While we all wished that life were filled with happiness and fluffy unicorns, things can sometimes take a turn for the worse. A traumatic experience, whether it’s caused by a problematic relationship, sudden shock, or by the prolonged exposure to pressure, can leave you shattered in a million pieces. Rebuilding yourself as a whole person when you feel betrayed by life or by people is a long and painful journey. Identifying the trauma and acknowledging it is the beginning of the journey. However, you will have to work hard to be able to stand strong again. For anybody going through an emotional transformation, it’s essential to understand what awaits you. The truth is that you won’t be able to go back to your old self overnight. You will be a new person, stronger and more self-aware than you’ve ever been. 



It’s a long and painful journey
Acknowledging your trauma and how it’s affecting you can be challenging. Indeed, a lot of people develop coping mechanisms as they experience difficulties, which can give them the impression that the trauma is gone. However, when your coping mechanism turns into a routine, you know that you need to face your emotions to be able to move forward. Finding a dedicated community to support you, such as sober living for women to help them to quit drinking, can give you the key to look inward and acknowledge your issues. The empathic atmosphere within the community is a safe place to discuss and understand your trauma. 


It’s a path of self-discovery
Healing from trauma is an introspective adventure, during which you can use therapy counseling and meditative activities to create a mindful and relaxed lifestyle. Your trauma is a source of stress and pain. However, you can untangle the knots through talk therapy and meditation until you can detach yourself from the event. Understanding that you are not defined by what happened to you is the first milestone of your recovery journey. But don’t quit your introspection just now! You need to discover your true self to move on. 


It’s an act of courage
Moving forward and restarting your life after you’ve been forced to leave it on standby is the bravest decision you’ll ever take. It takes a lot of courage to move forward. Indeed, however painful your traumatic experience is, it is a known environment. The reason why rebuilding yourself is so hard is that we crave comfort. Your traumatic experience and even your unhealthy coping mechanisms are part of the known world, and, as such, they provide a morbid sense of reassurance. Moving toward the unknown is the bravest thing to do for your mental health. 


Ultimately, the path to recovery takes you out of a dark place to give you the opportunity to be yourself again. Of course, it’s long and arduous. But think of it as a gesture of love to yourself. It’s your promise to yourself. Things will get better. You will stand strong and proud again, and you will make a better life out of it. Rebuilding yourself is an ode to optimism. You don’t mind the hardship and the pain, because, deep inside, you believe that after the rain, the sun will shine again. 

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You should of course but making a point of caring for all of the body. But if you are particularly keen to keep yourself out of harm’s way, and to make sure that you are taking good care of your body as well as you can, then you will want to think about what parts of the body might often need a little more attention or care in order to make that happen. As it happens, there are parts of the body which are often abused or neglected, and we are going to focus on some of those in this article. If you can start to take better care of the following parts of the body, you should find that you are much more likely to be able to keep your body in its best condition, which is exactly what you should be aiming for.

Back

Your back is hugely important in general. It keeps you upright, and keeps everything together. If there were to be a huge problem with your spine, then you would know it - the pain would be unbearable - and your life would soon become simply unliveable. Clearly, it is important to make sure that you are taking proper care of your back, so it is definitely something that you are going to want to think about as best as you can. That mostly means ensuring that you keep your posture straight, and that you go to see the back doctor if you find that you are developing pain which persists. As long as you pay close attention to it, you will be able to keep it in good working order without too much trouble.


Eyes

Most of us allow our eyes to worsen as we get older, but this is not actually an inevitable thing. Most of the time, we make it worse and hasten the process by not looking after them properly. That might include not staring at screens for too long at a time, and ensuring that you are getting plenty of rest in order to keep your eyes from developing any serious problems. You should also visit the optometrist once every two years at least, to make sure that you can keep a close eye on what is happening there. This is going to prove important and vital in keeping your body in tact generally, as eye health is related to other parts of the body more closely than you might think.

Gums

In the same way that eye health is related to general health, so too is gum health. You need to make sure that you are taking proper care of your gums if you want to keep your body healthy overall, as with advanced gum disease you make your risk of heart disease and even stroke much higher. To take care of your gums, you should make sure that you are keeping your teeth clean every day, and visiting the dentist regularly, as well as a dental hygienist. That should ensure that you are really taking care of them.

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Some of us regularly toe the line between self care and self destruct, and it’s easier to do than you might think. For example, putting your feet up and giving yourself time to rest and recharge is always a good idea but at what point does staying in bed all day, eating chocolate and watching Netflix stop being good for you?! Self care can sometimes be sitting around and not doing much, after all- life is busy and chaotic and at times we just need to rest and recharge. But other times, we need to be proactive and actually get out there and enjoy life to really feel as though we’re living it. Here are some ideas for going about it. 


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Travel
Travel is one of the best ways to take a break from daily life, new experiences are really fulfilling and it can help you to reconnect with who you are as a person- away from your job, away from your screen and away from your normal responsibilities. You could explore incredible destinations from the impressive Galapagos to ancient Peru to the Great Coral Reef of Australia- you could go backpacking in Asia or boating in Florida. If you have a travel bucket list then take a look over it, figure out if you’re able to afford to go to one of the places you’ve always dreamed of then get it booked. 

Declutter your home
Your surroundings have a huge influence on your mood, and a messy and cluttered home will be affecting your state of mind without you even realising. Even if you’re not especially house proud, it’s worth cleaning up your home and making it a tidy, organized and pleasant place to be. Get rid of things that you no longer need or use, donate them or throw them away. Find practical storage solutions for the things you have left. Instead of rushing around like a headless chicken looking for the things you need in the morning, everything will be exactly where it should be. It can give you an element of control and organisation over your life. 

Spend time with loved ones
A problem shared really is a problem halved, if you’re feeling down or low then chatting with someone who cares about you can be incredibly helpful. They can shed new light onto a situation, help you to see things in a new way. A great friend can be as good as a therapist at times when it comes to picking you back up again. Schedule a meet up with your bestie and spend some quality time together, have a laugh and you’ll leave feeling so much better. 

Take up a new hobby
Finally, stress and anxiety can take up a lot of head space. If you find yourself worrying often, something as simple as distracting yourself with something else can be really helpful. In many cases, the thing we’re worrying about never materialises, and so it’s much better to take your mind off things and forget about them than sit around dwelling.
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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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