The final goodbye

I’ve given a lot of thought to this lately and the end of June will be the last month of Balanced Mochas. 

I don’t have the time to put into it like I’d like with my writing business taking off. I don’t have time to write posts, find/take photos, edit photos, come up with ideas, and excite them like you guys deserve.

To be honest, also my life has taken a turn; I’ve gotten more mindful, relaxed, creative, and trying to find my spiritual way. While working on my mindset and business I want to put all my energy into online project at a time. 

I may start another blog in which case I’ll be starting all over again. BUT I want to thank all of my readers, you guys have been fantastic to interact with and get to know. 

5 Reasons Why Having A Dog Is Good For Your Mental Health

Having a dog is great for your mental health! Dogs can do wonders to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. They are also helpful in providing social support. And they don’t judge you or leave when you need them the most. 

In this blog post, we will talk about 5 reasons why having a dog is good for your mental health!1. Science has confirmed it!

There are so many studies confirming that pets are good for our health in general.

Research has shown that people with dogs tend to have lower rates of heart disease, depression, and anxiety than those without dogs. 

It’s also been proven that owning a pet reduces stress levels by lowering blood pressure, slowing heart rates, and relaxing tensed up muscles.

2. Having a dog beats loneliness

People who live alone can get lonely, but dogs provide the most wonderful companionship. 

Your dog loves nothing more than to be with you, whether it be out on a walk, playing in the garden or snuggling up on the sofa. You’ll never find another human being as loyal to you as your dog is.

Pets also help people feel more confident about themselves due to the boost in self-esteem they experience when interacting with an animal that loves them unconditionally.

Your dog will always greet you at the door when you come home from work or school, which is especially helpful if you’re someone who lives on their own.

Ironically, having a dog can also help you feel less lonely by helping you connect with others.

3. Social connection

Dogs are a great way to initiate conversation with other pet parents, thereby opening up the opportunity for you to meet new people and make connections.

It’s not just other pet parents either. I know so many people in my community because they stop to chat at my gate, or out on a walk, and ask about my dog. 

Pets also provide an excellent ice-breaker between humans that can be useful in social settings such as parties where introductions may not flow as easily or when meeting someone for the first time.

4. Someone to talk to

Dogs are fantastic listeners. 

I forget how many times I’ve poured my heart out to my pups. A dog will always listen to what you say, so it’s easier to express your feelings without fear of judgment or resentment.

Sometimes, we don’t really need someone to talk to, so much as needing to feel heard, to get something off our chests. 

Dogs don’t interrupt (well, some don’t…), they don’t change the subject, nor do they say “Yeah, I know how you feel, the same thing happened to me….”. They just listen.

5. Physical benefits lead to mental health benefits

Unless your dog hates going out for walks, having a dog is good for your physical health. Going out for a walk, even a gentle one, is good for you on many levels. Regular physical exercise has been shown to relieve mental stress and anxiety.

We know that inactivity can contribute to depression but going for a walk has been shown to have the opposite effect – it actually leads to feelings of happiness. Having a dog is good for your physical AND your mental health!

If your dog dislikes going out for walks – and there are some that find walks stressful – some playtime in the home will benefit both of you. Playing chase around the house, a gentle game of tug – simple games like this will have you both feeling better.

Playing with your dog also helps to lower stress-related hormones. What better excuse could you want for pet play time?

Let’s not forget too, that on a day when you really don’t feel like getting out of bed, having a dog gives you a good reason to. Having a purpose – another being to care for and look after, can give us a much-needed purpose and structure in our lives.

Conclusion 

When it comes to adding happiness and joy into your life, there are few things better than a dog. They provide the unconditional love we all so crave in this world of negativity, fear, and anxiety. 

Sure they may not be able to give you that raise or promotion at work but I guarantee no one will ever do as much for your mental health without even trying! 

If you love dogs but can’t have your own, consider helping outat a local rescue. You won’t regret it 🙂

This is a guest post written by Trey from caninecompilation.com

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Headaches

Headaches. We’ve all had them. They can suck the life and productivity right out of us. Studies have shown more work days are lost due to headaches than any other reason.

If we believe the commercials that bombard us, the easiest way to deal with headaches is to pop a few pills. While taking medication can cure the headache, there are steps we can take to ease the pain naturally and even prevent it in the first place. 

The first step in treating a headache is to figure out why it’s there. Many things can cause headaches, such as poor sleep, stress, allergies, eye strain, diet and illness.

If you get regular headaches, you may want to see your physician to rule out the possibilities of migraines, a need for glasses, or some other physical reason. While you’re there, be sure to ask about ways to alleviate your headaches naturally. They may have suggestions that can help.

Here are some good strategies you can use to treat your headaches without drugs.

1. Regular Exercise

We know we need it, but not all of us get the amount of exercise we require for optimum health. When you exercise, your body produces chemicals, such as endorphins and adrenaline, which help you deal better with headaches and stress. As you already know, stress is a trigger for tension headaches.

Exercise is the number one way to reduce stress and alleviate stress headaches.

You don’t have to go to the gym and work out for hours on end to feel the benefits. When you feel a headache coming on, get up out of your chair and start to move. Even if it’s just a five-minute walk, it’s better than nothing.

Regular exercise can help keep those headaches at a minimum. Many people find classes such as aerobics and yoga helpful for dealing with stress. Less stress equals fewer headaches.

2. Use essential oils and herbs. 

Many people find relief from headaches by massaging a few drops of peppermint, lavender or chamomile essential oil into the temples or the back of the neck. Ensure you’re using a quality essential oil. 

Herbs can also be helpful. One of the easiest methods to benefit from herbs when experiencing a headache is to drink herbal tea. There are many varieties, including tea blends made specifically for headaches.

Enjoy a cup of chamomile tea at your desk to help ease your headache. Other teas that help are the same as the essential oils: lavender, peppermint and wintergreen.

3. Reflexology

While you probably can’t run out during your busy day and get a massage to ease your headache, there is an alternate available: reflexology. In reflexology, points in the feet and hands correspond to parts of the body.

Your toes and the areas right below them correspond to the head, sinuses and ears. Massaging these areas gently can significantly improve a headache. Something as simple as taking off your shoes and rubbing your feet can be the natural cure you’re seeking.

4. Use hot and cold.

Many times a headache will respond to a change in temperature.

Place a cold compress on the back of the neck. You can use ice or a damp cloth that has been in the freezer for a few minutes.

If your headache doesn’t respond to cold, try a warm cloth instead.

Another method is to alternate between hot and cold compresses.

A footbath works as a natural cure. Soaking your feet in hot water can provide headache relief. Increase the effect by adding a few drops of essential oil to the bath.

5. Eat Properly 

Many headaches are diet related. Paying attention to what you eat – or what you don’t eat – may give you a clue as to why you’re getting headaches. Headaches can be your body’s way of telling you that it isn’t getting the nutrients it needs to function properly.

Diets high in fats and preservatives and low in fiber are not going to help you get better. When we consume this type of diet, our immune system suffers, and we can experience headaches as a result.

Be sure to try a few of these methods to naturally treat your headaches. The truth is, not all headaches will respond the same way. What works one time may not work the next. As always, inform your doctor if you cannot find relief through these methods or with over the counter medication.

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Homemade Pimento Cheese Recipe

I get a lot of looks when I talk about how good pimento cheese is but that’s because I make my own and not eat the store bought kind. No offense if you do, to each is there own but I find it easier to just make a batch. The batch doesn’t last very long around this household.

When I was a kid I never really liked it because it just wasn’t my taste. My mom didn’t have time to make it homemade because she was looking after us driving us here, there, and everywhere. We didn’t have it often but when we did; I decided to go for the chips (one of my weaknesses).

I got this recipe from a coworker who brought some in one day with Ritz crackers for her lunch. I just so happen to be in her office (getting away from mine for a minute or two) and she pulled it out to eat it then offered me a bite. I was never the same again. I helped her eat most of it, it makes a ton!

The pimento cheese is great for sandwiches, on crackers, and with pretzels. My favorite is a sandwich with a side of pretzels though. The cheese gives the creaminess and the pretzels give the salty and the crunch, oh so good!

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE HOMEMADE PIMENTO CHEESE:

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • diced pimentos

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE PIMENTO CHEESE:

  1. Shred cheese (I used a good old fashion cheese grater for this method. I needed the arm workout anyway. It didn’t take very long but you could use a hand mixer.

2. Add the pimentos, I used the entire jar myself but you can do it to the taste of your preference.

3. I added the mayo to taste and mixed everything together.

4. I made myself a sandwich and enjoyed! You can also add onion powder, garlic powder, or dried mustard but I went for the plan southern style. You’ll notice there are no measurements for this recipe either. I just go with the flow, after everything I add I give it a little taste to see if it needs more. I try not to overdue it when I added the spices and I mix a little in a bowl before adding it to my sandwich.

There you have it, a quick and easy lunch/dinner that doesn’t only takes minutes to put together. I don’t know what it is but I can’t tell long stories in my recipe posts, I like getting to the point of the goodness and share with you guys. If you’d like to hear stories I can see what I can muster up, I’m not very good at adding a lot of fluff but I will try next time.

Would you give this recipe a try? If you’d like to try it give it a pin and let me know when you do. I’m serious, you’ll like it. I can’t offer a money back guarantee but I’m so positive you’ll enjoy it that I’m highly recommending it. If you love cheese then I suggest you jot down the recipe and head to the store.

Best Camping Tips You Will Read This Year

Once the weather gets warm and drowns out the chill from the winter air, I am ready to go camping! I have only discovered my love for camping in the last two years, but I can’t get enough. I love the smell of a fire pit, roasting marshmallows, and the sound of nature, along with the fresh air. So I’m going to share the best camping tips you will read all year.

I will admit I have an air mattress and a small battery-operated fan I take with me. I can’t help it, the ground is hard, and I like sleeping with a fan for the light noise and to help keep it cool inside the tent.

Let’s dive into the best camping tips you’ll read all year. Some of these tips are from me – who is pretty much a beginner, and my boyfriend, who’s a veteran when it comes to camping. Keep in mind these are tips for tent camping. Once we get the truck bed camper remodeled, then I’ll make a post about that (which I can hardly wait for either).

The Best Camping Tips You’ll Read All Year:

  1. Waterproof your tent – Mother Nature can throw a few surprises, and it’s best to have everything you need while you’re out in the middle of nowhere. So, you never know what the weather will do. It can be a sunny 75 degrees one minute then pouring down rain the next. Spray your tent with a silicone sealant while spraying top to bottom and left to right. Don’t forget about those zippers too.
  1. Take advantage of campsite amenities – Now, I know it’s camping, but you’ve got to have a few amenities to make it enjoyable instead of miserable. I can’t go without a shower, so a bathhouse is a must. It’s also great when you’ve got to head to the restroom; this comes excellent when you’re there for a few days or a week like we usually go.
  2. Find level ground to set up your tent – It’s no fun to try to relax or sleep in a tent that isn’t level. Sometimes in some campgrounds, you can’t help but be a little crooked, but most of the time, you’ll find spaces to accommodate tents. 
  3. Make camp-friendly meals – I can’t express this one enough. It’s so easy to find recipes for easy meals even when you’re camping. I’ve got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it. It’s also fun to have a good meal but don’t get me wrong-a sweet peanut butter and jelly sandwich will do a lot of the time.
  4. Pack Snacks – When hitting the trails, you’ll need your energy, especially if you’re camping in the mountains (my favorite!). Water and trail mix bars are perfect for having space and being easy to carry. No one wants to lug around a ten-pound backpack while hiking to 5,000+ feet. 
  5. Line your backpack with a heavy-duty trash bag – This will help keep the things you put in your gear dry if you get rained on.
  6. Firestarters – did you know hand sanitizer works great as a fire starter? I know, right! You can also use paper towels or toilet paper rolls stuffed with lint or paper towels to start the fire. If you bring along trick birthday candles to help light the fire, these will help from burning your hands while trying to keep the lighter lit.
  1. Make a grommet – if your find yourself with a torn tarp from where the eyehole has torn out, you can use a heavy rock. Secure the stone with a rubber band or zip tie to keep it in place.
  2. Make your lantern – if you find yourself without batteries, you can make your lantern until you get a chance to make another run to civilization. Strap your headlight to the bottom of a transparent bottle or jug for all the light you need. We’ve done this plenty of times, and there’s enough light to fill the campsite.
  3. Don’t forget the utensils – when cooking, you’ll want a fork, knife, or spoon, but you leave them behind, you’re stuck with your hands. it sounds simple, but when trying to pack everything, something is bound to be forgotten.

Here are a few photos from our favorite trips:

I hope you’ve learned something from this post; it’s always fun to share knowledge and learn from others. Getting a different perspective is always good.

I’d love to hear your about your camping trips! Where did you go, what did you see, what was your favorite? My boyfriend and I love to travel, so that we might end up there on a recommendation.