Monday, January 18, 2021

Taking CBD for Anxiety Relief

I have anxiety. I was in denial about that until just a few years ago. As a teenager I was aware I was depressed, but I pushed that aside and deep inside, but when mental health stuff came up again strongly about five years ago, I was sure it was depression. But when I explained what was actually happening to a good friend, they pointed out that some of what I thought was depression was actually anxiety. Oh, and panic attacks? That's anxiety. I guess I was in denial about that because it was embarrassing enough to be depressed, but to admit to having anxiety made me feel like I was calling myself a scaredy cat and not a strong woman. I know that is very judgemental of myself, but it was even harder to admit to myself that I was anxious than admitting I was depressed (and even that was a big challenge and took almost a year of therapy to tease out). 

Anxiety can really suck. 

It can make phone calls feel scary, either making them or answering them. 

It can make social get togethers intimidating.

It can make you afraid that you'll lose your friends and be all alone in the world.

It can make you constantly fearful that you'll lose your job. 

It can make you have panic attacks that make you have a hard time breathing and your chest hurt.

It can make you spiral into all sorts of what-ifs, catastrophizing and assuming the worst will happen, no matter how unlikely.

It can be so bad that it makes your life feel so terrible that you even contemplate ending it.

Anxiety sucks.

But you don't have to live with constant anxiety. There are ways that someone can lessen that anxiety to a more manageable level or even get rid of it completely.

Which Careers Give Skills You Can Transfer to Nursing?

With the world in turmoil now and many jobs precarious, lots of people have chosen to switch directions in their career choices. Nursing is a profession that will always be in need. If you're considering switching to a career in nursing, here's some professions that you may already have that give skills crucial to nursing.

Becoming a nurse is a highly popular, rewarding, and lucrative career path. If you are considering a change of career, nursing is a field which may be worth considering. But what skills do you need to become a nurse?


Of course, there are usually qualifications needed to start a career in nursing. However, in many cases it is possible to gain these qualifications through on-the-job training as long as you have the skills and determination needed to make it in this career path. Registered Nurses need to be caring, helpful, able to work as a part of a team, and confident working under pressure. If you have these skills, you may already be off to a good start! Ultimately, having these personal skills is a much more important foundation than having experience in the medical field. 

Thankfully, there are many careers that can teach you these skills. You may think that your existing or previous career is so different from nursing that you would need to entirely start from scratch with your education. However, you may well have already learned some of the skills needed to start a second career in nursing in your working life so far! Career fields that teach skills that can be transferred to a career in nursing include (but are not limited to) the following:

Friday, January 15, 2021

Low Carb Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe - Nightshade Free, Paleo, Allergy Friendly

Recently my friend Elaine reached out to me asking for my vegan cheese sauce recipe, but then wanted to know if I had a way to do it without nightshades since her husband doesn't eat them. I thought for a bit and then gave her a suggestion, but then thought about tweaking my recipe even more. There are recipes for vegan cheese sauce that are high in carbohydrates. There are recipes for vegan cheese sauces that are nut-based. There are recipes for vegan cheese sauces that are soy based. But was it possible to make a vegan cheese sauce that is both nightshade free, low carbohydrate, and without any of the common allergens (so no soy or nuts or sesame etc...)? 

I think I got it. This recipe for vegan low carb nightshade free allergy friendly cheese sauce tastes great. Is easy to make. Cheap too. It's good for pretty so many different diets including the keto diet, and Paleo.

I'll admit I still like my original one better, because I'm a sucker for sweet, but this is definitely a good recipe and my kids agree. Feel free to put it on anything that you think tastes better with cheese, whether veggies, sandwiches, tacos, etc...

Low Carb Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe - Nightshade Free, Paleo, Allergy Friendly

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Your Very First Property

I was lucky to be able to buy a home approximately 5 years ago. While home ownership definitely has its challenges, it has also been very rewarding. If you're thinking of buying your first property, here's some things you might want to consider first.

Your home is quite possibly the biggest purchase you will ever make in your life. If you make a mistake, it’s going to cost you. If you want to avoid this, then this guide will help you to find out everything you need to know.

The Ultimate Moving Guide

I hate moving with a passion. I've done it twice in my adult life (moving a whole home) and it is one of the most stressful experiences I've gone through. However there are a few things you can do to make it easier. This moving guide from a reader is definitely a big help with that. 

According to Removalists Melbourne, almost half the Australia population has moved various houses in the last six years. This proves that people are in continuous search of better residential options and the importance of being ready and prepared to move to not lose out an opportunity for better living conditions at an affordable price.

And that is why a ready-made house moving checklist provides the right starting point to such a huge endeavour.

It also helps that, the checklist being accumulated by surveying many who have experience in house moving and learning from their regrets, will be the most practical and useful guide to potential movers.

Here are the numbered guidelines, priority-wise to all who are set to move into a new house.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Dealing With Endless Quarantine Without Spiraling

The last few weeks in my house have been "fun" to say the least. Over winter break my two autistic kids still had school but it was optional, and I decided not to send them so that we could do nice things together as a family when my other kids had off. 

It turns out that that was a good decision because one of the girls in Rose's class got diagnosed with corona, and everyone who was in school during that time needed to quarantine. So Rose went off to school and had more or less one on one time with the few teachers and therapists who were also not exposed and therefore weren't in quarantine. 

Just a few days after the kids went back to school, one morning after Rose had already left to school but none of the other kids did, we got a call from Anneliese's school telling us that her teacher was diagnosed and her entire class needs to go into quarantine for the next 10 days. Because I can't just quarantine one kid away from everyone else in the house, we decided that everyone at home would quarantine together, but Rose would go to her dad and continue going to school and not need to quarantine.

We went through our 10 days of quarantine, looking forward to the time when the kids could rejoin Rose, me being able to see her again, and both her dad and I being able to get some time without kids when we found out that one of the few kids that hadn't previously been quarantined since she didn't go to school over break, came down with corona, so now Rose and the few teachers that hadn't been in quarantine until that point now needed to quarantine, until Saturday. 

The kids were sad about this, and we were counting down the days until Sunday when they could be reunited. And then I get told that someone that Rose and her dad saw yesterday was diagnosed with corona so now they need to go into quarantine for 2 weeks. (Let me just point out that this was a person who broke quarantine rules because he got one negative corona test, but the second one came back positive so that's why.) This has been especially hard on Anneleise because she and Rose are buddies and play with each other a lot and entertain each other a lot, and she really misses her sister. She told me that she regrets ever saying that she wishes she didn't have a sister, because now she sees how much she relies on her sister.

So being that this is quarantine after quarantine, I wanted to share some tips on how we're managing here, and what I'm doing to try to get through this without spiraling emotionally, something that is very easy to do with all this stress.

Science-Based and Affordable Ways to Fight Stress and Anxiety

Are you stressed out? Ok, that was a trick question. I think nearly everyone today is stressed out. Stress has a negative effect on people's overall health. The question is how to deal with it. Here's some tried and true stress relief tricks from a reader.

Everyone deals with stress nowadays, whether related to family issues, work problems, or other factors. Research shows that 79% of Americans experience stress daily. And while medical treatments are effective, most are expensive, and not everyone affords them. So what can you do to relieve your anxiety without breaking the bank? 

Here is an extensive list of ways to decrease stress.

When you’re stressed out, your body and mind feel it. Therefore, to loosen up, you should release each muscle group in your body, starting with your fingers and toes and extending to your back, abdominals, and chest.

When your body feels relaxed, your mind easily follows. Progressive relaxation is a technique many therapists use to improve depression and anxiety symptoms. Check online to find out how to perform progressive relaxation at home.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Sweet and Sticky Tofu Recipe- Gluten Free, Vegan, Easy, and Delicious

My kids aren't the hugest fans of tofu. Plain, that is. They refer to it as a white sponge. But if it's prepared with lots of flavor, as in this recipe, they definitely appreciate it. 

I made this tofu recipe based on my sweet and sticky green beans recipe and used it for poke bowls and my family devoured it. This is a great way to give bland tofu a flavor oomph. 

It's gluten free and vegan and easy to make as well. Feel free to use it as is, or as a side dish, or as an addition to salads, etc. Be creative. It's delicious.

Oh, did I mention it's really easy too?

Sweet and Sticky Tofu Recipe- Gluten Free, Vegan, Easy, and Delicious

Friday, January 1, 2021

Easy Sesame Carrot Salad Recipe - Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, Allergy Friendly and Frugal

I almost feel like this is too simple and silly to be a recipe, but it's yummy and good, and so what if it's ridiculously easy? I made this side dish kind of accidentally, because I was making poke bowls (another post on that soon) and wanted to put grated carrots in it, but didn't want to leave them plain. I thought about what flavors would go well together and did it, and it came out delicious enough to want to eat it plain. I thought at first that since it was so simple I should probably add some extra stuff to it like garlic, but while it's fine with garlic, I think it's even better without.

Easy Sesame Carrot Salad Recipe - Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, Allergy Friendly and Frugal

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