In completely transparency, my mental health has been crap recently. There is no way around it. Maybe it is the fact that we’ve been having more rain over here in CA lately (and I am used to being SPOILED with the sun year-round). Maybe it is the fact that I often don’t see daylight as much due to working overnight shift. Regardless, it has been hard.
So, unlike the past where I stuck to what I knew which was therapy and medication, I have been taking matters into my own hands. I have been taking a whatever-it-takes approach to my mental health, and lately for me that means trying specific wellness-related products I have found just by searching and from recommendations by friends.
I will be the first person to admit that when it comes to purchasing wellness-related products or items, I am usually the last to jump on the bandwagon. But here are a few things that I can’t help but talk about because they are helping THAT much. I am sharing them with the hope it may help some of you as well!
It took me SO long to jump on board the juicer train. I used to roll my eyes at people who juiced because I thought two things:
1) Why can’t they just buy juice? Less work
2) It is a waste of the pulp/nutrients from fruits and veggies.
Y’all. This juicer has revolutionized my life. I look forward to waking up in the morning, to buying new produce, to experimenting with flavors and herbs. My favorite combination lately has been carrot, orange, pineapple. Yum!
2. Oil Diffuser
Working overnight shift has inspired me to try literally EVERYTHING possible to trigger sleep/waking at different times than what my body says is normal.
One of the things I do is I alternate essential oils for different times of the day. When I want to trigger sleep during the day, I typically will use lavender or a sleep essential oil blend. When I want to wake up, I choose a citrus scent like orange, lemon, or bergamot. Sometimes I mix all three.
Essential oils are also a great alternative to candles, and are a lot healthier for the environment too.
3. Light Therapy Lamp
Another item I’ve been loving since I work overnight shift is my light therapy lamp.
Light therapy lamps are often utilized by people living with Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). They give off light that mimics sunlight, so it is also good for overnight workers like myself because it tricks our brain into an adjusted circadian rhythm. I personally just also like the glow it gives the entire room!
Let me know if you try any of these products and how they work for you!
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