Summer Solstice :: Release your Feminine Fire

Let the sun rise and cleanse your energies. Recharge.

Summer Solstice and femininity – note keyword femininity, not feminism.

First of all, let me start by saying I think people who are against feminism are somewhat missing the big picture. Then again, people who believe feminism is only about painting your armpit hair purple and not shaving your legs are also missing the big picture.

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Being a feminist is to me, to aim for equality, not superiority. It is to cherish, respect and believe in one another equally and in a loving, caring manner. It is not about grabbing pussy’s and making proclamation of arts out of vaginas, no, to me, feminism is about building together pillars of mutual understanding. It’s balance. Patriarchy meets matriarchy and accepts the differences we have and assigns natural order. That said, that is only MY perspective, you don’t have to share it nor have to agree with it… The beauty of the human mind is that we all get to decide what to think and how to act.

 

What does being feminine mean to you? To me, it means being in perfect synch with nature; to understand my cycles and the cycles of the moon because they both work in synchronicity with mother earth. To me being feminine is to be proud of all my curves, proud of all of my perfect imperfections, comfortable in my skin. To me being feminine means, I am not afraid to embrace both the strong and the delicate, the nurturing and the sexual, the peace and the war within me. Because that is what we are; we are an unstoppable force of nature.

“Rituals for the day of longest light date back to ancient times and Stonehenge is one of the most famous sites. Dating back to between 3000-1500 BCE, its main axis is aligned to the solstice sunrise. Many cultures and ethnicities have celebrated, from ancient Roman celebrations of Vesta to feast days in many cultures.”

Summer Solstice (also known as Litha) is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness within ourselves. A time to reflect upon the potential for consciousness to awaken. Yes, awaken. How many of us get tangled in the routine of our daily lives and forget what is like to be awake, truly awake and alive. Fire being the element of the Summer Solstice means this is also a time symbolic of passion, desire, and sensuality burning more intensely within the hearts of both humankind and animal kind. The sun is a warming entity, so it fires our passions and heats up our hearts to the potential of life that abounds. Take full advantage of it.

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Litha: Summer Solstice – 21st/22nd June
Litha (Midsummer, Gathering Day, Summer Solstice, Alban Heffyn, Feill-Sheathain)
Incense: Sage, mint, basil, Saint John’s Wort, sunflower, Lavender
Decorations: Dried herbs, potpourri, seashells, summer flowers, and fruits.
Colours: blue, green, and yellow

Embrace your inner Goddess and release your feminine fire. Dance in the wind, walk barefooted on the grass, and fly like a phoenix.

 

Onixj

Xoxo

 

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Festival Season Sparkle with Kiss&Glitter

Festival Season is here! and as the bands align in full bloom and you prepare your wellies and all mud-proof outfits don’t forget to add the seasons must have (after sunscreen) BODY GLITTER!

Glitter Bug! Let it shine

Not just a festival look, 2017 demands glitter in bucketfuls! Don’t be shy just apply apply apply! Let the sparkle take over.  Whether it’s your lips, eyes, cheeks or brows, if you’re not a glittery queen you are off the game. The best thing about glitter makeup? Not only is it on-trend, but it’s super fun, versatile and perfect for your festival look this summer!

This is where Kiss & Glitter come in. I just discovered them and I had to share because their glitters not only are chunky and high quality but come in the most amazing colour combinations!

We pick the best colours and materials for our chunky glitter matching trends and styles across the world and hand mix it here in the UK to make the most amazing and high impact combinations for our beautiful Kiss & Glitter pots to help make you look instantly incredible. K&G

  • How do I apply my glitter? Kiss & Glitter doesn’t stick directly to the skin on its own, apply a thin layer of Vaseline or something similar or a cosmetic glue & then dab the glitter on with your fingertips or a brush to get a more precise look.
    When using glue a good tip is to wait a moment until the glue is tacky so it sticks exactly where you want it.

Warning note: I used eye primer to add glitter on my face and that made it very water resistant which is cool for an all day festival, but hard to take off your later. 

  • How do I get it off? Face wash, soap and water, baby oil and cotton wool, all of these work. Be careful not to rub too hard when removing the glitter and not to get it in your eyes as the shapes can be sharp to sensitive areas.

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Find out more about Glastonbury Fest 2017 HERE

Bidvine, a New Way to Get Things Done!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post 

Hey, world! as you might know by now I have moved to Cardiff. Yay! Wales, I have been wanting to come back to the UK for a long time now and I finally took the leap of faith. Like anything finding yourself in a new city without friends, and without knowing where everything is can be quite challenging. Fortunately, I came across Bidvine.

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What is Bidvine? you ask, well it is an online platform that helps you find small businesses around you. It covers a vast range of places all over the UK, and you can find from your next plumber to your next nutritionist. I am a strong advocate for local service providers and local produce, not only helps your local economy bloom but it is also eco-friendly (less carbon footprint) So when I say “small business” I mean BIG hearted, locally owned, genuine everyday people. My kind of people.

Some of the services offered on Bidvine site include:
Photography & Makeup: portrait photography, headshot photography, family photography, wedding photography, event hair and makeup.
Home: interior painting, handyman help, man with a van and more.
Fitness and Wellness: personal training, yoga, nutritionist, massage therapy.
Learning: Piano, Guitar, and Spanish lessons.

What brought me to Bidvine was the search for a nutritionist and a personal trainer in the area. I am always looking for ways to cook healthy and clean, and sometimes that goes far beyond just buying organic vegetables. And I found exactly what I needed.

Here is how it works: 

  1. Tell them what you need: by answering a few service-specific questions so that they can match your need to the right pros for the job.
  2. Get your bids and choose a pro: this is the wonderful part you can compare multiple bids and companies online. Gives you the power to choose who is best for you.
  3. Hire and done!

Have a look at my search results for Cardiff Nutritionists HERE 

They also have an app! if you are like me and always on the go, you can use their super easy and friendly app and have a whole range of services at your fingertips (Literally)

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Alternatively, if you are a business/service provider and you want to expand this is a very great tool to get you started. Have a look here to learn more 

Overall I love how easy to use it is. No need to be wasting time online searching and sieving through multiple pages to find a service provider. Especially handy, if like me, you are new in town.

Give it a go, and let me know what you find!

xoxo

Jihane

Eat Happy, Eat Organic : BOOM Awards (Plus Minestrone Soup + Veg Dumplings Recipe)

This post is in collaboration with the Soil Association and BOOM Awards 

If you have been reading me for a while you know I am an organic food advocator. I know it is not always possible to eat organic (prices, accessibility, etc) However little changes sometimes can make a huge difference. When my child was a baby (11 years ago) I made sure I only cooked organic produce purees for him. Why? Because I didn’t want any nasty chemicals in his little body, and organic is the way it was intended to be since the beginning of farming days. However back then there was less information and availability of organic foods in the local markets across the UK.

These are the dirty dozen, when possible try to buy this products organic:

The 2017 Dirty Dozen List 

EWG’s Dirty Dozen (1)

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

Research released today by the Soil Association shows that 80% of British shoppers now believe  eating organic is beneficial and more shoppers understand what organic food is all about. Yay! progress! The increase in people choosing organic is being driven by availability, with organic food becoming easier to find in shops. More and more chefs, restaurants and cafes are also choosing organic, as well as food writers who are increasingly featuring organic ingredients in their recipes.

BOOM Awards (Best of Organic Market Awards)

With the continued increases in both the originality of how organic food is being offered and the exciting products now available, the BOOM Awards (Best of Organic Market Awards) celebrate what’s currently happening in the market as well as encouraging future innovation. Winners last year included Davenport Vineyards, Waitrose, Plenish Organic Cold Pressed Juices, and Booja-Booja organic truffles. The most hotly contested award is the Nation’s Favourite, a public vote to find the most popular organic product in the shops.

“The findings are encouraging and show it’s a positive time for organic. More people buy organic food regularly with 39 per cent of shoppers making it a weekly choice.” – Soil Association Certification Business Development Director, Clare McDermott

The BOOMs are not just about what you can buy in the shops, more and more restaurants and cafes are also using organic and there are increasing ways to shop from box schemes to local independents, as well as growing ranges in the supermarkets and discounters alike.  The awards recognise all of this innovation and development.

The Soil Association needs the nation’s help to find the most popular organic product. Do you have any favorites? Where do you buy them? how often do you use organic? This is the people’s chance to nominate anyone they think deserves to win.

Nominations are open until 31st May and people can vote hereThe Nation’s Favourite

Now to the tasty yummy part! I cooked an (organic) Minestrone Soup with Vegs Dumplings and I have all the photos and recipe here so that you can too!

Organic Minestrone Soup + Dumplings (RECIPE)

Soup:

  • 3 tbsp organic olive oil
  • Sprig of thyme Bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp parsley stalks 2 onions, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 sticks of celery, diced
  • 1 small organic swede, peeled and diced
  • 150g tinned plum tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp good red wine vinegar
  • 200g organic kale, stalks removed (reserved and chopped), leaves shredded
  • 100g orzo (or any kind of small pasta, I used small spaghetti)
  • Parsley and chervil, to garnish
  • Grated lemon zest, to garnish
  • Organic cheddar, to garnish Salt and pepper, to taste (I wanted to keep it dairy free, so I did not use cheese)

Dumplings

  • Pinch of coriander seed
  • Pinch of rye seed
  • 250g ricotta
  • 10g grated parmesan
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 100g pistachios, toasted and chopped
  • 200g spinach
  • Zest of 1 organic unwaxed lemon
  • tbsp lemon juice
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp light organic spelt flour (I used Maize & Cornmeal which is gluten free)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Method

To make the soup:

Heat the olive oil over a medium to high heat. Add the thyme, bay leaf and parsley stalks and stir, cooking for a minute or two to infuse the oil, then add the diced veg and cook, stirring for 10–15 minutes, until softened and smelling good. Add the plum tomatoes and cook for a couple more minutes before adding a litre of water, vinegar and the kale stalks, and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for another 10–15 minutes, allowing all the flavours to infuse. During this time, make the dumplings.

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Dumplings:

Dry fry the spices in a frying pan until they start to crackle. Remove and grind in a pestle and mortar. Wash the spinach and then wilt in a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. There should be enough residual water on the spinach to mean that you don’t need to add any oil or water. After a couple of minutes, once wilted, transfer the spinach to a sieve and leave over the sink to drain. Press down on the leaves with a wooden spoon to squeeze out any excess water. Once cooled and drained, chop finely. Place the ricotta in a bowl and add all of the other ingredients.

Season with salt and pepper and stir well to combine and incorporate all the ingredients. Oil your hands lightly with olive oil and shape them into meatball sized balls.

Poach them in the minestrone. Alternatively, you could bring a pan of water to the boil and cook them in the boiling water for 5 minutes, until they float – removing them with a slotted spoon.

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Don’t forget you can get involved with organic too, the BOOMs Nation’s Favourite Award asks the people to find and vote for the most popular organic product. Nominations are open NOW until to Wednesday, May 31st – make sure you have your say here: https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/the-boom-awards-2017/nationsfavourite/

Jihane – @Onixjihane


Big thanks to  Rosie Birkett BOOMbassador for all the info provided in this post. 

Gypsy Heart :: Moving to Another Land

I often choose to start with a blank page.

Why are we so scared of beginnings?

Some of us have that nomad gene dormant in our subconscious perhaps? I was born in one country, moved to another, then another, then lived my childhood in one place, but always traveling, tasting and exploring (thanks, mum & dad).
Then I became a young adult, and I went back to my place of birth. Became an adult and found myself falling headfirst against the ground of adulthood reality. I moved again. I moved again to heal, to find myself, and to grow internally and as a person. I’ve accomplished my mission and I am now ready to go.

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I keep moving. My mind and my body feel the need to explore, learn, move. We are not static beings. Our ancestors kept moving in the search for more food, land, and opportunities. It is part of human nature. However, if you chose not to move and to stay in one place that is fine too – if it works for you, it works for you. I personally don’t need to have roots in one place in order to feel whole. I am whole in the wind, in the immense universe of life, in the eternal shining of the stars.

Life is fluid. Is a constant movement of actions, reactions, people, and worlds.

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After spending 9 years in Newcastle, I moved to Houston, Texas. That was a 180-degree change. From the old world into the new. From the small streets to the vast distances of Texas. From the rainy cold afternoons to the hot and humid sunny gatherings.
Texas opened its gigantic doors to me and I embraced it’s cultural diversity, its simplistic pomposity (Hipster style) and its warm long afternoons – although I still think sweet tea is an abomination, sorry not sorry… joking, it’s ok if you hate tea. lol.

My heart is black and white stripes (Newcastle FC) with Catrinas (Mexican, Dia de Los Muertos) and majestic bullhorns (Texas). My heart also waves the Venezuelan flag (Amarillo, Azul y Rojo) and has so much more space waiting to be colored and filled with new experiences, cultures, and faces.

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I am forever grateful to all the things learned during my time in the USA. The truth is, I am a culture junkie. I find eternal happiness in the discovery of new cultures, in the understanding of new traditions, in the tolerance of new ideologies. I am a Third Culture child and my heart aches for knowledge and adventure.

So today, I say Salud! Cheers to new and old places. Cheers to growth and discovery. Cheers to adventure! Cheers to YOU, to ME and to the WORLD.

See you at my next destination – Cymru.

Xoxo

#IDontDoUgly Anti-Bullying Campaign: The importance of kind words, and positive thinking.

I was recently approached by a PR agency promoting the anti-bully campaign #IDontDoUgly and I immediately knew I had to be part of it.
I have always been an advocate of inner beauty. Be good, do good and you will irradiate good is my motto. My 11-year-old and I live by this rule. Kindness is at the core of our values.

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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

Positive body image and positive thinking come from a place of acceptance. We can accept we are not perfect and still embrace every single part of ourselves. It comes from a place in which we don’t judge others based on their looks but based on their acts.
Positive thinking is also a learned behavior reinforced by habit. The sooner we learn to turn something negative into something positive, the sooner we can move away from the toxicity negative thinking can bring for us and for those around us.

This message is even more important now, as current times are proving difficult when it comes to accepting each other’s differences. We live in a world too busy focusing on the differences, too obsessed with labeling each other, and too unaware of the power of unity.

“A parent’s words become a child’s subconscious thoughts.” – Jessica Cartwright

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#IDontDoUgly

“I Don’t Do Ugly” is a campaign inspired by cancer patients that curb the hateful insult out of the word “ugly” and transforms it a declaration of independence from the scars of the illness, hurtfulness, and negative purpose. Every day hundreds if not thousands of individuals are bullied one way or another. Domestic abuse doesn’t have to be just physical, a word can hit as hard as a fist; many times psychological abuse can leave scars that run just as deep as the physical abuse.

The hashtag, #IDontDoUgly, isn’t just relevant to cancer patients. People are using it to combat all forms of bullying. Remember, just in case no one has told you today: YOU are not ugly, you are not too fat, too skinny, or too sensitive. You are perfect with your flaws and your lines, your curves your inner light.

“If you don’t learn how to treat society right, nothing else at the end of the day really matters … We’ve got to find a way for people to come back together” -Jason Pinchoff

When Jason Pinchoff suffered the loss of his family, including his mother who lost her battle to breast cancer, the entrepreneur turned his pain into a business plan that would help others as he coped. He created The Linda B. Pinchoff Foundation to raise cancer awareness that not only focuses on not only the patients suffering but the families who suffer with them as well. He introduced the fashion line called A PINCH LIFE® to provide accessories for children in hospitals. His inspiration continued to flourish and finally, he launched the powerful I Don’t Do Ugly anti-bullying campaign with an array of tees and accessories with the slogan on them.

Embrace the power of positive thinking, and remember beauty comes from within.

xoxo

Jihane


Check out A PINCH LIFE ® Instagram to check out more of the #IDontDoUgly stories: https://www.instagram.com/apinchlife/ and add a post of your own!
For more about A PINCH LIFE visit: APINCHLIFE.com

Unapologetically: Embrace your Inner Goddess

“Who is She? She is your power, your Feminine source. Big Mama. The Goddess. The Great Mystery. The web-weaver. The life force. The first time, the twentieth time you may not recognize her. Or pretend not to hear. As she fills your body with ripples of terror and delight.But when she calls you will know you’ve been called. Then it is up to you to decide if you will answer.”  ― Lucy H. Pearce, Burning Woman

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Feminine power comes from within. Your inner Goddess is alive and kicking, but everyday life silences her. Don’t forget to be you, unique, unapologetic, crazy, alive.

Unsatisfactory relationships sometimes leave us feeling like we are not enough. Like somehow we couldn’t fulfill someone’s expectations and we are at fault. We do that, us women, we tend to think every failure is our fault. Don’t. Stop the blaming and embrace yourself. Self-love is not selfish, it is necessary. Set an example for others to know the right way to treat you. Grow and let your inner light ignite.

Divine Feminine energy, or Goddess energy, is a subtle yet immensely powerful source of energy in our lives. Without it, we are out of touch with our bodies, our emotions, our dreams, and our mother earth. Without it, we live lives on the surface, pursuing empty goals, ego-centered ambitions and desolate values that are disconnected from the mystery, wonder, and magic of life.

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

Live with intensity. Feel the intensity of your own emotions, for they are Yours. Blocking emotions doesn’t make you stronger, accepting them and dealing with the pain does. Accept and embrace your emotional body, for she is your inner goddess – she is the Source of your Love and your Power. Have you ever been in a situation when someone (Usually a male, usually a partner) tells you that “You are too sensitive”? don’t be ashamed of it, accept it with pride because it’s your inner Goddess showing through. Their “emotional constipation” is not your problem, is theirs.

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Without honoring and cultivating the divine feminine in our lives, we feel incomplete and eternally dissatisfied, pursuing paths that are destructive to the planet and toxic to those we love. Without acknowledging and nurturing the feminine energy within us, we are incomplete and our lives feel superficial. And it is then when we come up with ridiculous phrases such as “finding your other half”. We are born whole, we are whole and complete, we don’t need to find our other halves.

Sexual Energy and the Feminine Power

Our sexual energy is our life force – it is the pulse of ecstatic energy moving through our bodies throughout our lives, supporting our health, creativity, and longevity. Don’t ever be afraid to embrace your sexuality, never be ashamed of admitting what you want and what you need.

“Nurturing our bodies through Sacred Sensual Self-Care is a priority for empowered health.”

Honoring who you are on a deep sexual level can be extremely difficult. Even more so when we carry social taboos embedded in us by centuries of ancestral guilt, depravity, and repression. But the truth is that you are a sexual being, and being a sexual being is not “wrong,” “dirty,” or “immoral” as we have been so often taught. Instead, our sexuality carries an immense source of creativity, power, and energy which is a potent force of nature, and literally motivates the majority of life on earth.

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“She had power over the most magnificent forces on Earth, but she still didn’t feel like she had power over the most important thing of all—her own heart.” ― Josephine Angelini, Goddess

Let your inner goddess warrior free to roam. Be kind, be the rainbow, be the God damn light.

Xoxo

Jihane

When I say Yummy! You say? Happy #InternationalPieDay

… Not to be confused with Pi Day (pi = 3.15.) that’s in March. 

Pies! yummy pies in your tummy pies! National Pie Day is celebrated annually on January 23rd so go right now and get yourself some pie to celebrate. National Pie Day was created simply to celebrate the grandiosity of the pie.

Pies in the UK and pies in the USA are very different tho. When I first came to the USA I was confused to find savory pies here are not as common as they are there. Also very confused about “pot pies” to me those are just pies, no need for the word “pot” there.

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Chicken “Pot” Pie Basalt, Co.USA.

 

In medieval England, they were called pyes, and instead of being predominantly sweet, they were most often filled with meat — beef, lamb, wild duck, magpie pigeon — spiced with pepper, currants or dates. Historians trace pie’s initial origins to the Greeks, who are thought to be the originators of the pastry shell, which they made by combining water and flour. The wealthy Romans used many different kinds of meats — even mussels and other types of seafood — in their pies. Meat pies were also often part of Roman dessert courses or secundae mensea. Cato the Younger recorded the popularity of this sweet course, and a cheesecake-like dish called Placenta, in his treatise De Agricultura. – A brief History of the Pie (Time.com) 

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Dutch Chocolate Cream, and Bavarian Chocolate pies 

 

A cookbook from 1796 listed only three types of sweet pies; a cookbook written in the late 1800s featured 8 sweet pie varieties; and by  1947 the Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking listed 65 different varieties of sweet pies.

According to British chef, Jamie Oliver, the pie we know and love today has its roots in Northern Europe. Back in the day, olive oil was scarce to nonexistent in the region. Instead, butter and lard were the fats of choice in the harsher and colder climes north of the Mediterranean. The use of these solid fats created a pastry that could be rolled and molded – and so the true pie was born.

Pie Facts: By the American Pie Council

  • There are 231 varieties of apple pie.
  • Pumpkin pie – Contrary to grade school theater productions across the United States, there was no modern-day pie — pumpkin, pecan or otherwise — at the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621.
  • Pecan pie,  is the third most popular choice in The USA.
  • The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age.

 

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Apple Pie with Crumble
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Buttermilk Pie

All the sweet scrumptious and yummy pie pictures you see here, I took at House of Pies in Houston, Texas. I went on a little pie eating expedition with some friends (Shout-out to Jess, Jack, and Dennis as well as Ariana for being my pie companions) Sadly they don’t do any savory pies there, however, if it is a sweet pie you are looking for THIS is your place. They have more than 20 different types of pies there!

Anyway,  make sure you celebrate with a yummy slice of your favorite pie, either sweet or savory, American or British. Happy International Pie Day!

Gluten Free Pie Pumpkin Pie Recipe by The Minimalist Baker

Healthier Pie Recipes by Eating Well 

xoxo
Jihane

 

Dealing with Anxiety, And How to Work with it Naturally

2017 is here!

And I am back to blogging! Hello, World!
I took a break from blogging, I was burnt out with all the writing, hectic social media, networking and was dealing with some personal issues. I needed time to find peace and balance within myself.

Anxiety is a horrible thing. I needed some time to decompress and deal with the anxiety I was feeling. Funny thing for the longest time I never knew that feeling on my chest, that constant worry and lack of appetite were anxiety. It wasn’t until I was talking with my mother one day, and I mentioned it, that she finally gave me a name for it.

2017 to me represents to me a whole lot of changes, and that can be overwhelming and scary. However, I believe that whenever something feels scary is when I have to do it the most! So ready or not the time is NOW. I have lived in Houston, Texas for 6 years now. I got married earlier 2016 and thought my life was taking a turn – and it did – but in a different direction. Life doesn’t often go the way we plan, and that is ok. I am now once again ready to embark on a new journey, alone with my son, back into the unexpected just like we did when we moved from the UK to the USA in 2010.
I am excited, I am scared but more than anything I am determined.

Back to the Anxiety:
So, I decided to take a natural route to solve my problem. I threw myself into daily yoga and meditation, and I tried to understand the root of my feelings. And I found myself, and the core of my peace. Happiness is a personal choice, and it is dependent only on us and no one else. Sometimes we lose ourselves in the daily routines of our life and we forget about that inner fire that makes us who we are. Don’t let life dull your light. We can be mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, wives. We can be entrepreneurs, writers, lovers. We can be so many things but don’t forget to above all be YOU.

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Deal with it, Don’t Ignore it!

Whatever it is that is bothering you, deal with it. Feelings don’t go away they only get more intense. Understand what you are feeling and allow yourself to break apart – and then build yourself back up from the ashes.

Some natural “remedies” to help you ease the anxiety:

– Yoga: I cannot stress enough how important Yoga can be for you if you are feeling anxious, or nervous. Learning how to breathe and how to understand your body can help you regulate your moods, and it also leaves you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

– Chamomile Tea: Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita) bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium.

– Green Tea: Research shows that L-theanine helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure, and a few small human studies have found that it reduces anxiety.

– Exercise: sounds cliche, but yes! a simple 2mile run or walk outdoors can do wonders for your body and mind. “If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll have more self-esteem and feel healthier,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, who blogs at http://www.DrewRamseyMD.com.

– Lavander essential oils: with an oil diffuser, infuse your room with some lavender. Lavender has been also used internally for mood imbalances such as anxiety, insomnia, and gastrointestinal distress.

– Writing, painting, drawing: all these activities can release stress, and can also make you forget about your problems for a while, giving you some much needed relieve.

Check out this video with a simple Yoga session to relieve stress and anxiety

If you are suffering from anxiety, consider natural ways to take control. Speak to a friend (I am SO grateful for the network of amazing friends I have and are always there for me) Or take time out, whatever works for you. I had to do both.

Just remember anxiety is nothing but fear of the unknown. Embrace the future with all its challenges, I promise you, I’ll be alright.

xoxo
Jihane