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Review: Conquering the Undertow by Suzanne Renee

It isn’t easy sharing your life with even one person, but sharing it with the world takes on a whole new meaning to the word courage. That is exactly what Suzanne does. She doesn’t sugarcoat the bad times, the dark thoughts, the overwhelm that was her life. It is a pure story of tragedy, darkness, and finally thriving. Conquering the Undertow: Learning to Breathe Again by [Suzanne Renee]

What I liked most was that Suzanne explained what was going through her mind. The reasoning why she continued working in a toxic environment, why she didn’t say more, why she continued on the way that she did. Most authors skim the surface of those moments because they aren’t ‘flashy’ or ‘exciting,’ but that is the whole point. Those are the moments that we each feel at some point in our lives and hopefully come out the other end stronger. We don’t want to dwell on those bad moments, but someone needs to speak up so that others know they aren’t alone. Thank you, Suzanne, for being that voice.

At the end of each chapter, she summarizes a ‘Transformational Tip’ that she learned throughout that portion of her life. These tips are great reminders. If you know someone struggling, even if you aren’t sure what they are struggling with, I suggest you gift them this book. You may not have the words, but at least they will know they aren’t alone and that you care.

Get your copy here.

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Winter Blues

Many people (myself included) feel worse during the winter. I have depression all year long but without the sunlight and warmth it can be exasperated in the winter. However, for some winter is what brings on their mental health problem – SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder is not a joke and happens when the seasons change (typically into the winter months).

No matter what your reason is for feeling the ‘winter blues’ here are a few tips you can use:

  1. Get some sunlight – it may be difficult with the reduced hours of daylight and the cold that is outside but do your best to get as much sun as you can, go for a walk at lunch, open your curtains for natural sunlight.
  2. Take vitamin D – this comes from the sun, so with the lack of sunlight we aren’t getting as much as is needed
  3. Exercise – it has been proven that exercise helps release our feel good hormones
  4. Play some cheery music – or whatever is your favourite music
  5. Talk to someone – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – therapy is not a bad thing and if you need the help then please go speak with someone

Some days may be better than other days and that’s ok. But when you are feeling low or burnt out try some or all of the above tips. You are not alone.