Self Care Tips
  • Make time every day for some “me time” or make a dedicated day or two each week for this time.
  • Have a shower every day!
  • Brush and floss your teeth 2-3 times a day.
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush: hard bristle toothbrushes can damage your gums and teeth.
  • Exfoliate 1-2 times a week if it suits your skin type.
  • Wash face and moisturise 1-2 times a day if it suits your skin type.
  • Do not wash your face in a hot shower: it will dry your skin out and will damage it.
  • Do something you enjoy and relax.
  • Get outdoors and get some fresh air.
  • Regularly exercise!
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Drink plenty of water!
  • Maintain healthy friendships.
  • Make some plans to look forward to.
  • Try meditation.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
To protect oneself’s best interests and mental health, it’s best to cut off negative relationships. The memories perhaps were great, you’ll always be grateful for what it was at the time, but like failed relationships, it’s time to move on. You don’t have to be friends with everyone forever. You need to set clear and firm boundaries that people around you should not cross to protect your best interests and mental health.
—  Dandan Zhu

Angela Lautner knew her thirst was unusual, even for someone directing airplanes, outside in the Memphis summer heat.

“We had coolers of Gatorade and water for people to always have access to,” Lautner remembers of her job as a ground services agent. “But the amount of thirst that I felt was just incredible.”

She had no appetite and she lost an unusual amount of weight. Then after a trip to the emergency room, Lautner, who was 22, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The diagnosis was life changing.

To start, it meant that for the rest of her life she would require insulin injections every day to keep her alive. Unlike Type 2 diabetes, which can sometimes be controlled by diet, people with Type 1 diabetes need daily insulin injections to regulate their blood sugar.

After 18 years living with diabetes, Lautner now says the hardest thing about the diagnosis is accessing insulin — the expensive drug she needs to keep her alive. She’s had to borrow money from her parents to pay for insurance; she’s spent hours on the phone with drug companies; she’s switched brands of insulin to save costs; and she even moved to a new state, Kentucky, with a more generous Medicaid plan.

Last year, Lautner noticed other people with Type 1 diabetes tweeting similar stories under the hashtag #Insulin4All. She read the stories of Shane Patrick Boyleand Alec Raeshawn Smith, two men who died because they could not afford their insulin. It was an epiphany.

Since then, Lautner has joined a group of consumer activists, people who need insulin to live and are angry about the sky-high prices. They are putting pressure on the three main companies that make insulin: Sanofi of France, Novo Nordisk of Denmark, and Eli Lilly and Co. in the U.S.

‘We’re Fighting For Our Lives’: Patients Protest Sky-High Insulin Prices

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Pear and fig jam tart (kinda healthy) 🍐

Crust: 1.5 cups flour, 5 Tbsp sugar, ½ tsp salt, 12 Tbsp melted butter. Press into pan and bake at 350° for 30 min.

Filling: 5 pears thinly sliced, melted fig jam, and cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger blend. Brush top of crust with jam and sprinkle with spice. Lay pears in circular pattern in 1 layer. Brush fig jam on first layer and sprinkle with spice. Continue layering pears, jam, and spice until finished (mine was 3 layers). Bake additional 30 min. Let cool completely 1 hour before serving.