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Everything You Need To Know About… Norovirus!

In probably one of the most requested articles from my support group of all time, I think I may finally possess enough knowledge to write an article about norovirus in a way that will truly do it justice! Over the years, I’ve learned enough about norovirus that I almost feel like I’ve gone to school to study it! Between my own personal research, talking with those who do actually study norovirus (and other viruses like it), and just having an understanding of science in general, I’ve amassed quite a large amount of knowledge on norovirus. As a former emetophobic (that still feels weird to say), knowing the facts about norovirus actually truly helped demystify it, and ultimately allowed me to feel calmer going into the winter months. Plus, this information is useful to have for non-emets as well, because families with kids tend to get the hit the hardest. I figured, why not do this article in the form of modified FAQ? All of the points below are frequently asked, and commonly unknown, questions that …

#Fearless’s Simple Steps To Practicing Self-Care

Self-care is something I have written about thousands of time in the history of #Fearless, and it’s something that I will continue to write about for the rest of time because it’s so freaking important. Not just for people with mental health issues, but for every single human being on the planet. I don’t care if you’re 100% healthy, everyone gets stressed sometimes. Work, life and human responsibilities take a lot out of you. Dedicating 30 minutes, an hour, a day to focusing on what you know you need, versus your responsibilities, really can make a difference. In the past I’ve written about the importance of self-care but I’ve never really given you the key steps to finding what you need to be doing for self-care. I figured, in light of this, why not offer you my tips on how to find the best self-care routine for you! Step One: Assess the mental, physical and emotional state you’re currently in. Before proper self-care can be done, you have to be able to look inside yourself …

5 Things Millennials Need To Stop Feeling Bad About

I feel, as millennials, we get a lot of crap. Whether it’s headlines about what we’ve “killed” or for simply being “entitled” or “lazy”, we just can’t seem to get any positive praise from the generations before us. Yes, I’m looking at you, Baby Boomers. But, in the midst of all this chaos, it got me thinking how many times I’ve felt bad for simply making choices that seem to be bettering my mental, physical, emotional state because of said headline writers and Baby Boomers. The constant tug of war of doing what I know is right, versus doing things “the way it’s always been” has never been a bigger issue than it is now for millennials. And, to be honest, I’m downright tired of it, so here’s a list of 5 very important things that millennials (or really, anyone) need to stop apologizing for and feeling bad for, like, yesterday: Your relationship status. Listen here, fellow millennials. Just because your great, great, great Grandma Sally Mae was married at the age of 17 doesn’t …

Gender vs. Sex: A #Fearless Perspective

Over the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of talking about the difference between a person’s sex and a person’s gender. Primarily to people on Facebook, which is a terrible mistake if I’m being honest. My talking to people about this was in part to the recent announcement by the POTUS that he is going to ban transgender military personnel from serving or enlisting to serve. So, as you can imagine, trying to educate in the midst of a heated debate usually ends badly for someone who shares an unpopular opinion on a thread. But, if there’s any good that came from this, it’s that the topic on the difference between sex and gender is widely ignored. Many people don’t know that there is a difference between gender and sex, and they especially don’t know how they play very different parts into a persons life based. I contemplated whether or not talking about this was smart, but I decided oh what the heck? Why not use this platform to discuss the differences between …

Can You (& I) Be Addicted To Chaos?

“I feel like something is missing from my life, maybe it’s time for a change…” This is a VERY common phrase my husband is tired of hearing. I’ll bet, as I wrote that sentence, he compulsively put his head in his hands and doesn’t know why. In fact, it’s a phrase that’s probably more common than my wailing of “Ugh, I’m soooo boooorrreeeddd” or “Whats for *insert meal time here*?” No, that was a joke, there’s not much I say more than those two, I promise you that. But in a conversation the other day, I told my husband I don’t get why I keep feeling like this. Life is going pretty well for me right now. I have a good, steady job; I’m in the process of creating a from home bakery; I have a fairly decent social life; so whats the deal? Why am I feeling like I need to shake it up? The first thing I always go to is my job. Maybe it’s my job that needs changing, but it’s not …

Introducing: Dear Fearless…

In an effort to keep this site new and diverse, we here at #Fearless are very excited to announce the newest addition to our weekly content: Dear Fearless… What is Dear Fearless? Simply put, it’s our version of an advice column. You, our readers, will submit questions anonymously to our advice columnist, Fearless, and then Fearless will give the best advice they can based on the information you gave them. Each week (likely Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. ET), we’ll publish a new advice column and hopefully help the world one article at a time. Once we have a couple questions lined up, we will start publishing them. We will post only when we receive requests for advice, but we hope to make this a weekly column very soon! So, if you want to submit to our new column, here’s what you need to know: All questions will be anonymous, and we suggest you use a creative pen name to sign off as so you know your question is being answered! If you can’t think of …

But Does It Work? Local Honey for Combating Allergies

I’ve heard it hundreds of times before, and the old saying goes: if you eat local honey, it’ll help desensitize your body to local allergens that make your nose drip and your head pound. I don’t particularly like honey, but I would be lying if I said that I occasionally didn’t consider eating a spoonful of honey if it meant I’d gain some relief from the seasonal allergies that plagued me each year. Of course, with every circulating method comes a small bit of skepticality on my part. If it was really something that was such a magical remedy for seasonal allergies, wouldn’t it be more commonly practiced and suggested? People seem to think it’s the way to go for curing their allergy driven sniffles, so now #Fearless gets to do the fun work and ask: But does it work? Initial Thoughts So, my initial thoughts about this are what’s not to believe? Bees pollinate flowers, flowers carry pollen, bees take pollen back hive and make honey, and pollen gets into honey. It seems simple …

Plant Therapy Oil of the Month Club Unboxing: Finger Root [April 2017]

We’re back for another unboxing of the Plant Therapy Oil of the Month club! This month, the essential oil that lucky Plant Therapy VIPers got to get their hands on was Finger Root, and I’ll be honest… I love this scent. It’s in the same family as ginger, but it has a very sweet and earthy smell. Considering its relation to ginger, it does have a similar “burn” when you sniff it, but it’s not overwhelming. Personally, I think I might have found a new favorite scent! Plus, its benefits are also pretty great, including reducing nausea, relieving dry and itchy scalp, and can help reduce congestion. If you aren’t signed up for the Plant Therapy Oil of the Month Club, the bottom line is I think you guys missed out this month. This scent and this oil is going to be a huge hit with essential oil lovers, I can just imagine it! So, let’s just go ahead and move on to the stuff y’all likely want to know regarding this oil: the product details. …

ASMR: What It Is & How It Helps

When I tell you I really love ASMR, I’m not joking. In fact, as I sit here writing this article I’m listening to Heather Feather’s ASMR Ear, Nose and Throat Examination. It’s probably one of my favorite videos she does (thanks to the ear cupping and whispers), and I figured it would help me better explain the ASMR experience if it was happening while I wrote it. Also, I’m listening because, like I said, I really love listening to ASMR and can’t go a day without it. Well, that’s an exaggeration. I can go a day without ASMR, but I choose not too. I CAN QUIT ANYTIME I WANT, OKAY? If you know what ASMR is, and you’ve experienced it, you likely share a similar, but less extreme, view on watching and listening to the videos. It’s become a part of your routine to help you sleep, unwind, relax, or combat anxiety on a fairly regular basis. If you don’t know what ASMR is, and you’ve never experienced it, you’re probably wondering what it is and what it …