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 …

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 …