Talking about our mental health is probably the strongest and bravest thing that you can do. That’s because we’re still in a society that doesn’t talk about it openly enough. So if you’re looking at ways to improve your mental health, here are some tips.

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Keep A Jar Of Positive Notes
It’s hard to think positive when you’re in a dark place, so to brighten these moments, it’s good to keep a selection of positive notes that you can look at when you’re feeling those emotions. It’s the small things that can bring you to a more clearer and positive state of mind. If it helps, get your friends and family to write you notes. The power that words have can certainly make a difference.


Try Incorporating More Exercise
It’s not helpful for everyone, but those who do struggle with their mental health have found that doing exercise helps. Exercise releases endorphins into the body, and this release of hormones can make you feel good. So find an exercise that you actually enjoy doing and try to stick with a regular routine. The more exercise you can fit into your daily schedule, the better.


Speak To Someone About How You’re Feeling
Mental health can be impacted by a variety of triggers. Perhaps you’re in the process of sorting home hospice care service for a relative, and the stress is too much for you, or it may be something that comes in waves. Mental health is vast and complex, but the best thing to do when you’re suffering is to speak to someone about it. Someone who just listens and maybe doesn’t even need to provide any solutions might be just what you need to see the light in the darkness.


Switch Off
Depending on the trigger, an active or busy social and work life might not be contributing positively to how you feel, and it’s good to take a mental health day off when you can. Switching off and getting some rest may be just what you need to help. Remove any electronic devices and clear your schedule. Self-care is definitely needed, so do something that’s going to make you happy and is going to give you some much-needed time to yourself.


Sort Out Your Sleep Routine
Getting a good night’s sleep can help with your mental health, but it can also hinder it if you spend too long in bed. So it might be beneficial to sort out your sleep routine, securing a fixed time where you go to bed, and when you get up in the morning. Try to find a trigger to help your body get into a more relaxed state of mind and make your bedroom a more relaxed and peaceful setting. 

Improving your mental health may always be something that’s there, and that always needs focusing on. However, with the right support network around you and the tips to help and tackle those low moments, you will find that things do get better eventually.


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Last week, my friends at The Fitzroy invited me and influencer bud, Shannon Mercier to try out the new cocktail menu.  I've been dying to get to The Fitzroy ever since I found them on Instagram and fell in love with the beautiful photos of their gorgeous interior.  

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The new drink menu is loaded with "cocktails for the culture" and has offerings like, "The Princess & The Frog", "Death by Strawberries" & Gins N' Roses" among others.  We got a chance to taste the entire menu- PLUS a few recommendations from Bad Ass Lady Bartender for the night, Rachel!  We even got to order from the menu and try the dessert offerings. 

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I'm so happy to share this new menu with you guys!  It's so exciting to experience new & old spirits in fresh, innovative ways! 
Here's a photo of each cocktail that I tried and my thoughts about it:

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THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG - Made with gin, fresh cucumber, Lemon & garnished on top with Pink Peppercorn
This was  tasty little drink and it is a beautiful presentation.  The cucumber flavor gives it a fresh and pleasant plant-like taste that definitely reminded me of the bayou.  It's not super sweet, just very refreshing.  I'm enjoying lots of new cocktails that are using cucumber now for flavor and this one was a great one.

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DEATH BY STRAWBERRIES - Made with vodka, Cocci Rosa, Ginger, Meyer Lemon, Strawberry & Mint
This one was my favorite.  Imagine a strawberry flavored moscow mule.  It's sweet, very light and loaded with fresh strawberry flavor.  The ginger gives it a slight zing and the mint made it very refreshing.


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NAKED & FAMOUS - Single Village Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Citrus Flavor, Aperol
This one was a close second.  The smokey and slightly salty taste of the mezcal was perfect against the citrus flavor.  It's a beautiful drink served in a Nick & Nora glass.


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THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX - Bourbon, Ginger Liqueur, Citrus, Blackberries
Named for Meghan Markle and just a beautiful!  Shannon ordered this one and I sipped off of hers.  LOL  It's very light with strong blackberry flavor. 


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DON  DRAPER - Single Malt Scotch, Yellow Chartreuse, Amaro Ciociaro
This one was soooooo good.  It's a sweet scotch with spicy chartreuse.  It's a "sipper"!



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GINS N' ROSES - House-Infused Basil Gin, Demerara Syrup, Rose
This was Shannon’s favorite.  She’s a gin girl and I am not.  It was a beautiful drink but it was a bit too fragrant for me.  I enjoy aromatic drinks but I have to be careful because some florals trigger my migraines.  As far as the taste, it was sweet and the basil infusion made i very interesting.  The basil was Shannon’s favorite part.


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MIAMI STATE OF MIND - Tequila Plata, Ginseng, Jalapeno Syrup, Ginger
I’ve been wanting to try a jalapeno drink for some time and this was my opportunity.  This drink hit sweet & tart like a regular margarita and then the heat came.  Woooooooooo…  The taste was excellent but if you’re not into spicy things, then this one isn’t for you.  Lol  But, if you like multiple contrasts between flavors then I’d give it a try.  


Of course, some of these I enjoyed more than others, but I didn't taste a single one that I didn't like.  LOL  As I mentioned above, my favorites were the Death By Strawberries and the Naked & Famous.  I’m a sucker for the sweet and fruity drinks!  Lol I hope that you enjoyed the pics of my visit.  You can catch me on Instagram for vids of Rachel in action and for more pics of all the fun!

Special thanks to The Fitzroy in Savannah, GA for inviting us to try out the new cocktail menu!  The bar/restaurant is definitely worth a trip downtown for and bonus points from being right across the street from a parking garage.  That’s a biggggggggg PLUS for spots downtown because parking is a BEAST!  I hope you’ll give them a visit for great drinks, delicious food and a beautiful atmosphere!

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When it comes to your health, things aren’t always as straightforward as you think. And, it’s not all about medicine, diet and/or exercise either. So let’s take a look at three important areas of your health that are often overlooked and that you ought to be more conscious of.

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1. Nutrition

To start with, you’ll find that you should think about nutrition a lot more. It’s easy to overlook it and think that food isn’t important but it can make all the difference to your health. When you start to see food differently, and nourish your body with the best possible ingredients, you’ll notice the difference in how you look and feel.  This doesn’t just mean that you should only eat organic salads for the rest of your life.  If eating ice cream with your family every once in a while makes you smile, then do it.  Moderation is always key and never view yourself as “naughty” if you indulge every now and then.

2. Mental Health

Next up is mental health. It’s so important that you can start to recognize the importance of your own mind and the health of it. If you don’t take care of your mental health, you’ll never really feel your best. So, you have to recognize when you’re feeling low and the triggers/warning signs of that in order to bring more happiness into your life.

3. Environmental Health

You may also find that you have to make more conscious decisions when it comes to your lifestyle and the environment too. Because what’s around your body can be just as important as what goes into your body.  So, ask yourself – are there stressors in my life that can be avoided? Like toxic friendships, negative relationships, unproductive workspaces, etc.? Perhaps there are even more ways to reduce stressors by living a more sustainable life by walking/cycling to your destinations. If you can achieve this, it just may help. Just take a look at the infographic below to find out more about this in your community.


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I’m getting older and keeping my body functioning optimally is getting more and more complicated.  Lately there have been a few adjustments that I’ve been making to try and stay in good condition, minimalize injury and avoid the development of sickness and disease. One of the hardest of these adjustments has been changes in my diet.  The truth is, when it comes to health and wellbeing, diet is a large part of how our body works. 

Here are some things that I’ve been trying:

  • Eat a wide variety of foods including plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Replace saturated with unsaturated fat
  • Reduce salt (not entirely) and sugar intake
  • Eating regularly and at the same time every day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get on the move and make it a habit 

We can break down the concept of overall health into some categories. These generally include the physical body, the psyche with emotional and behavioral health.

Physically Taking Care Of Your Body

This means moving and getting regular exercise. This is a hard one for me.  I work at a desk- at home...ugh…  Lately I’ve been focusing on reaching the general 10,000 steps goal.  I purchased a new fitbit- my old one was really old and not fun to use! Next, I’ll re-introduce water aerobics and then add some other things.   Although, there are many forms of exercise that you can do, I'm sticking to something simple like walking that extra mile or swimming so that I can get accustomed to being more active during the day..

Exercise will help clear the metaphorical cobwebs and help attune all of your organs. Not only can regular movement help greatly reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems developing, but it also helps regulate the endocrine system which controls the hormones and provide you with a healthy dose of serotonin and dopamine.

Sleep and Recovery

We all need to make an effort to get enough sleep and need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night.  Working from home has thrown my sleep schedule all over the place and I’m currently working on getting it back on track. The key with a great sleep is to get the same routine sleep so your body can regulate recovery through deep sleep. Healthy sleep will boost concentration, positive mood,  productivity and helps regulate recovery and health. 

Mental Health and the Mind

Part of being able to do some of the things that I mentioned above is having a healthy operating mind. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with the brain and stop if functioning correctly. Most commonly, stress is something that can go unnoticed and creep up on you subconsciously. No one can avoid stress, but the key is to learn how to manage it. Being human we sometimes thrive from being under pressure, but that pressure is usually dropped when we accomplish something. When pressure develops that is constant which sometimes can’t be achieved straight away, generates stress. Knowing when and how to reduce the pressure will help you stay calm and be able to function better in stressful situations.

Protect Your Health

One final way to look after ourselves is to make sure we have the correct help available in case of any form of imbalance to the body. Whether it is your physiotherapist or general practitioner, receiving urgent care is key to recovering. It is important that any symptoms or signs of ailments developing, that they are seen to by a medical professional.  I usually attend all of my annual appointments like pcp, dental and pap but I don’t always go in between when something is wrong.  I “tough it out” and now that I’m getting older, that’s not the best thing to do.

Being at optimal health is a priority for all of us no matter what our size or background, and being different we all have to consider different approaches to our needs. Let me know if there is anything that I missed off the list in the comments below.

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