We all know that some days are just better than others, but with a few tweaks in our daily schedules it’s possible to feel healthy and refreshed even on our busiest days. Whether it’s an early morning workout, a cup of herbal tea, or a few minutes of meditation there are so many ways to improve how you’re feeling during the day.
Below are little life hacks that you can add to your day to ensure that you’re always feeling your best!
Drink naturally infused water throughout the day. Lemon water in particular is great for flushing out toxins and providing a boost of energy. If you get through the day without drinking sugary beverages, you’ll feel much better and more awake!
Start your morning off with cardio.Even before you go to grab your breakfast, make it a goal to start your day off with a run or a skip rope session. By doing this you’ll feel more awake, hungry for breakfast (if you’re not a morning person), and ready to take on the day. It’s also nice to start your day off with a shower, so working out in the AM fits perfectly into that schedule.
Use a clarity or focus spray before doing work. My bestie recently got me the Saje Mental Alertness Spray and I can’t stop using it! A few sprays of this helps to clear my mind and allows me to focus on my work longer.
Put your devices away while eating. If you’re going to have a lunch break mid-day, put your phone or laptop aside and let yourself relax while you eat. Even if it’s just 15 minutes of silence and eating, it’ll help your brain to re-focus and you’ll be more productive afterwards.
How do you stay feeling your best throughout the day? Share in the comments below!
Is it just me, or are you wondering how September creeped up on us so quickly too? I feel as if the summer ran away from me! With that being said though, I do adore the Autumn months and I have a lot of exciting projects and collaborations coming up, so as much as I’d love summer to stay I’m ready to say goodbye. Before I do though, I’m in desperate need of a life refresher and if you are too then you might find this post helpful. Keep reading to learn about five ways you can refresh your life right now!
Evaluate your diet. I indulged this summer, a little more than I should have, and I kind of let my body just be. Now that everyone is back to a set routine I’m ready to refresh my eating habits. Having a proper diet prevents unnecessary stress, laziness and keeps you in a healthy state of mind. What I’m going to do is finish off the year with a semi-strict diet that makes me feel good. I start my morning off the same everyday (eggs and tomatoes or avocado, coffee, green juice and vitamins), snack on healthy foods throughout the day (nuts, fruit, veggies), eat a light and healthy lunch (salads, veggies with hummus, rice cakes with avo, etc) and end my day with protein and veggies! I won’t give in to all of my cravings but if there’s a dessert that I really want I’ll definitely let myself eat it, balance is key.
Create a workout schedule. This goes hand in hand with eating properly and I find that when I workout consistently I’m much more productive than when I’m not active. My goal for the rest of the year is to workout at least 4 times a week. No matter what your schedule is, if you include a workout in your routine, you’ll feel healthier in no time.
Set weekly and monthly goals. A lot of new things are going on in my life right now so to stay on track I’m going to set realistic weekly and monthly goals. For example, this week my goal is to invest a little more in my blog and learn how to properly monetize it. With the time that I have during the week I’ll be researching and figuring out how I can reach this goal! You might be surprised at how much you can get done when you set goals like this.
Clear out your closet. Sleeping and working in a clean and organized room is so important. It allows me to think more clearly and relax properly when I need to. I love clearing out my closet of things I don’t use or have outgrown because it truly is refreshing! Sell those items so you can give your closet a refresher with new items! Look good, feel good 😉
Read. I’ve started reading motivational and positive quotes, articles and books every now and then because it gives me a great perspective on life. Taking half an hour to an hour of your day to sit and read in silence helps to let your inner thoughts flow. I also find that I’m more positive throughout the day if I do this in the morning 🙂
How do you give your life a little refresher? Share with me in the comments below! 🙂
I recently starting working a second job and today I’d like to share why I chose to do this and how I’m managing my even crazier schedule. I know that a lot of people do this already, but it’s brand new for me and I had to figure everything out for the first time, so for those of you considering getting a second job here is what I’ve figured out so far.
Why I Got a Second Job
It wasn’t that I was dissatisfied with my daytime office job, because I love the work that I do there! I got a second job because 1) I’m travelling a lot this summer so any steady income helps with my savings and 2) it’s weird to say, but I crave a busy schedule and even though I have blogging on the side, I still felt like I had too much idle time during the evenings and weekends. I’m not working full-time at my new job but it’s keeping me just as busy as I would be if I was still in school (I don’t have any summer classes right now).
However my new job is my very first restaurant job so it can definitely get tiring, but I made a promise to myself that I’d do everything I could to make sure I don’t crash 😉 Here’s what I’m doing to basically, you know, stay sane, working two jobs, blogging, staying fit, and having time for family, my boyfriend and friends.
How I’m Taking Care of Myself (Staying Sane)
Sleep. I make it my nightly goal to get a bare minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night but I usually end up getting 8-9 depending on the day! I know that I’ll crash by the end of day if I get less than 7 (am I a sleep snob?) so this is the most important factor in keeping my energy levels up. It also helps me to depend less on coffee, I only have 1 cup a day!
Hydration. I never want to become dependent on coffee, so I limit myself to one cup a day and then switch over to herbal tea if I need a pick me up later on. Otherwise I always have my Swell water bottle with me and I’m constantly drinking water. No pop, juices and I try not to have any alcohol in the evenings even if I go out.
Eating Habits. I know for a fact that once I start eating junk my body starts to shut down and go into lazy mode. I aim to eat little to no wheat (pasta, breads, pastries, rice, etc) because it makes me tired and instead I eat salads with protein, fruits with yogourt, and vegetable stir fry.
Monitor Energy Levels. This is probably of equal importance to sleep because it’s all about the mind! I really try my best to monitor how I’m actually feeling everyday and base my workouts around it. I figured out that it’s important to know the difference between feeling adrenaline versus healthy energy. I know I’m feeling adrenaline when I’m in a go-go-go non-stop mood and I’m treating everything like a checklist, which never ends well and I often can’t fall asleep at the end of the day. Healthy energy for me is when I haven’t been yawning or reaching for caffeine all day, my mind focusses easily and I don’t feel flustered about getting everything done in one day.
Positive Attitude. If I’m getting fed up with my schedule I have a little pep talk with myself to remember what my end goal is. Staying positive is key to staying sane in my opinion.
If you’ve balanced a crazy busy schedule or even two jobs before, how have you handled it all and managed to stay in a healthy mind set? Please share your experience in the comments below!
We should all know that there’s no point in using skincare if you’re not applying it to a clean palette, AKA your face. For many of us washing our face involves just our fingertips, a cleanser and water but since I started using a Sonic facial cleansing system a question popped into my head. Is using your fingertips to wash your face actually bad for your skin? I did a bit of research and came up with an answer which of course I’ll be sharing with all of you because it’s quite interesting what I found!
Apparently using your fingertips to wash your face is one of the best things you can do for your skin! Your fingertips serve as a gentle massage for your skin and help to stimulate circulation. There are no facts that go against using your fingertips to wash your face, in fact it’s recommended by many beauty experts over the daily use of a cleansing brush!
A few things that you should keep in mind about washing your face is the temperature of the water, what type of cleanser you’re using and your method of washing. Take a look below to see some important points on these topics.
While cold water temporarily tightens pores and hot water feels best, both of these temperatures can actually have a negative effect on your skin. Cold water doesn’t do a great job of thoroughly cleaning and hot water can leave your skin irritated and dry. The best temperature of water to wash your face with is lukewarm.
Type of Cleanser
This is an entirely different topic but it’s important to educate yourself on the skin-concerns that you might have so that you use the proper cleanser. Acne prone skin often requires drastically different cleansers than normal skin. Dry versus oily skin is the same!
The best way to wash your face, a way that has been working for me, is to rinse your face, apply the cleanser and massage your skin in small circular and upward motions. Even though I love my Soniclear Petite cleansing brush from Michael Todd, I’ve decided to use it only 1-2 times a week to protect my sensitive skin. Even though the bristles are extremely soft and it has a very low speed setting, it still serves as a form of exfoliation which isn’t necessary every day.
While cleansing systems and brushes are huge in the market, they’re not always the best way to wash your face. Your fingertips are your best tool indeed and a brush should only be used a few times a week for a deep clean and exfoliation.
Travelling can often bring on sickness, especially if you’re on long haul flights often, so today I’d like to share my tips on how to prevent that from happening! A couple of these tips were given to me by my best friend and when I was travelling last December I tried them out and successfully avoided any illness on my trip.
Sickness while travelling can arise from a multitude of factors some of them being fatigue, large groups of people in close quarters, exposure to foreign diseases, and stress. Therefore it’s important to cover your bases before and during your trip to ensure those bugs don’t get to you!
Do your research before you go. Depending on where you’re travelling to, there may be viruses and diseases that you need to prepare for. Sometimes this involves getting shots beforehand and other times it just means avoiding specific types of foods and water.
Stock up on Vitamin C packets. Every single morning while travelling I take an Emergen-C packet or tablet in a glass of water and not only does it boost your energy but it also helps support the immune system.
Take Cold-FX daily. Taking Cold-FX pills helps prevent flu and cold symptoms and reduces their frequency, duration and severity. I honestly think that taking these was a huge factor in why I didn’t get sick during my three week trip.
Drink from disposable water bottles, not tap. Wherever you go if you know it’s not 100% safe to drink from the tap then don’t. Even in restaurants you should ask for a bottle of water rather than a glass because you never know where it might be coming from.
Pair up your sleeping schedule as soon as you can. If you know you’re going to by flying during the nighttime hours of your destination then sleep as much as you can to catchup to that places time zone.
Carry a hand sanitizer at all times. Keep those airplane and airport germs away!
Do you have any other sickness prevention tips for travelling? Share them in the comments please!
As a flower lover I almost always have at least one bouquet of flowers in my room and I’ve become curious about what types of flowers and plants might actually help me sleep. I’ve done a little research and come up with a list of species that provide calming and purifying benefits and improve your sleep pattern.
Although I haven’t used all of these plants and flowers to help me sleep, the facts about them certainly add up. If you’ve tried out any of these I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
I don’t know about you, but I love to have freedom on my weekends, AKA, I like not having to worry about finishing assignments or getting work done for deadlines. I’d say 90% of my weekends are laid back, and my secret is… I work my a** off during the week! I’ve broken down my habits during the week so that hopefully you can free up your weekends as well.
The key to weekend freedom is simply this, DO NOT WASTE PRECIOUS WEEKDAY TIME. As much as I’d love to spend my evenings catching up on Netflix shows and scrolling through my social media, I don’t. I’ve developed the habit of getting done what’s important before sitting down to relax.
Complete assignments in between classes.
Complete assignments ahead of time.
If you write class notes, write them in the evenings from Monday-Thursday.
If you’re taking an online course, read your chapters in the evenings and complete discussions or weekly activities in between your classes.
Pay attention in class so that you don’t have to take time outside of class to catchup and re-read what you’ve just been taught.
Asides from exam time, I really do try hard to keep my weekends free because that’s my time to refresh my brain for the upcoming week. When it’s exam time I follow these guidelines but do a lot of my studying on the weekends.
Accept that if deadlines aren’t met it is NOT the end of the world. If you’re stressing out about not meeting a project deadline or something similar then take a step back and re-evaluate. Stressing yourself out will likely cause you to take double the amount of time to finish the task.
Stay OFF of your phone. If you work in an office like me and sit at your desk for 7/8 of the day then you know how tempting it can be to check your phone every so often. I’ve learned to keep my phone either in my desk or bag so that I don’t waste time doing useless things on it when I should be working!
Do not bring work home with you. What’s done is done and if you’ve managed your time correctly then your deadlines should be completely feasible! Don’t bring work home on the weekends because it will prevent you from getting the proper relaxation that your mind needs and will carry stress over into the next week.
GENERAL GOOD HABITS
Put your phone down. So obvious right? Trust me, it saves a TON of time.
Exercise regularly and eat right! This might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think time saver but it certainly is. Exercising and feeding your body the right types of energy will boost your productivity.
Use a planner or agenda. Documenting your to-do lists ahead of time will save you stress, protect you from forgetting things, and keep you on track.
A good night’s sleep is important for your overall health but a lot of us, actually the majority of us, get distracted by little things making it harder to get proper shut-eye.
The countless distractions of phone screens, Netflix, food, drinks, and more certainly do not help our sleeping patterns. So here’s 5 ways that will help you to sleep better.
CUT THE CAFFEINE
Caffeine keeps you up, period. Skip that extra drink or late night latte to prevent the jitters in bed. If you’re really craving something then try Camomile tea, a non-caffeinated and extremely soothing treat before sleep.
WASH YOUR FACE
Cleansing your face before bed will help to prevent the irritation of day-time oils and dirt that have gathered on your face. Not to mention, going to sleep on the same pillow every night should force you to want to put your head down spit-spot clean!
KEEP IT COOL
Although snuggling into a warm and cozy bed sounds amazing, it’s not always that great when trying to get to sleep. Getting into an already warming bed spread will heat your body up more overnight and cause you to have difficulty trying to sleep. Set the thermostat to 20-22°C during the day so that your room is cool enough for a good night’s sleep and don’t use a thick comforter if the weather is warmer.
CURB YOUR CRAVINGS
Eating less than three hours before you sleep will surely give you trouble when your head hits the pillow. Your body will naturally keep digesting the food you’ve eaten, even if you’re laying in bed with your eyes closed. Have a cup of tea and distract yourself with a book or magazine instead.
LOWER YOUR DEVICE
The blue screens from our devices automatically tells our brain to stay awake and keep searching. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. Want to be asleep by 11? Put your phone down by 10:30. Read instead!
How do you get a good nights rest? Share your ideas with me in a comment below!