How do You Self-Care to fight Depression?

Depression comes in many ways and in many forms, for a wide range of reasons. It can happen at any time and be triggered by, what feels like, almost anything. It has a way of pulling you further into the abyss even though you watch it happen with a sense of remorse and guilt, yet lacking the willpower to stop it in its tracks. Once it has a hold of you, it’s as if nothing you reach for is in your grasps and anything you do happen to grab, just doesn’t stand a chance against the weight of your emotions. Despite how it feel you are the only person on the entire planet experiencing this, you are not alone in this particular struggle. Many of us not only find the abyss as easy as you, but lack the same personal will to grab our bootstraps and pull ourselves out. Even with so many reasons to smile, we tend to find comfort in worrisome and stress.

So what are you doing to counteract the effects of lounging around in your worries and what if’s? How do you embrace your self-care in order to fight depression? Knowing that it can be extremely difficult to pull ourselves out once one has already began falling, but what if you possessed the ability to close the roads you’ve opened for depression to find you? What if you could develop a self-care routine that helps you counterbalance the negative energies, and assists you with kicking depressive mannerisms? I put together a small list of things you can incorporate into your daily/weekly or monthly routines, or even just whenever you feel depression creeping your way.

 

Mind-cation

Send your mind on a mini vacation. Different concept right? How many times have you actually went on vacation or a get-a-way and didn’t really have a good time or get to enjoy yourself due to you always being worried about every little detail? Or you’re on vacation but can’t seem to not worry about the home front the entirety of your trip? “Are the animals ok? Did the kids destroy the house? Did the light bill come? I wonder if they took out the money for the cable. I bet I get a ticket for my grass while I’m gone. What about the food that may spoil while I’m away?” LEARN TO SEND YOUR MIND ON VACATION. Free yourself from the stresses of everyday life, the worries that you’re forgetting something or not doing your best, even if only for a couple of hours.

Herbal Baths

Baths lingering with flowers and adorned with herbs, possibly with candles around as well, have a way of reconnecting you with your Higher Self and bringing a sense of peace and calmness to the atmosphere. They also act as a reminder to you of your once forgotten Divine Feminine power that burns within, and is necessary for you to perform at your best. Turn on some music that resonates with purity and calms anxiety, you can YouTube “high vibrational music” and shift through the videos until you find one that soothes you.

Book – Time

Lounging around in pj’s drinking hot cocoa while reading a book that pulls at your Spirit and makes you want to create something different; a book that leaves you feeling inspired and passionate about change or ascension, is the ultimate force of reading. To embark on a journey that slowly carries you away from your current reality and gently drops you in the middle of a parallel Universe without fear or worrisome. Without remembrance of chores and daily tasks. Remind yourself that it’s ok to stop and enjoy your day. Forget the laundry, the floors can be mopped tomorrow and the kids can eat left-overs today. Make some time for your self-care routines, whatever those may be.

Spa-Day at Home

Not everyone has the capacity or economic ability to embrace monthly spa days with the girls, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get to enjoy the same treatments. Once a month when the kids are off to school and the significant other is off to work, set your living room up for some spa treatments. Don’t be afraid to invest in your self-care routines! Get you a foot massage, bath salts, hair and face masks, even a pedicure/manicure set you can do at home, oh and don’t forget the wine, and GET YOUR SPA DAY ON!

Women have a tendency to ignore our needs for our wants, our requirements for our desires and our standards for someone else’s, but getting back to taking care of you and making sure you’re not pouring from an empty cup is a great example to set for your daughters, nieces, young cousins or just women in general. To remind them that not only is it ok to have a self-care routine, but it is something that is needed to remain in the position of the matriarch with grace and poise. There is power in resting and recovering so that you can respond with respect and rebirth your realignment.

Light + Love | Rishi Omkara

Don’t Give Up, You’re Almost There

This is for you. The one who feels like a complete failure, again. You let them in and they destroyed what little love you have left lingering around inside, even though you expressed the need to never feel that way again. You tried to be happy but you just couldn’t find a reason. This is for you. The one who struggles with suicidal thoughts and wonders if the world would be better off without you. If anyone would miss you or even notice if you were gone. This if for you. The one who battles with depression masked with fabricated laughter and smiles that no none seems to even care to notice. This is for you. The one who wrestles with self-loathing ideas because you believe in your ability to always “fuck shit up” based on past perceptions.  The idea that you were never good enough, and that will never change. This is for you. The one who constantly argues with themselves about how selfish it is to do something for you. How easily you’re placed last in line because, hey, why not right? This is for you. The one who fights with others to have their own voice minus the concern of offensiveness. Who spend their days in defensiveness towards their own rights and capabilities to possess control of Self. This is for you.

    You are not alone. You are not the only one battling this war on self.  You’re backed by Universal energies and the frequencies of those you’ve loved that have transitioned into another existence. You are never alone!

    So this is for you. You’re not a failure, you just figured out another option that doesn’t work. Keep going the path is being paved as we speak. This is for you. Fuck that selfish person that tried to destroy you after everything you’ve been through. Their karma awaits them. Your karma for them is to go be dastardly happy! This is for you. The one who has to search for reasons to smile, YOU are the only reason you’ll ever need to smile!  This is for you. NO the world is NEVER better off without you! YES the world would miss you! YES the world would be a darker place without the Light of your Spirit. And YES there are plenty of people who would be saddened by your departure. This is for you. Those fabricated smiles will turn into genuine joy, and you will attract those that care to notice when your joy fades. This is for you. You’re not perfect and we ALL fuck shit up throughout this lifetime. You’re not alone. You will never be perfect but will always and INFINITELY be good enough! This is for you. Self-care and self-appreciation IS NOT SELFISH! And they are mandatory for being able to hold down the fort. This is for you. SPEAK THAT BEAUTIFUL MIND and NEVER deplete your energy for the entitled comfort-ability of someone else. Your truth is beautiful! This is for you!

 

 LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

Bread-less Pizza Crust?

 I continuously provide vegan and vegetarian meal recipe and alternatives for multiple reasons, including those that are unsure about where to begin and how to incorporate new changes in their cooking habits. This recipe comes from Erica at Vegan Now in South Africa, where she is perfecting her skills and reconnecting with Self, and decided to share with us numerous recipes for healthier eating.

This is a new take on pizza crust for those looking to stay away from bread, but still wanting to enjoy great foods.

|Makes 2 Medium Sized Crusts|V + GF

Ingredients

1.5 cups ground polenta • 3.5 cups vegetable broth • 1 Tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp garlic powder • 1 tsp oregano • 1 tsp basil  • 1/2 tsp parsley • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Line (2) 11′ round pans with parchment paper or use a nonstick spray and line with a little margarine.
  2. Over high heat, bring vegetable stock to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add olive oil, salt, garlic powder, oregano, basil, parsley, and black pepper.
  3. Whisking or stirring with a wooden spoon continuously, pour in polenta and continue whisking for 3-5 minutes until smooth and thick. You are looking for a stiff, but stir-able consistency.
  4. Scoop an even amount onto each pan and spread evenly around the pan. It should be about 1/4 – 1/2″ thick. *It is easiest to spread with slightly wet hands, spoon or silicone spatula.
  5. Set the pans in the fridge for about 30 minutes to set. If fridge doesn’t fit, leave on a surface for double the time
  6. Remove from the fridge and pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees (F).
  7. Bake crusts for about 25 minutes, flipping once halfway through. *Use a spatula to flip. While the crust is baking, pre-cook any veggies (if desired).
  8. Once the crust is done baking, layer with tomato sauce and toppings of your choice.
  9. Broil on low on the top rack for a few minutes until toppings are slightly browned.

Cut, serve, and enjoy!

Not sure about anyone else, but I absolutely loved this pizza alternative and can’t imagine ever returning to regular pizza!

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

Load the Potato, Vegan Style

Majority of the masses believe that going vegan or vegetarian, limits them from enjoying the most simplest of meals. Loaded baked potato’s for example, is known to be sprinkled with bacon bits with sour cream falling off the sides. Not to mention the shredded cheese we add on top as well(especially down in the south). Now although that sounds amaze balls, your organs and immune system are screaming for you to stay away from dairy and meat products. Well then how in the hell are we suppose to enjoy a dang potato? Thanks to Erica over at Vegan Now located in South Africa, we have a great new way to enjoy a baked potato.

Ingredients

4 russet potatoes • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided (optional) • 1 19 oz can black beans or kidney beans (2 cups), drained and rinsed • 1/2 cup vegan BBQ sauce • 1 batch vegan white sauce • 1 small handful of chives, chopped • (US Customary – Metric)

Instructions

Preheat oven at 350F (180C) • Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork so steam can escape. Optionally, you can lightly rub the potatoes with a bit of olive oil over the skin. Place the potatoes directly on the rack in the oven, with a tray or piece of foil beneath to catch any drippings • Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (depending on the size of your potatoes) • Test to see if they’re done by piercing the potato with a knife, it should be soft all the way through • Cut a slit down the middle of the potato, (careful, it’s hot!), then using a towel or oven mitts, push the ends towards each other and the potato will pop open nicely • Fluff the insides with a fork.

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Then prepare the beans by adding them to a saucepan along with the BBQ sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens and the beans are heated through.

When everything is cooked and ready, assemble by dividing the BBQ beans among the potatoes, topping with the sauce, and finally adding a sprinkle of chives.

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

 

 

 

Vegan Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-free, Nut-free)

Most are not aware of this but, May 15th is Chocolate Chip Cookie Day J So today is the day you can finally have that cheat meal. Or is it? I have found a vegan recipe for chocolate chip cookies that is SURE to knock the socks off of your entire family (even the meat eaters), and make sure you’re not taking steps backwards in your healthy eating. This particular recipe comes from Detoxinista.com and is a pretty awesome vegan treat!

Ingredients: (16 Servings)

1 ½ cups chickpeas (cooked, or 1, 15 oz. can, drained and rinsed)
½ cup gluten-free oat flour
¾ cup coconut sugar
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
¾ cup dark chocolate chips

*You can substitute Baking Soda (1 tsp. for 4 tspn. Baking Powder or 1 tspn. Potassium bicarbonate. Also you can make your own flour by simply grinding gluten-free rolled oats in a food processor or coffee grinder until a fine flour is created. 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Process the chickpeas, coconut oil and vanilla in a large processor until relatively smooth. Add in the coconut sugar, flour, salt, baking soda and vinegar and blend until a smooth batter is formed.
  2. Add in the chocolate chips and pulse briefly until incorporated. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto a lined baking sheet and use wet fingers to gently flatten each mound (they won’t spread a lot on their own.) Bake until the tops begin to crack and the edges are dry to the touch, about 18 to 20 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

“Egg-free and gluten-free baked goods tend to be on the softer side, especially if you leave them in an airtight container at room temperature. For best shelf life and texture, I recommend storing and serving these cookies directly from the freezer. If you don’t like cold cookies, they thaw relatively quickly (in about 30 minutes) and can be enjoyed at room temperature, too.”

Eye hope these are a great alternative to enjoying some of the best goodies known to man. And have a great CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY!!!

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA