Dealing with Depression: What to Do When You Think You're Depressed

You are worthy.

You are strong.

You are LOVED.

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I just wanted to come on here and give you guys a little push to keep going.  This past week, we lost two incredibly inspiring and amazing people, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. 

Both of these extraordinarily inspiring people were battling depression.

This opened eyes for a lot of people that depression does not discriminate. It doesn't matter how much money you have, how cool your job is, how many accomplishments you've made; you can still suffer from depression, no matter what your circumstances are.

I myself have suffered from depression for the past 5 years in my life and thankfully, due to the help of my amazing friends, family, and many, MANY therapists, I am in an amazing place in my life, am no longer am suffering and haven't been better!

I one day want to talk about my story to you guys, but I'm not yet in a place to comfortably speak about my situation. However, I do want to remind you all that you don't have to suffer in silence. I hope these next few tips give you a bit of encouragement if you are going through tough times.

Being Strong Means Admitting When You Need Help

This is one of the most important things. You need to seek help if you are either suffering from depression, or feel like you are going through a tough time.

It's not a bad thing. You will not be judged. You will not be taken away from your job, family, friends, none of that.

It will be worth it. 

There is nothing more powerful than having someone in your corner to help you through this crazy thing we call life. If you are not quite confident to reach out to a professional or feel you are not in a place financially to do so, reach out to a friend you trust instead. Talk with them and open up about how you are feeling. There's nothing to be ashamed about. 

If you're not comfortable doing that, there is tons of online support. I actually found my current life coach through Youtube if I'm being honest. There are people who want to help, you just have to seek it.

*information on free hotlines are down below

Don't Compare Your Situation

Depression runs on a spectrum. No two situations are the same and there are multiple types of depression. You may say to yourself "I don't have suicidal thoughts, so I'm not really suffering" or something else along the lines of trying to justify your feelings.

Don't.

Your situation is unique. Treat it as such. Depression can range from being in a state of sadness to debilitating pain. I had the worst spiral of depression when LITERALLY everything in my life was perfect, but I was still suffering. Depression knows no boundaries, and comparing your situation to other factors or stereotypes only makes things worse. 

Avoid "I should's" and "I shouldn'ts"

One of the most dangerous thoughts I experienced when it came to addressing my depression was saying things to myself like:

"My life is great! I shouldn't be feeling like this."

"I should go see someone, but I can't afford it."

"I shouldn't talk about my problems... it'll make people uncomfortable and judge me."

"I should just suck it up and get through it..."

This type of mindset keeps you in a constant state of depression and only furthers your situation, because you think you can ignore it and it will go away!

It won't. Like I mentioned before, I felt like I had no reason to be depressed because my life was amazing. That very mindset sent me down a spiral even worse than it would've been if I had just shifted my mindset from "I have no reason to be depressed" to "I have an amazing life, but I'm struggling with depression. I don't want to feel like this anymore. Let me fix this." 

 

If you need someone to talk to, I am here, and so are many other friends, family members and professionals who just want to help.

I've lost many amazing people in my life, opportunities and valuable time because of my depression and I don't want you to have to go through the same thing. 

You don't have to suffer. You can live your life. You just have to seek help.

The world is a better place with you in it. Never forget that. 

Love you all so very much <3

Battleforbeauty

 

RESOURCES:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-784-2433

Crisis Textline: Text "HOME" to 741741

Why You Need Essential Oils

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
— Willie Nelson
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2018 has brought it's heap of struggles for me (if I were to start going naming a few, this would be a novel, not a blog!) but lucky for me, with struggle comes strength and I've decided to look at this rough year so far, as a positive thing! For every negative in my life, I have attempted to find at least two positives, and this has sent me on a new wellness journey that has become an integral part of my life.

 

I decided one day to try out essential oils after this AMAZING facial I had at the Green Valley Ranch Spa and my life has been changed ever since! I decided to invest (if you consider $30 investing) in this pretty compact essential oil's diffuser and top 8 essential oil set from ArtNaturals (on amazon) and I haven't put it down ever since.

*actually, that is a lie. I have put it down, because I now have two more diffusers around my house and many other essential oils I play around with :)

 

I admit I was skeptical at first knowing that my only true experience with essential oils was from the most relaxing place ever, aka, a spa and facial. However, instead of giving in to skepticism, I thought to myself "why not try anything possible to make myself feel and live better" and the results have been better than I could have ever imagined. Here are just a few reasons why I love my essential oils and why you should consider adding these as a part of your life too:

 

Why I Love Essential Oils:

There is an oil for EVERYTHING!

If you want to elevate your mood, relax at night, sleep better, increase your energy, fight a cold, purify a room, have natural cleaning supplies, fight mosquitoes, use hair supplements, you name it. For what ever mood, feeling or product you want, there is an oil blend waiting to solve your problems.

They're affordable

Let me admit this real quick, I am bias as I have a working relationship with ArtNaturals after I bought their products from Amazon and they found me through the MANY IG stories I posted about it. I truly love them, not only because their products are BOMB, but they are extremely affordable for the quality of their products. I know someone may say they don't "need" essential oils, which is why they can't justify spending money on it. I totally get it as a girl who's also ballin' on a budget! However, ArtNaturals makes their prices affordable enough for those who truly want to commit to a wellness routine and transform their mood and well-being with essential oils and natural beauty and wellness products.

*plus, they gave me the discount code "Battle20" for you guys to get 20% off your order if you REALLY want to save some cash. (and no, I don't get paid when you use my code. It's truly for my loving and loyal followers) :) 

*also, no this blog is not sponsored! I just really love essential oils.

I live a more positive life 

I have seen noticeable differences in my overall well-being since incorporating essential oils in my life. I went from not being able to sleep at night because of my anxiety to sleeping better than ever with my signature zen blend. I went from feeling too depressed in the morning to get out of bed to springing out of bed at the scent of peppermint. I've been able to relax better when I come home from a stressful day at work with just a few drops of lavender and rosemary. My skin and hair are healthier than ever with a few drops of tea tree.

Like I mentioned above, there's an essential oil for everything, you just have to try it out and see works best for you, but it has truly transformed the way I live my life and I truly hope it can transform yours as well. 

 

Let me know your thoughts on essential oils below if you have tried them or have thought about trying them! I'll link a few resources below if you want to be more familiar with the specifics about the different oils and uses for each (because there are way too many for me to list right now!) Also let me know if you'd like a video on essential oils because I'm slowly trying to get back into making those too ;) 

 

Love you all!

 

xoxo,

Battleforbeauty <3 

 

Essential Oils Resources:

Essential Oils Guide (in-depth)

How to Clean Your Diffuser

Best Essential Oils for Skin Care

6 Essential Oils for Mood and Energy

Essential Oils for Depression

Top 8 Essential Oils for Home Use

Life Update, I'm 23!

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Wow does it feel great to be back to blogging! I have been completely focused on my Youtube video lately but I have missed writing to you guys that follow my blog page. If you haven't caught my latest blog post, you should definitely check it out here.

 

That being said! I have a new video for those of you who are followers of my Youtube channel as well ;) I sat down for the first time and just talked with you guys while doing my makeup! I recently gained a good amount of subscribers and I want to get to know you guys and tell you a bit about me as well. I talk everything from my past year at 22, from the loss I suffered this year, a life update when it comes to BABIES and what I want to see in this next year at 23.

 

If you want to follow my journey in the goals I'm achieving at 23, go ahead and subscribe! If you just want to hear the hot gossip, go ahead and check out this video below! Lastly, if you want to see the products I used during this video, those are also down below <3 

 

 

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hourglass mineral veil primer
  • Hourglass vanish stick foundation in 'Amber' and 'Golden Tan'
  • Tarte Shape Tape in 'tan'
  • Laura Mercier Setting Powder
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Benefit Precisely My-Brow Pencil #5
  • Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter
  • Mac Paint Pot in 'Layin Low'
  • Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette
  • Morphe 39A Palette (the warm tones in this palette actually stained my eyelids! It's hard for me to recommend this product for you guys although I do love the other colors. The shades that stained my eyelids were snatched and create) 
  • NYX Matte Liquid Liner
  • Maybelline Metallic Liquid Liners (a bit difficult to work with in this particular video for me but best and cheapest option for a glitter liner)
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise
  • Lilly Lashes in 'Miami'
  • BH Cosmetics Nude 10 Color Blush Palette 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
  • Colourpop x iluvsarahii lip pencil and satin lipstick in '951'
  • Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray 'Rose' 

 

xoxo,

battleforbeauty <3 

 

September Beauty and Skin Care Favorites

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It's the end of the month which means, I can finally share with you my September beauty and skin care favorites! There were a BUNCH of new releases this September and quite frankly, I couldn't get my hands on all of them, but I definitely grabbed some of the best.

 

Some of you may wonder why I do this blog post/video every month, and to be honest, it's pretty fun for me to do! I love looking back at the month and seeing how the beauty and skin care game changed for me. More specifically, doing this favorites of the month blog allows me to expand my collection and give you guys insights in to products that are worth buying for your collection. I take these very seriously because I never want to mislead you guys into buying something that isn't good (when sometimes, a lot of people are trying to tell you a product is good when in reality, it's crap!)

 

So let's cut the chit chat and get right into the favorites! 

 

Beauty Favorites

 

Fenty Beauty Soft Filt'r Primer and Foundation

 

You had to know this one was coming! I did a full review over the Fenty Beauty collection that you can check out here, but out of the collection, these two products were my absolute favorites! The primer has absolutely grown on me. It is a very hydrating foundation which can help with my oily skin, but it keeps my foundations pretty matte throughout the day too, so I switch between this primer and the Hourglass mineral veil primer.

 

The foundation can speak for itself. It's SO easy to find the perfect match for you, and it literally makes your face look like you have a "soft filter". It is very lightweight, medium coverage and a VERY good price point as well. Again check out my first impressions if you want to see my other opinions on this but it literally is the foundation I wear everyday now (again, sorry Hourglass vanish stick!)

 

Colourpop x Iluvsarahii Collection (Lip's only)

 

This collection didn't launch in September but... I just purchased the collection in September and these colors have literally, been the only lip products I've been wearing! The "Curvii" and "951" sets are perfect for my day time natural and full glam looks. "Mamacita" and "Arriba" are perfect for my fall glam looks as well as a classic glam look. The formulas are very comfortable and extremely affordable as well. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with Colourpop! 

 

House of Lashes: Iconic

 

You have most likely seen these lashes EVERYWHERE on Youtube! I just started wearing these and I have to say, I LOVE them! I typically would wear my $6 Ardell lashes, but I wanted something more sturdy and longer lasting, and these lashes take the cake. The band is thick (which some people hate, but I need a thick lash band) and the shape is perfect for my eyes.

 

Skin Care

 

L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask: Detox and Brighten

 

The texture of this mask is pretty grainy, which is good for a gently exfoliator on my skin. It doesn't tighten up so much where I can't talk while wearing it, but it tightens just enough for me to comfortably wear it around the house while it does its work. I haven't noticed TOO much a difference in my skin after using it, but it does leave my skin extremely soft and a perfect for makeup application directly after as it isn't too drying.

 

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

 

Miracle product right here! I've always had trouble with dry lips, even more now that we're in Vegas, and this makes my lips soft literally overnight. You just apply it at night and you wake up with baby soft lips. I wish I would wear this all day everyday but, I can't! It just works, and that's the best part about it. 

 

Origin's Zero Oil Cleanser

 

I was a bit unsure about this cleanser... I didn't believe a cleanser could actually take away my oil control problem and... it doesn't, but it definitely helps! The days I use this I definitely produce less oil. The cleanser also has mint in it, which wakes up my skin in the morning and leaves me with a matte slate for the day.

 

 

xoxo,

 

battleforbeauty <3 

 

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