Mental Health is Not a Competition

I have been wanting to talk about this for a while from consideration of conversations I have had regarding anxiety and mental illness. I have a few points that I am going to throw out and this may really make some people mad but oh well, I am sure I have way more that can relate. I doubt many will actually be able to make it through this but I want to voice it all. 

Since when did mental illness become a competition? No one likes struggling with the issues that they struggle with. One person's own issues are just that, that person's. Others may be able to relate but in the long run, that person is the only person that can full feel what they feel. Same goes for how they look at others. It goes both ways.

I have mentioned this before outside of mental health in other aspects of life : What may seem minuscule to some may be hell for others. There will always be someone in the world that probably has it worse than others - but that does NOT invalidate one's feelings and emotio…

Date Nights

In today's economy, it can be difficult to plan extravagant date nights or even mundane to simply catch dinner and a movie. While many say that date nights are important in the maintenance of a relationship, it's also important to factor in the types of dates and the stability of those relationships as well as what to build on. According to the book "For Better: How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed", those who experienced exciting date nights were much more satisfied in their marriage or relationship than those who practiced more mundane dates. So, what type of dates then could be considered? 
First it is crucial to understand the levels of adventure, interests, and curiosities each face in the relationship. Open communication is vital in any relationship and each individual's feelings on certain subjects should be taken into account. These are simply basic relationship maintenance tips

Painting Date Night
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Allergy Remedies

For some portions of the world, Spring and Summer are upon us and with these life-filling seasons also comes allergies. So many are forced to manage puffiness, closing airways, watery and itchy eyes, and even skin irritations. I have done a bit of searching around for myself and decided to compile my findings for home-based remedies (or more-or-less comforts) for allergy season. 

Please take note that I am not a doctor and none of this information should be taken as medical advice. If you find yourself having severe effects, please contact a doctor immediately for treatment options. 

Turmeric - or more importantly, curcumin

Is a plant from the ginger family found in Asia, often used for coloring of food as well as addition of flavor. It is very well known as a successful anti-inflammatory agent as well as an antioxidant. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric powders however it is said the percentage is quite low. For the full benefits, it is said to eat peppercorns (or with …

The Lazy Horse (Story Time)

In a very small town, there lived a man named Theo who was very hard working and known well for his honest salt trading business. Theo took in a horse whom he named Butter that he had intended to be his work horse. They worked well together for several months until Butter started to become very lazy and would try his best to avoid work.

Butter's job was to help Theo carry the sacks of salt from his home town to the neighboring towns for sale. It was quite often that Butter would have to cross a bridge over the river to make it to the next town.

One day, Theo loaded Butter's pouches with salt and sent him on his way across the bridge for a delivery. While the horse started trotting on his path, Theo began to prepare himself for the journey. Butter groaned at his situation when suddenly he slipped up on the bridge and fell into the river. As he climbed out on the other bank, the salt began to dissolve in the water, making the bags noticeably lighter. This gave Butter a mischievou…

Fresh Step Paw Points Rewards

This is a great opportunity to help animals in need as well as to earn freebies for your beloved feline.
Paw Points is a program through Fresh Step (yes, the cat litter company) where they give you opportunities to earn points in a few different ways. If you purchase Fresh Step, you can upload your receipts to earn points, tweet, share on Facebook, watch a video and more to rack up your points.
You also have the chance to choose a local shelter and donate your points which in turn provides much needed supplies for your local shelters!
If a reward you are wanting to grab is out of stock, don't worry! They do rotate their stocks every few weeks so keep checking in and saving up those points! 

BONUS!: Type in code  THANKYOU2018 and code PAWSOME2018 for extra points!

*This blog post contains referral links - by referral links, the blog poster will receive 50 Paw Points for each new member sign up up to 500 points. You may also share your own links for the same …

The Forgetful Care (Story Time)

Recently, Steve had a minor car accident. He put his car in the garage to carry out the repair work. Since he still had to go to work, he decided that until the car is ready, he will travel by the metro train. One day, he noticed a homeless man at the train station and felt pity for him, so he gave him some change from his pocket.

The homeless man thanked him. The next day came and he noticed the homeless man at the same place. This time Steve went outside the station and brought him a meal. The homeless man thanked him for his kindness, but Steve was curious and asked him, “How did you get to this point?”

The homeless man looked up at him and with a smile, he said, “By Showing Love.”
Steve then asked him "What do you mean by that?"
The homeless guy replied “Throughout my whole life, I made sure that everyone was happy. No matter what was going right or wrong in my life, I always helped everyone.”
Steve asked him, “Do you regret it?” 
To which the homeless man replied, “No, It ju…

Two Friends and the Bear (Story Time)

Two friends and the bear
Johnny and Andrew were two friends out enjoying the forest on a holiday. They were hiking along, taking in the view when Andrew suddenly heard leaves and twigs cracking behind them. As he turned, he happened to notice a bear was coming straight towards them!
Andrew shouted in paralyzing fear as the huge beast came barreling at them. There was no way he could see himself fending off this bear so he quickly turned and darted off before Johnny even had a chance to realize what was happening.
Andrew quickly climbed up the nearest tree, desperate to escape the bear, but did not think of Johnny who was left stumbling along behind him and incapable of climbing.

Though Johnny was terrified, he thought quickly and fell to the ground and played dead, hoping it would detour the bear from attacking him. The bear at sniffed him then whispered into his ear. Johnny trembled as the bear went on his way.

Andrew climbed down from the tree once the danger had passed and asked Johnny,…