Boring, Yet Necessary, Self-Care

by Maritza Marciano from Ritzawonderfullife This week my article is inspired by @makedaisychains #Boringselfcare When face masks, pedicures, manicures and spa days are too costly and too timely, there are simple ways to self care! Sometimes self care can become this idea of ultimate pampering and relaxation but in reality we can self care every day multiple times a day! …

Loving the Body You’re In

by Maritza Marciano from RitzaWonderfulLife Get skinny quick! Lose the love handles! How to get a bikini body in time for summer! Any of those sound familiar? Everywhere I turn I feel the pressure of the standard society has set for women. To be a medium height, thin but not too thin, curvy but only in the “right” places, and …

What Self-Care Means to Me

by Maritza Marciano from RitzaWonderfulLife The trends lately have been #selfcaresaturday or #selfcaresunday but self care is really a lifestyle. Sure, there may be one or two days of the week where you really “treat yo self” but self care is more than pampering. Self care means giving you body what it needs! Taking my medications as prescribed, keeping my …

Maritza’s Guide to Healthy Sleep Hygiene

by Maritza Marciano from RitzAWonderfulLife First off, what is sleep hygiene? When you think of hygiene, sleep isn’t necessarily the next word that pops in your head.  Sleepfoundation.org describes sleep hygiene as “a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness.”  To put it simply, sleep hygiene is a term to cover …

I Kept Fighting for Me – Ivy’s Story

Ivy Watts, from Boston, shares her mental health journey with 1N5. Hi beautiful people – my name is Ivy! As a former collegiate athlete who graduated with several academic and athletic accolades, great friends and a supportive family, it appeared on the outside like I had it all together, but on the inside, I was truly struggling. Under the pressure …

Which Exercise Benefits Your Mental Health the Most?

Most of the time, when we think about working out, we think about jumping on a machine and drowning out the world with our noise-cancelling earbuds. But did you know that certain exercises can actually benefit you more mentally than others? A recent study by Lancet Psychiatry actually found that team sports makes the most positive impact mentally, with either …

Meet Emma Benz, a senior at Mount Notre Dame High School. We are so proud of her for sharing her #Iam1N5 story… In junior high, I struggled with some eating disorder behaviors, but after my doctor expressed her concern, they were quickly corrected. I resumed normal eating habits for a few years, but by my sophomore year of high school, I was …