5 Natural Elements that Help with Depression

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Hey everyone! Here lately I’ve found myself jumping on the vitamin and supplement train in an effort to help my body get the nutrients it needs that I don’t readily feed it (read: I don’t eat enough veggies). But in addition to lacking vitamin C, fiber, and a million other things, my brain lacks the right balance of chemicals as well. Brain chemistry is incredibly complex and doctors still aren’t sure what exactly causes depression because it can vary person to person. How’s that for hard to treat?!

I did some research on natural elements that can help with depression. They definitely don’t cure it and shouldn’t be used in place of seeing an actual doctor, but they’re known to help!

St John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort has been prescribed for mental health conditions for centuries. It’s a plant that’s sold as a dietary supplement to help with depression specifically. However, if you’re taking other medication, it can counteract it, so it’s best to talk with a doctor before taking the supplement.

Ginseng

There are 11 different types of Ginseng, which is a type of plant that’s slow growing and has fleshy roots. It’s believed to increase energy and relieve stress. They come in capsule form, teas, and in other supplement forms. I personally love drinking tea with Ginseng in it!

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that our body doesn’t need much of but a lack of it can really throw things off balance. We can get zinc in capsule form but its also found in poultry, red meat, and fish. It’s shown in studies to help people with depression but it’s also used for many other things! It’s all around a great mineral to take.

Lavender

Not only is lavender great for your skin, it’s also helpful when it comes to relieving anxiety. For anyone that’s suffered from anxiety, it often leads to depression as well. For me, when I take care of my anxiety, my depression symptoms often lessen. Although, it is important to note that lavender isn’t specifically proven to help with depression.

Omega-3

Do you guys remember that scene in A Cinderella Story where Heather Locklear is complaining about getting her Omega-3’s? Turns out we all should be worried about getting more of them. They’re still being studied, but people that food with Omega-3s are less likely to be depressed. Pass the salmon, please.

Moral of the story: Get your vitamins in check and talk to your doctor about what you should be taking! I’m not a doctor, but I know what works for me and I love sharing ideas on how I have improved my health naturally. I still take medication for depression and anxiety, but I love the boost some vitamins give me!

 

The Blanket Scarf Look

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Good morning my beautiful readers! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving full of memories, friends, family, and Christmas decorating. The day after Christmas I trekked outside and strung lights on the bushes and around the railing posts next to our front door. Contrary to what I want it to look like, this wasn’t a stress-free event. I can’t “keep it together” when dealing with lights and I don’t know many people who can! However, I did try to look good doing it!

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No stilettos and sweater dresses for me though! Embracing my inner outdoorsy-girl, I wore my favorite pair of Lucky Brand jeans, a quilted vest, blanket scarf, and a glamorous pair of Sperry Top-Sider duck boots.

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One trend I finally embraced was the blanket scarf. I bought this one through an online retailer (link here) and was really happy when it came! Plenty of infinity scarves sit in my drawers untouched so here’s hoping I actually wear this blanket scarf a little more often. I like to tuck mine into my vest for added warmth.

quilted vests

Believe it or not, I found this quilted vest by Kenneth Cole at a thrift store! Cost me only a dollar and the color is great on me. J Crew has tempted me for several seasons with their coveted herringbone puffer vest but I think I’ll stick with this cheaper option.

sperry duck boots

In an effort to embrace the damp conditions of the Mid-Atlantic right now, I donned Sperry duck boots to make the outdoor decorating experience a little preppier. I don’t know about you, but I love the animal print going on in these!

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Completing my basic white girl look is a partial duck face! The Christmas decorating isn’t quite over yet so I might be revisiting this outfit soon. It’s simple but it works for the occasion while making me look a tad bit cuter!

Tell me about your Christmas lights experience this year with a comment below!

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Whale Watching in Massachusetts

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A few posts ago I shared with you a few vacation photos of my trip to New England. I thought today I’d share with you a few from our whale watching trip in Gloucester, MA. Trust me, it’s one of the most unique experiences I’ve had! These creatures are mysterious, shy, but have a playful spirit. Nature truly is a beautiful thing and so was the weather we had that day. It was perfect for going out on a boat and enjoying the waves and sunshine.

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We went on the whale watching tour with Seven Seas Whale Watch Group (check out the Groupon for a good deal!) The tour was over 4 hours long and we went out into the Atlantic to see if we could spot a few whales in their natural habitat. We got really lucky and saw over 10 Humpbacks, 8 Minke whales, and 50 dolphins! They surfaced close to our boat and exhaled through their little blow holes.

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My sister and I had a difficult time standing while the ship was in motion. We held onto each other for dear life while my mom took this picture.

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I was smart that day and wore Sperry Top-Sider duck shoes. They’re lined with fleece and super cute to wear with jeans for a day outside! I found mine at Belk back in March for $29.99. Here’s some similar ones to get you going in the right direction. Unfortunately, they aren’t as cheap as the ones I bought, but as per usual, you have to wait for them to go on clearance in order to get a good deal.

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The rest of my outfit I tailored to the weather I might encounter. The thing about September is that one day its 85 degrees and the next it’s 65 degrees. You never know what to expect. I chose my favorite Lucky Brand jeans in Charlie Skinny (best jeans I’ve ever bought). A Vineyard Vines half-zip pullover and a Ralph Lauren baseball hat. Preppy and practical- just how I like things.

Anyone who might be interested in going on a trip like this I recommend wearing layers! At some points in the trip it was really chilly and at others I felt like I was burning up. Luckily, layering is a fashion statement so you can still look great while sailing on the high seas.

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A Christmas Village

christmas_villageIn a previous post, I mentioned that every once in awhile my town has an event that reminds me of the Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow. Last night was one of those events. Thousands showed up for a little event called “Christmas Village” that was held at our local fairgrounds. As I was driving over to the event, I kept wondering to myself how on Earth they were going to transform the county fair’s stinky, dirty buildings, used for showing of 4-H stuff and farm animals, and make it into a quaint “village.” To my surprise, they were able to “flip” the space into something quite lovely.

They decorated the roof of each building with white lights and had thetall_christmas_trees doors surrounded by holly and evergreen with lights mixed in. There were also big bows and ribbons adorning little Christmas trees around the area. The centerpiece of the event was the magnificent tree. It was absolutely beautiful with the lights that changed color on it periodically.

There were several local food vendors there selling cider, cocoa, kettle corn, and other seasonal items. Many tradesmen were there selling crafts and creations. For the kids, they had a giant, inflatable slide (40 ft high), a cookie decorating station, reindeer food-making station, and train rides around the fair grounds. On the loud speakers, they played Christmas music and the occasional song from Frozen.

lights_on_treesThe only down side to the event was the number of people attending and the chilly temperatures. I’m not one for crowds or cold weather! I don’t know how many times someone either cut me off while walking or decided to take a Sunday stroll right in front of me. Both of these things drive me crazy!

After we got home, my mom and I warmed up some tea and cider while settling down next to the tree for a Christmas movie marathon. All in all, it was a lovely night!

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Autumn Decorating

Hello loves! First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who has liked or commented on things recently. I’ve been so busy and haven’t had time to respond hardly at all and I sincerely apologize for this! I have a lot of things going at once and a few fun things I’m working on for the blog, which you will see soon.

pumpkin_pickingYesterday, I spent a few hours around the house decorating for Halloween this weekend. I love pumpkins and cute/spooky things on display for the season. I also might add that I’m so proud of myself for only drinking 3 pumpkin spice lattes this season! Despite being surrounded by pumpkin things for the last month I have stayed strong!

Anyway, I want to give you all a peak inside my house to see what decorating I’ve done so I’m including some photos below! Most of these decorations come from Michael’s craft stores. Hint: things are going on clearance there right now because they’re moving Christmas stuff in! Now’s the time to stock up on decorations for next year and not spend a fortune!

Autumn and Halloween can be the best time of the year to decorate. It can be whimsical, rustic, natural, spooky, or sparkly themed. I absolutely love the ideas I find on Pinterest for the season. I’m linking my own “Everything Autumn” Pinterest board so you can check out some of the cute things I’ve pinned on there that I’m dying to try!

Hope you enjoyed the photos! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!

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