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Don’t Panic! Free Resources to Battle Anxiety & Depression

anxietyAs some of you may know, I have had one hell of a battle with anxiety over the past several years. I have spent tons of time, energy, and money trying to claw my way out of what seems like a deep and hopeless well, but I refuse to give in. In the past, I have also suffered from minor depression, but that was situational and easily resolved. The point is, I understand that mental illness can be frightening and confusing, and I’d prefer not to see fellow humans suffer.

That is why, over the past year, I have spent time trying to find quality articles and helpful resources to better educate myself as well as others coping day to day with anxiety, depression, and even PTSD.

You can find a tremendous amount of resources in one convenient spot HERE!

My Most Recent Battle Against Panic:

Last week, I stayed in a huge beach house for a few days, and I was surrounded by at least fifteen people at all times. Some of those people were ages 1-5. SO. MANY. TODDLERS. On our last day there, I was nearly to the top floor to attend a brunch and BOOM; I struggled to breathe, I felt like I was going to faint, and the more I listened to the plethora of conversations going on around me, the more I panicked. This panic attack crept up without warning, and I refused to surrender.

Here’s How I Quickly Regained Control:

  • I handed my child off to my husband and sat down right away.
  • Relaxed in a chair, I closed my eyes and concentrated solely on slowing my breathing.
  • Bob Marley quietly preformed Don’t Worry in my mind. Thanks, Bob!
  • I asked for a cold glass of water.
  • Finally, a friend sat with me and created a distraction. Surprisingly, this worked well.

About fifteen minutes passed and the whole ordeal was over, and hardly anyone noticed, so I was pretty happy about that too! Several of the techniques used above were discovered through my research. You can find those resources and so much more on my Pinterest board, so please visit if you, a family member, or a friend could use the extra help.

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Thank you for reading,

Corey

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How to Trick your Toddler into Eating Fruits & Veggies Every Day!

imageWhen I received a Ninja blender for Christmas, I had no idea it would be the key to luring my toddler into eating a larger variety of fruits and vegetables … EVERY I DAY! After a rough winter of cold, after cold, after cold, I was frustrated and about to lose my mind. I became a local honey freekazoid, hoping to naturally boost my daughter’s immune system, but I couldn’t figure out how to get my picky eater to try the honey, or anything else healthy for that matter. That’s when I discovered the world of homemade smoothies.

I’ve been known to hit Tropical Smoothie several times a week in the summer, but that can get expensive. Making smoothies at home is more affordable, incredibly healthy, and the process allows your child to get in on the fun. My ninja came with a variety of smoothie recipes, but we discovered our favorites by experimenting on our own.

Each morning, I turn on our favorite music, place everything we need to make our smoothies on the counter, and I allow my 3 year old to help toss in the ingredients. (Carefully, of course.) This has become our morning ritual and something my daughter looks forward to every day; unless mommy is cooking bacon. We also love bacon!

Here’s our family favorite:

  • 2 tsp of Honey
  • 6 Baby Carrots
  • Handful of Kale or Spinach
  • 1 Banana
  • A small handful of Blueberries or Strawberries
  • 1 tsp of Flaxseed
  • 1 Single Serve Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of Orange Juice
  • Add Ice and Blend

I also found a book on Amazon with great reviews, and it includes pictures the kids will enjoy, for parents interested in getting more creative with smoothies:

Best 100 Smoothies for Kids by Deborah HarrounĀ 


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