In this section – I’ll discuss topics in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  I am deeply passionate about living a healthy lifestyle inside and out.  I’ll delve into some deeper issues that cover the mental health movement and ways for practicing self-care.  It’s about time that illnesses such as, anxiety and depression are being brought to light as they can be seriously debilitating conditions.  I truly believe, that if we eat right (more whole foods) have a healthy but manageable exercise routine, and by practicing self-love – that we can lower these mental health conditions tremendously. 

As a self-proclaimed therapist (lol) I’ve done my research.  I am committed to spreading the word on some of the most talked about subjects in mental and physical well-being with fact-based information and personal experiences in order to guide you in the right direction.  To be an emotional support person and friendly teacher.  I like to dig a little bit deeper, into the parts of life that are, at times, not so glamorous – the real and sometimes not so pretty stuff.  Because let’s be real, there is no such thing as a perfect life but we can learn to find ways to live it in the best possible way.

“Life’s hard, ya know?!”

Addie Stuvland, my sister, age 6

With the influence and the rise of social media today, we see forms of mental illness almost everyday in the media.  Mental illness is a major problem in our country and it needs to be addressed.  We have been devastated countless times by the senseless actions of those who are affected by mental illness such as, thoughtless acts of gun violence and mass shootings, drug addiction and death by overdose, alcoholism, suicide rates are skyrocketing, and numerous other mental health problems that are going untreated or misdiagnosed.  Through awareness and by offering valuable knowledge I will discuss the facts and provide some resources on the subject.  I am no doctor, scientist or licensed psychiatrist but I’m a girl with the desire to help someone out, even if I reach only one person, I will be satisfied in knowing that I have made a difference in someone else’s life.  My mom taught me that.  So I am here to offer up some savvy advice to anyone out there that may be struggling and in need of a helping hand.

Sea Otters hold hands while they’re sleeping so they don’t drift apart.

“Make a difference in someone else’s life”

Sara Stuvland, my mom

Furthermore, if you are eating right most of the time and incorporate whole foods into your diet, you are doing pretty good.  I am not a fan of denying myself any indulgences every now and again either – what’s the fun in adhering to a strict diet?  I have recently discovered a newfound obsession with ice cream 🙂

Also, the next big one, exercise!  I have to admit this is one of my weaknesses.  But dang it if every time I do, I ALWAYS feel 100 times better and I love realigning myself with an hour of practicing yoga.  Exercise, is also an amazing means to reduce stress.  And we all need to chill out.  So get outside, go for a walk and enjoy being in nature while listening to a podcast or running at high intensity on the treadmill.  Or, dance around in your living room naked (jk – that could be dangerous 🙂 Take your pick, but move your body in some way, every day.

By practicing self-care, we can make this world a better place to be. And I do not judge, even if that means after a busy week, you hang out on a lazy football Sunday with your S.O. while you are cooking up a fun new recipe in your crock-pot.  Be creative.  Some of us find it so hard to relax these days.  And promoting self-care is a big one for me.

Meditate.  Take a couple of deep inhales in and exhale slowly.  Listen to a meditation podcast for 10 minutes after you wake up.  These practices are proven to enhance our daily mood.  

“To me, self care isn’t really shallow.  Showing up for yourself, putting on a little moisturizer, can inspire many different parts of your life.”

Johnathan Van Ness

I’m going to share some humorous content as well to encourage laughter, after all it is the best medicine. Life is too short to not be happy and to be the best version of yourself you can be.  Okay, I’m starting to sound like Mary Poppins with these all these cliches and I’m sure you get the point by now.

NEXT!  One last thing: Spirituality.  Believe in the F-Word – FAITH – and in the words of the late, great, singer and songwriter, George Michael:  “Cause you gotta have faith-a-faith-a-faith-tha!”  Also, an inspiring quote by the motivational speaker, life coach, and founder of the B-School, Marie Forleo: “Whenever I feel by myself, I realized I have disconnected from my power source and disconnected from my faith.  I am the container through which all the creativity flows.  Reconnect to your faith with this prayer, with this simple shift in your thinking: ‘I am the faucet and god (whoever that is to you) is the water.’  This will reconnect you to your faith and opens you up for the greater intelligence to work through you.  You are not alone.”

I will end on this note.  As the multifaceted men and women that we are in this fast-paced world of social media, and feeling like we always have to “keep up.”  I would like to encourage you to slow down a little bit, be a little kinder to yourself and take in all the beauty that is surrounding us daily.

The rest is T.B.D.