• Keep Skin Happy

    In this post, I discuss why keeping dry skin happy is one of my favorite mental health hacks. Then I show you my favorite ways to do it.

    Why Dry Skin is a Mental Health Foe

    I am convinced that extremely dry skin is a mental health issue.

    Why? Because it hurts!

    It leads to bleeding knuckles for goodness sake!

    Is there any symptom more motivating than blood loss, I ask you? Absolutely not.

    Pain is actually a very helpful thing. It alerts us when our body is in trouble, hurting, or damaged. Therefore, painfully dry skin is actually a signal that something is wrong. A part of our brain hears something like this:

    PAIN! SOMETHING IS WRONG! ALERT! DAMAGE IMPENDING! [actual transcript of my skin]

    In the past when I had mega itchy skin, and these signals were flying all over, I would just ignore it. Amazingly, my body just got drier. This continued until my skin felt like it was no longer sufficient to cover my organs. Sooo painful. Yet somehow I remained mystified as to why I “felt bad.”

    One day, I did something truly crazy. I hydrated my skin. Heavily. An entire bottle of olive oil may have disappeared. And you know what? It felt AH-MAY-ZING. And now I’m never going back to the land of dry cracked lips.

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    Keeping Skin Happy Feels Amazing Inside and Out

    My vision of mental health is feeling GOOD. I want to feel peaceful, vibrant, and well. These days, nothing makes me feel all glowy and positive faster than tending to angry skin. Why? When I tend to my painfully dry skin, I prove to myself that I can overcome any assaults to my wellbeing.

    When I tend to my painfully dry skin, I prove to myself that I can overcome any assaults to my wellbeing.

    And it just feels great too. So not only is skin hydration some much-needed body love and kind maintenance, it is a physical signal of care and love sent to my nervous system and brain. What could be more lovely than that?

    Ten Dry skin cures to improve mental health

    I highly encourage you to pamper yourself this week with some skin hydration hacks. Here are my favorite ways to do it! I’ve listed these in order of craziness.

    10. moisturize in the morning

    Add the fun and soothing activity of slathering lotion, lip balm, or coconut oil on your skin as part of your morning routine.

    9. Drink more water with each Sip

    I used to take one sip, then put my glass back down. Now I go for gold! For example, I’ll take 8 small gulps at once. Each is about one ounce. Just like that there’s 8oz of fresh water in my body. Try taking on a greater challenge each time you pick up your cup. Your innards will thank you. This also works great with herbal tea and infused water!

    8. only remoisturize 1-2 more times a day

    Do you slather on lotion constantly? I find when I do this I am treating symptoms instead of the root cause. So I try not to treat dry hands and lips with lotion and lip balm more than 1-2 extra times a day. Instead I do it by drinking more water, and feeling the difference. Allow the dryness to be a signal to drink more water.


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    7. be sure to eat enough salt

    Your body is constantly regulating the balance between water and salt. Use your cravings as a guide. If you just KEEP DRINKING WATER and STILL FEEL DEHYDRATED, you probably need a little salt, my friend. Trust your gut. Literally.

    6. Shower with homemade body wash

    If you figure out what your skin needs (maybe peppermint for dandruff or vitamin E for elasticity), you can make my own body wash with those ingredients. I do! The one I make contains Pure Castile soap from Dr. Bronner, Honey, Sesame oil, Vitamin E, and Orange essential oil. The recipe I use is here on DIY Natural.

    5. Lotion your skin post-shower

    This locks in moisture for days, trust me. It just feels so amazing mentally to pamper yourself this way too! Let it dry while you listen to something soothing. Then adorn pajamas for a comfy evening!

    4. Stop soaping all of the time

    When you shower with soap, you’re washing away your body’s natural oils, along with other things you might want to get rid of. Try not soaping your entire body every day. Try washing only your naughty bits in between showers. And dry shampoo. I’m actually in love with dry shampoo.

    3. Marinate your entire body in oil

    Emergency! I do this when I’m seriously in skin distress. If you’ve ever been outside on a super cold dry day, you know what I’m talking about. Grab a bottle of olive oil, coconut oil, an avocado, or a bunch of fresh aloe. Head to the bathroom and turn on the hot steamy shower. Put on some music and light a candle for ambiance: its time to rub that stuff all over your skin! It SERIOUSLY feels like my skin is drinking water when I do this. Ahhhh…. Chill out for awhile in the spa-like atmosphere, until you’re ready to rinse it off.

    2. Use natural products

    It is becoming greater public knowledge that many companies put additives into their products that cause a negative cycle of dependence. That is, their products contain ingredients that actually damage your body. For example, some products are intentionally designed to make your skin immediately moist, but then much DRIER after several hours. This prompts you to use the product more, and thus to need to buy another bottle. This makes me so angry I have to stop talking about it now. If I don’t know what the ingredients are in something, I honestly don’t trust it. Try organic companies who don’t advertise. I like: Nature’s Gate, local goat milk lotion (life changing!), and good ol’ coconut oil. You can also look up your products on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. It is fun and revealing!

    1. Mist your skin like a movie star

    I spray water, coconut oil, and essential oils on my face from a tiny little spray bottle. You know what, it makes me look like a movie star. And it feels so heavenly. Like seriously, try it.

    BONUS: Also pee

    Finally, a reminder. Don’t wait until your kidneys hurt to pee! Listen to that innate bladder signal. Peeing is good. Urination is normal. It is a badge of honor to have clear, un-smelly pee. And bonus! Peeing when needed alleviates unnecessary pain. This in turn increases mental well being (any time of year).

    Go forth and pamper!

    Thank you for reading! I hope these inspire you to nourish your mind and crackly skin. Healthy skin for the win!

    Much love,

    Erienne


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  • Cure Migraines Naturally

    VIDEO: In this video, I share how I cure my migraines without prescription painkillers.

    I’ve been getting migraines since age 8. Let me tell you, they come with lots of weird symptoms, which I describe in the video below.

    My story is that in my early 20s, I was treating my migraine symptoms with prescription painkillers. Regularly. Often. Too often. So I made a decision to treat my migraines without pills.

    It has taken me about 10 years to develop all of the methods and tricks that I use! But to be honest, I can now confidently say that I cure my migraines, alleviate my pain, and regain functioning. And all of this is without painkillers (pills or otherwise).*

    I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but we are currently in the middle of an opioid epidemic. I personally believe that sharing how I treat pain without heavy painkillers is one of the best things I can do to help prevent it spreading. <3

    So, without further ado, here 7 things that I do to cure my migraine pain naturally. Enjoy!

    [*DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR. This does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to substitute for medical advice. This is simply my experience. If you follow any of this advice, you are doing so of your own free will and accept all liability. I am not liable for any actions you take as a result of this advice. If you are in acute brain pain, PLEASE seek help IMMEDIATELY. Do not just sit here and watch my video. Brain pain can be a symptom of more severe conditions such as a stroke or seizure. So, seriously, if your brain hurts a lot all of a sudden, get help, my friend.]

    Thanks for watching!

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  • Be Creative

    Tired of running in the mental hampster wheel of criticizing everything in sight? Here are five ways to take your critical energy and transmogrify it into being naturally creative:

    1. ZONE IN ON YOUR INNER VOICE

    What is your critical mind really saying? Let yourself spend a little time listening to that inner voice we all have. Maybe you don’t especially like what your subconscious is screaming about these days. I know that when this happens to me, I shut it down. I try really hard to stop listening to myself.

    And other times I’m so tired, frustrated, misunderstood, or just hungry, that I don’t have the energy to listen to myself.

    But you know what I’ve learned? The nagging feelings only go away when I listen to them.

    The nagging feelings only go away when I listen to them.

    So the first thing to do if you want to turn that inner anger into something that feels good, is to hear what it has to say.

    In my experience, my angry inner voice actually has creative ideas for me! It is only angry because that’s how loud it has to shout to get my attention. So zoning in on the voice is the best thing to do. And the negative part doesn’t last that long. Letting your ideas flow actually feels good. Once you listen in, the natural thing that will happen next is you will…

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    2. START THINKING CONSTRUCTIVELY

    How would I wear that outfit? What would I do if I were in charge? What if this system wasn’t broken?

    This is the part where you gently force yourself to create constructive ideas.

    Constructive ideas already exist deep in your mind. They’re trying to pop up! So uncork that fizzy bottle which is your subconscious and let the creative ideas come to mind. Give yourself permission to think about what you want to think about.

    Here are some easy ways to listen in. When the ideas start to come up, just let them through. You’ll be surprised by how quickly they might begin to flow:

    Give it a try!


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    3. SPEAK YOUR IDEAS

    Speak and be heard! Another way to stop being critical is to talk about your creative ideas with everyone you meet.

    • Post a little blurb on your social media.
    • Call your mom and talk about it.
    • Actually say it out loud to the chatty cashier you see every week.

    OMG speak to other humans? Yeah. People do it all the time. Think about all the people who just say random shit to you! You can do that too.

    For example,

    “So the other day I saw someone wearing cowboy boots with a super classy look and it drove me nuts! I guess that means there are tons of styles out there I don’t like. But you know what I really DO like about women’s fashion these days? That there are no rules. Well, you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to take that same mindset and let myself get dressed without caring about the rules! I’ll create my own rules. For me, I like to keep it crisp! Maybe I’ll wear a classy look with military-inspired accessories…. That would be cool! Hm, what do you think, friend?”

    Wow. Look. A totally constructive conversation based on something everyone can relate to.

    Fashion?

    No I don’t mean fashion.

    I mean criticizing! You could have the exact same conversation about lunch choices. Or your co-workers’ desk. Or that field of weeds you see every single flippin’ day!

    Here’s the formula:

    • Start with what you don’t like.
    • Say what could be better.
    • State what you’re going to do about it.
    • Ask your listener for their opinion.

    You get brownie points for listening to the other person and engaging in a genuine conversation.

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    4. JUST IMMEDIATELY DO SOMETHING

    Next is to let yourself just immediately do something creative. Even if it is only a small step, it will feel great and help alleviate some of the tension.

    • Use the note-taking app on your phone and write some ideas.
    • Or pull out that little notebook and pen that you take everywhere and scribble down a thought.
    • Wear something you save for special occasions.
    • Compliment someone.
    • Doodle.
    • Draw something on a foggy window, in the dirt, on the back of your hand, on your phone, etc.
    • Treat yourself to a new food.

    The point is to do anything out-of-the-ordinary that is a bit impulsive but in line with who you are and how you’re feeling right this moment. It really doesn’t matter if you follow through with that project. It matters that you let yourself be alive.

    5. PLAN OUT YOUR NEXT CREATIVE TIME

    This part gets me excited the most. Carve out just 15 mins in your schedule tomorrow to do something constructive or creative for yourself.

    • Maybe right before you work out.
    • Or after you commute.
    • Or as soon as you wake up.

    Call it creative time. Maybe you have mind-blowing ideas when you go for a run. Or when you drink hot tea. Pop that into your schedule.

    Let those creative ideas out so you stop freaking out. Remember this is your inner voice putting YOU on blast. So tune in and ask that inner voice, what do you want me to do?

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
    Dr. Erienne Weine


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  • Quit Criticizing Everything

    Criticizing others. Ah… Now here’s something I’m good at!

    Haha, jk.

    Seriously tho, being critical is DEFINITELY something I have the capacity to do. That is, even though I don’t want to judge, sometimes I teleport into a criticism mindset. All of a sudden, I notice myself “hating on” everything in sight.

    “That gutter smells! Why is it clogged? The city shouldn’t let that happen!”

    “Her shoes DO NOT match that outfit.”

    “My neighbor’s bushes are OVERGROWN. I can barely walk on the sidewalk!”

    Wah wah wah. Etc. Omg, girl. Chill.

    WHY AM I CRITICIZING?

    What is going on here?

    Deep down, I DO NOT want to criticize other people. I DO NOT want to look at my fellow humans and immediately generate a list of things I don’t like. And I especially don’t want to look at the entire world that way.

    I want to be understanding. At peace. Positive. Full of joy. Ready to share a compliment.

    So, what makes me fall into this particular negativity trap? To answer that question, I’d like to explore the hidden origins of judgment overload.

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    WHAT IS CRITICIZING, REALLY?

    Criticizing is really:

    1. Noticing something wrong, off, or out of place.
    2. Bringing the mismatch to light so that it can be fixed.

    Judging something as a poor fit is actually a good human capacity to have. It gives us the ability to notice issues before they become a problem. By spotting and correcting potential probs, it helps us find harmony and balance in situations where there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle.

    I mean really. Do I want to leave the house with mismatching shoes? No. My neighbors and I all appreciate clear sidewalks so we don’t get run over by cars. And clogged gutters? Gross! That’s a sign that SOMETHING is not right. And it ain’t gonna unclog itself.

    When I notice things I don’t like, I’m really noticing things I wish were different.

    So criticizing is actually not a sign that “everything sucks!” Rather it is a sign that “things could be better. And I can imagine exactly how!”

    Noticing problems, with the intention to correct them, is a good thing.

    Criticizing, with the intention to criticize some more, is a recipe for negativity and mental fatigue.

    Do you really dislike the way that the world is around you? Okay. That’s alright. But if you don’t take action to do anything about it, you’re just running on negative for no reason.

    Let’s face it. I’m not really going to deliver a perfect pair of matching shoes to that stranger. I won’t be trimming my neighbor’s hedges this weekend. And I’m DEFINITELY NOT reaching my hand down in that gutter. Just nope.

    So why does this happen in my brain?


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    I CRITICIZE WHEN I DON’T LET MYSELF CREATE

    If I criticize EVERYTHING, my inner voice is yelling! But my inner voice is NOT REALLY trying to tell me these shoes suck. It is saying I suck.

    When I am in a super judgmental mode, and nothing seems good, my inner voice is actually NOT pointing out issues with the outer world. It is pointing out problems with my inner world.

    My inner voice is saying: “I have a million ideas.” It is saying, “Hello Erienne. Good morning. Wake up! What are you doing today? Are you making our dreams come alive? Or are you going to avoid me again? I’m your dearest hopes and dreams! I’m counting on you!”

    My inner voice is actually being critical of ME. It wants me to listen to my heart and follow it.

    Wait what? Me? Oh yes. My inner voice is saying, “I don’t like that social media binge so much. Are you spending our precious leisure time carousing? I thought you were going to meditate! Weren’t you going to set up that meeting? Or write that blog post. Time to shine your light on the world!”

    Oh. Really? I guess I can see why that is kind of hard for me to hear…. It is a bunch negative stuff about how I’m ignoring my calling. I don’t want to hear that. So I shut that inner voice down. And I do something else with my creative power instead. I let it fester. And it gets all grouchy and negative.

    Picture of Iris flower still in the bud but about to burstTHE INNER TRUTH

    The truth is, being critical is a reminder of my inner power. I have the power to change the existing structures around me.

    I have the power to create.

    So, critical but not creating?

    The cure for judgmental mode, for me, is to let my creative ideas flow. To allow the ideas the bubble to the surface and come all the way up. In other words, to listen to my inner voice.

    When I give my ideas permission to exist, I give myself permission to exist too.

    Suddenly the world seems like a brighter place.

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
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  • Grow a Happy Mind

    Hi friend! I’m offering a mini-class on how to grow a happy mind (for free!).

    I call it “Cultivate Positive Thoughts & eliminate negative thoughts.”

    I am so excited to share this with you! These are my major tricks to clear negative mental clutter and upgrade your mind.

    ~FAQ~

    What is this about?”

    In this mini-course, I share 7 hacks to detox your brain from negativity and upgrade your mental world with positive thoughts. Specifically, I teach you how to remove negative thoughts and plant positive ones instead. Yeah!

    What do I mean by “Cultivate Positive Thoughts?”

    When I say Cultivate Positive Thoughts, I mean plant supportive, life-giving idea in your brain. I use these tricks on myself every day!

    What do I mean by “Eliminate Negative Thoughts?”

    When I say Eliminate Negative Thoughts, I mean remove self-sabotaging, draining ideas from the brain. In this mini-course, you’ll learn tips on how to cut out negative thinking, and the beliefs that underlie those thoughts.

    What is a Mini-Course?

    By mini-course, I mean I provide bite-sized amounts of information and “food for thought” to help you “master” your inner world. You’ll learn some basic skills in taking control of your thoughts!

    Contents:

    This mini-class consists of seven emails. One will be sent to your inbox for seven days. Each email contains:

    1. A super short lesson for cultivating positive thoughts or removing negative ones.

    For example:

    How to Plant Ideas that Love You

    2. A few questions that encourage you to think about, journal, and process the trick of the day!

    For example:

    What do I love thinking about?

    What is my ideal mental world?

    Give it a try!

    This is absolutely free! If you don’t like it, you can unsubscribe anytime, no strings attached. Your email address is protected, private, and never shared.

    Give your mind a detox! It will thank you. 🙂

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    Thank you so much! See you in your inbox!

    Sincerely,
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