Natural Remedies To Help Start The New Year Right

Natural Remedies To Help Start The New Year Right

These practices can help improve your skin and overall health when used frequently.


The start of a new year is a time where we feel like we can reset ourselves and begin a new chapter of our lives. Some people strive to meet massive resolutions and other people, such as myself, like to strive to fix smaller things in their life. In my opinion, this method increases your chances of success. Sometimes achieving little successes can have a ripple effect, improving greater problems that you have. My goal this year, especially during this upcoming semester, is to do what I can to better take care of myself. Just recently I learned about some natural remedies that not only can make you feel more pampered and healthy, but also save you money and from creating unnecessary waste.

For starters, my skin is always crying out for help. Maybe I wash my hands too much or something, but they are always dry. Apparently, avocados are not just tasty but are great for moisturizing your skin. I have used this trick quite a few times now as I often overestimate how long my avocado needs to ripen. Instead of throwing it out, I mash up my avocado and slather it on for like 20 minutes. It's a little messy, but I feel a thousand times better afterward.

Additionally, coconut oil seems to have the capability to be used for anything. You literally could be cooking with the coconut oil one minute and use it to hydrate your hair the next. Coconut oil can even be used to get rid of lice. That's crazy, right? Personally, I use it as another way to take care of my skin. Just a little scoop is plenty to sooth my scaly hands.

Now the next natural remedy goes out to all the ladies. Don't underestimate the power of the cranberry because you can prevent UTIs by ingesting them. They contain the glorious chemical called proanthocyanidins, which prevent bacteria from accumulating on the lining of your bladder. While its recommended to drink unsweetened cranberry juice, I say that you should add them whenever you can to your diet. It doesn't hurt to be a little extra with your cranberries because it can save you a lot of pain and money in the future.

While the next remedy is often known for its digestive benefits, when it contains "live active cultures", yogurt can even decrease your chances of getting sick. Just make sure that it contains if it contains Lacobacillus reuteri, otherwise, your yogurt will only taste delicious. All I know is that when it comes to exam time, I will definitely be eating more yogurt to make sure that I am on my A game.

Of course, there are many other natural remedies out there that I didn't even touch on. I have just had the best experiences with these and find them the easiest to make a habit. Nature has so much to offer us and all we have to do is put the effort into researching what simple remedies will impact our lives the best. As long as you are making smart choices for your own personal health and are paying attention to any precautions that may exist, why not give some natural remedies a go?

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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