Reflect, Redefine and Rise in 2019

And so the countdown begins. Seven days left. One hour left. Ten seconds left. 2019 is not lying in wait, neither dormant nor quiet. 2019 explodes in fireworks and potential, pursuing us with excitement and possibilities. The sun sets… The ball drops… The new year is upon you. Are you ready? New Year’s Resolutions have always fascinated me. I know …

From Holidaze to Holiyays!

I’m very blessed that to me, going home for Christmas means the utmost comfort and purest joy. I was counting down the days to when my mom would pull up to my residence hall in herSanta sweater, throw the door open, and tackle me in the hugest hug. My home isa cozy calm, only disrupted by laughter and the sound …

More Than Marshmallows

The girl in her pajamas asleep at the table, using her laptop as a keyboard. The boy alternating between yawning and gulping down his black coffee. Laser focus. Desperation. The distinct mix of sounds—the nonstop churn of the printer, the frantic scribbles of a pencil on paper, the clack of a sentence typed then instantly deleted. It must be finals …

1N5 Talks Care for Teachers

Friday, December 7, 2018 1N5 met with Fairfield Central Elementary School to explain the CARE for Teachers program including the benefits in the classroom of the teachers implementing and practicing mindfulness in their personal lives. Around 100 staff members from the school were then lead through three practical mindfulness exercises they can begin to implement in their daily lives. The …

Keeping Your Journey Yours

by Maritza from Ritzawonderfullife Comparison : The Thief of Gratitude Everyone experiences their journey differently. Everyone takes different steps at different times and each one of us have different obstacles to overcome or work with. Not only that, each one of us has different loves and passions and that will change what we appreciate most in life and what our …

So What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder Anyway?

Have you noticed a general down feeling since the time change? Feeling sleepy more, less motivated, just not your usual self? I know I have and you’re not alone! 5% of Americans experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, each year.   So what exactly is SAD? The National Institute of Mental Health describes SAD as a type of depression that …

10 Things I’ve Learned While Dealing With Depression

1. Let yourself have a bad day Or days, or weeks or months.  Let yourself cry, or yell, or be angry.  In the years I’ve struggled with Depression I tried to grin and bear it at the beginning, but I’ve found that just letting myself have those bad times makes it easier for me to recuperate.  When I’m less focused on …

Hydrating for Mental Health

by Maritza from Ritzawonderfullife This week after suffering from intense migraines, I ended up in the Emergency Room due to severe dehydration. As a result, my mental health has been struggling as well this week. Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, already cause symptoms such as fatigue, foggy brain (not being able to concentrate or focus), affected mood, and …