Digital Detox: Unplugging and Reconnecting with Yourself

While technology serves a purpose, being surrounded by screens can leave us feeling drained, anxious, and disconnected from ourselves and the world around us. Enter the digital detox: a deliberate break from technology designed to hit the pause button, recharge your mental batteries, and cultivate a healthier relationship with your devices.I'm sure I'm not the only one who needs to unplug from time to time. Let's walk through planning a disconnect from technology and embracing the real world.  What is a Digital Detox? A Digital Detox is when you take an intentional step back and break from any digital devices.…

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Start Your New Year Off Right

Here’s a roundup of all the posts I have that are perfect for the new year. Whether you are looking to make some goals, start some new fun hobbies, or eat healthier, you will find exactly what you need here to start the year off right. Featured Beginners Bullet Journal Set UpStart bullet journaling this year.Read Now<a href="http://www.withlovemelissablog.com/daily-gratitude-practice/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What a Daily Gratitude Practice Can Do For Your Mental HealthRead NowFind a Pen PalStart a New Hobby this year by connecting with people around the world.Read NowStart Your Own Cookbook ClubConnect with old friends and new with delicious food.Read NowNeed…

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Top 12 Self Help Books for Those Struggling with Anxiety

Self help anxiety books can be a great tool if you are struggling with anxiety. Many of us these days are struggling with anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health about 30% of adults in the U.S. experience a form of anxiety at some point in their lives.  Books can be a great resource to turn to in addition to professional help. They can help you find tools to manage it. Here's a list of 12 self help books for anxiety to get you started. The Top 12 Self Help Books for Anxiety The Big Activity Book for…

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What a Daily Gratitude Practice Can Do For Your Mental Health

Experts say a daily gratitude practice can vastly improve your mental health and outlook on life. I've had my own gratitude practice for years now and I can definitely say that practice has improved my positivity and has even helped calm my anxiety.  What is Gratitude? I like this definition of Gratitude by Sansone and Sansone from the 2010 article Gratitude and Well Being: “the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation” A list of 10 more definitions from cited publications are on this excellent article by Positive Psychology.…

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Benefits of Journaling for Mental Health

Is journaling really that good for you? It turns out there are many benefits of journaling for mental health. I've been journaling on and off for years and had no idea, so I learned a lot researching this blog post.  Let's get into it.  What are the Benefits of Journaling? This a question with a multi-faceted answer, but I will try and simplify it into one list for you. The benefits of journaling can be boiled down into these points here: 1. Journaling is an Outlet for Feelings and Emotions Journaling can be a release for all those pent up…

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30 Positive Affirmations to Start Your Day Right + Free Printable

Positive affirmations are a great way to start your day off right! I love using simple affirmations while I am meditating in the morning. Along with a list of positive affirmations for you to choose from, I also include a free printable which you can put on your fridge so it's right in your face every morning. Scroll down to get your free printable! What are Positive Affirmations? Positive affirmations are positive statements that can help direct your thinking in the right direction. Most of us tend towards negative and self-sabotoging thoughts these days. Practicing positive affirmations every day can battle those…

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Reduce Your Anxiety through Preventative Practices

Reduce your anxiety through these practices I've been using for years! I can pinpoint the exact moment my anxiety started: during a math test in my senior year of high school. I panicked over an equation and ended up asking to go to the nurse's office. I've lived with anxiety since that point.  Since I don't want to take any medications, there are quite a few things I do in my routine everyday and tools I use to help me relax if my anxiety levels rise. For almost a decade, I've amassed quite a few tools and practices to help…

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Reduce Anxiety through Diet and Supplements

Something that my mother has always taught me is that diet contributes to everything. Your diet affects every part of your body, every condition you  have, large or small. So your diet can help to reduce anxiety, but it can also help to make it worse. I am no expert, but I've noticed through experience with my own symptoms and plenty of research that what I eat can either lessen or aggravate the anxiety I experience every day. This list below goes over some diet changes, supplements and teas that could aid in reducing your anxiety. Remember I am not…

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How to Calm Down if You’re Feeling Anxiety

I get it, I've been there too. You need something to reduce your anxiety right now because you're feeling overwhelmed and anxious and antsy. Here's some tips and practices on how to calm down. Not every practice will work for every one. Some of these work for me sometimes, and sometimes they don't. That's why I have so many to draw from and try when I need it. I hope this helps you.   What If I have Anxiety Right Now? Here's How to Calm Down I've learned about a lot of techniques to help with anxiety or panic attacks in…

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Aromatherapy Stress Balls DIY Stress Relief

Aromatherapy stress balls are something I think every person should have right now! It's nice to squeeze in your hand like a traditional stress ball with the added benefits of calming essential oils to smell as well. It's super easy to make too. You can even make it with your kids as a fun craft! I've made a few stress balls by now and used different essential oil blends each time. You can really have fun and experiment with this stress relieving activity.  What Are Essential Oils? Essential oils are essences extracted from plant matter. They can be used for…

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