issues falling asleep at night. You probably know that the brain in your head plays a big role in moods and emotions but did you know you have a second brain? It's your gut! A healthy gut will keep you happy, but a leaky gut caused by inflammation will rain on your parade. When you have a leaky gut the bad bacteria is no longer contained within the lining of your gut. It gets out into your bloodstream. A toxin is then released which triggers negativity and brain fog.
Are you pouring Heal Me Up all over your entire life yet? Tempted? We dare you. But maybe avoid your laptop and cellphone.
You know we are all about the immunity boosting elixirs and herbal supplements. You should definitely take those but today we want to talk about adding movement to your immunity routine. I know, its winter and hibernation is your first instinct but we gotta keep moving to stay healthy. Just move, stagnation can create an infection. Move that energy around and out. Create heat in your body to help buffer the immune system, clear congestions, and stimulate building ojas (physical vitality, mental clarity, and overall health).
Yoga helps calm the nervous and endocrine system which results in more energy that can be used to directly combat a stubborn virus. Twisting poses will help stimulate the organs aiding in digestive function. Taking deep breaths will aid the respiratory system, which is one of the first areas affected by cold and flu. Deep breaths also relax you which lowers stress and inevitably makes you an all around more healthy person.
Here are our favorite immunity boosting yoga poses. Start any practice with meditation. Close your eyes, get your breath moving to keep respiratory pathways clear. Pro tip: burn sage during your practice to clear negative energy and bacteria in the air.
Increases circulation, promoting good circulation can help allow immune cells to flow freely so they can more effectively fight off infection. It also allows your sinuses to drain.
Start in a tabletop position, hands on the floor underneath shoulders and knees on the floor beneath the hips. Gently lift knees pressing the seat up and back and straightening legs, keeping weight in both arms and legs. Expand in the chest, making a V shape from your hands to feet, your pelvis being the highest point. See here.
Opens chest to stimulate the thymus, a gland that produces white blood cells that help the body fight off infection. Think of your white blood cells as emergency first responders. They catch wind of the flu and they hustle!
Start laying down chest facing the floor. Bring elbows in line with shoulders, allowing your forearms to touch the floor. Inhaling rise up expanding in the chest creating a gentle backbend, pressing the hips in the floor. Broaden your collarbone and keep the weight light in the hands. Exhale release down, repeat. See here.
3.Twisting Poses (Any)
We like our immunity boosting cocktails with a twist. Twisting poses are great because they stimulate your organs to get rid of toxins in the body. It's like twisting out a wet rag to remove all the dirty water.
Ardha matsyendrasana is an especially effective twisting post.
This one really opens up your chest to allow for full, deep breaths to take your stress levels from a "I could punch a brick wall" level to a "laying in a bubble bath with a cup of tea surrounded by fluffy puppies" level. It also helps to clear any congestion in your chest.
Start seated on floor legs straight out, bend at knees bringing right heel to your seat (side of foot on floor) bring left foot to the outside of right knee bottom of the foot on the mat. Extend right arm up in the inhale, exhale bringing the right elbow to the outside of left knee. Straighten spine twisting to the left, gaze over the right shoulder. Repeat opposite side. See here.
Its no goat yoga but we hope it makes a difference in your life. Keep moving. Keep taking care of yourself!
This isn't about having food regret or going on a fad diet. This is about setting a solid foundation for the amazing year that you're about to have. Even if "being healthier" isn't one of your resolutions, our 2019 January Challenge is the perfect way to start 2019 on a clean slate, while having fun and earning amazing prizes.
This is our 4th year of the Challenge and we're taking a self-care twist on this year's prizes. 2018 was a long one, and we hope 2019 is a healthier year for all both mentally & physically.
This year, we have three tiers of prize packages —Bronze,Silver and Gold — measured by dollars spent between January 1 to 31st both in-store and online.
Bronze (spend $200) and earn:
$25 JRINK Gift Card
Silver (spend $350) and earn $200 worth of prizes:
Today I Affirm journal by the infamous self-care DC writer, Alexandra Elle
HOW TO START:
Simply create an account online and start JRINKing your favorite juices, made to order smoothies, Reboots and more. Don't forget to give us your e-mail at checkout, both in stores and online, so you and we both can track your points in your account.
Pro tip: Save 10% on all Reboots between now and January 5th with code "REBOOT2019" and you're half way to Silver!
Participants can enter anytime between January 1st to 31st. We will reach out to all participants by February 14th to pick up their prize packs. Good luck!
Our 3 & 5-Day Reboots are popular for a reason. They're delicious, easy to do, and most importantly offer peace of mind nutrition when busy. The 3-Day option is most popular, giving you the full benefits of a diet rich in fresh fruits & veggies. Each day includes 6 delicious juices and 1 shot, ensuring you get a variety of flavors and nutrients.
We get a lot of questions around what to expect and any "results", so we wanted to share 5 quantifiable benefits of doing a Reboot, measured by a before-and-after Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) body scan of three JRINK Reboot customers.
We asked three of our customers who represented the demographic of the average Reboot clientele: a busy working professional, between the ages of 20-45 years old, faces a lot of digital connectedness and works out 1-3 times a week. Our clients tell us they try to eat healthy, but still indulge in a lot of takeout, coffee and the occasional drink or two.
The study was conducted over a full 7-day period: 2 days of prep, 3 days of the Intermediate Reboot, and 2 days of post healthy eating. We analyzed the customers' before-and-after metabolism and body composition -- mainly their Resting Metabolism Rate (RMR) weight, body fat, and lean muscle mass.
Lost 2.1% body fat (with 1 month of eating clean and regular exercise
Lost 3.78 lbs of pure fat mass
Gained 1.68 lbs of lean mass
"Normal" to "fast" metabolism
So how did do DEXA scans measure this? The patient lies on a scan table, and remains still while a scanner passes over different areas of the skeleton. A low-dose x-ray beam passes through the skeleton. (This x-ray is only 10% as powerful as a chest x-ray.) The DEXA technology measures the amount of x-rays absorbed by the bones, which indicates how strong the bones are, as well as muscle and fat mass.
This technology is the most accurate method for body composition analysis trusted by research and elite sports labs, and is FDA-approved for its precision and efficacy. If you'd like more information, please reach out and we'd be happy to help.
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But what's it like? Is it hard? How do I do it?
You'll do great. Learn more about what to expect from a Reboot here or Book A Consult for a free 15-minute consultation with one of our wellness pros.
Not ready to commit to just juice? Check out this awesome interview about one of our weekly subscribers, a busy entrepreneur, on the benefits of JRINKing and eventually losing...wait for it..20 pounds.
Detailed DEXA Reports:
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I first went on the pill when I was 14. This was mainly due to my time of the month being such a violent hag that I would be physically ill for the duration, and only partially because my Mom once saw an episode of 16 and Pregnant and said, “not today Satan!”
Fast forward 15 years and the pill and I were by far my longest relationship, and with that came my relationship to monthly mood swings, insane chocolate cravings (I once ate three whole boxes of Count Chocula in one sitting, this is not a joke, it’s my life) and the ever-so-sexy chin pimples. Not once in 15 years did I stop to question the Pavlovian response I had when my phone alarm went off and I popped a pill. That was until nine months ago when I adulted (read: my health insurance lapsed) and I thought, huh, do I seriously still need this? The short answer: nope.
But first, the pros. Birth control is a highly effective method of, say it with me, BIRTH CONTROL! Shocker. When used perfectly (at the same time every damn day), the pill is 99% effective. Now for all you real-life women who know that sometimes mornings start by snoozing eight times and then having three espresso shots for breakfast, nobody is perfect and therefore BC (we’re abbreviating now to look cool) is 91% effective on average. The pill can also help with acne, iron deficiencies, cysts and a slew of other health issues. Emphasis on “can” and even larger emphasis on “I am not a doctor.”
That being said, here is my experience breaking up with the pill (note: I took the pill personally but this also applies to the insert, patch, and every other thing the pill has become since I was 14). After making the leap I can honestly say that I am better off. The first few months were touch and go, my period came and went, I broke out tremendously, my PMS was a solid eight on the Richter scale, and I finished a few pints of Ben and Jerry’s. Par for the course honestly but I knew it could get worse. My acne wasn’t clearing up and I had bags under my eyes. So I did the research for you (you’re welcome) and figured out my routine for getting my body back on track and better than before (read: fewer mood swings, lighter periods, and less Count Chocula). So, if you are thinking of quitting bc, take these steps first:
Food glorious food: coming off bc could result in weight gain so get your healthy eating in check and make sure you load up on nutrients. I start my day with ACV in water, hit the protein for breakfast and then make lunch my biggest meal full of veggies, carb, lean proteins and fats.
Love your liver: quitting the pill can put stress on your organs, like your liver. Give it some love by taking a liver supplement or incorporating herbs like milk thistle into your daily routine. I also use Follow Your Gut daily for extra gut support and magnesium during pre, during, and post-period to help with fatigue and cramps.
Wrap it before you tap it: When I get that feeling: don’t be a chump, wrap a new EFFECTIVE method of birth control around your junk. No, the pull-out method is not an option #notsorry.
Prep your skin: if you do not have a skincare routine down already, get one and utilize it at least one month before going off the pill. Add evening primrose to the routine to help balance the skin’s pH.
Take stress seriously: hormones and stress are bigger frenemies than Regina George and Cady Heron, and they constantly effect one another. Take time to breathe, workout, meditate and supplement with herbs like Ashwagandha (natures Xanax). Also, don’t push anyone in front of a bus.
Again, I am not a doctor: though I do play one on TV. But seriously, consult your doctor before making any major medical decisions. Do your research, talk to friends, talk to that lady in your office who seems zen af and make sure this is the right decision for you.
Taking time to understand yourself and the things that make you fulfilled, then find opportunities that put you in a place of power - where you feel like you're owning your decisions and your life path. This may seem really obvious but I think it can be a huge challenge. It was for me.
Can you describe your journey to becoming Wellthy? What was your ah-ha wellthy moment or a big turning point?
For years after college, I stayed on one career path and had a vague idea about what my work and life would be - something along the lines of climbing the corporate ladder, having kids, and not having too much stress or taking on too much risk. But fast forward to my early 30s...
After about twelve years in corporate marketing roles (primarily in the tech space) I started to realize that I didn't want to have my boss's job and in addition I definitely didn't like the seemingly crazy-stressful juggling act that I saw the Moms I worked with doing as they tried to balance kids and work. I noticed that I felt creatively stifled in my day-to-day and I started to question why I was spending my time in the tech space.
I was coming up against some big personal life choices (you know that period of time when suddenly all of your friends are getting married - well this time it was babies... everywhere). I was feeling really frustrated at my vision of how the next ten years could play out if I didn't make a big change. The prospect of having a baby and then being "stuck" in my job was terrifying to me. So much so, that it made going to work everyday almost unbearable. I was so resentful that I felt this huge weight around my neck, and soon the personal frustration I had with myself for not taking a leap started to outweigh my fear of doing so.
I realized I wasn't ready to make personal steps until I was fulfilled in my career path and the longterm dream I'd had of starting a business for myself.
I used to listen to podcasts on my commute to and from Tysons Corner everyday. Girlboss Radio, How I Built This, Fresh Air, Start Up. For about a year I listened to entrepreneurs talk about how they started their businesses, what the early uncertain days were like, how they had to stick it out through lots of "no's" until they started to grow and become successful. I started really focusing on what I wanted my day to day to be like; which audience I wanted to interact with; what type of offering or service I would be excited by.
It was a tough year or two trying to figure it out, but I finally found a way to make a change and left my corporate job to start Ivy Wild when the time was right for me.
What is your dosha?
Vata-Pitta (i.e. air x fire) - I have to say on paper I really like this - I'm just going to brag that I'm supposed to have creative and leadership attributes. Coincidentally, I took a super lengthy and in-depth personality/attribute quiz once and the creative element also showed up there, so I'll take it! Seriously though, this resonates with me because for the past year and a half I've been on a journey to start a business, which is really tapping into creativity to develop a brand, and leadership to just make.things.happen. Every step along the way has been growth and continuting to refine and improve - I certainly don't think I've mastered it all (yet).
Who are you top 5 Wellthy Woman and why?
Emma Gonzalez: Does this really require any explanation? She has bravery and strength out of this world.
Sophia Amoruso: I love that she has been open about the struggles she had with the end of her company, Nasty Gal, and jumped back in on a path that made sense for her, with Girlboss Radio and now with Girl Boss as a new platform focused on career and wellness resources for women. She has always been open about her journey of growing into her role, learning along the way, and making mistakes. It's so important for women to know that its ok not to know 100% of the job you're trying to get.
Muriel Bowser: As the mayor of DC she has done a lot to keep DC on a progressive path. I love that she made the choice to adopt a baby as a single professional woman and to talk about that... what a way to take charge of your life and your future. She makes me so proud of DC!
Amy Schumer: First of all, I am so impressed that she is unapologetically herself. With the pressure on celebrities to change the way you look or dress I absolutely love that she flips it and leads with the gross, dirty, hilarious side. She also completely owns her image and isn't constrained to that persona - she also jumps in to support important social and political causes she believes in. I just want to hang out with her.I see her showing a more complete version of herself than you often get from celebrities and I think there's a lot of vulnerability in that.
Lena Dunham: People either love her or hate her, and I love her... I think her writing is hilarious and honest. When she has faced tough criticism, she handled it gracefully, humbly and truthfully (by the way, that alone is a huge inspiration). When Girls was criticized for not representing everyone, she acknowledged the shortcoming and also reminded us that no one show or work can proclaim to acurately represent everyone in a deep, honest way... For some reason she has been a lightening rod for a multitide of issues related to millenial self-absorption, race, class. But I love that stands up to her haters and learned when to give AF and when not to.
What are your top 5 (if you have more hit me with it) tips to staying Wellthy?
Overcome the negative headspace. Negativity can seem like harmless commiseration with friends or coworkers but it can become a habit and creep in. If you find yourself going to that place regularly, just stop and find anything else as a topic of conversation.
When you feel frustrated, use it as a guide. At one point, I was so frustrated in my day to day that I had no choice but to step back and create a plan out. It made me feel so much better to start working on a way out, I felt much more empowered to start taking the next baby steps toward the future. Looking back, I realize I didn't have to wait so long to get there.
Practice gratitude. Everyone says it, but yeah - it bears repeating. For me, it's equally about the little things and the big things. I love seeing the tree outside my bedroom window, I will literally just say out loud all the time (even to myself) how cute it is. I think about how lucky I am to have had the choice to start pursuing what I wanted to, I remind myself of this on the tough days.
Measure your progress in short-term and long-term goals so that you get the pay-off of small wins along the way -- otherwise it can feel like you're holding yourself hostage to achieving some big far-out goal. You can feel happy and productive now, too.
Don't worry about other people's choices. Comparison is the thief of joy, right?
Since the journey to being Wellthy is never over, what are some Wellthy goals that you have for yourself?
My number one goal is to keep focusing on the next "step" in growth - this means personally as well as for Ivy Wild. For me, career and personal life are so tightly linked that they are interdependent. I'm working on making that new 10-year vision a reality.
What is a Wellthy Woman? She is a woman we admire, someone we feel can make us better people just by getting to know her. She is filthy rich in knowledge, experience, and finding balance...but is okay admitting she's not. She is a woman who wants to share with you what she carries in her “wallet”, how she invests in herself (beyond self-care), and how she invests in others. Find out every Wednesday on our Instagram and catch a recap of their story here.
Joanna Andreae is on a mission to dispel the belief that meditation has to be difficult. She is a wellness consultant and stress-reduction advisor to companies all over the country, where she teaches yogic technologies for greater energy, balance, and peace of mind. She is an avid practitioner and teacher of Kundalini yoga, has a deep love for mystic poetry, and is the mama of an adorable rescue pup named Theo.
What does Wellthy mean to you?
For me true "wellth" means having a sense of purpose and alignment in life. It means you are on a journey - a quest for something that you feel passionate about - be it family, more knowledge, creativity, etc, and you find a way to be grateful for it during the ups and downs. And I think wellth also includes an understanding of how to cultivate clarity, sovereignty and jthe ability to feel good as you live your life. So knowing and actively practicing methods to resource health, healing, and more energy are, in my opinion, the true commodities of the time.
What is your dosha?
Who are your top Wellthy Woman and why?
Guru Jagat - she is an incredible teacher, business woman, and leader. Without her I would not have found Kundalini yoga. She's also hilarious - always a bonus.
Lisa Lister - an unapologetic lover of the feminine body and form, she on a mission to free the taboos of feminine cycles and encourage women to get to know ourselves and align with our ever-changing, yet powerful rhythms.
Dr. Kelly Brogan - a badass psychologist here to shake things up when it comes to mental health. She is giving people the power of their minds back (quite literally) through her provocative challenging of assumptions around mental illness/mental issues and empowered solutions to heal thyself.
What are your top 5 tips to staying Wellthy?
1. Stop taking your breath for granted. The yogi’s say if you breathe less than 7 breaths per minute, you will actually start to command and magnetize the things you want towards you. Most of us breathe more like 15 or more. Channel your breath, change your life.
2. Take a hard look at how you're spending your time. Time scarcity haunted me for a long time (ha!). But when I finally got honest with myself about the distractions and time sucks (ahem, instagram, youtube..etc), I was able to more clearly see how much time I actually have available to do all the things I want to do.
3. Embrace your flow. Some of us need a lot of naps. Some of us like to be out and about constantly. Whether you're trying to create something or just figuring out how to craft your weekend plans, honor the needs of your own energy flow. I vacillate between homebody hermit and teacher of large groups - and it works really well for me.
4. Empower yourself to understand how good you can feel through certain practices. It is your birthright to feel good! Is it that you need to shift your eating? Ok - it's time to eat more veggies. Do you need to move that body? Get to an exercise class or try something online. Stop complaining and start taking responsibility for what needs to shift in order to feel abundantly well.
5. Listen to the gong at night. I know this may sound silly, but it's one of the first things I advise all my clients to do these days. All night long our subconscious can just run wild and if we direct it with a gentle but higher vibrational sound (like a well-played gong) it's like we've been meditating all night long. As we sleep our subconscious gets a little shower and that is always a good thing. My favorites are anything from the "White Sun Gong" album.
Can you describe your journey to becoming Wellthy? What was your ah-ha wellthy moment or a big turning point?
Oof. Yes. I was burning the candle at both ends. Traveling nonstop. Planning a wedding. Then right after said (super stressful) wedding, my Dad had a massive stroke. It was one thing after another to shake things up and really challenge my priorities. It was all - in retrospect - part of the journey.
You see, there was a time I would roll up my mat during savasana at the end of yoga and split. I hated to be alone with my thoughts and used to think I could never meditate. But all these life shake-ups crystallized for me what was and wasn't working in my life and I was able, for the first time in a long time, to find the motivation to manage my stress in an active and transformative way.
My journey of healing and the ability to empathize with those in high-stress, high-intensity roles I think is one of my greatest gifts now when I speak at organizations and teach others how easy it is to feel good in your body, in your mind, and in your life.
Since the journey to being Wellthy is never over, what are some Wellthy goals that you have for yourself?
Continuing to celebrate my victories. Be they small or large without passing them by in a fury to get to the next thing :)
Teaching more internationally - I especially want to go to Sweden and Spain next year.
Continuing to fine-tune my connection to creativity, allowing that abundance of inspiration to keep channeling through me as a vehicle to heal self and others
I will feel so very Wellthy when I start to grow the Wandering Wellness community digitally. I want to utilize technology for good and powerful human connection and I'm excited to explore what that looks like for this tribe across the end of 2018 and early 2019.
Fall is the season for Pumpkin Palooza, flannel shirts, booties, floppy hats, leaf peeping and Instagramming all of it. Back when it was a billion degrees outside, and wearing flannel sounded like torture, we discussed how to keep cool during the fiery Pitta season. Alas, Fall is approaching, temperatures are dropping, days are shorter and the air is getting dryer. Those with a Vata constitution (Vata whatta? Take our Quiz to discover your Dosha) will be seeking the comfort of all things warm, nourishing and flannel. Have we mentioned flannel? Flannel.
It is typical for Vatas feel imbalanced during Fall due to the fact that they share the qualities of wind: cold, dry, irregular, and mobile. Perhaps you are lucky enough to be living in a Vata paradise (we’ve suggested Coolio do a Dosha-inspired version of Gangster’s Paradise...no word yet) where your cold and dry is met with a warm and moist environment #yintoyouryang. If this is not the case you may see your body reflect the qualities of nature such as dry skin, achy joints, weight loss, decrease in sleep quality and feelings of anxiety and depression. Here’s what to do:
Major: Routine. Routine. Routine
Focus on containing scattered energy by keeping grounded while embracing Vata’s creative side. Vata is what makes us move and flow, it is the spirit of poetry. Out of balance it can make us scattered, unstable, and emotionally overloaded. Do simple things to create routine in your life like eating meals at the same time, going to bed and waking up on schedule, or simply drinking a warm beverage every morning.
Vata’s love movement and constant activity but taking time to get proper rest will pacify Vata’s imbalance. Say yes to a night in with a cozy blanket, worn in sweatpants and no bra. Getting a good night sleep is also essential for mental clarity, digestion, and skin health during Vata season.
Take It Or Leaf It
Just as the trees shed their leaves in the Fall, it's the perfect time of year to clean up your environment. De-clutter your closet and get rid of anything that is holding you back or stressing you out. It's pacifying for Vata to put some sort of order and system into place to bring stillness to the constant motion of their life. This also creates a more relaxing environment.
Eat Dinner, Get Grounded
Since Vata is light and airy we need to make sure they don’t blow away in the wind. Other than wearing shoes made of cement we suggest cutting back on light, dry, raw foods and consuming heavy, oily, and warming foods this fall. Think sweet potatoes, pumpkin, dark meat (in moderation), fish, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, sesame oil, ginger, and ghee. Oh em ghee, doesn't this menu sound amazing?
Oil Me Up, Baby
Adding oil to your skincare routine will help to keep Vata skin balanced and as dewey as a freshly picked apple...is that a thing? Ok well it is now. Cold-pressed sesame oil helps to moisten and warm skin. We’re also big fans of Hyaluronic Acid and Squalene Oil, but avoid any moisturizers or cleansers with alcohol as this will further dry out skin.
Also, place a diffuser next to your bed at night to add moisture into the air as you sleep--a few drops of rose or orange essential oils will help contribute to a more peaceful night sleep.
We will never hate on a good clean face mask but we also have a big appetite for edible beauty. We combined one of our beauty blends, Haters Say Its Photoshopped, and a bunch of Vitamin C rich fruits (increases the production of collagen) to make a breathtakingly banging bowl. Shall we dig in?
1 1/2 teaspoon Haters Say Its Photoshopped
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup coconut milk OR non dairy milk of your choosing
Toss all ingredients into blender. Blend on high until smooth.
Mental health is a very hot topic these days even though the actual feeling of anxiety can be hard to articulate. For me, the best descriptions I’ve seen came from a writing competition put on by @words_of_women that asked followers for personal depictions of anxiety. The competition received more than 250 responses which were narrowed down to eight finalists, one of which really resonated with me:
Martha Doyle, wherever you are, THANK YOU SISTAH FRIEND. It happens so quickly and, when its gone, it’s hard to remember what it felt like. I found myself saying, “well I feel fine now so it’s probably not a big deal.” I was saying it to myself so much that one day when the storm was over my head I decided to document everything I was going through. Not to relive the feeling but to provide proof to my other, less anxious self that this thing is real and must be faced. So, for me, here’s what the anxiety feels like as its pouring down:
Alarm goes off but I snooze for at least 2 hours. In that time I’m pulling the covers over my head counting to 100 over and over, telling myself I will get out of bed when I reach 100.
“Why should I get out of bed? I’m not smart. I have no talent. I can’t do anything. I don’t want a career because I’m not capable. I’ll never amount to anything. I'm terrified of being alone and feel like I’m disappearing but I don’t know who to talk to or even if I could talk to someone right now. The thought of being around people seems unbearable. I just want to sleep. Hide from the world. Lights off. I don’t want to feel this way anymore. I just want to be undeniably happy.”
Hours later, after reading a number of texts from friends and family who know Mondays are hard for me, I get out of bed.
“I’m claustrophobic from sitting inside. I’ll sit on a stoop outside my apartment. What is the point of any of this? Standing seems unbearable. Walking is too much. I’m considering sitting down. Scratch that I’m considering laying down on the sidewalk because laying down with my eyes closed is the only time I feel somewhat safe. I don’t even want to nap I just to never get up and never move. Everything seems like a chore. Everything is overwhelming.”
I usually end up calling my mom who can tell the second she hears my voice that I’m not well. It doesn’t take long before I'm hysterically crying, everything pouring out.
GOOD MORNING WORLD. I’M READY FOR YOU! EVERYTHING IS SUNSHINE, RAINBOWS, PUPPY DOGS, AND MORE PUPPY DOGS (Legit so many puppies).
I don’t even recognize the person I was yesterday. The storm has moved on, it's sunny here.
The worst part about this is that I know I will wake up the next day and feel like a different person. I won’t even recognize this Monday person. Going to sleep isn’t easy for me due to my chronic insomnia but I’m usually so emotionally drained that I pass out the second it’s acceptable. The feeling almost always goes away once the sun rises on Tuesday but there have been weeks where the anxiety bleeds into Tuesday and Wednesday.
I have not overcome my anxiety but I do have two bits of advice regarding the subject...
1. My two cents, well actually my five sense(s): when having an anxiety attack ground yourself by appealing to all your senses.
TOUCH Get as comfortable as you possibly can, without going full pajama onesie in the office. Wrap yourself in a soft blanket or rub your fingers over a rose quartz for self-love vibes
SMELL Light some palo santo or add lavender oil to a diffuser for a calming all-natural candle. Ease into this one as smells are often attached to memories so start slowly and take deeper, longer breaths to slow your heart rate and lower anxiety levels
TASTE While I don’t recommend inhaling everything in your fridge for this one (been there), instead make a warm soothing beverage like tea or a golden latte to help calm nerves
SEE Find a picture or a video that displays a peaceful image or transports you to a happy time. Might I suggest puppy videos? Don’t act like you’re surprised by this suggestion, it works y’all
LISTEN Don’t knock the sounds of rain or crashing waves till you try it. Even Enya can do it for me in my most pressing times. Whatever soothes your mind without inciting too much commotion, aka don’t watch Black Swan and expect to feel less anxious.
2. Finally, I should note that I am not a doctor (although I play one on TV). In all seriousness, I am a strong advocate for speaking to a doctor and, more aptly, a therapist. Therapy is THE ULTIMATE SELF CARE (move over sheet masks). It can take time to find the right specialist but please believe that it is worth the trial and error. Do not give up.