DIY Teeth Whitening Scrub

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Coffee is my crutch. I also enjoy the occasional glass of wine. Unfortunately, I wear the evidence on my teeth every day. I also have soft, sensitive teeth so those whitening strips are not an option for me. They work so well but the pain in my teeth for a week after isn’t worth it to me.

I did some digging around on the interweb, as you will, and found several different DIY whitening processes. Anything with baking soda and peroxide increases my sensitivity so those were out. I saw activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and turmeric; all things I could use without painful repercussions. I also figured, if one of these things works, then maybe all three mixed together would work even better. So of course that’s what I did.

I normally use a dry mix of these but I thought I would try a liquid version, since I kept reading that’s how others were using it. Maybe they knew something I didn’t. Well, they didn’t. I definitely prefer the dry version so, although this is for the liquid version, I suggest you don’t add the liquid.

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Starting with an ounce of coconut oil I added

a teaspoon of turmeric (I use this kind – Turmeric Powder 7 oz Pkg by Organic Traditions )

a teaspoon of activated charcoal (I use this kind – Solaray Activated Charcoal Capsules, 280 mg, 90 Count )

and a teaspoon of bentonite clay (I use this kind -Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing, 1 Pound ).

I mixed them all together to make a thin paste. First I brushed my teeth and I then dunked a dry toothbrush in. Be sure you use a separate toothbrush or that you don’t mind yours getting stained because that’s what’s going to happen.

After dunking my toothbrush into the mixture, I brushed my teeth for two minutes. It was disgusting. I looked like a zombie. It didn’t taste like anything though so I’m assuming the charcoal absorbed the turmeric flavor. Not having to taste turmeric was my favorite part. I rinsed my toothbrush off, and since there was no flavor, I applied another layer to my teeth. I had to take a shower so I kept it in my mouth for the first couple of minutes just for added effect.

Then, I rinsed my mouth out and brushed my teeth a couple of times after the paste had been in my mouth for about 5 minutes total. It didn’t seem like much of a difference but LUCKY FOR YOU I documented that mess so we could have before and after photos! After looking at those I did see a noted difference.

If you have sensitive teeth, I recommend trying this, but the dry version really does work better. It also keeps better in a container on the shelf so you can use it a couple of times a week without it solidifying into an unmanageable clump. If you have any ideas for products I should try or DIYs I should attempt, leave it in the comments!

Can Minimalism Help Anxiety Disorders?

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I first realized I had anxiety when I was in high school. I’d get so nervous before school that I was physically sick. I couldn’t go into stores by myself or walk down the street alone. I didn’t know what to do with my hands and I would get very conscious of the way I was walking and something that should be a simple, brainless activity became stressful and uncomfortable.

As an adult I have finally started receiving help for my anxiety disorder. I have several diagnosis given to me by psychiatrists in my adult life but anxiety, by far, has the biggest effect on my quality of life. I began researching different ways to prevent anxiety. Even though it is with me all of the time, there are varying levels of intensity. My hope was to find ways to keep it from reaching peak panic levels. That’s when I stumbled across minimalism. I had been looking to declutter my home a bit anyway but seeing a comment on another blog post about how it helped with that persons anxiety piqued my interest.

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Minimalism is, by definition, a style or technique characterized by extreme spareness or simplicity. To do this in your home, you purge items that you no longer use, that have similar items that can serve the same purpose, or that have worn out or are outdated. This seemed to me to be exactly what I needed to do. My initial thought was to decrease clutter so that when I went into a depressive episode it wouldn’t be such a challenge to keep up with the housework.

I’ve been slowly cleaning things out of our home. About 30 bags and several boxes of things. I started with dishes. With 2 adults and 3 kids, we need a few dishes but we had 18 plates. 18. And when I didn’t pick up for a couple of days, I would end up with an entire dishwasher full of just plates. That’s not acceptable. I pared down the plates and bowls and cups and then the pots and pans, books, clothes, toys, anything I could get my hands on.

I”m nowhere near done on my journey toward minimalism but I’ve noticed a huge shift already. Even when I don’t pick up for a few days and everything is everywhere, the mess isn’t that bad. We don’t have as much stuff to make a mess out of and I don’t have to carry so much guilt when I just can’t bring myself to be productive. Knowing the mess can’t grow too large has made an impact on my anxiety on its own.

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Another thing I’ve noticed is that our kids enjoy being in their bedroom more. When the blankets are burying them and their belongings are caving in on them they can’t focus. Now they can actually utilize the space for more than just sleeping. They can go in and draw or read without getting distracted by everything closing in on them. It’s not just benefiting me, but my whole family. My husband is happier that the mess isn’t taking over, as well.

If you have anxiety and also tend to lean toward hoarding tendencies, I really suggest doing some research on minimalism. When your living space is crowded, your mind can get crowded as well. Sometimes clearing unnecessary items out of your home can give you peace of mind and and a sort of freedom. When you live with anxiety, peace of mind feels like more than you could hope for, but once you have control of your environment I really think you could see a difference.

Change Your Thinking

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I will be the first to admit that, occasionally, I get a little negative. It’s hard to be in pain every day. It’s hard to feel unwell every day. Waking up to brain fog and discomfort wears on you, eventually. I am not proud of the days that I let it get the best of me but I am only human. I accept my faults and I know when I need to apologize or straighten myself out.

However, I learned something in a therapy session a while back that has stayed in the back of my mind. I learned to question my thoughts. When I say, “Everything is terrible” is that really the truth? No, its not. My family is wonderful and understanding. My friends are supportive. I have a warm bed to climb into every night next to my snuggly husband. The cat is kind of a jerk but she allows me to pet her head without biting me once in a while. So no, everything is not terrible.

Now, I have to redirect my thought. The pain I feel is terrible. The depression that results is terrible. These things do not need to pull my entire life down with them. Am I always in pain? Yes. Is it always so bad that it ruins my day? No. So I break it down even further. Today’s pain is terrible but tomorrow will probably be better. I’m feeling excessively down today but it’s because of today’s pain, and since tomorrow’s pain will be better, so, maybe, will tomorrow’s depression.

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Redirection is more than just positive thinking. It’s actually taking the time to analyze your thoughts and expressing them as truth instead of exaggeration. I often find myself saying, “I hate my body” or, “I’m always depressed” but neither of these things are true. Yes, I hate the pain I feel in my body sometimes. I do get depressed but I have just as many good days as bad days. As an added bonus, taking the time to break my thoughts down distracts me a bit from the negative thoughts circling in my head.

There is no one way to help with depression or pain. Depression from pain is likely to happen when it’s a chronic happening in your life. If you can catch yourself using words like always, never, everything, nothing when speaking about negative things in your life, and can remember to turn those thoughts into truths, at the very least you are giving yourself some small bits of positivity you probably need.

As always, if you are feeling depressed or hopeless, please don’t hesitate to seek help. There is no shame in seeking advice from a medical professional when you aren’t feeling your best, and not feeling your best mentally is no exception. depression, self care, love, mental health