Where Have We Been?

Good Morning lovelies!

As you have noticed, our posting has been lacking a bit. Unfortunately, life happened for us. With wrapping up finals week, end-of-the-year teacher meetings, and life changes, it became hard to find time to sit down and write a post for our lovely readers and followers. But now that things are starting to wrap up, we are hoping to be able to get back up to our three posts a week schedule. Ideas and drafts are in the making as well as a slight restructure to the type of posts that will be featured on days of the week.

Concerning our other blog, Wisco Girl Trails, we have trails selected and three scheduled for the summer. Our first group hike will be taking place on June 1st, weather permitting of course. So fingers crossed!

Thank you to everyone who has read, liked, and followed our blog(s). We appreciate all you lovely people taking the time to do so!

#BreaktheStigma

See the person in front of you. They smile, laugh and engage with those around them. You think to yourself, ‘They really have their life together and will definitely go far.’

What you may not know is that when at home or alone, they are struggling to go through everyday routines. They could have be sleeping too much or too little, feel numb to things around them or have a sense of hopelessness, having thoughts or memories that they are unable to shake, or may even be thinking of harming themselves. It is very easy for people to smile and put on a mask that hides what they are really going through or struggling with. Just because they don’t show the outward signs, that does not mean there is not a daily struggle.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and our social well-being, in other words, how we think, feel, and act. It is also a factor in how we handle stress, manage relationships, and make decisions. Having a positive mental health is important through every life stage, from childhood and through adulthood.

While there are biological factors that contribute to mental health, such as genes or family history, that does not exclude life experiences like trauma or abuse.

The Stigma

Whenever someone hears the words ‘mental illness’ or ‘mental health’, right away a negative view is formed, even if subconciously. Even though people may accept the medical or the genetic explaination of the condition and treatments available, there is still that negatitve feeling attached to those words.

There is still a lack of understanding on what really is mental health or how this negative stigma can affect the person who struggles with the mental illness and their families as well. The persona who suffers from the illness can feel shame for having issues and this can lead to isolation. As unfortunate as it is, they face or have experienced harassment, bullying, violence, and discrimination when looking for employment or housing. The stigma can also prevent them from seeking help due to the shame/humiliation they feel, which only makes it worse.

Not Alone

You are not alone. That is very important to remember. 1 in 4 Americans have a mental illness of some kind. Stay connected with others and get support. You do matter and there is hope.

Very Well Mind – Mental Illness and Stigma

MentalHealth.gov – Let’s Talk About It

Workout Wednesdays: Flex Those Pecs

Let’s be real here. Everyone always finds it sexy or fun to be able to do this.

Who doesn’t? However, it will not happen over night. Hard work, exercising daily, and eating right. And just like with any other goal… commitment.

Unfortunately, our chest exercise knowledge is basic and we are at a beginner level. So what we ended up doing was asking one of our friends to give us a few beginner chest exercises, to which he happily agreed. Eventually, we hope to get to heavier weights and more challenging exercises.

Wisco Girl 4 Beginner Chest Exercises

Push Ups

Keep your body in a straight line throughout the movement.

3 Sets 10 Reps 30 Second Rest

Image From Pop Sugar

Incline Dumbbell Flyes

Slowly lower the dumbbells to the sides and when you feel a stretch in your chest, bring them slowly back up. Be careful not to go too far or you may hurt yourself.

3 Sets 10 Reps 60 Second Rest

Image From Miss Athletique

Bodyweight Dips

Make sure your torso stays perpendicular to the ground. Keep this posture throughout the movement. Be sure to lower yourself as far as possible.

3 Sets 10 Reps 60 Second Rest

Image From Fitness Purity

Dumbbell Bench Press

Lower the dumbbells to where they are outside of your shoulders then push them back up.

3 Sets 10 Reps 60 Second Rest

Image From Womenly

What level are you at? Any pointers for these beginners in their muscle building journey?

Until next time lovelies!