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5 quick tips to ease your anxiety

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Considering this year has been a complete sh*tshow, most of our anxiety has been at a ultimate high.

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Take a DEEP breath and read on – here are some simple tricks to get yourself into “namaste” mode.

1.) Face + Accept your thoughts with LOGIC

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Often when an irrational thought pops into our head, we emotionally latch onto it and our anxiety spirals out of control. “My boss is acting weird, what if he hates me? What if he’s going to fire me? What if I lose my job and my whole life falls apart and I’m homeless on the streets of San Francisco?!?!”

SLLLLOOWW DOWN!

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When moments like these occur, it is important to use logic to talk yourself out of these anxious thoughts. Imagine you are a calming down a friend who is having a total meltdown. Chances are, you would give logical and positive advice, so why not do that for yourself?

Ask yourself questions like:

1.) What evidence do I have that makes this true?

2.)Is worrying about it helping me in any way?

3.) How would I handle it even if the worst case scenario did happen?

This will help you coach yourself out of spiraling into a tornado of negative thoughts.

2.) Chew on a piece of gum

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Sounds silly, but the act of chewing gum can help deflect your anxious energy.

“A 2009 study suggested that chewing gum can improve mood and reduce anxiety. This is likely because the act of chewing gum stimulates blood flow in your brain. The effects can be felt immediately and can help in the long term as well.”

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3.) Correct your posture!

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Slouching around is not only bad for your posture, it can affect your mood. Relax your shoulders down and try to sit up straight. This simple adjustment can help you feel more centered,focused, and confident. Sitting up with good posture can also make breathing easier and relax your muscles.

4.) Play with a pet!

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Science has proven repeatedly that the act of petting animals can help calm people down in stressful situations. This is why therapy dogs have gained so much popularity throughout the years and have been used to help a wide variety of patients. If you don’t have a pup, perhaps one of your friends will allow you to hang out for a half hour to cuddle up with their furry friend.

5.) Find a calming scent

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Whether it be Lavender essential oils or a chamomile candle, certain scents can be extremely impactful on your mood. Find a scented item that brings you feelings of joy/relaxation and try to have it around you every day. Take a moment when stressed to close your eyes and inhale whatever smell you need to bring you to a happier place.

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Guilt Free Vegan Brownies

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With colder weather coming, the perfect way to stay warm is through comfort foods. But what about when your favorite dessert is full of ingredients that will leave you feeling guilty? These delicious brownies are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

The best part? They are vegan and gluten-free, and the health benefits are amazing. This recipe uses both pumpkin and cacao, which are both rich in antioxidants. It’s also protein rich. Can I get a win-win?!

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What You Will Need…

For the brownies

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (it’s #pumpkinszn!)

For the frosting…

  • 1 1/2 scoops of your favorite vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1-2 tbsp of almond butter
  • 1 cup of almond milk

Let’s get down to business

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and coat your pan with a non-stick spray. You’re gonna want every last bite of these brownies, so make sure none of them stick to the pan!

2.) In a bowl, mash your bananas. The more ripe they are, the easier they will be to work with. They’ll be sweeter too!

3.) Add in 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree. Brownie points if you use homemade pumpkin puree, no pun intended.

4.) Add in 1 tbsp of cacao nibs to the mixture. This is where things will get chocolat-y!

5.) Mix it alllll up and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Time to put on your multitasking pants because it’s time to make the frosting.

6.) In a bowl, mix chocolate protein powder and almond butter.

7.) Slowly add in the almond milk and mix together

8.) Once the brownies have baked and cooled, it is time to frost.

Voila! You now have gluten free, vegan brownies that are sure to give you the warm and fuzzies on any fall day.

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Being a woman in Your 20s vs 30s: The Biggest Differences

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Is it us just us, or does life seem to get more difficult as the years go on?

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20’s are filled with the stresses of student debt, finding a job, and figuring out the person you ultimately “want to be”. It is also the decade of most people’s lives to make mistakes, be confused, and form our identities.

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So our 30’s must be alot easier…. right?

Here are some of the biggest differences between our struggles in our 20’s vs our 30’s

1.) Changes to our appearance

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Let’s face facts here, our youth doesn’t last forever. When our 30s hit, so do changes in our body. Perhaps a small wrinkle is forming or a few grey hairs are sprouting. This can lead some woman into panic mode.

News f*cking flash : YOU ARE AGING AND IT IS OKAY!!!!!

Did you look the same from when you were 10 to when you turned 20? NO. So what makes you think you should look the same from when your 20 to 30?

The pressures put on woman to maintain their “young” appearance can be exhausting. Aging is a beautiful thing, even if it seems like a difficult pill to swallow.

The irony is, many of the 30-something women I know are the most beautiful, authentic, and dynamic versions of themselves right now. They don’t want to go back to being their 22-year-old self — except, maybe, when they have a hangover.

Julia MCveigh, business insider

2.) Pressure to succeed

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Your 30s filled with a WHOLE NEW SLEW of pressures. Don’t have a great job? Hot husband? Instagram worthy photos every other day? You better get your sh*t together woman!

Those who fail to meet these ambitious milestones may feel inadequate. Those who are striving to achieve them may feel pressure to compete with their peers. And, man, is this a bummer. Once upon a time, us 20-somethings shared our mistakes with ease and humor; as a 30-something, this type of breezy, endearing vulnerability is increasingly absent.

JULIA MCVEIGH, BUSINESS INSIDER

We are all on a completely different journey – simple as that. Some people reach success when their 50, some people are secretly miserable in their Instagram perfect relationship, so who exactly made up these pressures? As difficult as it is NOT to compare ourselves, it is important to realistically remind your brain that THIS is YOUR life – and it doesn’t have to be like somebody elses.

3.) Becoming more self aware

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Often times in our 20s we are slightly more careless. (Just because we have lessons to learn DUH!) We’ll date guys who treat us like crap, spend money on ridiculous things we definitely don’t need, and perhaps indulge more then we should.

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By the time our 30s hit, most of us have matured based off everything we learned in the previous decade. Maybe we don’t spend money as carelessly or overreact to bullsh*t we know doesn’t really matter. Taking what you learn from your 20s can prevent stresses of “30s”. With age comes more self confidence – the longer you live with yourself the more you get to know that person and be comfortable in your skin.

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5 famous ladies who have survived breast cancer

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So many of us are affected by the evil “C” word…cancer. Whether you suffered yourself or watched a family member/friend go through it, cancer is a difficult battle to face.

Here are a list of 5 celebrities who were brave enough to share their story about fighting breast cancer.

1.) Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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In 2017, the Veep actress was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer.

“One in eight women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.”

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Louis-Dreyfus went through 6 rounds of chemo and ultimately chose to get a double mastectomy to treat the cancer.

2.) Jane Fonda

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The 82-year-old famous actress unfortunately dealt with multiple cancer battles throughout her life,

“I’ve had a lot of cancer I was a sun-worshipper. When I have a day off, I frequently go to my skin doctor and have things cut off me by a surgeon.”

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In 2016, Fonda was diagnosed with breast cancer and wound up having a mastectomy to cure it.

3.) Christina Applegate

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In the summer of 2008, Christina Applegate was faced with some difficult news. Doctors found cancerous lumps in one of her breasts and decided to perform a double mastectomy. Applegate opened up On Good Morning America about her mother being a repeat breast cancer survivor, which gave her hope and strength as a woman. The actress is also planning to start a foundation to help financially assist high risk breast cancer patients who can’t afford the cost of a MRI.

4.)Hoda Kotb

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5.) Wanda Sykes

The hilarious comedian unfortunately discovered she had breast cancer after going in for a surgery to get a breast reduction. Sykes’ family history was flooded with breast cancer cases on her mother’s side, which is why she chose to get a preventative double mastectomy.

“I had both breasts removed because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer” 

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