11 Amazing Ambience Videos for Right Now

11 Amazing Ambience Videos for Right Now

Explore new worlds at home.

This year has been a complete shitshow. There may be other ways to describe it but they will pretty much mean the same thing. Shitshow seems really concise and to the point.

The good thing is there are things we can do that may provide some relief from the negative feelings we may be experiencing. Putting on ambience videos on YouTube is one of those things!

These can provide great experiences through sight and hearing. This post will show you 11 amazing ambience videos (in no particular order) that may be exactly what you need in this time, month and season.

First, a little about ambience videos

Ambience videos on YouTube are in abundance. There are a lot of channels that create them for our pleasure!

These types of videos usually contain one or more images of places. The images may be still or have details that move.

Along with the images, the videos also contain sounds and/or music. Some ambient channel authors will layer sounds together to make a real experience or do a mix of music.

The ambience videos are all themed. There are ones that go along with the seasons, holidays, weather, nature, rooms in homes, places in the community, fantasy worlds, eras, movies, television shows, video games and more.

These videos are great to put on while you are doing something or just sitting/laying around. You can have them playing on your computer or your TV for an even better experience that sets the mood in the room.

The 11 amazing ambience videos for right now

This one may only have a still image but the music makes up for it and the title is perfect. It is an afterglow that keeps on glowing.

The first four minutes of it is mesmerizing and reels you in. It is an absolutely gorgeous mix of songs.

Great for- studying, relaxing, depression reduction, letting go, stress relief, writing and reading.

This one has some really nice details in the scene-the falling rain and the cars going by. It also incorporates nice jazz music with the sound of rain, light chatter of people and intermittent clinking of dishware.

All of the aforementioned things together make for a real experience. Due to the pandemic, it is not very safe to go out to restaurants. This video may partially fill that void.

Great for- relaxing, writing, reading, eating (date night in?!) and cooking.

Such a cute and cozy coffee shop!

This one provides eight hours of jazz music, rain sounds, light conversation, dishes clinking and nice visuals combined together. It makes it easier to imagine being in a coffee shop as the pandemic is preventing us from being in an actual one.

Great for- studying, relaxing, reading, sleeping, writing and cooking.

Title: Soothing music that seems to start the winter story

This is simple but oh so beautiful. It is three hours of a piano song that brings you back to easier times with each strike of the keys.

Great for- relaxing, reading, studying, depression reduction, reflection, letting go and sleep.

This is a masterpiece!

The beautiful music includes a piano, harp, clarinet, birds, flutes and violins. There are also images of beautiful nature scenes.

The music provides a sense of wonder and inspires you to explore new things.

Great for- relaxing, writing, going towards goals/dreams, letting go, sleep and reflection.

This one is full of Christmas cozy! It has a fun visual with layered sounds of Christmas music (of course!), light conversation, dishes clinking, frothing/pouring of drinks and the crackling of a fire.

Maybe at this time in 2021 we can go to our local coffee shops again.

Great for- studying, reading, writing, decorating, cooking, relaxing, wrapping presents, opening presents and cleaning.

Simple but wonderful jazz music. The saxophone is beyond smooth and speaks right to your soul- drawing out the bad while letting in the good.

Great for- studying, reading, relaxing, cooking, cleaning, writing, waking up in the morning and regaining hope.

This one has a neat combination of hip-hop and jazz music along with the light sound of waves. The image looks great with the crashing of waves and close-up of a mug. It is as if you are sitting there.

It takes you to a better place with its upbeat and fun feel.

Great for- writing, reading, relaxing, cleaning, daydreaming, going for a light walk and the creation of goals.

This has a wonderful, actual space-like feel to it. It is very gentle and takes you on a journey to wherever you want to go.

Great for- relaxing, stress reduction, reading, writing, studying, reflection, letting go, sleeping and just being.

This one has a nice image of a place many people would like to be at right now. Just lounging in a beautiful environment without much of a care in the world for a while.

The music artist is named Jjos and the genre is considered to be “chill house.” The video features his wonderful songs throughout the entire three hours that it runs for.

Great for- Writing, art/hobbies, stress reduction, light cleaning, relaxing, at-home spa night, regaining hope and just being.

Another one full of Christmas cozy! If you had a grandma like mine who loved to have a bunch of holiday trinkets around her house, you may really like seeing this kitchen scene.

This one has the sounds of baking and cooking. There is no music which is totally fine! The real kitchen noises make you actually feel like you are there, watching grandma cook.

Great for- Relaxing, reading, writing, studying, cooking, wrapping presents, opening presents, decorating and eating.

Just try them out!

These are some awesome ambience videos. Put them on and you may feel better-even for just an hour or so.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! Stay safe and remember that better days are ahead.

#covid19 #mentalhealth #music #ambience #youtube #ambient #newexperiences #calm #meditation #relaxation #videos

Easy Anti-Inflammatory Soup

Easy Anti-Inflammatory Soup

These past couple of months, my husband and I have been enjoying making a chicken soup that provides lots of health related benefits for us. Today I am going to share it with you all!

Lots of healthy goodies!

My husband has IBS so we try to make things that do not make his symptoms worse. He is also very sensitive to salt so we have to take that into consideration too.

All of the ingredients are very healthy and nourishing. The following is a list of some of them and their benefits:

  • Lemongrass- Lots of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, helps with GI distress
  • Ginger- Anti-inflammatory, helps with GI distress, immune system boosting
  • Turmeric- Anti-inflammatory, immune system boosting, pain relief, helps with GI distress
  • Cayenne pepper– Helps with GI distress/digestive health, pain relief, clearing congestion
  • Cumin- Helps with digestive health, anti-inflammatory
  • Coriander- Helps with digestive health, anti-inflammatory
  • Cilantro leaves- Helps with digestive health, anti-inflammatory
  • Carrots- Higher in carbs than other vegetables but still provide lots of vitamin A and are great for the immune system.
  • Bell peppers- high in vitamin A, high in vitamin C, immune system boosting, high in antioxidants
  • Mushrooms- These are higher up on the FODMAP scale but if you one can handle them, they are worth eating (if you like the taste that is). They contain good sources of vitamin D, selenium and are great for the immune system.

Why are there no onions and garlic in the soup?

We do love onions but it unfortunately causes my husband to have what he calls, “dumping syndrome.”

He gets the shits. Other people with IBS can probably relate.

In terms of garlic-he is allergic to it. So, we definitely can not use that in the food we both want to eat.

If you like these two things, feel free to add them into the soup if you choose to make it! I am sure it will be absolutely delicious.

The recipe

Nothing about the seasonings is that exact because quite frankly, we really do not keep track of how much of what we put into it. We go by taste alone.

Here it is:

Ingredients-

  • 6-8 pounds of chicken, cut into small chunks
  • 3 liters of unsalted chicken stock
  • 3 pounds of carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 large bell peppers, chopped
  • 16 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • 2.5 cans of coconut milk
  • Seasonings- ginger powder, lemongrass powder (or paste), turmeric, garlic, cumin, coriander, cilantro (leaves), cayenne powder, onion powder and potassium salt (has less sodium).

Directions-

  1. Cook cut up chicken pieces in some oil. Set aside.
  2. Put the chicken stock, veggies and seasonings to taste into a large pot. Heat on low heat for 15 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the chicken to the pot and cook for 10 minutes on low heat. Stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk and cook for another 5-8 minutes.
  5. Serve with more cilantro on top, rice, naan or whatever you want!

This makes a good amount of soup so it can be frozen if you are not going to finish it in a reasonable amount of time.

Customize it any way you like!

Stay healthy everyone

We should all be putting healthy foods into our bodies at least once in a while- especially with this pandemic going on. This soup is just another one of the many meal ideas out there that will provide you with some great nutrients.

Thanks for reading!

#cooking #nutrition #soup #diet #health #covid19 #familylife #herbs

New Research Suggests Green Tea May Be of Use In The COVID-19 Fight

New Research Suggests Green Tea May Be of Use In The COVID-19 Fight

Yay for Matcha tea!

If you have read my other posts, you may know that I love tea. A nice hot, steaming cup is very therapeutic to me.

I came across recent articles from medical research sites that went over the possible use of green tea as a preventative and treatment option for COVID-19. Needless to say, this really excited me!

Health benefits of tea have been touted for a while now

Green tea has been gaining in popularity over the years. This is due to the benefits some researchers say that it has. They are as follows:

  1. May lower cholesterol
  2. May lower high blood pressure
  3. May help with weight loss
  4. Provides energy without jitters
  5. May help with skin conditions such as aging and acne
  6. May have anti-inflammatory effects
  7. May protect against cavities
  8. May help regulate blood sugar levels

These alleged benefits are said to be due to the tea’s content of a catechin called, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). To get as much EGCG as you can, here are things one can do:

  1. Drink multiple cups a day- Research says 3-5 cups is best.
  2. Drink between meal times- This is so you can absorb all of the EGCG instead of having it bind to the food you are eating.
  3. Pick green tea with the most EGCG in it- Loose leaf teas with the most EGCG are Gyokuro, Matcha and Sencha. Tea brands that sell tea bags with the most EGCG include Celestial Seasonings and Lipton with Stash having the lowest amount.
  4. Go straight for the EGCG- This catechin is sold by itself as a supplement from a few different brands.

What the articles are saying (extremely simple explanation)

Green tea has been known to have a possibility of treating viruses such as HIV, Influenza and the Rotavirus. There are now a few research articles stating its use in the war against COVID-19, too.

The constituents in green tea (EGCG being one of them) are said to have antiviral effects. When it comes to fighting COVID-19, it possibly does this several ways. These ways include inhibition, interaction and binding activity

But wait, I have had green tea daily for years

I have been drinking multiple cups of green tea per day for years now and I still got COVID-19 in March.

This is probably due to me not drinking the kind of green tea that has a high amount of the constituents discussed in the articles and because the research is not definitive.

Green tea may not actually do anything

Some say green tea has health benefits, some say it has absolutely no benefits.

I do not think it will do miraculous things to our health but I am still going to drink it. If in the off shoot it is actually doing my body some good (maybe it kept me from having to go to the hospital?), then great!

The main thing I really love about seeing these articles is that there are people working immensely hard on trying to figure this new virus out. This gives me so much hope.

Do you like green tea? If so, what brand/kind do you drink?

Thanks for reading!

Some articles-

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-27545/this-is-how-much-green-tea-you-should-be-drinking.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7367004/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32720577/

#greentea #health #covid19 #covidlonghaulers #supplements #virology

Coenzyme Q10 For COVID-19 Long-Haulers

Coenzyme Q10 For COVID-19 Long-Haulers

There have been quite a few things that get recommended in the treatment for COVID-19 “long-hauling” symptoms. They are purely anecdotal but many of us who are dealing with the post-viral issues are willing to try different things that could possibly help us.

Coenzyme Q10 is one of the supplements mentioned by Long Haulers as being of use in the relief of some symptoms. I started taking it a few weeks ago now and I wanted to talk about it in this post.

What Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10) is

This is an essential nutrient found in the body. The levels of it decrease in us as we age.

It is also found in food with the highest amounts being in organ meats, mackerel, soybeans, broccoli, rainbow trout, peanuts and pistachios. Although these may contain more of the nutrient than other types of food, they still only have a very small amount.

Because CoQ10 is hard to get from food, many people choose to supplement with it due to the many alleged benefits it has. These benefits are as follows:

  1. May promote heart health
  2. May treat diabetic neuropathy
  3. May prevent or lessen headaches and migraines
  4. May help with muscle weakness
  5. May reduce chest pain
  6. May improve lung function
  7. May improve hearing issues and tinnitus
  8. May improve PCOS features- Fertility, acne, hair loss, high blood sugars, high cholesterol
  9. May increase fertility in men and women
  10. May strengthen immune system
  11. May boost energy
  12. May reduce blood pressure
  13. May improve gum health
  14. May act as an neuroprotectant
  15. May improve the look of aging skin

The reasons that COVID-19 Long-Haulers choose to take CoQ10 are as follows:

  1. Lingering chest pain
  2. Heart health- COVID-19 can cause heart damage, heart attacks and myocarditis.
  3. Muscle problems- Some Long-Haulers complain of muscle weakness, pain and tingling.
  4. Breathing issues- Many Long-Haulers have to deal with shortness of breath.
  5. Fatigue- Many Long-Haulers battle fatigue on a daily basis.
  6. Brain fog- Many Long-Haulers say that they have problems thinking and concentrating.

CoQ10 can be bought in capsules and powder form. The recommended dosage ranges from 100-300 mg per day. Side effects may include GI upset and insomnia.

My experience with it

One of my lingering symptoms since the acute phase of my COVID-19 infection in March have been chest aches. They have not been on a severe level but pretty uncomfortable.

I was really worried at first about what the aching could possibly mean. Thoughts of whether or not I had heart damage or some horrible chest infection, filled my head.

I could not convince my primary care doctor to allow me to have tests done on my chest/heart so I looked to the Long-Hauler support group for help. Some wonderful people there told me about how trying a CoQ10 supplement might help.

We actually had some in our cabinet so I decided to start taking 100 mg right away. I knew that people in the group were taking higher amounts but I am sensitive to medications/supplements and I did not want to risk having bad side effects.

After about a week of taking CoQ10, I can honestly say that the chest aches seemed to reduce in frequency. I would go from having them every night for the whole night to having them only last a couple hours.

The aches just kept gradually going away. I have not actually experienced any for almost a week now!

While I am really excited about this, I can not say definitively if there is a correlation or causation when it comes to the CoQ10 and the aching. It could have been just time that healed my chest- like the chills I used to get.

Being a Long-Hauler is tough

This virus is definitely not the flu and I hate when people say that. All of these symptoms that us long-haulers deal with can be annoying, scary and/or devestating.

While I am lucky that I do not have really severe problems that greatly disrupt my life, I would love to not have to experience any of my lingering symptoms anymore.

I do not know if CoQ10 is the thing that is helping me but since it is not hurting me- I will continue to take it for now.

Do any of you guys take CoQ10? Do you think it is helping you in any way?

Thanks for reading!

Sources-

https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-coenzyme-q10/art-20362602

https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/coenzyme-Q10

#coq10 #covid19 #covidlonghauler #postviral #symptoms #health #supplements

How I Practice Self-Care

How I Practice Self-Care

Happy fall!

This year has been so bad in my opinion. It also has seemingly dragged on for a very long time.

I just wanted to discuss the problems I have had throughout 2020 so far and how I try to make myself feel better from time to time.

This year can kick rocks

I, like many others, had hope for this year. Then the pandemic happened and that hope went flying away.

2020 was supposed to be a start-over year for me. I was unemployed all of 2019 due to the stress of running a home daycare. Things were going okay until I took a virtual assistant position that turned out to be a scam.

I lost a good deal of money that I had saved up and I still owe my parents money to this day because they helped me out. Talk about shitty!

Here are all of the problems I have had so far in 2020:

  1. Felt like I had to start doing daycare again because I have no other job prospects.
  2. The pandemic happened.
  3. Could not even get started doing daycare due to the pandemic.
  4. Got rejected from every single remote position I applied to.
  5. Got sick with COVID-19 in early March.
  6. I have been experiencing post-COVID symptoms since the end of March.
  7. I really want to get blood work and scans done but I can not get a referral due to my doctor thinking it is just anxiety.
  8. I am always worried about being reinfected and the next infection killing me.

Needless to say, I am not having a good time and I do not think many people are either.

Trying to feel better

It is a good idea to practice self-care in these times. I have been trying to do this more instead of constantly reading about all of the bad things that are happening and how I might die a horrible death soon.

In the past few months, I started getting into women’s fiction books. The specific author I really like the most is named, Barbara O’Neal. Her books leave me feeling good inside and have been a perfect escape for me.

Barbara has about 13 books available to buy on Amazon and I am quite certain that I will read all of them! Here are the ones I have read so far and my opinions on them:

The premise for this book is that of a woman finding out that her sister who she thought was dead, is very much alive. This prompts her to try and get in contact with her again.

This is the very first book that I read by Barbara and I am so glad I bought it! Its time on the bestselling list was rightfully deserved. The characters were well developed and the descriptions of the settings were beautiful.

It was an all-engrossing read that I highly recommend to others.

The premise of this book is that of a woman finding out that she inherited a large estate from her mother after her passing. As she tries to figure out what she is going to do about the estate, she gets to uncover her mother’s secrets.

I loved this book and found it really cool. I was very eager to find out what the secrets were and why her mom was hiding the information. It was hard to put down and I read it in about two days.

I highly recommend this book!

The premise of this book is that of an aging, food blogger who meets with other bloggers to decide who gets to inherit her farm. She has to choose between three women with different backgrounds and back stories.

I loved this book and it took me only a day to read it. The fact that it was about bloggers was what made me buy it in the first place. It had great character development and the graphics of their blog posts sprinkled throughout the book, made it all the more interesting.

I would recommend this one, too!

This is the book that I am currently reading from the author. It is just as wonderful as the other ones!

These are the books I have on deck. I am excited to delve into these stories next.

Books, a nice cuppa tea and ambience

I have been sitting down with these books with a cup of hot tea beside me. Doing this is unbelievably relaxing.

Another thing I added a couple days ago into my book reading times is playing nice ambience sounds. It just ties everything together for a great experience.

There are so many ambience videos on YouTube to choose from. This is one I really like:

Self-care is important for all!

We need to take care of ourselves, physically and mentally. Times are really rough right now and it is imperative that we stay as healthy as possible.

I have been struggling a lot this year and my self-care moments really give me some relief.

How are you guys handling this crazy pandemic and what are you doing for self-care?

Thanks for reading!

#selfcare #womensfiction #books #bookworm #tea #coffee #covid19