Hello everyone! This week, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Megan. Megan and I met a little over a year and a half ago when we both ended up multiple sessions together during a women’s summit and realized we had a lot of common interests. Since then, we’ve been able to stay connected and I’ve learned so much from her! Not only is she brilliant, but also so brave, vulnerable and kind. I was absolutely thrilled when she showed interest in guest blogging, because I know everyone else could learn a lot from her as well. And so without further ado, here’s Megan’s guest post about fighting depression:
A Secret Way to Combat Depression
You are most likely aware of the foods to eat (or avoid), if you struggle with your mental health. That’s becoming easy enough information to find online, thankfully. I’m grateful for each and every tip when it comes to feeling my happiest. I have battled Depression and Anxiety for most of my life. One thing that I’ve found out lately, may come as a surprise to you. It sure did, for me! Not only does it matter what you put IN your body, it matters what you’re putting ON it, too.
I didn’t realize until lately that it takes less than 30 seconds for skincare products to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Why is that important to know? Because many different lotions, soaps, and makeup have ingredients that are very toxic. When I first heard about toxins, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too concerned. I thought, so what if it causes Cancer? Needless to say, I wasn’t in a healthy frame of mind.
The turning point for me came when I found a truly natural skincare company and swapped out the lotions and soaps I had been using for better options. It was last Summer and I felt so happy and content for the first time in as long as I can remember. I’ll tell you though, I didn’t make the connection at the time…
Slowly, I swapped other things out for our family.
Soon I found a better alternative to dish soap and laundry detergent. After months of feeling really good for one of the first times in years, I ended up depressed and anxious again. Why? I realized after a few months that I had been using a cream on some pesky and persistent eczema that was filled with toxic ingredients! This was dermatologist recommended, by the way.
The only way I realized, was when I quit using that and slowly began to feel more positive and upbeat again. I was shocked! No one had ever told me about the mood connection tied to skincare products…Not only that, but when I look for the information online now, I find next to nothing linking the two.
I realize that making swaps can feel daunting.
Especially if you’re already struggling with your mood. It can almost feel like too much to worry about. My recommendation is that when you’re ready to start swapping products out, do it one at a time. When you are getting low on your body lotion, start looking for other healthier options. I’d recommend starting to do research early so you have a new alternative well before running out of your old product. If you need any help finding better products, I’m more than happy to help!
Here is a Cheat Sheet of ingredients you do NOT want in your products to get you started:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
- Mineral Oil
- Propylene Glycol
This list is not exhaustive, but a good starting point for you. The easiest way to ensure products are truly safe is to know the ingredients listed and know WHAT exactly they each are. You may want to look locally, first because many smaller companies use safer ingredients and are trying to get started!
I truly hope this information is empowering to you and you feel hopeful.
Because you should! Once you begin this journey, it gets easier and you will feel happier. I can almost guarantee it. Safe and healthy healing to you!
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