Steps to Navigate and Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety is common and often debilitating. It is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, manifesting in various forms, from generalized anxiety to panic attacks, and can significantly impact one's quality of life. Navigating and overcoming anxiety requires a combination of self-awareness, coping strategies, and, in some cases, professional intervention. This comprehensive guide will explore practical steps and techniques to help you navigate and overcome anxiety, empowering you to regain control of your mental well-being.

Steps to Navigate and Overcome Anxiety

Things You Don't Need To Stress About As A New Mom

Are you feeling worried that you are too stressed as a new mom? Bringing a baby into the world is a beautiful thing. You should feel proud, not anxious. Don’t worry if you feel confused or worried, it is normal as you’ve got a small human to take care of. However, staying calm is best for both of you.

Things You Don't Need To Stress About As A New Mom

Using this guide, you can find tips to help you stay calm as a new mom.

The Ultimate Guide to Boosting Your Well-being: Top Health Tips

In our fast-paced lives, prioritising our well-being is more important than ever. Achieving optimal health goes beyond mere physical fitness; it encompasses mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. This comprehensive guide aims to provide you with the top health tips to boost your well-being holistically. Let's delve into key areas that can positively impact your overall quality of life.

The Ultimate Guide to Boosting Your Well-being: Top Health Tips

Celebrate National Women’s Health Month with Superior Source Vitamins

May is National Women’s Health Month. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority and help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. And to bring attention to an epidemic of anxiety, depression and stress. It is a month dedicated to teaching people how to recognize stress and how better to cope. Superior Source has a variety of natural vitamins that may aid in one’s journey to better health.

8 Important Stress-Management Tips for All Nurses

Nursing is considered a stressful profession due to complex job needs and demands. High expectations, minimal authority, and excessive responsibilities are highlighted as the primary stressors in nursing. Stress among nursing students and practitioners may be one of the most underrated yet significant problems in the field. It surfaces in various aspects of their professional and personal life.

According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the annual average expenses of job-related stress are approximately $200 and $300 million in the US, and 90 percent of nurses’ medical issues are associated with job stress. Stress among nursing professionals may influence their quality of life and the quality of patient care.

Doodle As A Stress Therapy - Learn How To Calm Down Easily

No one today is immune to the harmful influences of stress and tension, and we’re all just trying to escape it - one way or another, but how? Most people don’t realize that the things they turn to for stress relief cause more harm than good. The information overload you get from swiping through your phone in your down time or watching Netflix isn’t what you need. Most experts recommend a peaceful, calming hobby far away from the hustle and bustle of your normal life.

Doodle As A Stress Therapy - Learn How To Calm Down Easily

If that’s what’s been happening with you, consider trying to pick up doodling or drawing of some kind for yourself. There are countless benefits to the practice. It boosts mindfulness, relaxes the brain, and promotes happiness hormones.

Stressed Out Parents: Some Thoughts To Relax

Things can get stressful at the best of times. Parents often report higher levels of stress than childless adults. Indeed, having a young child, for instance, is one of the most commonly quoted reasons for stress. Having children with a difficult temperament or medical, emotional, or behavioral problems can contribute to your heightened emotional state. Additionally, financial worries and relationship conflicts can also affect parents and increase their sensitivity to child-related pressure.

Stressed Out Parents: Some Thoughts To Relax

At a global level, parents in the U.S. are at the greatest disadvantage as their environment can also trigger stress. It is a vicious cycle. Your emotional well-being can feel compromised by a variety of things, from social isolation to exposure to pollution. As you experience stress, you also worry about your ability to protect your children from the things causing your discomfort. All this contributes to parental stress. Sometimes, it would be fantastic to leave your worries behind and embrace parenthood with a clear and peaceful mind. Making time for yourself is a no-brainer. Working out regularly can help tackle stress. Therefore, scheduling fitness as your me-time can help tackle stress levels and improve your family bonds. But some other coping tricks can do wonders for parental stress too.

7 Reasons Every Mother Should Try Meditation

No one can stress enough how stressful being a mother can be. With the time and nurturing your children need and all the other things the household demands, it’s important that you’re able to manage all these stress and frustrations to maintain a happy home for your family. A healthy way to do this is through meditation.

7 Reasons Every Mother Should Try Meditation

Meditation has become known as one of the most effective ways to relieve stress, helping you overcome unpleasant emotions, manage difficult behavior, and most importantly, become more effective and relaxed as you carry out your parenting duties.

There are different types of meditation that you can try to see which best fits your needs. You can make it a part of your daily routine or use it as a technique to quickly aid in your stress response.

4 Tips for Reducing Stress as a Busy Mom

Being a mom is a demanding responsibility; therefore, adding a career into this equation adds more pressure. Parenting is an unpredictable duty. It brings something new every day, and due to this, even perfect plans can sometimes turn awful. This makes several moms experience stress in many circumstances in their lives.

4 Tips for Reducing Stress as a Busy Mom

Although feeling stressed is quite normal, it can lead to severe mental and physical issues when it persists. Therefore, it is essential to find solutions that combat and reduce stress. The following are some tips you can use to reduce stress as a working mom.

3 Stress-Busting Ideas for Busy Moms

Being a parent is amazing, but there is no doubt it is also a relentless task. When you are a mom, there are never any days off, and your own needs tend to be put in last place. Often life is so busy you don’t have the time or energy to think about self-care, let alone put it into practice.

3 Stress-Busting Ideas for Busy Moms

Over the past year, with quarantines in place and physical distancing measures, parents have been under increased stress as they try to homeschool the kids as well as work at home and keep up with chores. Under these circumstances, it is little surprise so many parents are feeling incredibly stressed and exhausted due to this unprecedented situation. As life returns to normal, you might be looking forward to the opportunity to focus on yourself a little more and to have the time for some self-care.

Being in a state of chronic stress is bad for your wellbeing and health, so it is crucial to find effective methods to reduce your stress levels. Why not give some of these stress-busting ideas a try to see what works for you?

Benefits of Meditation for Children

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​​​Our kids' brains are tired, and children of all ages really need opportunities where they can take time out each day "unplugged" to relax and focus. Meditation offers this break and helps kids function more effectively and clearly. Children today also have reportedly high stress levels. To help them take a break, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to share meditation with their children. The simple act of teaching children how to stop, focus, and just breathe could be one of the greatest gifts you give them.

Children today have higher expectations than we did as children which means that they can feel more stress. My daughter personally struggles with this especially at end of the school year because of all the testing and expectations to reach certain goals. She is so smart, but constantly worried that she won't make it to the next grade even though she has never had any issues in school, in fact she as invited to be a part of the gifted program at school. So finding something that can help her learn to be mindful and give her mind a break was very important to me.

I recently received two Zafooz from Moms Meet to test out. What is a Zafooz? A Zafooz cushion is a relatable way to introduce mindfulness practices to children in order to help improve brain function and provide relief during stressful times. A cushion and breathing buddy in one, the zafooz is a fun and functional combination of a meditation cushion and a plush animal.

Here are a few benefits of meditation for children:

Reasons to Get a Weighted Blanket

If you have been following me on my blog or social media for any amount of time, then you know I suffer from anxiety. I don't talk about it online as much as I do in real life, but it is a very part of my life. Going to the gym and getting regular exercise has been helping tremendously. I have also tried CBD oil as well. There are many things that trigger it and sometimes it can be debilitating, but I am trying to work through it the best I can.

I recently reached out to SensaCalm about trying out one of their weighted travel blankets. I have a few issues that I wanted to try and resolve with this; 1. I have trouble sleeping when not in my own bed. 2. I have anxiety about going to the dentist. The reason I thought a weighted blanket would help with the later is because when they put the weighted x-ray blanket on me, I always felt a calming sensation. I had asked for them to keep it on me once I realized this and I wasn't as anxious throughout the visit. The next time I went in, I asked if they could put it on me even though they weren't taking x-rays and either they forgot or didn't want to, so the rest of that visit I was back to my over-anxious, crying self (yes, it causes me to cry uncontrollably for unexplained reasons). I have no idea why I get so anxious at the dentist, but going is a necessity.

Here are some reasons why you might consider getting a weighted blanket:

Chronic Stress During Pregnancy Tied to Early Labor

This is a guest post.

Pregnancy can be a time where you experience more changes at once, more than any other time in your life. Whether it’s emotional changes or physical, everything changes and it can be extremely overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what to expect.

From dealing with morning sickness to dealing with a whole world of responsibilities, there are all kinds of different factors that are now being introduced into your life that can turn your world upside down.

You may think that you’re ready for these changes, but one change particularly that you might not be expecting: is stress. Stress is something that seems to hit you right when you least expect it. It can disrupt your life and literally put you down constantly if you don’t know how to see it coming and put a stop to it.

So many people have this idea that being pregnant is butterflies and roses, so many individuals constantly think that when you’re pregnant, you’re just a mother, you don’t have to worry about anything else. But this is completely false.

Natural Ways to Relieve Stress

I have anxiety. It's not a thing that I usually share over social media, but it is a very real part of who I am. I believe I have had issues with anxiety since I was in high school, but I was never properly diagnosed. I don't like doctors or traditional medicines, but I am not against them AT ALL. I think that you shouldn't be afraid to seek help because there is nothing wrong with it. For me, personally, I just like to try and find a more natural approach.

Natural Ways to Relieve Stress

With all things mom life, I have decided to share some tips I think help relieve stress naturally and please feel free to share some ways that help you in the comments below.

Organic India Tulsi Tea Review

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I have never been a huge tea drinker, but since I have started my weightloss journey, I have been trying to kick the caffeine habit (or at least not drink so much). So when I was offered the opportunity to review Organic India Tulsi Tea from Moms Meet, I jumped all over it.

Organic India's mission is to provide true wellness for all by offering 100% organic, pure, and natural products. Organic India also strives to create a sustainable global environment by working with thousands of family farmers in India on tens of thousands of acres of certified organic farmland.

Tips to Relieve Stress Naturally #StressLess2BMyBest

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I have two kiddos, a busy husband, a noisy dog, a hectic schedule, and a part time job blogging. Life can get chaotic and stressful at times. That's normal, that's life. Stress is something everyone deals with. And we all have different ways that we go about relieving it.

Here are some tips I think help relieve stress and please feel free to share some ways that help you in the comments below.

Introducing Secrets of Tea + #LoveForMom Giveaway Hop, Ends 4/20

Welcome to the "For the Love of Mom" Giveaway Hop hosted by Mama's Baby Cupcakes & Mommy's Favorite Things. The theme of this event is great gifts for mother's, and each blog participating has a prize valued at $25+. This hop is April 6-20 and your winnings arrive just in time for Mother's Day! 
Secrets of Tea is a small, family owned craft tea blender. Their teas are based on family recipes passed down from one generation to the next. Their teas combine ancient knowledge with modern botanical research to create the perfect, purposeful blends. Each is carefully formulated with the finest ingredients to create delicious brews infused with nature’s healing gifts. Parenting – and especially motherhood – is a beautiful blessing. But it requires giving of yourself disproportionately. These organic herbal tea blends are infused with nature’s healing gifts. Wholesome, natural remedies to help alleviate issues during pregnancy and the entire maternity cycle. Secrets of Tea has kindly offered a wonderful prize pack for moms or moms-to-be!
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Car Seat Safety

Car Seat Safety from a mom who makes mistakes

As a mommy, you live and learn. Fortunately this lesson, I read and didn't have to live through because it could have been horrific if circumstances were different. And being Child Passenger Safety Week, I wanted to review what a lot of parents (including me) don't know.
I am a mom who has made mistakes. I do not judge or criticize other parents decision. I try to inform the best I can. And that what this is about. I am not an expert nor do I claim to be, but I do have experience. In the image above my daughter is riding in a Toyota Corolla. I now have a van. The reason I longer have that car anymore is because I got in a terrible car accident. My daughter and friend's daughter were in the car with me. If it wasn't for the car seat safety messages I had taken, something horrible could have happened. Thank fully everyone was safe. Now, let's keep those babies safe.

Car Seat Safety

This picture is of my five day old daughter. She was born in the winter so in my new mommy head, I thought "I don't want her to be cold so I will put this cute (but very unpractical) snow suit on her". We live in Georgia. I had a car seat blanket cover. I don't know if you have ever seen one of these things but here is what they look like:

Graco Car Seat Blanket

Why couldn't I have used that? 

Instead I endangered my baby's life. A few days after I did this, I read an article about taking your infant on their first outing and car seat safety. And it talked about how you shouldn't have a coat or blanket in between your child and the restraints because if you were to get in a car accident, your child could get seriously injured.

I felt terrible immediately and never did anything like this again.

Another thing that I did and looking back on it am still upset with myself, I might have used an expired car seat. I say might have because I couldn't find an expiration date. Just because a car seat doesn't have an expiration date, doesn't mean it's not expired. Since older car seats aren't required to have the expiration date on them, you don't know if they are expired or not.

Car Seat Safety
This is the carseat my mother-in-law bought from God's know where. I feel it is unsafe because it doesn't have an exp date and the straps do this.

A car seat expiration means, safety requirements might have changed, restraints wear out over time just from everyday use, aging plastic, a car seat ideally less than five years old and DEFINITELY less than ten. (Contact the manufacturer or look for the serial number online to find an expiration date.)

 If you MUST use a secondhand seat, make sure it has the original instructions (or contact the manufacturer for a replacement copy), has all its parts (check the manual), has never been involved in a serious accident, and hasn't been recalled. (Check your seat's recall status here.)

Another thing that I am mad at myself for is forward facing my baby before I should have. I got the okay from the pediatrician and I had outside pressures. Why did I let those pressures overwhelm me? She wasn't ready. The American Academy of Pediatrics says keep your child rear-facing until age two. Or AT LEAST pay attention to the car seat's weight and height requirements (must meet both).

Car Seat Safety
Moved forward facing TOO early. See where her shoulders are?

I hope you find this article helpful. Don't make the same mistakes I did. And please, please, please keep those babies safe.

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Enjoy Your Pregnancy

Funny, scrolling Pinterest, I see all these pregnancy announcement pictures, baby bump through the months, or sex reveal pictures. And other creative ways to announce different things of your pregnancy. I kind of feel like the joy of my pregnancy was robbed from me. Some things were unavoidable and out of anyone's control, some things could have been handled differently. My grandmother passed away, I got into a car accident, my father passed away, my identity was stolen, and my step-mother brought on all this stress over the life insurance money. I didn't have time to think of cute ways to remember my pregnancy, stress was all I had time to think about. I did create this blog. And I am so glad I did. It is the only thing I have to remember that special time. You are only pregnant with your first child once. You are only pregnant for your first time once. I feel like I was robbed.

So my advice? Enjoy it. I know first hand that life completely gets in the way. And it sucks. But try your best to take those pictures, write down those memories, even if they are embarrassing.

 Don't take it for granted. Not everyone is as lucky as you. I feel so blessed that I was able to conceive so quickly. I feel truly blessed that we were able to conceive at all. Although women in my family tend to be very fertile, I had my doubts.

I feel like I am rambling and being very serious for 12 a.m. And maybe that is just the mood I am in today and based on the weird day I had.

Feel free to share your ways that you enjoyed your pregnancy. I promise not to get too jealous. ;)

25 weeks & guess what? MORE STRESS!

As of yesterday , I am 25 weeks along. I know I didn't do an update last week but life has been a little over whelming as of late. On top of everything else that has been going on this year (my grandmother passing away, car wreck, my father passing away, and all the drama with his life insurance), I am now the victim of identity theft. A lady opened a Pet Company, Ashley Stewart, Old Navy, and Target account. I balled on the phone with my mom and made her cry. So now I'm having to deal with that. I froze my credit so hopefully this won't happen again but now I have to fill out paper work and tell these places that I didn't create these accounts. And so far Target has been the nicest about it and Pet Company has been the worst (of course they are owed the most). 

Update 2/15/23: “I had to file a police report before anyone would believe me.”

But anyways, I wanted to end this post on a lighter side. My 6 month appointment on Tuesday went great. My blood pressure was very good and they gave me a glucose tollerance test and we'll find out the results very soon. Lizzie's heart rate was 140 which is great. So this year may be going terrible but it is going to end with the best little blessing God could have ever given. The greatest present of all.

Here's some info on how baby Lizzie is roughly doing:

She is now about the size of an eggplant!!

And weighs about as much of a rutabaga!

That's about it! Hopefully life can get a little less stressful but alteast the baby is doing great. O and we have Lizzie's Nursery cleaned out!! We need to move the furniture (which I can't do) but atleast everything is organized. O and my husband fixed my dish washer!! :] I'm so grateful for my amazing man. I have no idea what I would do without him.