Keeping Your Apartment Clean Through Depression

If you live with clinical depression, you know that sometimes even getting out of bed can be a struggle. The more tasks that make their way onto your to-do list, the harder it is to get anything done, and it becomes a big messy, vicious cycle.

There are little ways to tackle your messy apartment, even when you’re feeling down. These tips aren’t about getting yourself out of a down-swing, but rather to help you prevent messes from building up so your home can be a safe space without making you feel even more overwhelmed.

Start Small

Break up big tasks into smaller, more doable actions. Don’t set lofty cleaning goals—that will just stress you out more. Think of one thing you can do today, and try your best to get it done. You might feel motivated to get more done afterward, or you might not—either way, it’s okay.

Do Dishes As You Use Them

Conquering a mountain of plates feels impossible. Try to keep your sink under control by doing dishes after you use them and not leaving anything in the sink overnight. If you can prevent the pile-up, you don’t have to deal with conquering a dirty dish disaster later on.

Move Your Hamper

Rather than leaving laundry out after you wear something, put a laundry hamper in an easily accessible spot so you can toss your things into it instead. If you hide your hamper away under your bed or in your closet, you’ll be more likely to leave things out, so choose a spot that doesn’t require effort to get to.

Enlist Friends

Ask for help if you feel comfortable. Admitting that you need help isn’t easy, but sometimes just having company there can help. That mountain of dishes is a little bit easier to conquer when you have a friend by your side to dry them . Your friends don’t have to clean unless you’re comfortable with it, but having someone you love there to chat with you while you pick up a little might just make a big impact.


Lead Paint? Don’t Panic!

If you have a house built before 1978, chances are there is or has been lead paint used inside it. However, while lead is dangerous to everyone, and especially to children, this isn’t a huge cause for alarm. Whole professions have popped up around the practice of removing this stuff, and the process isn’t really that difficult. However, depending on how much lead paint was used in your home, you may be looking at spending a pretty penny to get it fixed.

The professionals will probably suggest one (or a couple) of the following options, depending on your situation: enclosure, encapsulation, removal, replacement, or nothing. That’s right, they may just recommend you let it sit if it’s in good condition. However, that’s not typical at all. Enclosure is when you seal the lead paint in with other materials, like drywall for instance. It can’t chip if it’s literally sandwiched between two pieces of wall.

Encapsulation is similar; it means painting the area with a primer paint that is water-tight and seals everything in. If you’re attempting to solve your lead paint problem yourself, this is probably the easiest and most cost effective way to go. Removal is exactly what it sounds like: removing the paint with a combination of chemicals and sanders. Best to leave this one to the professionals, because the cure might be worse than the disease.

Finally, full replacement is when someone (hopefully a contractor unless you really know what you’re doing) rips out and replaces everything that’s been touched by lead paint. It’s expensive, but it also is your best bet that you’ve removed all the lead based paint from your house. Which method is the right fit for you?


Why You Should Walk Every Day

Exercise is key to a healthy, long life, but it doesn’t always have to be sweat-drenched cardio or extreme weightlifting. Studies have shown that a simple daily walk can have extraordinary benefits for very little effort.

For example, a daily walk dramatically reduces your risk of diabetes and cuts back on your weight and blood sugar levels, even if you’re just strolling. It also lowers your blood pressure and your risk of cardiovascular disease, and right there are four things we know your doctor has been nagging you about! Poof, solved!

Also, your bones get stronger from the extra pavement pounding. Each step is another impact on your bones, which encourages them to strengthen to predict the next. Your digestion also gets more regular with a daily walk, because it stretches out your abdominal muscles. However, one of the best reasons to take a daily walk is the clarity of mind it gives you. Just being outside in nature can put you in a better mood, and the movement can stimulate creativity and brainpower!

These are all excellent reasons to get out there for a stroll every day; who doesn’t want to be healthier, more creative, and stronger? But if you’re still struggling to find the motivation, might we suggest a new furry friend? There’s nothing like getting puppy-dog eyes from your newly adopted shelter pooch to get you up off the couch and out for some walkies!


Backyard Eggs Aren’t Always A Safer Alternative

If you’re like most people, you probably get your eggs from the supermarket or your local grocery store. If you grow your own eggs however (or get yours from someone who does), you may be at a high risk of contracting salmonella.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), as more and more individuals are keeping chickens and ducks as pets, salmonella cases are becoming increasingly common. According to the New York Times, over 961 people this year have contracted salmonella from backyard birds. Roughly one million cases of salmonella are contracted in the U.S annually.

Salmonella is typically contracted by eating undercooked foods and eggs, but unclean conditions like unwashed chicken coops and equipment can cause the disease to spread into your home. This means that if you raise your own birds, you should take appropriate precautions.

Most people who raise their own chickens for eggs are doing so for health reasons, but if you don’t raise these birds properly, backyard raised eggs are much more dangerous than conventionally sourced ones. With this being said, don’t be discouraged from raising your own chickens. After all, 100s of thousands of people who don’t own chickens still get salmonella. As long as you’re washing your eggs properly, keeping your equipment clean, and taking common sense precautions, you should be fine. Always be sure to wash your hands and clothes thoroughly, clean the chicken coops carefully, and keep the chickens in the back yard and out of the house.

The Science Behind Vegan

As a meat eater, the thought of cutting meat out of my diet entirely is kind of terrifying.

And frankly it should be…ok well maybe not terrifying, but cutting meat out of your diet is definitely a decision you should make very carefully. Sure there are benefits to eating a plant based diet, but there are many benefits to eating meat too. Yet, veganism seems to be the trend everywhere you look on social media. Whether it’s because of moral reasons pertaining to animal cruelty, or strictly health based, veganism is promoted as something incredibly trendy.

Vegan bloggers and social media influencers will swear by their recipes, substitutes, supplements, etc, but does it all really live up to the hype? Not according to Anthony Warner.

Warner, the author of an article called “The Dangers of a Vegan Diet”, rips into modern day veganism and it’s “cultish” following. Vegan influencers will very rarely, if at all talk about the drawbacks of veganism. Instead, they’ll tout it as the morally correct, virtuous dietary plan that somehow leaves it’s adherents less susceptible to meat induced diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Warner dismisses most of this as pseudoscience. These vegan bloggers and influencers aren’t painting an accurate picture of the reasons why veganism is better. In many cases, they’re are misconstruing many of it’s benefits as well. Furthermore a meatless diet isn’t healthy if it isn’t done carefully. After all, there are some nutrients that you simply can’t get from vegetables and fruits alone.

This isn’t to say that there aren’t vegans who are living healthy, balanced lifestyles, but it’s a little more tricky than just choosing not to eat meat. In fact, Warner points out that a healthy diet has more to do with what you choose to eat, and less to do with what you don’t eat. If you are considering taking up a vegan diet, it’s important to do your own due diligence and plan carefully.