• Switching to Natural Skincare
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Skincare

    If you’re like me, finding a good skincare product is like discovering the holy grail. I have sensitive skin, and I’m at that troublesome age where I have to deal with acne and wrinkles. It’s hard enough to find a product that works, let alone worry about ingredients. But when I started switching to natural products to heal my Chronic Fatigue, I knew I needed to find some good natural skincare products. Here are the ingredients I stopped using and the “holy grail” products I’ve found along the way.   Ingredients to Avoid A lot of skincare products work, but contain ingredients that aren’t actually good for your skin or overall health. Some…

  • Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain and Acid Reflux
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    Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain and Acid Reflux

    When I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it was never just fatigue. In the early months of my illness, I had bouts of nausea and acid reflux. This developed into long-term gastritis, stomach pain, and a slew of other digestive issues.  Initially, I went the standard medical route for treatment. I saw countless doctors, tried pharmaceutical drugs, and had tests done on my stomach. They couldn’t find any root cause to my symptoms, and medications only made it worse. At my last appointment, they told me I could try painkillers, but there was nothing else they could do. With my medical options exhausted, I decided to try natural remedies for stomach problems. I wasn’t ready…

  • Switching to Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Shampoo

    If you want to switch to more natural products, hair care is an easy place to start. Natural shampoos and conditioners often act like their synthetic counterparts—without the added chemicals. They’re also gentler on your scalp and hair follicles, which will result in healthier hair over time.   What’s in Your Shampoo? Brands like to put fruit and flowers on their bottles to make us think we’re using a natural product, but in reality, many shampoos contain harsh cleansers and questionable chemicals. Here’s some common ingredients you might want to think twice about: Sulfates Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, which is a cheap detergent. While sulfates aren’t toxic to your health, they…

  • how to find a therapist who's right for your needs and budget
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    How to Find the Right Therapist for You

    I’ve seen a few therapists in my lifetime. Okay, more than a few. My childhood was peppered with traumatic events, so I was the kid who went to divorce camps and grief counselors instead of summer camps with fun counselors. As an adult, I’ve continued to see therapists for anxiety and trauma-related illness. Some of them have been good, a few have been awful, and one has been the most healing thing that’s happened to me in a long time. As the saying goes, you have to kiss a few frogs before you find a prince, and the same is true for therapists. It can take a while to find a therapist who’s…

  • Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Deodorant

    For 27 years, I didn’t give much thought to my deodorant. I slapped it on in the morning and never bothered to read the ingredients. Then, I got really sick. Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome made me rethink everything I was putting IN and ON my body. Things that once seemed harmless now made me react with pain, swelling, and fatigue. As I lay in my sickbed, I started reading everything I could get my hands on about getting healthy. Over and over, I came across people who’d switched to natural products and saw a difference in their health. So I decided to give it a try. When I first started switching to natural…

  • Health

    How I’m Healing My Chronic Fatigue

    I have a disease with no cure. Well, no medically-approved cure. As many people with chronic health issues will tell you: that doesn’t mean you can’t get better. Or at least feel better. I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome about three years ago, and I’ve spent countless hours trying to get well. Here, I’d like to share what’s helped me, and what might help you if you also struggle with fatigue or burnout.   Swap Coffee for Tea The very first thing I did—and one of the most helpful—was cut down on caffeine. I know it sounds crazy. Feeling tired? Just cut back on the one thing keeping you going! But it really is…

  • Why I Only Have One Child
    Health,  Motherhood

    Why I Only Have One Child

    When my son was about six months old, the comments began. Time for another one, they said. He needs a sibling. At first I laughed it off. I blamed lack of sleep and fresh memories of childbirth. But with each of my son’s milestones, my excuses started to get weaker and weaker. Because the truth felt shameful: my body and mind were too broken to have another baby.  I’d been developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for years, but it flared to its worst form when my son was eight months old. I was bed-bound for weeks at a time, too exhausted to do anything but breastfeed and crippled by guilt that I couldn’t do more. At…