Six Word Story #125

Six Word Story #125

Your parried reply was answer enough.


I know I haven’t replied to comments in a little bit but I’ve been super busy with an assignment. I’m done with it now so I’m looking forward to reading all your comments soon 🙂

Today’s Word:

Parry

  1. to ward off a weapon or blow
  2. to evade or turn aside something

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Another CBD Oil Update

Another CBD Oil Update

Background

For those of you who may be new to my blog, I suffer from anxiety and depression. I have tried multiple other things including therapy, medication, dietary changes and more to help with the symptoms. The reason I say cope with the symptoms is because in my opinion a lot of mental illnesses have no permanent cure. I know that it is possible with some but when it comes to depression and anxiety many of us are forced to live with it. The only way we can go back to functioning normally is learning how to cope with the symptoms or attempting to decrease them. That’s what medication generally does- it gets rid of the symptoms.

However, medication did not work for me so I started looking for other alternatives. About two years ago I began using CBD oil in an attempt to decrease or manage my symptoms better. At that point, I had been suffering from depression and anxiety for a few years so I had gotten to a point where I was ignoring the symptoms and just doing my best to live a normal life.

When I first began using CBD oil, I noticed an instant change. I had been using it for a day or two and already I was feeling better. My depression and anxiety had decreased significantly, my insomnia had gone away completely, I could concentrate better, I had more energy and I just felt a lot better in general both mentally and physically.

I shared my experience and then wrote another post with an update a little while after that. Since, I’ve been using it for about two years now I thought I would write another update especially since I mentioned it on a post last week and many people seemed to be interested in CBD oil and a couple of people asked about it or said they would be interested in learning more about it.

Dose/Amount

I usually get asked about this so I thought I would start out talking about how much I take. When I first began using CBD oil I took about three drops every night about half an hour before I went to bed. After using it daily for a while, my brain seemed to be producing more serotonin (this is my guess since it helped me feel happier, more stable, digest food better and concentrate better which is what serotonin does) on its own so I stopped using it every day.

I began using it for two days and skipping the third day. After a few weeks of this, I began taking it every other day. At the moment I take it once every two or three days depending on how I’m feeling.

My body has not become resilient to its effects at all and if anything I need it less often the longer I take it which is great.

Anxiety

The CBD oil really helped with my anxiety and just calming down my brain in general. I have one of those brains that never shut up so I used to be constantly overwhelmed which began effecting my sleep and I began suffering from insomnia due to this. However, CBD oil didn’t exactly slow down my brain but it helped me organise my thoughts better if that makes any sense. Like before, I was going from 0 to 100 in like 10 seconds but with CBD oil I’m a lot calmer.

I have social anxiety so interacting with humans isn’t something I’m great at naturally but CBD oil helped me feel more relaxed which meant it was easier for me to socialise and not be so quiet around people. I actually started interacting with others more, having fun and just enjoyed socialising in general.

I once read someone describing having anxiety as that feeling you get when you’re rocking you’re chair and are about to fall but having that feeling all the time and that was pretty accurate for me. With CBD oil that feeling kind of went away which was nice.

Of course, CBD oil is not some magic cure so I’m still a more anxious person that someone without an anxiety disorder but my anxiety has decreased significantly and the symptoms are manageable enough that they don’t interfere with my life. I still get anxious sometimes but it’s never so much that it stops me from doing what I want to.

Depression

I’ve mentioned this before but I’ll mention this again. With depression, I didn’t really realise I was depressed until I started taking CBD oil and the symptoms of depression began to go away. I began to actually enjoy things, had the energy to get out of bed, felt excitement and enthusiasm again and this was a big one- I actually began genuinely laughing again. It was like this cloud over my head had suddenly disappeared. I know it sounds cliché but that’s really how it was.

I began enjoying the small thing again like rainbows and nature. I wanted to create art again, write again and so much more. It was nice to feel enthusiastic again.

Again, CBD oil isn’t a magic cure- I still feel sad or depressed sometimes. I still cry over dumb things. I still don’t want to get out of bed once in a while. And that’s okay. CBD oil has just significantly decreased the symptoms and I can deal with occasionally feeling sad every few months rather than feeling that way every day.

Side Effects

Since,  CBD oil isn’t technically a medication I don’t know if you can call these side effects but I just wanted to mention them because obviously nothing is perfect and some people may experience certain things due to using CBD oil.

I got really great sleep but for the first few months of using CBD oil I did have really vivid dreams. I found them very enjoyable because I love taking notes about all my dreams and trying to analyse them and stuff but I know not everyone would enjoy vivid dreams so this is something I would look out for.

For the first few months, my mouth and eyes were kind of dry which is pretty normal for most cannabis products but if you’re someone who doesn’t drink a lot of fluids you may want to drink more water than you normally do if you start using CBD oil.

Final Thoughts

As I always say on my mental health posts, if you think you or a loved one is suffering from a mental illness or mental health problems please speak to someone and preferably seek professional help. At least get a proper diagnosis first so you can deal with it accordingly.

If you are taking other medications or don’t know how much CBD oil would be the right amount for you make sure to talk to a healthcare professional about it and they will help you figure out what would work best for you.

I know a lot of people talk about CBD oil in order to promote something and I feel like CBD oil has kind of been ruined by annoying influencers trying to push it as some sort of magic cure for everything. That’s why I was so skeptical about it myself. And that’s why I always refrain from mentioning any companies in these posts because I don’t want my posts to be bias. I have been approached by a number of CBD oil brands but I haven’t worked with any of them because I know that if I do the results may be tainted. Even if I consciously try to be unbias I’ll probably subconsciously still be a little bias. I don’t know if that makes any sense because I’m a bit distracted today.

Finally, I would recommend giving CBD oil a try if you are looking for alternatives to medication because I know that not everyone finds medications beneficial and different things work for different people. I can’t guarantee that CBD oil will change your life but it did change mine so I would definitely recommend trying it out. If it works for you that’s great and if not you can try out other things.


Is there something you would like me to discuss about mental health? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll keep it in mind for next week.


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A Glitch In The Matrix

A Glitch In The Matrix

Admittedly, I have never seen The Matrix so I have no idea what that means. I’ve only seen the Futurama parody version where they kind of diss it which I enjoyed but yeah never really seen the real thing.

Back to the point of the post- I keep trying to write advice posts for Tuesdays but it’s just not working out so from now on I’ll be posting advice posts on Monday and Blogger Interviews on Tuesdays. I have other stuff happening on Tuesdays now that my summer classes have started and I’ve been making reels more regularly and it’s just too much. I have time over the weekend so it would be easier to write the post over the weekend and just edit and post it on Monday. I have my first test today so wish me luck!

Edit: I got 21/25 on the test!

Since it is still technically tip Tuesday here’s a little tip- don’t eat yellow ice lol… Just kidding. Here’s an actual tip- the less you care about what others are doing online and what they think about what you’re doing online the more fun you’ll have blogging. So stop caring so much about others and and just keep doing you.

Also, a blogging friend started a sustainable household items brand and it would be awesome if you support her by checking it out. Click here to view her online store. 


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Six Word Story #124

Six Word Story #124

“I love you.” I gasped, nonplussed.


Today’s Word:

Nonplus

  1. a state of bafflement or perplexity

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Natural Remedies For Depression

Natural Remedies For Depression

Introduction

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you are probably aware that I suffer from anxiety and depression. I haven’t talked too much about it recently but I decided to start talking about mental health more regularly again. I talk about my anxiety more than depression but I decided to talk about depression in this post.

I understand that a lot of people choose to take medication for their depression especially if it’s more severe which is perfectly fine but I personally have chosen to use natural methods to help me reduce the symptoms of depression. I tried medication but it did not work for me. If you are interested in how I use natural methods to reduce my depression keep reading. I think natural methods work really well for some people and even if you do take medication for depression there’s really no harm in trying these since they’ll help too.

CBD Oil

CBD oil has been really helpful with both my anxiety and depression. When I first started hearing about it I was pretty skeptical. Mostly, because it was coming from influencers who were pretty obviously sponsored so it was hard for me to take them seriously. It seemed like they were exaggerating the benefits and I had seen a lot of people try to sell all kinds of crap in the name of curing mental health problems so I thought this was one of those things.

However, thankfully, I caved in and decided to try it for myself. I started using CBD oil daily and the benefits were almost instant. I started to feel so much less anxious, I could concentrate better, my insomnia went away and I started to feel happy again.

This story might sound really sad but it’s actually a happy memory for me I promise. After taking CBD oil for a few days I started to find things interesting and fun again and I remember the exact turning point for me. I was on a bus on my way back home from university and was talking to a friend and we were joking about something and I laughed. Like I laughed for the first time in years. I mean, I obviously laugh at stuff but not like this. I usually found things mildly amusing and laughed for the sake of it but this was a genuine laugh. I’ve been laughing ever since- to a point where it’s concerning actually. Just kidding!

But yeah, that was the moment where it really hit me. I didn’t realise how depressed I was till I wasn’t anymore. I know it sounds weird but that was my experience and I always want to keep it real with you guys.

So, if you are looking for a sign to try CBD oil this is it. It has helped me a lot and I hope it can help others out there too.

Yoga And Meditation

Daily yoga and meditation is something else that has really helped me a lot when it comes to my mental health. The benefits of yoga and meditation don’t show up instantly so you do have to be patient but over time it came be life changing.

Both help you to control your mind and emotions and consequently help you deal with your problems in a healthy way. They also help to better your energy and make you feel more positive. I feel like when I skip either my day just feels off now.

I find meditation particularly helpful because I always had a hard time dealing with my problems. With meditation, I can sit down and really think about them without feeling overwhelmed by negative emotions. Personally, I still feel the negative emotions but meditation has helped me acknowledge and deal with them in a healthy way.

Proper Routine

Having a proper routine and taking care of your body is also super helpful. Having a schedule, sleeping on time, eating healthy, getting exercise and self-care can be extremely beneficial for people with mental health problems like depression.

When I first went vegan. I began eating much healthier than before and over time I felt so much better and still do. I have much more energy now. Eating healthy is also totally possible on a non-vegan diet it’s just I wasn’t eating that healthy before but going vegan pushed me to eat healthier. Cheetos not being vegan may have saved my life…

But seriously, eating healthy on a daily basis, sleeping well, exercising and taking care of yourself makes a big difference for your mental health. I always think about it like this- if you were physically unwell you would be told to rest, eat healthy etc. so why not do that when you’re mentally unwell.

Conclusion

I really hope all these tips were beneficial for you. If you have any questions or would like me to elaborate on anything feel free to leave a comment and I will reply as soon as possible. I am always happy to share my mental health journey with you guys in the hopes that it will help others going through something similar.

Dealing with things naturally is great but they are much milder and often take longer to work. If you feel like they aren’t working for you please seek professional help. There is nothing wrong with seeking help and it can be extremely beneficial to do so.


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My Blogging Journey (Ep. 2)

My Blogging Journey (Ep. 2)

So, the second episode of my podcast is officially out! I want to thank everyone who listened to the first one even though it was just a general introduction. It really means a lot to me!

Todays episode is about my blogging journey. I talk about how I first got into blogging, came up with the name “lifesfinewhine”, the ups and downs I’ve had over the years, balancing university and blogging and so much more. If that something you’re interested in use the links below to listen- Lifesfinepodcast is now 6 platforms so feel free to use whichever you like:

https://www.breaker.audio/lifesfinepodcast

https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82Mjc3NDZlNC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

https://pca.st/7c4gbe8e

In case you would prefer to read about my blogging journey since I know not everyone wants to listen to it feel free to check out the posts below:

My Blogging Journey

My Blogging Journey #2

My Blogging Journey #3

My Blogging Journey #4

My Blogging Journey #5

I also talked about my first blog post and thought I would link it below in case anyone is interested:

The Cult Experience

Let me know what you think in the comments below because I always love hearing from you!


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I Messed Up

I Messed Up

You know how I wrote that whole post about sticking to a schedule and that good stuff? Yeah. It’s been like week one and I already messed up lol. I was supposed to make sure I post blogging advice today but I randomly got on a call with a really awesome friend and didn’t have time to write. To be honest, I don’t feel bad about it because I hadn’t talked to this friend in a while and I really enjoyed catching up. I’ll plan better in the future I guess but obviously as much as I love blogging my real life is important too.

Let me know in the comments how your day was and what you did today because I’m in a chatty mood today and I want to chat with all of you amazing souls!


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Six Word Story #123

Six Word Story #123

Quondam lovers, now forever mortal enemies.


Today’s Word:

Quondam

1. that once was; former.

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Lifesfinewhine’s New Schedule

Lifesfinewhine’s New Schedule

For the last few months I’ve been blogging kind of randomly because I’ve been busy with a bunch of things but I think it’s time to finally get my life in order and that means getting my blog in order too. Usually, I wouldn’t share my blogging schedule on here and just change it but there are two reasons I decided to share it.

Firstly, I felt like sharing it with you guys would be like writing it in stone. It would force me to stick to the schedule even if I felt like I wanted to give up on it or procrastinate or whatever.

Secondly, I know that this is a multi-niche blog which means that I write on a variety of topics. I know a lot of you have certain topics you prefer reading about and follow my blog for which is obviously totally okay. I write about a really large number of things and I really don’t expect you guys to enjoy every single one of them or be interested in each and every one of the topics. I thought I would share the schedule so you know when I’ll be posting on what topic and you can read the posts accordingly depending on what topics you enjoy.

Anyway, here’s the schedule and yes I used annoying names for most of them:

More Bloggers Monday

On Mondays, I will be sharing blogger interviews as I normally do so if that’s your thing check out my blog on Mondays.

Terrific Tips Tuesday

Yes, I could make a tip joke but we are adults people😂 Anyway, on Tuesdays I will be sharing tips of some sort. They will mostly be blogging tips but sometimes I’ll share other tips too like tips for learning new languages, growing your social pages etc.

Whatever Wednesdays

I’ve left Wednesdays open to write about whatever I want. I tend to really enjoy writing longer pieces about what’s going on in the world, popular topics people are discussing, stuff about history or sociological theories, etc. Some example of things I plan to talk about are body image, fat shaming, plastic surgery, toxic positivity etc. I will probably connect the post to my podcast topic for the week and discuss it in more detail there as well.

Thoughtful Thursdays

On Thursdays, I plan to talk about things to do with mental health, mindfulness and stuff like that. I feel like I’ve really dropped the ball when it comes to discussing those topics but they’re important to me so I plan on making sure I start talking about them again.

Foodie Fridays

This one sparks joy lol! On Fridays I plan to share content about food. I’ll share things like recipes, food reviews, What I Eat In A Day posts and pretty much anything else related to food.

Six Word Story/Short Story Saturdays

On Saturdays, I plan to share six word stories, short stories or poetry.

Sundays

I’ll be sharing the usual motivational quotes as I always do.


I hope that helps to kind of understand my blogging schedule better. I will try to stick to it as much as possible but don’t hate me if I can’t always do that lol! I will be following this schedule from NEXT WEEK so this week is going to be whatever lol.


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It Finally Happened! (Podcast)

It Finally Happened! (Podcast)

It finally happened guys! After months of talking about starting a podcast I finally started one. The first episode is officially up and you guys can check it out by clicking the link below.

On Anchor: https://anchor.fm/pooja-gudka

On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2KXCGN54YbgU56m6rhRUUR

I’m going to try to get it on more platforms so it’s more accessible to you guys but it may take a while so this is it for now. Oh, and the sound isn’t super loud so you guys may have to increase your volume a bit. Oops lol.

I really appreciate your support and would love it if you guys checked out the first episode. It’s more of an introduction than anything else but more topics will be coming soon- many of which were generously suggested by you guys.

This is my first time sharing a link to a podcast so I don’t know if this will work- WP has a track record of screwing me over so in case the link doesn’t work please let me know in the comments below so I can fix it as soon as possible. If it does work, feel free to let me know your thoughts about it in the comments below I would really appreciate that!


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