WWB INSIGHT: The Many Faces of Suicide and the Elephant in the Room We Don’t Want to Miss…

Jun 11, 2018 by

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                  “The universe offers you three things that money cannot buy:  
                                                              joy, love, and life.” 

                                                          ~Matshona Dhiliway

 

This was a very tough week for our culture. Two high-profile celebrated people committed suicide within days of each other. If you somehow missed the news this past week, both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain hung themselves to death. This sad news once again shocked so many of us, because from the outside looking in we perceived these individuals to be successful, wealthy and having it all. No matter how many times we are told money and success can’t buy you happiness, we still think “Why would they want to kill themselves, they had everything”. We also can’t imagine how they could leave their loved ones behind. The obvious triggers connected with suicide, are drugs, alcoholism and untreated clinical depression.  Having worked in the mental health field earlier in my career, I had a very close up look at people who somehow survived their own suicide attempts. Contrary to the popular idea we hear about mentally ill people being a danger to society, they are far more likely to harm themselves and in fact do.

My first experience with suicide was my father who was not living with me at the time. I was very young when he jumped off a commuter ferry-boat while it was cruising at full speed. Fortunately he survived but he never escaped his mental anguish. I only found out about it because a very insensitive school teacher said to me at 6 years old “I read in the newspaper the unfortunate story about your father, and so sorry for his accident.” I ran home confused and frightened to ask my mother what my teacher meant. My poor Mom had to find a way to explain suicide and the complexity of mental illness to a six-year-old child.”

What I successfully took away was that he was sick and very sad. I later came to understand from my father himself that he was not committing suicide but rather running from his demons in his head. They were terrorizing his mind and he just wanted them to stop. This is the horrible effects of mental illness. Before actual suicide attempts, many people suffering will self medicate with alcohol and drugs to drown out the disruptive symptoms of their mental illness. My father never attempted suicide again but he suffered most of his life in terrible agony from his untreated mental illness. Most of his family would not or could not recognize he was sick because mental illness was seen as weakness rather than a health condition that could be treated and managed. Escaping terror is just one face of suicide…

The next encounter I had with suicide was much later in my college years. Now a psychology major for the obvious reasons, I was doing my internship at a psychiatric center on the adolescent unit of a state hospital. I was working the night shift and a young 13-year-old girl was admitted to the unit after an attempted suicide. She had attempted to commit suicide by jumping off the fire escape of her apartment. After being hospitalized and healing from her physical injuries the doctors established she was in a deep depression. She was hospitalized to protect her from herself. Of course you ask, how can a 13-year-old be in a deep depression? My simple answer is life can be cruel and when experienced alone and isolated it can be very scary. Why do you think gangs are so appealing to young teens?  It’s an alternative to feeling alone and scared. Many young teens on this psychiatric unit had serious diagnosis’  like Schizophrenia, Borderline Disorder, Manic Depression ( now called Bi-Polar Depression) and even Autism. There were also violent teens with behavioral problems on the same unit.

The young white girl I was assigned to was different. She didn’t have a typical clinical diagnosis but rather a real case of depression brought on by life’s cruel unbearable experiences. Why was she depressed so much that she chose to kill herself at 13? I read her chart before meeting with her in a padded room where I found her sitting on the floor, head hung down in her lap distraught and silent. Her psychiatric medical chart told me the following. Her mother was an addict and had a baby. The mother left and abandoned the baby infant at the apartment for hours and days at a time with this 13-year-old girl. The baby had to be fed, so the 13-year-old decided to breast feed her younger sister when she could. She had been keeping this whole experience a secret to the outside world while also trying to protect her new baby sister from her mother. The girl’s mother would come home strung out and angry and physically abused the 13-year-old girl.

The case notes were just unfathomable and yet  many social workers will tell you they see worse than this on a daily basis. The young girl suddenly thrust into motherhood and who had never been really mothered herself was living like this for the first two years of her baby sister’s life. The stress, the pressure and lack of any support system began to take its toll.  She was becoming depressed, despondent and hopeless. She could not see a way out of this life she was living with her addict Mom. She had become a Mom to her baby sister and when her mother came home drunk and hurt the baby, the young girl felt responsible for her baby sister and felt she had failed. And remember, not only was the baby neglected but this barely teen girl had been neglected herself for many years prior to the baby sister being born. Suicide did not suddenly just happen. She was living in a pressure cooker.

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

~ Kahil Gibran

This 13-year-old child was protecting the baby from her Mother and she wasn’t always successful. She felt tremendous guilt for not being there for her baby sister when she had to show up for school. I don’t have to go on with the dark details for you to understand. This girl had every reason to be depressed. What she didn’t have was a way out of the personal hell she was living in. She wanted to escape and ending her life seemed like the only way. Hopelessness and exhaustion is another face of suicide.

After reading her chart, I walked into that padded room with this 13-year-old who at the time was just 6 years younger than myself. I decided there were no words I could offer. I told shared my name and I sat quietly next to her. She asked if she could leave and I told her I wasn’t able to do that for her right now. I said gently ” I understand why you want to leave but what if we just sat together for a while.” I wasn’t trained to say this, I just understood she was in pain and intuitively knew she needed to feel her pain safely. So I put my hand on her shoulder, and when I did, she broke down and began to sob uncontrollably  in my arms. She cried a river for quite a long time. She felt my presence free of judgement, free of needing her to say anything. I just let her cry and hold on to me while she did. I will never forget this experience for my entire life. What’s haunting is I understood this wounded soul on so many levels. While I didn’t have that same horrific experiences as her, I understood what it was like to hold on to too much at a young age and to feel very alone. I too wanted a safe place to lay down my pain, and I knew exactly what she needed. We give what we need and sometimes heal a little ourselves in the process.

As I went on to work in the mental health field, I later was a Supervisor for a mental health agency. I was assigned to ‘homes’ where mentally ill people lived while they were transitioning from the hospital to the real world. The agency provided apartments and professional support systems while these individuals worked at putting their life back together. We called them clients not patients. I felt empowered in this job because I was helping people get well. Something I was never able to do for my Dad.

Our clients were on medications for their conditions and they had to learn to be responsible for taking their meds, and to generally learn to take care of themselves again. One of the adults I monitored had her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. She was intelligent and an amazingly talented artist but had attempted to kill herself with a razor on more than one occasion. When I made visits, it was so hard to see this bright women with all this potential in such a dark state. She was diagnosed with Major Depression which is a very serious illness that can end in suicide more often than not. Many authors have written memoirs about their suffering of clinical major depression and describe how it completely debilitated their every day functioning. They talked about feeling the depression physically, emotionally and mentally. They literally can’t get out of bed. It’s dark, very dark. Many of us have experienced depression on some level usually related to a life event like divorce or losing a loved one to death. Depression isn’t totally bad. We are human beings and we need to grieve. But a clinical depression can overtake you in a gripping way and paralyze your life.

When you think about this heavy dark existence it is not hard to understand why a person would want to get out and escape this sentence called life. Keep in mind my client got herself through Grad school and yet she tried to kill herself many times. She had the scars to show it and here she was bravely trying to give life one more chance and learn to live with her illness. She may never be completely symptom free but she could survive this condition with medication and a very good support system. She attempted suicide once again while I was working there. Somehow I was spared from finding her, she had waited until she was approved to visit her family. I don’t know if she is alive today, I can only hope she kept up the good fight. Despair is another face of suicide.

        ” I want to be seen, to be understood deeply
         and to be not so very lonely ~Jodie Foster

Today we are learning a little more about Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. They are another face of suicide that seems to be fueled by our ‘driven to success’ culture. The last couple of years has been riddled with many talented people who have chosen to end their lives. I can list them all but you remember. Robin Williams was the most shocking because this was the man who made us laugh and who seemed to possess great empathy for people suffering. Robin gave to us what he so desperately needed himself. Even his choice of acting roles seemed to tell us what he was needing and struggling with.

I can’t speak authoritatively to why Kate or Anthony took their lives. I am learning what you are learning about them. Kate has been reported to be struggling with depression for over five years. In one article I read her sister said she had bipolar disorder which includes terrible plunges into deep depression much like a person who suffers from Major Depression. The difference is the depression is accompanied by episodes of mania as well. She was also very career driven. Both were having difficulty with the loneliness that came with their seemingly overnight success. Futility is another face of suicide.

Anthony Bourdain had a complicated history with drugs and seemed at least on television to be drinking fairly regularly. He was also very driven once he made up his mind to be successful. Success and money are often substitutes for love. It is possible their parents didn’t give them the love they needed but it is also equally possible they just never learned how to love themselves and forgive themselves for not being perfect. If our sense of self is constructed of very narrow possibilities, how are we to live in this world whole and together?  When we don’t love ourselves, we are either good or bad, weak or strong, successful or failed, loving or selfish. The truth is we are all those things at any given moment in our lives and sometimes all at once. We are human, multi-dimensional and not perfect. We can be a mix of all these things and still be loved. We don’t hold ourselves to some impossible standard of perfection because we know once we are off that pedestal it is a very long way down. Many people with deep self-esteem issues lack self-love and compassion and are very hard on themselves. To compound this affliction, they are often very alone. Their work or passion keeps them from having a real loving relationship with others. They don’t have someone who might tell them on a bad day “You are loved, and even if you have failed or fall off the wagon you are still loved.” This unconditional love is what we all need to survive in this world.

Our culture today is addicted to perfect image and appearances. We crave and value the superficial trappings of Hollywood fame even though we see countless human beings suffer in their ‘roles’ as celebrities or millionaires. It’s not that success and money are bad, it’s what we give up to get them and what we believe we will receive if we acquire them. “No matter where you go, there you are”, is very deep wisdom because having this understanding will determine your happiness. Your sense of self needs to be solidly intact before you have success, money and celebrity. Marilyn Monroe is your classic tragic story of someone who desperately needed to be loved and was superficially loved for all the wrong reasons. Our culture loved her for her image which she constructed for us, but this image was not truly her. How terribly lonely and tragic she was. Today’s selfie world on social media has millions of more people trying to do the same thing. How sad is that?

 

“Intimacy is being seen and known
for the person you really are.” ~ Amy Bloom

 

The elephant in the room is unconditional love. It’s what we all need to survive in this world. Love is right up there with water and oxygen. We especially need to be able to recognize how important love is for a healthy civilized society. Sociologist are already talking about the break downs in our society. Family systems and village communities are eroding and we are becoming more isolated. Technology has ultimately created a less intimate world for we humans to live in, and emotional intimacy is where love lives and thrives.

Love is not a lofty romantic state of being that comes and goes but rather a tenderness and vital life source we all need to live healthy. The danger of not recognizing this life-sustaining need is we can die of self-loathing. Self loathing can either drive you to hurt yourself or drive you to project your pain on to others. It is unforgiving and destructive. ‘Love is the answer’ is not just a platitude or a quote from very wise prophets, it is the elephant in the room we keep ignoring. We should teach love and compassion, give it, share it and experience it through the intimate connection we have with ourselves and each other. As the author Richard Bach once wisely said “The opposite of loneliness is not togetherness. It is intimacy.” We first have to have intimacy with ourselves so we can begin to let others in to love us. The alternative is an empty place inside that can never be filled, and where enough will never be enough.

 

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Beyond Decluttering–WWB’s Spring Book Wise Pick ‘Soulful Simplicity’ Takes Us Deeper Into What Truly Matters. Our Sense of Well-being…

May 30, 2018 by

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Laura Connolly ( aka Lauroly) Opening: Welcome Courtney Carver to World Wise Beauty, and thank you for taking the time to chat with me about your book ‘Soulful Simplicity’. I love the title and the tagline “How living with less can lead to so much more.” There are many books out there on decluttering our lives, but it seems to me everyone should read this book as a primer before they begin to clean house in any form. Simply said, this book is about clearing out the cobwebs in our minds, so we can begin to hear what’s in our hearts. There is a great quote that comes to mind when reading this book, “When you know your why, you’ll know your way”. Courtney’s personal story along with her wise practical tips on living from the inside out shows us how we all can find our own way and live life well. Let’s learn more…

Lauroly Q- What is Soulful Simplicity? A lot of people think minimalism is just about having less stuff and decluttering, but your book reminds us living with less is really a loving mindset. When did you make a shift to a less is more mindset? What was the catalyst for you?

Courtney Carver: There is a difference between simplicity and a soulful simplicity. When I think of simplicity, I think of the mechanics; decluttering, shortening to-do lists, and doing other things to live with less. A soulful simplicity is more about the being part vs. the doing part. It’s understanding the deeper “why” behind making a change, and it’s a connection between that why and your heart. You are deeply invested … heart and soul. It’s a more meaningful journey with changes that last. It’s about clearing out what doesn’t matter to make room for what does.

In 2006 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and learned that stress can contribute to relapses and disease activity. I hoped that by eliminating as much stress as possible from my life, I could live well with MS. I didn’t see it as less Is more or even as simplifying at first. Soon though, after making several changes, I realized that the common thread was simplicity and that as I let go, it wasn’t a sacrifice.

Lauroly Q-  Your story is inspiring and I’m so happy you are thriving well with your condition. Stress is dangerous when not managed, and especially when we are ill. It’s amazing how we have to run ourselves down, or become ill, before we can begin to really focus on taking care of ourselves. We hear all the time why self-care and self-love is important, but how does living simply with less lead us to it?

Courtney Carver: For starters, living more simply gives us time and space to take better care of ourselves. It also provides more attention or mental bandwidth for us to notice what’s really happening, how we are reacting, and how we are feeling inside and out. Prior to simplifying my life, things were so crazy-busy that I didn’t have time for that. I was on auto-pilot.

Lauroly Q- I like the term you use in the book ‘Making You’. It sounds so much stronger and affirmative than finding you. Can you share more on what you mean by making you?

Courtney Carver: Sometimes we forget that we create the lives we are living, and in the process we forget who we are, what’s important, and what really matters to us. The first section of the book is called “making me” and includes an invitation for making you too. We each deserve a chance to look at what got us to where we are, and what’s working or not working in our lives. From there, we have an opportunity to create, or re-create, to make a life that fulfills us instead of draining us.

Lauroly Q-  Many working women are juggling several roles in their lives. The idea of setting aside time for a morning routine sounds wonderful but I suspect few know how to dedicate this special time for themselves. You have a section in your book called ‘Habit Stacking’ which I absolutely love. Can you give us an example of habit stacking? I can be silly and tell you I have habit stacked my morning breakfast!  My oatmeal started out with cinnamon and bananas, then I began to add peanut butter, later added flax seed and blueberries. Just this year, I’ve added ginger and turmeric to my breakfast feast. Sounds silly, but breakfast is very much a self-care ‘ritual’ that matters to our health. Tell us more about habit stacking beyond oatmeal!

Courtney Carver: I love that you habit stacked your morning oatmeal! We can do the same with our morning routines. When you become more intentional about how you start your day, things begin to shift on the inside and the outside. I call this the morning routine effect. I share a step by step guide in the book to create a meaningful morning routine, but to get started, I recommend picking 3 activities and doing them for 5 minutes each, one after the other. For instance, read for 5 minutes, drink tea for 5 minutes and meditate for 5 minutes. Stick with that for a week. The next week, add one minute to each activity. Continue to add a minute to each a week until you are practicing each for 10 minutes. You’ll have a 30 minute routine to start your day with intention. You’ll feel tempted to add more and faster, but resist. This isn’t a race and by taking your time, you’ll create a stack of habits that support your mind, body, heart and soul.

Lauroly Closing: Thank you Courtney for sharing your wellness wisdom.  I think springtime is the perfect time to read your book and put into practice some of your many inspirational ideas on living with soulful simplicity. Wishing you a beautiful Spring filled with people you love and joyful experiences. For all my World Wise Beauties, this is definitely the book you can read on the beach this summer. It will make you think deeper about why you have brought your house to the beach, when you were supposed to get away from the house! I kid, but not about reading an inspiring book like Soulful Simplicity by a beautiful sea with a gentle breeze. Enjoy…

Courtney Closing Reply: Thank you!

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WWB March Ideal Finds Features Inspiration from the Philadelphia Flower Show & Treats for Bird Chirping Weather

Mar 30, 2018 by

 

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Yes bring on the bird chirping weather! In my area of the country, we have had a very slow start to spring.  With snow still on the ground, it was delightful and uplifting to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show this month for Spring inspiration and color therapy. Having attended many beauty, health, and wellness shows for most of my career, it’s a thrill to add this show to my personal must go list! Presented by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society the beautiful and creative botanical exhibits are the main attraction, but there was also unique exhibitors from the world of beauty, health and wellness I was thrilled to find and discover.

I remember seeing a quote by Christian Dior that said “After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” We agree don’t we! There are so many parallels to draw about women and flowers, but the one I like especially, is each flower and woman is uniquely beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. Take a peak at the WWB branding images and you will see how I’ve always made this connection.

Following are a few Ideal Finds I discovered at the Philadelphia Flower show I thought you would appreciate. All of them make great gifts for loved ones and this includes yourself! As always, I have specific criteria for Ideal Finds, so feel free to review the conscious living values I look for when making the month’s Ideal Finds selections for you. Let’s look forward to bird chirping weather and colorful beautiful flowers blooming. Whether it be in your yard, your garden, or a public park or botanical garden, take time to enjoy the magnificent beauty of Spring…

Happy Easter weekend!

 

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WWB ‘FEEL GOOD’ CHECK LIST

  • Cruelty Free: No animal was harmed or tested on
  • Sustainable & Eco-Friendly: green, organic and sustainable
  • Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise: Free of harmful chemicals known to harm you
  • Socially Responsible: Fairtrade and Social Mission Retail
  • Committed to Wellness Culture

 

 WWB  IDEAL CATEGORIES/MARCH

  • Self Care: Personal care products for calm, relaxation and empowerment
  • Conscious Beauty: Meets one or more of the ‘feel good’ criteria
  • Healthy Epicurean: Edible treats and food with healthy and organic ingredients
  • Artisan Hand Made: Beautifully Designed, Creatively Crafted, Useful & Enduring
  • Books & Inspirational Gifts: Celebrating Wellness Wisdom, Lifestyle & Culture

 

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HEALTHY EPICUREAN & SELF CARE

 

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The Tea Spot

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST:  Sustainable & Eco Friendly, Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise

Morning Mojo: Morning Mojo’s boost will help you take charge of the day. This breakfast blend pairs pu-erh with the ideal black teas to create a perfectly rounded morning cuppa. Pu-erh, known for its effective caffeine punch, has been used traditionally for centuries as a slimming and beauty tea, as well as a hangover cure. With added vanilla to smooth out your morning routine, and citrus peels for a cleansing glow.

WWB Wellness Note: The Morning Mojo caught our eye at the show but do explore their caffeine free herbal blends as well here!

The Tea Spot Ideal Values: The Tea Spot is a leading producer of handcrafted whole leaf teas and the creator of Steepware®—innovative teawares that make healthy tea effortless and accessible. The company was founded in 2004 by Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of whole leaf tea during her recovery. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders premium flavor and unmatched health benefits. With a steadfast mission to foster health and wellness through tea, The Tea Spot donates ten percent of all sales in-kind to cancer and community wellness programs. To date, they have supported over 100 organizations and touched more than 10,000 lives. The Tea Spot is a Colorado-based Certified B Corp, woman-owned and operated philanthropic business.

 

ARTISAN HAND MADE

 

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Jonathan’s Spoons: This piece seems to be sold at specialty stores around the country. You can check out the makers main passion ( spoons) by visiting his website. To purchase the Sunflower tea steeper visit the Maker’s Market website.

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Jonathan’s Ideal Values: My spoons have developed over the years. Originally made of uncommon spoon woods such as lilac, plum, and honeysuckle, I have since chosen to make my spoons of cherry wood. This is a hardwood with handsome color and grain, durable, smooth, and strong. My utensils have a unique sense of balance and warmth because they are designed with the hand and purpose in mind. “Spoons” have become spatulas, tongs, spaghetti forks, spreaders, and more. Today I offer a natural cherry finish, a flame-blackened surface with a sanded edge to reveal an accent of warm cherry wood, as well as flame-blackened stripes and spots.

 

SELF CARE

 

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FORMULA 55  ‘Bath Tablets’

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST: Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise

DETAILS: The sparkling bath fizzies are made of ground dead sea salts mixed with our signature fragrance blends. When placed in a full tub of water, the tablet fizzes and distributes the fragrance and skin soothing oils throughout the water. I recommend one tablet per bath, although you can break each one up.

INGREDIENTS: ground dead sea salts, epsom salts, baking soda, non gmo-cornstarch, citric acid, almond oil, essential oils

FORMULARY 55 IDEAL VALUES: “We started as a hand-made company and it’s important to us that we remain a hand-made company even as we grow. We’re just getting started, and yet you can already find Formulary 55 products in 800+ retail stores spanning 17 countries!”

 

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BAMBOO TRADITIONS 

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST:  Sustainable & Eco-Friendly, Committed to Wellness Culture

PILLOW DETAILS: 

The ultimate pillow for your comfort and relaxation. Shredded memory foam on the inside to keep you properly supported and paired with a hypoallergenic bamboo liner to keep you cool as you rest. Your best night’s rest is only a pillow away.

  • Cover is 40% bamboo (viscose rayon), 60% polyester
  • Removable bamboo outer shell
  • Shredded memory foam inside
  • Perfect for any sleeping position
  • Naturally hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal
  • Keeps sleeper cool at night

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BAMBOO TRADITIONS IDEAL VALUES: “Our products are all designed to improve sleep and, ultimately, improve quality of life. The textiles and materials we use are from some of the most sustainable plant sources available. We believe in our products and our customers satisfaction!”

 

BOOKS & INSPIRATIONAL GIFTS

 

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GROW WHAT YOU LOVE by Emily Murphy /NEW Spring 2018

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST: Committed to Wellness Culture

Grow What You Love, 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life, featuring 12 sets of seasonal ingredients, garden-to-table recipes, and easy to follow methods for growing your garden, no matter the size. The colorful book will begin with an exploration of Emily’s approach to gardening and how it can fit into modern life with little time and effort. She will go on to give advice on how best to choose food plants that readers love, or can discover, and follows with simple methods for garden-to-table growing, including a selection of her favorite seasonal recipes. The result for readers will be a garden-fresh bounty for any time of the year.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Emily Murphy is an organic gardener with a BS in Ethnobotanical Resources from Humboldt State University under which she studied botany, environmental science, and ecology as well as religious and cultural studies, and herbal medicine. She later studied pedagogy at Sierra Nevada College and garden design with the California School of Garden Design, and worked as a classroom teacher and school garden educator. She teaches and speaks regularly about gardening and living, and her writing appears in numerous publications such as Better Homes & Gardens. Visit her blog here.

AUTHOR’S IDEAL VALUES: “In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!”

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WWB February IDEAL FINDS Features Inspiration + Wisdom + Tools for Self Care & Living Life Well…

Feb 10, 2018 by

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Happiness truly is the best decision you can ever make, and every cell in your body will thank you for it! February is the month we celebrate love, so this month WWB Ideal Finds is focusing on self-love and self-care. Everyone needs a little TLC, and sometimes we forget to give it to ourselves. Shopping is fun and temporarily feels good, but I hope when you decide to gift yourself, it will be something ideally good for your health, happiness and longevity. Happiness is a ultimately a mindset and different for us all, but everyone knows what personally feels good and doesn’t feel good. WWB’s featured Ideal Find book is sure to provide inspiration + wisdom + tools to get you thinking about what feels good for you. And get this…how pleasure can lengthen your life! A definite WWB Worthwhile read…

As always, I have specific criteria for Ideal Finds, so below are the conscious living values I followed for making this month’ selection for you.  Live life well and take good care of yourself. Because no-one can live your life as well as you! 😉

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WWB ‘FEELS GOOD’ CHECK LIST

  • Cruelty Free: No animal was harmed or tested on
  • Sustainable & Eco-Friendly: green, organic and sustainable
  • Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise: Free of harmful chemicals known to harm you
  • Socially Responsible: Fairtrade and Social Mission Retail
  • Committed to Wellness Culture

 

 WWB  IDEAL CATEGORIES

  • Self Care: Personal care products for calm, relaxation and empowerment
  • Conscious Beauty: Meets one or more of the ‘feel good’ criteria
  • Healthy Epicurean: Edible treats and food with healthy and organic ingredients
  • Artisan Hand Made: Beautifully Designed, Creatively Crafted, Useful & Enduring
  • Books & Inspirational Gifts: Celebrating Wellness Wisdom, Lifestyle & Culture

 

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AveSeena 

WWB Feels Good Check List: Cruelty Free, Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise, Committed to Wellness Culture

Mask – 3 ways to supercharge your skin

  • Deep Detoxing Facial-at-Home: Take a dollop of the mask and warm between your fingers. After warming, apply a generous layer on your dry face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water with gentle movements. It works as a face mask and exfoliating detoxer, leaving skin cleansed, nourished and glowing. We recommend this application for especially rough feeling days.
  • Light Refreshment: Mix a dollop of the mask in your hand with 1-2 drops of water before application and then apply to dry face. Remove the mask with warm water after 10 minutes. This application is ideal for an instant glow and a quick pick me up.
  • Powerhouse Facial: Add a drop of (a pump full of) Essential Radiance Serum to the mask and mix it well before application. Apply to dry face and let it do its magic for 10-15 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. Add Essential Radiance Serum – beauty equivalent of a shot of espresso,- into your mask turn it into a high-performance facial to deliver radiance and smoothness gently to reveal a fresher, more vibrant skin – instantly.

See the Illustrated Guide for all these 3 Honeyactive Beauty Mask applications here.

AveSeena Ideal Values:AveSeena products are all allergy tested, Dermatologist approved; PETA and Leaping Bunny certified: cruelty-free; EWG Verified TM  for your health and vegetarian. H-free – Made with safer ingredients: Free of any unwanted chemical additives such as endocrine disrupting chemicals (parabens, phthalates) SLS, artificial fragrance and artificial dyes.”


SELF CARE

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WWB Feels Good Check List: Sustainable & Eco-Friendly, Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise, Socially Responsible, Committed to Wellness Culture

FOUND ON AMAZON and other major retail outlets like Macy’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond

Shibori Chic Comforter Set: The ancient art of Japanese hand-dying comes alive in this Shibori Chic collection. A diagonal print across the top of bed is complimented by unique standard shams in saturated indigo blues.The shell is made of 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, and the fill of the comforter is made from recycled polyester certified to the Global Recycling Standard for a truly sustainable sleep experience.

Coordinating euro shams and decorative pillows are available separately. Machine Washable.

Under the Canopy Ideal Values: “We hold ourselves to the highest standards of sustainability. For us, protecting the earth is an obligation, not a business model. That’s why Under the Canopy adheres to six kinds of certifications. Together, those certifications prevent the use of harmful substances, reduce resource and energy waste, and support worker welfare. So you can rest assured knowing that every purchase from us truly makes an impact.”


Books & Inspirational Gifts

Feeling Good is Good For You. Long before there was “The Telomere Effect’ a recent Pulitzer prize winning book there was this thought provoking  book. I did a Q&A with the author of the Telomere Effect and you can learn all about the very important research on ‘teleomeres’ and why it matters so much to your health and longevity. My featured Ideal Find today is a book published long before ‘The Telomere Effect’ and focuses specifically on how pleasure can boost your immune system. It offers tips and inspiration for boosting your mood and quality of life. Everything in this book will most certainly lengthen your teleomeres. Longer telomeres equal a healthier and longer life! For all my Healthy Epicurean followers, this book is for you! Eat, play and love and you will be on your way to feeling good. Just remember that Epicurus himself believed everything in moderation was the secret to overall wellness! 😉

WWB FEELS GOOD CHECK LIST: Committed to Wellness Culture. Need I say more?

Amazon Introduction: What excites and inspires you, tickles your funny bone, fills you with awe, or just generally makes you feel good? For health reasons we might never have fathomed, you need to be doing much more of it–each and every day.

For more than 18 years, Dr. Carl Charnetski and Dr. Francis Brennan have been performing extensive studies on the immune system and how factors such as music, sex, laughter, pets, optimism, and pessimism affect it. Their breakthrough research supports the notion that everyday pleasures cause a measurable increase in your body’s ability to fight disease.


SELF CARE

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EverlyWell Modern Lab Testing 

WWB FEELS GOOD CHECK LIST:  Committed to Wellness Culture

WWB SPECIAL NOTE: The future of wellness culture is in personalized medicine and wellness. It’s great to be well informed and empowered to take care of our own health and bio-individuality, but there is one important wise tip I would like to personally share. Any tests that you take independently and not through a traditional lab-test requested by your doctor, should be shared with your doctor. Self empowerment is good, self-diagnosing not so good! Doctors are trained to read lab results and can help you understand the result of a test in context with your complete health profile. I would also suggest always getting a copy of your own lab report at any lab you go to, so you can begin to examine your results and discuss personally with your doctor. Learn more about your own bio-chemistry!

I would research companies like this and make sure they are reputable. As you can see at their site, this lab company has been covered by a number of large media outlets. What I like about this lab company is they clearly state the following. “The tests we offer are not intended to diagnose or treat disease, or to substitute for a physician’s consultation. For regulatory reasons, our tests are not available in MD, NJ, NY, and RI.”

EverlyWell Ideal Values: “EverlyWell is placing the lab testing process into your hands. With our convenient at-home sample collection process and your results delivered to you on our secure platform in just days – it has never been easier to take control of your health. Our easy-to-read results visualize exactly what the test results are telling you and how they could be affecting your health. We provide detailed information on all of our markers and links to additional information so you can make the best choices for a healthy life.”


Artisan Hand Made

 

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COPPER H20

WWB FEEL GOOD CHECK LIST: Sustainable & Eco-Friendly, Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise, Committed to Wellness Culture

Special Note from Copper H2o: “We are sorry to say that many other sellers falsely claim to sell pure copper water bottles that are actually plain metal bottles plated with copper. The copper plating will start to rub off these bottles after only a few months of use. Many of our customers came to us and bought one of our pure copper water bottles after having a bad experience with one of these sellers. While these sellers are able to offer their bottles for sale at a lower price than our bottles, beware – they are not the real thing!”

COPPER H20 Ideal Values: “Drinking water stored in a copper water bottle has amazing health benefits and is widely recommended by health experts. Water stored in a copper vessel (which is known as “tamra jal” in Ayurvedic medicine) balances the three doshas in your body (vata, kapha and pitta) by gently infusing the water with the positive health properties of copper. Water stored in a copper vessel will also become natural alkaline water, which helps balance your body’s pH levels. Accordingly, our bottles are also natural alkaline water bottles. Our water bottles are handcrafted with pride by skilled artisans using traditional techniques. Each of our bottles is shaped from a single sheet of pure copper with no joints or seams, and capped with a beautiful leak-proof cap made of pure copper and a food-safe seal. As a result, our bottles are of exceptional quality. We are proud to say that this may be the last water bottle you own!”

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