In recent years, the stigma surrounding mental health really is being lifted. Thanks to more education, campaigns and people speaking out about their own experiences, mental health issues are becoming more understood and accepted. After all, they’re incredibly common with almost all of us experiencing a mental health problem at some time in our lives. Here’s why paying attention to your mental health and the way that you feel is so important. 

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It allows us to recognize and deal with our emotions

As humans, we’re emotional creatures. Our feelings and emotions are important, we all need to learn to pay attention to them. Due to society and the way we were raised, so many of us have trained ourselves to ignore the way we feel- to push on and lock away our emotions as if they’re something to be ashamed of. This should never be the case, if we listened to the way we felt and used this as a guide instead then we’d all be much happier in the long run. Journalling and chatting to a friend are ways we can bring our thoughts to the surface, meditation and just having some quiet time to relax without a screen where you can be present with your thoughts are also useful. Recognise when you feel sad, anxious, stressed or irritable. Try and figure out what the cause is, rather than shutting it all away. When we lock our emotions away, eventually they will find a way out- and often it’s much worse than if you just deal with it initially. 

We know when we need to take a break

Sometimes in life we need to be working hard, getting in the zone and focusing on what we’re doing. At other times, it’s important to retreat and take a step back. Maybe a heavy workload combined with pressure from our boss is causing us stress, signalling that it’s time to take some of our holiday days and have time away. Perhaps a person in our lives is causing us hassle leading to anxiety and low mood, acknowledging that they’re making you feel uneasy could be a cue to stop spending time with that person or take a break from them. 

It prevents mental illness from occurring or getting worse

We all experience negative emotions from time to time, life can’t always be perfect. However, when you have ongoing negative feelings that stretch on for a long time and you don’t do anything about it, it can lead to further issues. Coping mechanisms to distract yourself could include anything from drugs to binge eating to gambling- chances are there’s even a teen treatment center somewhere near where you live which shows these things can affect all ages. Recognising your emotions and being aware of times when you’re not ok mentally helps you to do something about it before making mistakes. It prevents depression and anxiety occurring (or getting worse) too. 

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Being a teenager can be a tough period in a person’s life. It’s such an in-between stage, as you are no longer a little kid, but also not yet an adult. The teen years are a time of significant changes and adjustment, both physically and mentally. Think back to your teen years, and you can probably recall that it was a challenging time, full of some pretty extreme highs and lows. 

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Teenagers are often given a reputation of being hard to be around. Many people think of teenagers as being moody, argumentative and rebellious. Of course, this is true in some cases, but not all teenagers exhibit this kind of behavior. Some teenagers can become withdrawn and detached from the rest of the family. The changes that being an adolescent brings can have a different impact on each kid. This difference in behavior can make it hard to know how you should behave around the teen in your life. Read on to discover some tips that can help you support your teenager as they navigate their way through adolescence.

Be a Good Role Model

Maybe you are a parent, an aunt, cousin, or older sibling of a teenager; whatever your relationship is, it is likely important to the teen in your life. Kids look to the adults around them to guide them and form their opinions on the world from what they notice in the behavior of others. This means that you are an important role model in the kid’s life, so the way that you act around them could have a significant influence on them.

Being a role model means examining your behavior and thinking about the impact that it has on other people. Be mindful of how you act and what you say around teenagers and remember that they are taking it all in.

If you spend your time putting yourself down and comparing yourself to others, then they may also adopt the same opinions of themselves, which can lead to a distorted relationship with their appearance. It is far better to be a positive role model, and inspire them to believe in themselves and what they can achieve if they set their mind to it, as opposed to encouraging self-limiting beliefs.

Set Boundaries

While it’s great to be seen as a cool relative, your teen needs to understand that you are the adult and that you have their best interests at heart. Your teen may not like the idea of you telling them what they can and cannot do, but to keep them safe and prevent them from making bad decisions, this is necessary.

While your boundaries may not be popular with your adolescent, it is far better to have them, as without them they won’t have guidelines for how they should behave, and could find themselves in unsuitable situations.

Look out for Signs that Something is Up

Unfortunately, some teenagers face mental health problems during their teenage years. This can lead to them needing to seek advice for a range of conditions. Being aware of the signs of mental health issues enables you to ensure that they receive the help that they need, whether that is teen bipolar disorder treatment or coping strategies for anxiety. Recognizing the signs of a problem early on can help your teen get the treatment that they need fast and avoid issues escalating further.

Keep Listening

If you are trying to hold a conversation with a teenager and all you receive in response is a series of grunts, try not to take it too personally. Disrespectful behavior isn’t ever acceptable, but sometimes you need to pick your battles. Living with a teenager can get pretty tense at times, and if you correct them for everything, you will spend your days continually shouting at them. Yelling at your teen is likely to worsen the problem, and can put a severe strain on your relationship. Instead of getting stuck in a cycle of arguments, sometimes it can be better to let them know that you are there for them if they want to talk. Knowing that this is the case, should help them to feel more comfortable talking to you if they have a problem that they are worried about, rather than them burying it and making themselves feel worse. Keeping the lines of communication open is often the best way to keep yourself as an essential figure in their life and informed of what they are doing and who they are seeing.

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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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