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Got the Holiday Blues?

As a well-known holiday song goes “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But is it really? If you Google ‘Holiday and Depression’, you will find a substantial number of articles dedicated to the topic.

Even on social media you’ll find discussions about stress and anxiety during the holidays to be quite pervasive. Generally, the holidays are associated with an increase in demands, in financial expenditures, family obligations and just not being able to manage expectations- Yours and others’. Hence, the onset of depression can easily occur.

But how do you know if you’re “holiday” depressed? If you find yourself dramatically overeating, excessively drinking, having insomnia or experiencing headaches, these are some of the signs that you might be suffering from stress and anxiety.

Here we provide some simple tips on how to alleviate or avoid depression altogether this holiday season.

Plan Ahead

Studies have repeatedly proven that happiness is directly related to stress. The less stress you have in your life, the happier you will be. A little bit of planning can remove a large part of the stress in your life, if not eliminate it completely. Here are some tips on how to plan for happiness:

  • Set specific days for spending time with family and friends, for shopping, and other activities.
  • Plan your cooking menus and then make a shopping list. That'll prevent last-minute scrambling to buy ingredients.
  • Create shopping lists for holiday presents to eliminate not knowing what to get each person

Take Time For You

Even if it’s just 10 minutes out of the day,...

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5 Things That You Can Do to End Period Shaming

Period shaming has been around for about as long as periods have. That’s to say, forever. It’s only been in recent years that women have decided enough is enough and fought back against the menstruation stigma.

Still, there are so many ways in which each of us is shamed for bleeding every month and it can be a challenge to know what to do about it. While those of us in developed countries like the United States and Canada are not using bits of old mattresses to control our flow or dropping out of school because we don’t have access to restrooms, we’re still faced with being told that our periods are dirty and shameful, having our emotions invalidated because we’re bleeding, and resorting to covert, FBI-like operations to get into the bathroom to change our tampons.

In order to end the taboo and shut down period shaming, we all have to take action - and take it now. Here are 5 ways you can put an end to period shaming.

  • Talk about your period openly

  • Having honest conversations about menstruating is one of the fastest ways to dismantle the societal stigma placed on it. By opening up a dialogue about our bodies, how we feel during our periods, and challenges faced, we’re able to create a sense of solidarity among people with periods.

    You may think that what you go through on your period is unique to you but, if you open yourself up to having conversations about it - with friends, your family, and your doctor - you’ll likely find that you’re not the only one.

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    6 Reasons You Should Be Masturbating Right Now

    Masturbation. It’s a polarizing topic, if we’ve ever seen one. Some people shout about it from the rooftops, indulge without guilt or shame, and seem to be glowing all the time. Others - not so much.

    And we get it. Society makes it out to be a thing that only guys do (this is not true, in case you were wondering). Some of our parents swatted our hands away when we were just toddlers learning about our bodies, putting the idea into our impressionable minds that touching ourselves was a big no-no.

    Our friends might even express their shock and disgust if we ever decide to venture into the territory of bringing up our menage a moi at girls night. That’s to say, there are a lot of reasons why so many women either don’t self-pleasure at all or, if they do, don’t talk about it.

    Despite all this discouragement from the world, masturbation is healthy, normal, and really, really fun. Without further ado, here are six sexy reasons why you should throw a party for one, like now.

  • Orgasms boost your mood

  • When you invest some time in a little DIY action, you’re likely to orgasm. Reaching climax does a lot for your body - and your mind. That peak of pleasure triggers a release of endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin in your brain. These chemicals lower cortisol levels, which are linked to high amounts of stress and make you feel happier overall.

  • It’ll help you eat healthier

  • Those higher levels of oxytocin do...

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    3 Easy Ways to Up Your Feminist Game

    The quest for gender equality in every area of life is not a simple task. How can women really activate their feminism in their day to day life?

    This is a question that we’ve thought about endlessly and, having dug into our personal beliefs, the values that freshie Feminine Care was founded with, and some research into powerful ways to be a feminist.

    While there are many different ways that feminists can step into a more active role to further the movement, sometimes the most effective actions are the most simple.

    If you want to step up your feminist game, here are 5 tweaks you can start implementing this week.

  • Create an equal opportunity household

  • One of the easiest ways to amp up the impact you have on forwarding feminism is to create a home environment that teaches that both men and women can (and should) share equal responsibilities. By ditching traditional gender norms, you can enforce that all members of the household contribute according to their skill levels and ages, not their gender.

    Some ways to incorporate this equality into home life are having men tie an apron on and whip up a delicious dinner or having the girls helping out with yard work. The benefit that goes beyond divvying up household duties is laying a foundation on which kids and adults alike will be able to base a lifetime of beliefs around gender equality.

  • Constantly educate yourself

  • Keeping up with trending feminist topics, as well as understanding the history of feminism, doesn’t have to be a Master’s degree...

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    What to Pack: Day Trip, Weekend Getaway, or Week-Long Explore-athon

    One of the greatest adventures of life is stepping foot into a place you’ve never been before. The rush of being surrounded by new scenery, hearing the sounds of a culture other than your own, smelling the scent of the air in a new city - these sensations are unparalleled.

    Whether you’ve got a major itch to travel or are content with hopping around new cities close to your own, packing is where many women go overboard. You don’t need a suitcase that you have to sit on to close. In fact, traveling lightly can make your trip even more fun because you won’t be lugging around enough clothing for a month-long safari.

    A little can go a long way when it comes to traveling so, whether you’re heading out for a day trip, a weekend getaway, or a week-long explore-a-thon, use these packing lists to help you prepare.

    Day Trip

    Whether you’re walking out your front door intent on getting to know your city like a tourist or driving a few hours to explore a city you’ve never been to before, packing may seem like no big deal. But, take it from us, you’re going to want to be at least somewhat prepared.

    The only consistent thing about adventure is that it’s ever-changing. Even if your trip is going to last less than 24 hours, you’ll want to have these basics on hand, just in case:

    • A jacket
    • Small first aid kit - bandaids, hydrocortisone cream, and a pack of baby wipes should do the trick
    • Shoes that are made for walking (your wedges are adorable but your feet might hate you if you traipse around in them...
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