My Supplement Routine for Weight Loss, Acne, Hair Growth, Energy, & More

My Supplement Routine for Weight Loss, Acne, Hair Growth, Energy, & More

Yes, I am a Plexus Ambassador. But I’m not just here to promote my business, I promise. I use plenty of other supplements outside of the Plexus family that have done wonders for me as well! I’m just feeling good and I want y’all to feel your best too! So basically I’m just going to share what the supplement is, what it claims to do, and the honest effects that it has on me. 

I’m starting with Plexus products because after posting my progress picture I’ve received a lot of questions about what I’m taking and how I got to where I am, and I just want to be able to have the story all in one place! I’d just like to go ahead and say that this is not me just trying to make a sale, these are my honest thoughts and experiences. I value being real and trustworthy over possibly receiving a new customer anyday. 

Plexus 

Metaburn

https://plexusworldwide.com/carmenreynolds1/product/plexus-metaburn

Claims: Burns stubborn fat (especially in abs, hips, and thighs), improves metabolism, and supports mood, focus, and energy. 

Personal Effects: I’ve only been taking metaburn for a week or two now. For the entire time that I’ve been taking it, I’ve been eating terribly. I’ve been extremely busy and I’ve just eaten the foods that I can quickly warm up so I can get back to work. So in all honesty, I haven’t seen it’s most true effects. 

Even though I haven’t seen it’s best effects, I still think that it’s helped. I have more energy and have been in a much better mood over the past week. I’ve been way more motivated to work out which is a freaking miracle for me because I am absolutely never motivated to exercise. In all honesty, I haven’t noticed any fat burn but that’s because I’ve been eating like crap over the past few weeks. But in my opinion, I still feel like it’s doing a good job because I haven’t gained any weight or felt my pants getting super tight.

Balance

https://plexusworldwide.com/carmenreynolds1/product/plexus-balance

Claims: Maintain healthy blood sugar levels, reduces the absorption and glycemic index of carbs and sugars, supports weight loss, and helps reduce caloric intake. 

Personal Effects: I think that this product has been my saving grace over the past few weeks. Most importantly, I haven’t had sugar cravings which I usually have on a daily (if not hourly) basis. Frankly, I’m still in shock that this has worked this well. Additionally, I really do believe that the carbs are somehow diminishing because I’ve never been able to eat the way I have been without gaining at least 5-7 pounds, while looking like it too. I also feel like it’s given me a lot of relief when it comes to dieting/weight loss, because it still allows you to have those sweet treats too. I’m no longer feeling like I have to skip the desert as long as I have a primarily healthy diet. 

Bio Cleanse

https://plexusworldwide.com/carmenreynolds1/product/plexus-bio-cleanse

Claims: Kills gas, bloating, and discomfort. Clears out your gut by taking away the unwanted microbes and substances in your body. Helps promote regulation and improved gut health. 

Personal Effects: This is TMI, but I said I was gonna keep it real.. So, here we are. Before taking this product, I had a really hard time going to the bathroom which always made me feel SUPER bloated because I basically wasn’t getting rid of anything.. So it just kept building and building! I also really like this product because it doesn’t keep you on the toilet 24/7 like a laxative or detox tea/pill. It just clears you out on a daily basis to make sure that there’s no buildup in your gut. After I started taking these for about a week, my pants truly fit SO much better. I also lost 8 pounds.

Probio 5

https://plexusworldwide.com/carmenreynolds1/product/plexus-probio-5

Claims: Helps keep intestinal yeast in balance, supports a healthy intestinal tract and healthy digestion, improves natural response to imbalance, and promotes healthy bacteria counts and pH levels in the gut. 

Personal Effects: I honestly couldn’t tell you the noticeable effects that this product has had on me, aside from clearing up my face. I honestly didn’t know that was a main effect of this supplement until I had done some Google searching to see what it truly does. I saw amazing improvements so I truly believe that the probio 5 is the solution.  I have battled cystic acne my entire life but once I started taking this, the overall tone of my face (redness) improved and I wasn’t getting a bunch of little bumps all around my face anymore. 

Slim

https://plexusworldwide.com/carmenreynolds1/product/plexus-slim-hunger-control

Claims: Clinically demonstrated to help you lose weight and reduce hunger, supports healthy glucose metabolism and enhanced satiation and satiety, and increases hydration.

Personal Effects: This has completely curbed my hunger. At the start of taking this product, I literally had to force myself to eat multiple times a day. I’ve been an overeater for my entire life, so this has really been a game changer for me. I’m also super picky with the way things taste, but this tastes like pink lemonade so it’s been super easy to drink. I also think that the sweetness helps curb the sugar cravings because I feel like I’m already getting some by drinking this. I think this was also a large contributor to me losing 8 pounds.

Other Products

OLLY Flawless Complexion Gummies

https://www.target.com/p/olly-flawless-complexion-dietary-supplement-gummies-berry-fresh-50ct/-/A-51657181

Claims: Regulates hormones to give you clear skin. 

Personal Effect: This is one of the greatest finds I’ve ever made. As I said earlier, I have battled with cystic acne my entire life and this product has been a saving grace as well. While the Probio5 helps my skin tone and smaller acne, this helps get rid of the cystic/large acne. They don’t taste great, but definitely worth it for the effects. 

Elderberry Gummies

https://amzn.to/30hykwR

Claims: Has vitamin C and Zinc that helps support your immune health. 

Personal Effect: Since Corona, I have wanted to do everything in my power to build up some immunity! I don’t feel a huge change but my favorite thing about them is that they taste like candy.. So good!

Biotin Gummies

https://amzn.to/2PaiLAX

Claims: May help support healthy hair, skin and nails in those deficient in biotin. Biotin also supports carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism.

Personal Effect: I literally just started taking these about 2 days ago so I can’t really commit to any statement right now. I wanted to make the hair grow around my forehead so I’m hoping this will help! I’m also liking all of the other claims it’s making.. So I’ll come back with an update on this one. Just wanted to mention this because it’s super cheap and also tastes amazing!!

Lastly, we have my antidepressants. They aren’t a “supplement” but they do help my mood, energy levels, motivation, and more. Can’t say enough good things about them, and will answer any questions you may have! 

Alright, so that’s all the supplements I take in a day! I spread them out throughout the day depending on the claims that it makes. For example, if I know one will give me energy (Metaburn, antidepressants) then I will take it in the morning. But that’s everything I have on the list. 🙂 If you have any questions, feel free to DM me on Instagram (@carmenreynolds)! Also, if you were impressed with my honest review and interested in trying Plexus or becoming an ambassador, feel free to reach out to me on there as well. I will answer questions, recommend products, and find you some discounts!

Advice On Struggling with Weight and Body Image

Advice On Struggling with Weight and Body Image

To Women Struggling with Body Image

First of all, I would like to say that this message is dedicated to a woman struggling at any shape. I know that a lot of people associate poor body image with being overweight, but I completely understand that it still affects women who believe the opposite.

I read an article, 11 Facts About Body Image. It said, “Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. Unfortunately, only 5% of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed by Americans in the media.” (I put the link below if you would like to read more.) 

That breaks my heart. I’ve spent my entire life struggling with body image – thinking that I was “fat” when I wasn’t, dieting on and off, beating myself up when I failed at an unrealistic goal, getting upset when the scale didn’t change.. You get the point. 

I still struggle with it to this day, but as I’ve worked on improving my mental health, I’ve learned so much about body image and how to start accepting myself and appreciating the body that I do have.

I have a long list of things that I wish I would have learned a long time ago, so I want to share it with you now.

1. Weight is a number on a scale. There are so many things that go into your weight – it’s not just body fat. Your muscle, your height, how much water you’ve drank that day, how much you’ve eaten, when you weigh yourself, and so many other things play a part in the number that you see.

I weighed myself 3 days in a row this week. The second day, I was 3 pounds heavier than I weighed the first day. Today, I’m 2 pounds lighter than I was yesterday. The day that I weighed the least, I felt the biggest. 

2. I always heard people say, “weight doesn’t define you”. For the longest time, I completely dismissed that idea. But I’ve come to realize – they aren’t wrong. You aren’t a worse person because of your weight. You aren’t any less lovable because of your weight. You aren’t any less valuable because of your weight. You are still you, no matter what size you are. 

3. You don’t fail when you gain or lose weight. You don’t fail when you eat carbs. You don’t fail when you fall short of a goal. These things aren’t failures, they are natural human occurrences that everyone goes through. Weight is an ever changing thing – and you aren’t stuck where you are. You can eat carbs, you actually need them in regulation. You can recommit as many times as you need to reach a goal, and progress isn’t always linear. 

4. Have you ever said, “If I looked like ___, my life would be so much better.” If so, me too, and we were both wrong. Even the prettiest girls on the planet have problems. Maybe they’re different problems, but their life isn’t any easier just because they are pretty. They still struggle, get heartbroken, cry – you name it. They aren’t invincible people just because of the way they look.

Also, pretty girls are self conscious too. Models have eating disorders, some girls change 15 times before they leave the house, some girls spend over an hour on their makeup before they go to school, etc. Just remember, you never know what’s going on behind closed doors. 

5. Spending any amount of time worrying about the way you look, is time you’ll regret in the future. I’ve heard so many older women say, “I wish I wasn’t so worried about what I looked like back then. I wish I would have started loving myself sooner, because looks aren’t the only thing that matters.” 

6. I always think about a post I read a while back. It said something like, “Picture this: You’re sitting on your porch at 70 years old. Are you going to want to remember the time you stayed at home instead of going to the beach with your friends because your thighs looked too big? Or are you going to want to remember the amazing day that you had with them because you got over it and did it anyway.” 

7. Your friends and family are going to love you, no matter what you weigh. They will love you at 90, 130, 180, 200, or 500 pounds. That’s how love works. People don’t look at you and say, “Oh she has gained or lost X amount of weight.. I can’t care about her anymore.” 

8. I used to think that boys wouldn’t like me if I was fat. First of all, I wasn’t, even though I thought I was. But more importantly – ANY man who wouldn’t like a girl because of their weight is NOT worth it. I used to think that was BS and people only said it to make women feel better, but I was wrong.. Again. I wouldn’t want my husband to only love or care for me when I looked a certain way. Quite frankly, in my opinion, any man who disregards a woman because of their weight is shallow, and probably just wants to sleep around. Find someone that loves you for you

9. If you’ve gotten through this entire list and believe nothing I’ve said, let me tell you this: You aren’t stuck in the body that you are in now. If you want to make a change, do it. It’s freaking hard, and it takes a long time, but you can do it. Just don’t change for other people, make the change for you to feel a certain way – for you to appreciate the body you’re in.  

And if you do decide to make a change, do it the healthy way. Especially when it comes to losing weight, taking the easy way out (not eating), isn’t going to give you the long term results that you want – I promise. Do it in a way that makes you feel proud of yourself for what you’ve accomplished.

It’s time to start appreciating our bodies for the capabilities that they give us, not hating them for the way that they look. If you are a healthy human who can get out of bed in the morning and walk around – you have it a lot better than some others. So if you can’t love anything else, start appreciating your body for that.

11 Facts About Body Image: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-body-image

Plexus Products

Plexus Products

Weight Management

Lean Meal Replacement

(Multiple flavors, whey or vegan options)

  • Promotes weight loss or weight management
  • Hunger control
  • Supports lean muscle
  • Improves gut health and digestion
  • Soy and gluten free

Balance Supplement

  • Reduces absorption of carbs and sugars
  • Weight management
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  • Vegetarian, gluten free, non-gmo

Block Supplement

  • Reduces the sugar index of foods
  • Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  • Neutralize carbs and sugars
  • Helps metabolize sugars
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

Accelerator Supplement

  • Improves metabolism
  • Burns fat
  • Gluten free, vegetarian

Metaburn Supplement

  • Burns fat, especially in the abdominal region
  • Improves metabolism
  • Improves mood
  • Increases focus and energy levels
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo
  • Less caffeine than a cup of coffee

Slim – Microbiome Activating “Pink Drink”

  • Lose weight
  • Promotes healthy gut microbes
  • Increases metabolism
  • Helps decrease bloating, gas, and discomfort
  • Prebiotic
  • 5 calories, multiple flavors
  • Gluten free, vegan, non-gmo

Slim – Hunger Control “Pink Drink”

  • Reduce hunger
  • Lose weight
  • Metabolize sugars
  • Increases Hydration
  • 15 calories, multiple flavors
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

3 Day Sample

  • Includes lean, metaburn, slim & active
  • Get $20 dollars off the next purchase of $99+ when you purchase a 3 day sample.

Nutrition

Active Drink Mix

  • Increased energy, performance, mental clarity, alertness, & focus
  • Stress reducing
  • Vitamin packed
  • Great pre-workout

X Factor Plus Supplement

  • Boosts immune system
  • Promote healthy bones and muscles
  • Supports healthy blood pressure
  • Increased energy & mental clarity
  • Increased metabolism
  • Helps with symptoms of menopause like hot flashes
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

X Factor Kids Supplement

  • Supports growth and development
  • Promotes healthy bones, teeth, and muscles
  • Improves immune health and brain function
  • Supports digestive health
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

Vital Biome Supplement

  • Reduces stress & increases relaxation
  • Improves mood
  • No bloating, gas, or discomfort
  • Great for people who struggle with anxiety and depression
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

ProBio 5 Supplement

  • Fixes bodily imbalance
  • Helps digestion
  • Improves gut bacteria and yeast balance
  • Gluten free

Bio Cleanse Supplement

  • No bloating, gas, or discomfort
  • Regulates your gut
  • Reduces unwanted microbes and substances
  • Relieves constipation
  • Gluten free, vegetarian

Mega X Supplement

  • Promotes healthy a brain, heart, and lipid levels
  • Great for stress management and anxiety
  • Gluten free, non-gmo

Nerve Supplement

  • Relieve nerve discomfort
  • Gluten free, vegetarian

Ease Supplement

  • Eases discomfort due to over exertion and fatigue
  • Eases discomfort in achy muscles
  • Gluten free
  • * Ease cream also available

Edge Supplement

  • Increased energy
  • Sharper thinking
  • Improved mood
  • Enhanced concentration and focus
  • Great for college students!!
  • Amount of caffeine is equal to 1 cup of coffee, gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

X Factor Supplement

  • Multivitamin and antioxidant supplement
  • Helps bodily functions and metabolism
  • Lots of Vitamin D included
  • Gluten free, vegetarian

Skincare

Joyome Multi-Action Collagen Complex

  • Improves appearance of cellulite
  • Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and crows feet
  • Improves skin’s appearance, texture, and roughness
  • Hydrates and plumps skin
  • Promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails
  • Replenishes skin’s natural antioxidants
  • Superfoods and superfruits included
  • Minimizes skin damage
  • See results in 15 days
  • Non-gmo, dairy free, gluten free

Joyome Essentials 30 Day Combo: Illuminating Day Serum + Intensive Night Repair

Improves..

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Aging and age spots
  • Oversized pores
  • Eye puffiness
  • Dullness
  • Dryness
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Uneven texture
  • Redness
  • Damnage

* The 2 products can be sold separately.

Personal Care

Body Cream

  • Purify skin
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Non-greasy
  • Defends skin from damage

Breast Chek Kit

  • Allows you to perform self examinations to determine if there has been changes in your breast to prevent breast cancer.

Combos

Everyday Wellness

  • Ease, ProBio 5, Vital Biome, X Factor Plus

Renew You Basics

  • Lean (Whey or Vegan), Slim, Metaburn, Active

Renew You Essentials

  • Lean, Slim, Active, Metaburn, Bio Cleanse, ProBio 5

Healthy Weight Essentials

  • 2 Packs of Lean (Whey or Vegan)
  • Balance
  • Metaburn
  • Slim

Healthy Weight Basics Trim

  • Lean (Whey or Vegan)
  • Slim
  • Metaburn

Healthy Weight Basics

  • Slim
  • Metaburn
  • Balance

Healthy Weight Basics Control

  • Slim
  • Metaburn
  • Block

Preformance Combo

  • Mega X
  • 2 Packs of Lean (Whey or Vegan)
  • 2 Packs of Active

Triplex

  • Slim
  • Bio Cleanse
  • Pro Bio 5

Slim and Metaburn

Slim, Active, and Ease Combo

2 Packs of Active Combo

Slim and Lean (Whey or Vegan)

Slim, X Factor Plus, Vital Biome

Apps I Use As A Blogger

Apps I Use As A Blogger

When I first started blogging, I had no clue what to do. I didn’t know what programs bloggers were using, I didn’t know the best apps for editing, content writing, or anything else! I’m still figuring things out along the way, but here are my current favorite apps! You do need to pay for some of these, but I promise that they are 100% worth it!

Google Drive – Google Drive is where I write all of my blog posts, content planning, and notes! Drive automatically saves, so you’ll never lose work. You can use Drive on your phone, tablet, laptop – anywhere! 

Google Calendar – I use Google Calendar to plan all of my content in advance. I usually take a day at the beginning of the month and plan (at least) a few weeks worth of content. It allows me to have multiple “calendars” in one, so I’m able to plan for content SIS, my personal blog, and for any of my social media managing clients. 

Adobe Lightroom – I use this for all of my photo editing. In the past, I primarily used VSCO, but I started using different presets on Lightroom and I’ll never go back! Lightroom allows you to upload your own presets, which you can create or buy from others to upload. Lightroom can be tricky to figure out at first, especially if you’re buying and uploading presets from other people – but it’s super easy once you get the hang of it. Most importantly, the app is free! 

Etsy – You can use Etsy on the app or on the computer, but I use it to buy my presets. I’ve tried presets from a few different brands, but no one even comes close to comparing with Lou Marks Photo. (The picture above is edited with her preset!) You can find the Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LouMarksPhoto?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=674711085

 

**Update: Sara actually moved her presets to her own website! You can check them out at www.loumarkspresets.com 🙂

Preview – I use this app to plan out my Instagram feed in advance. It’s super helpful to see what colors are working best with each other to create the best aesthetic. The app also allows you to preplan your posts!

Adobe Spark – I’ve been using this app to create a lot of the graphics for the blog (and other pages I manage). Until a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t use my photos in blog posts – I had graphics with the title of the blog post as the photo, and I used Spark to create those! Now, I basically just use it to create the Pinterest graphics and the graphics for SIS content. Unfortunately, you do have to pay for the app ($10 a month) but you get a free month trial. Personally, I have a free account through my school! They have a lot of templates for different types of content – school, lifestyle, travel, food, etc.

Wix – Since I use Wix as my host, I have the app. It allows me to easily edit blog posts, check my analytics, interact with people, and more. 

Pinterest – Most people know this, but if you don’t, Pinterest is essential to having a successful blog! Most people say that it’s important to pin or repin content 25x per day. If you have less than 200k views a month, repin 80% and pin 20%. If you have more, do the opposite. To drive traffic to your blog, you create graphics for Pinterest, and then link them to your blog posts. 

Tailwind – Not everyone knows about this app, but it’s necessary for Pinterest success! (I use it on the computer) Tailwind is confusing to figure out at first, but once you get the hang of it – it’s easy and so helpful! Basically, Tailwind connects to Pinterest. You can schedule pins/repins in advance, and Tailwind will automatically que them up at prime times of the day to maximize exposure. It’s also super important if you don’t have the time to hit your 25 daily pins because you can just take a couple hours in the beginning of the week and you’ll be set!

Secondly, we have Tailwind tribes, the best part of Tailwind. Basically, you find a group within your niche, join the tribe, and then share your Pinterest graphics (linked to the blog posts), which drives traffic to your blog. You’re also able to repin other people’s content that relates to what you want to share with your audience, and that’ll go towards your 25 pins a day! 

I will say, Tailwind is a pricey service, but it truly is worth the investment. Since using Tailwind, Pinterest has driven 40% of my blog traffic.  

Easil – Easil is actually a website, not an app. I just wanted to include it because I discovered it yesterday, and I’m already obsessed! It’s basically like Adobe Spark, but there are more “girly” templates for bloggers. As I’m still figuring out how to use it, it’s harder to work with than Spark, but I’m sure that’s just because I’m a newbie. You do have to pay for it (less than $10 a month I think), but you also get a free trial. Here’s a graphic I created using it!

So, those are the main apps that I use for blogging! I wouldn’t be able to function half as well as I do now without them. They are all super helpful in staying organized and creative. Let me know if you decide to try any yourself! 🙂 xoxo

Improving Depression

Improving Depression

Let me start by saying that I titled this post strategically. I didn’t call it “How to Cure Depression” for a reason. I don’t personally believe that you can cure depression. However, I do believe that you can find ways to improve it. 

Also, keep in mind that this is what worked for me. What worked for me could have no effect on someone else. You need to find what’s right for you

This is just my opinion, I’m not a doctor, but I think that there are different “versions” of depression. Some people are depressed because of a past situation, some people are depressed because they are currently going through something, some people have depression because they have a chemical issue in their brain, and more. 

Well, I’m the one with the chemical issue in my brain.

For example, I’m on medication for depression and have been for a long time now. On a daily basis, I’m pretty happy. Last week, I skipped my medication for one day (by accident). ONE day. For the rest of the week, even after I’d restarted my medication, I had no motivation. I was extremely tired. I didn’t workout or eat right. I was sick. I felt like I was in a fog all over again. Nothing bad or sad had happened to me, I just had a chemical imbalance.  

Anyway, no matter what type of depression you may have, I think that you can at least take a few things away from my personal experience with improvement. So, let’s get into it..

Obviously, the number one thing that helped me was medication, because I have a chemical depression. I don’t know how, but it gives me energy, motivation to do things, keeps me in a positive mood, etc. I’m a huge advocate for being medicated – but if you asked me if everyone with depression should be medicated, I would say no. I believe that it differs between the different variations of depression. But it was the best decision for me.

The second thing that really helped me the most was exercise. Exercise gives you more energy and raises your endorphin levels (I like to call them happy chemicals). Another huge reason that it helped me so much was because it gave me more confidence. I’m confident that I can run 6+ miles, I’m confident in my ability to do hard work, and I’m a lot more body-confident (coming from ground 0, but still). I’m proud of those things. 

Third in line is getting enough sleep. I’ve noticed that (pretty much) every time that I get upset about something, I’m exhausted. That’s why whenever I get upset, I instantly take a nap. About 80 percent of the time, I wake up in a much better mood and have a changed mindset on the issue. 

Fourth, I stay organized. In having depression, anxiety, ocd, and bipolar disorder – I have a lot of thoughts rolling around my head all day. I have a really bad memory and I easily get stressed and overwhelmed. So being able to control something to help this, is really good for me. I have a (rough) schedule every day to keep me in routine. I write down everything I need to remember. I plan out when I will do my work so I don’t get overwhelmed by it. It’s the little things that end up making a huge difference. 

Fifth, I stay productive. For me, the main thing that my depression controls is my motivation levels. So when I take a break from my routine, it’s SO hard for me to get back into it. So I stay in routine and get a LOT of things done. I absolutely love going to sleep knowing that I made my day worth something. It makes me feel like I have a purpose and it allows me to be proud of myself!

Sixth, I stay open and honest with myself and others. I have come to terms with the fact that I have a mental disorder. I give myself grace because I know that having a mental disorder can be hard to live with. You wouldn’t ask someone in a wheelchair to walk, and you can’t ask someone with depression to stay happy. So, I don’t push myself to do things that I don’t feel comfortable with. I tell my friends when I’m not having a good day. I cancel plans. I take time for myself so I can recover as quickly as possible. 

Seventh, I don’t let myself wallow in it. Yes, I have depression, but I don’t allow it to stop me from living a happy life. I take the time to process what I’m going through, journal it out (SO important), brainstorm how to fix it, and then get over it. 

I don’t allow myself to be sorry for myself anymore. Quite honestly, it’s NEVER going to help. I’ve learned that you can be sorry for yourself, but it’s just going to keep you in the same bad place that you started in. 

Lastly, I started to make myself realize the things that I’m blessed with and thankful for. I have a healthy body, a loving and supportive family, an education, a roof over my head, and SO many other things that I used to take for granted. I don’t want to be the person that doesn’t appreciate something until it’s gone. 

Just know that depression doesn’t have to be the end. You don’t have to wake up tomorrow and be sad just because you have depression. It’s all about perspective. Like I said in my Instagram post yesterday: dress it up. You GET to work, you GET to move your body, you GET to hang out with your family.. Be appreciative of those things, and focus on them. Focus on the good.

Have a great week everyone!

6 Unhealthy “Self Care” Claims

6 Unhealthy “Self Care” Claims

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge supporter of self care. It’s SO important. You are the most important person in your life, so you should treat yourself as such.

I’m writing this post because I think society has programmed in our heads that “self care” can be an excuse for things that you just want to do – not things that are actually good for you.

I’m not saying that you should never do these things. They aren’t bad things – they just aren’t true self care.

Here’s my rule for actual self care: If you can do this thing for yourself with 100% confidence that you won’t regret it in the future – it’s self care. But if it’s only going to feel good in the moment, it’s not.

That’s the problem with the things I’ve listed below. They’ll make you feel good in the moment, no doubt – but they won’t make you feel good in the next day, week, or month. Trust me, I’ve done all of these things, so I would know – but I think you’ll agree.

Retail Therapy – I love getting new things just as much as the next girl, I promise. But unless you have a never ending financial budget, you’ll probably regret spending $300 dollars on a Tuesday because you failed your biology exam. Letting yourself run out of gas or starve for the rest of the week isn’t self care – but it is something you’ll regret.

Eating – When I was severely depressed, this was my go to. Eating and watching some Netflix was my favorite way to relax and get my mind off things. I’d always tell myself that I had a long day so I deserved it. But did I deserve feeling upset with myself 10 minutes after? Did I deserve hating the way my jeans fit? No. Is that what happened anyway? Every freaking time.

Over Exercising – Remember how I just told you that I hated myself about 10 minutes after I ate something I knew was bad for me? Wanna guess what happened next? I’d tell myself that my body needs a run to make me feel better about myself. I’d run every calorie out but the running still never cancelled out how I felt mentally. I didn’t deserve to do that to myself. Neither do you.

Isolating for Rest – Again, something I always did in the peak of my depression. (I was so tired all the time. I would sleep a regular 8 hours, but then I’d literally need another 4 hour nap just to stay awake for the rest of the day.) Yes, I got to sleep, but I missed out on doing a lot of things with my friends. I missed out on getting a lot of things done that I needed to do. I always complained about how boring I was and that I needed to get out more.. And I felt the same way everyday – until I got medicated and adapted a healthier lifestyle to not need a four hour nap every day!

Drinking the Wine – Ladies. I know it’s good. I know. But it’s not good for you. And let’s be honest, one glass turns into four real quick. That’s all I’ll need to say about this one.

Ignoring Responsibilities – If you’ve had a bad day, or you’re extremely busy and overwhelmed, and you just need a break – I get it. I feel you. But there’s a difference between taking a break and straight up ignoring what you’re supposed to be doing. If you have a deadline that you’re ignoring – you’re still gonna have to do the work! Even if there isn’t a deadline, you’re still missing out on the things that you need to be doing to be successful, happy, healthy – whatever the case may be. It’s okay to take breaks, but that’s all it should be.

Self care isn’t an excuse to not be your best. It’s doing things for yourself to become your best. Let yourself take a break and recharge. Let doing nice things for yourself act as motivation to do the things that you need to do. Just don’t do these things because you’ve had a bad day or because you’re upset with yourself – get to the root of the problem and fix it instead. Most of all, don’t do the things you know you’ll regret tomorrow.

I think I’ve finally done enough preaching. Before you read this post, did you guys see these things as self care or did you see them the same way? Let me know!

Have a great week! 🙂