My Benefits of a Weighted Blanket

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I heard about weighted blankets a long time ago because a friend of mine had purchased one. She said she absolutely loved it and after that I completely forgot about them until recently. I don’t remember exactly how(probably an online ad) but I started becoming interested in them. I read reviews and posts about them and how life changing they were for some people. I also came across an article that someone wrote about their child who has AD/HD and how beneficial the weighted blanket was for them.

In my post about my mental health, I mentioned that a lot of changes have been happening in my life the last few months. I’ve been switching between a few medications and had a new diagnosis that I was trying to work through. Just recently I had another doctor appointment where they are questioning another diagnosis for me and the potential for another medication switch. Basically there’s still a lot going on for me and my health and I’ve been doing my best to find my coping mechanisms.

And now we get to the weighted blanket! After reading several articles about how they’re very beneficial for people with mental illnesses I was hooked on wanting one. There are many different kinds out there but the one I have is The Calming Comfort Weighted Blanket. From their website, here is how they explain how the blanket works: The Calming Comfort™ Weighted Blanket applies an even amount of pressure over your body to help the production of serotonin and melatonin (the body’s primary sleep hormones), simulating Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation. It feels like a warm hug, immediately sending you into a state of comfort and relaxation.

Knowing this and the information I found from the articles, I was very eager to get one. I have a few mental illnesses and I also have a hard time sleeping. The sleeping part I always struggled with, even as a baby! It always takes me a long time to fall asleep and when I do, I constantly wake up throughout the night.

Okay, fast forward to actually getting the blanket. *This is not an exaggeration* It literally feels like heaven. I immediately snuggled up with it on the couch and having all that weight on me felt so good. Not to mention it’s extremely soft too! My first night sleeping with the blanket was one of the best sleeps I had had in a long time. I woke up feeling refreshed and actually well rested. Now I know you’re probably thinking, ‘Well Kait, how do you REALLY know that it was working?’. One night I went to bed without the blanket. I had it nearby but was just too lazy to grab it. Nothing changed during my day or in my normal routine. I did everything as I normally would have, took the same medications, and had my same bedtime routine. I had also been using the weighted blanket for about a week every night already as well. That night I felt SO distressed! I couldn’t get comfortable and when I finally fell asleep I was awake maybe 30 minutes later. This went on for a few hours. I eventually grabbed my weighted blanket and fell asleep shortly after – and stayed asleep.

Ever since then I have used my blanket every night and the occasional cuddle on the couch. I have been falling asleep faster and staying asleep the entire night. I wake up feeling well rested and comfortable. It’s been very rare that I wake up without anxiety anymore! I highly recommend you give the weighted blanket a try. If you struggle with anxiety, depression, or AD/HD then this blanket is truly a great gift. It’s also helpful for those that have an issue being touched by other people. Some of my friends, myself included, don’t necessarily prefer to be touched when we’re having an anxiety or panic attack. Some don’t like to be touched in general. For them it’s not a great way to get them to calm down; it only amps up their anxiety. This blanket could be an option for them as it will stimulate the pressure stimulation without having to feel another person on them.

Check out their website and find more testimonials about the blanket!

7 Days of Positivity

As hard as we live our lives to be completely positive and happy there are always the downs that get us. Usually I would just “roll with the punches” that life gave me because nothing is perfect, right? It’s out of my control and everything sucks. That was the mentality I used to have but not anymore. I reached a point in my life where there was just too much negativity all the time and I didn’t want to deal with it anymore. I wanted to become more positive and to spread positivity to other people.

Now, there will always be negativity – it’s inescapable – however, I have found ways to keep the positivity around to keep myself at a beautiful balance. In this post, I’ll give you a way of adding extra positivity to your day to have a positively happy week!

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Sunday.

Make yourself a nice breakfast and enjoy it! I work crazy hours so sometimes food is the last thing on my mind. My typical breakfast is some granola or cereal. When I have a day off and I don’t have anything planned, I like to make myself a nice breakfast. My usual go-to is french toast but I’ll switch it up by making waffles or muffins too. Even though this seems so small, it impacts my day so much! I start my day fresh, happy, and feeling on top of the world!

Monday.

Post something positive on Instagram. Mondays are a challenge whether it’s school, work, or just the fact that it’s Monday again. I started getting myself in the habit of posting something positive every Monday to start the official work week on a good note and to inspire positivity in others.

Tuesday.

Wake up an hour early for you time. Sometimes we get so stuck in our same routines that it can take such a toll on our mental well being. If you’re like me and not a morning person, this can be difficult sometimes. I cherish my sleep so much and cringe every time my alarm goes off. But sometimes it’s nice to wake up a little earlier. I’m able to get a few chores done around the house, relax with my cats, catch up on a show, and so many other things! Since I work late night hours, I don’t get a lot of morning time at home so I really enjoy these moments!

Wednesday.

Treat yourself with a coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker and rarely go to Starbucks or any coffee shop for that matter, but the occasional coffee is a nice splurge to brighten my day! Every now and then I’ll pick up an early morning shift and whenever those happen I 100% make sure I have enough time to get Starbucks before I go to work. Because I don’t go everyday, it’s a nice treat or reward to myself!

Thursday.

Go for a walk on your lunch. I know a lot of people that go walking on their lunches to get physical exercise in but it’s also extremely beneficial for your mental health! Some days when I’m feeling tired or too surrounded by walls I’ll go for a walk outside. It’s so nice and refreshing to get some fresh air and get your blood circulating.

Friday.

Wear your favorite lipstick. This one pertains more to women but hey! Men can join on it too. I know, at least for me, when I wear my favorite lipstick I feel unstoppable! I don’t wear makeup very often and I wear lipstick even less. Whenever I have it on I get so many compliments on the color and it only brings more smiles to my day!

Saturday.

Do something for someone else to make their day. I love doing things for others, even if they aren’t expecting it. Knowing that I can brighten someone’s day or take something off of their plate brings me so much joy and satisfaction.I know for me and my anxiety, I love when someone helps me out with a task. One time, my boyfriend and I were getting ready for a friend’s birthday dinner and I felt so overwhelmed with trying to get ready and finishing chores around the house. The only comment I made was, “I’ll just do the dishes when we come back home” and went to go curl my hair. When I finished, I walked out to the kitchen and found my boyfriend doing the dishes for me. It made my whole night and took off so much stress from my night!

 

What are some things you do to bring more positivity to your day? Share below!

 

About Me

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To start I need a proper introduction ~

My name is Kait and I’m a 23 year old living in the wonderful Bay Area. I moved here from Minnesota in 2012. I currently work in the vet industry and have 2 cats of my own, Bart and Shiloh. I love going to concerts and festivals, binge watching shows on Netflix, hockey and baseball, and a huge nerd for Lord of the Rings(also Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, all the typical teenage fiction…you get the picture).

Around September 2018, I decided to really look at my life. I mean REALLY look at it. There was so much stuff in my room that it gave me a ridiculous amount of anxiety to look at. I looked at my closet with clothes and felt like I was drowning. Then I saw it. I was scrolling through Pinterest and came across a post – Minimalism. I had heard about minimalism before but never really looked into it. So I started reading up on it and quickly became hungry to learn more. I loved reading about all these people’s stories and what minimalism meant to them. I loved the fact that there was no “right” way to be a minimalist either. And so began my purge. I wanted this mindset of minimalism and have more experiences than stuff in my life. I wanted to feel full and be filled with positive energy every day.

So here I am, candidly Kait. By following me, you’ll follow my journey with minimalism, my struggles and resolves with mental health, and share in my love for travel! I hope to inspire you and bring comfort that may be needed.